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A special basketball night at Kendall

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 5 March 2015 at 12:00 am

Contributed Photos – Roosevelt Bouie gets a hug from his Kendall High coach Dick Reynolds during Wednesday’s celebration at Kendall.

It was a big basketball doubleheader celebration Wednesday evening at Kendall High.

It was a special evening when his alma mater and hometown community of Kendall took the opportunity to add their congratulations to Eagles basketball legend Roosevelt Bouie who recently had his uniform No 50 retired by Syracuse University.

The ceremony honoring Bouie preceded the annual Holley vs. Kendall faculty basketball game, proceeds from which go to benefit the Kendall and Holley community food pantries.

Bouie led Kendall to Section V championships in each of his varsity seasons and then went on to star for four years at Syracuse.

Teaming up with Louie Orr to form what became known as the “Louie and Bouie Show” he helped Syracuse to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances and the inaugural Big East Championship in 1980.

The ceremonies included a video tribute to Bouie’s career at Syracuse as well as the presentation of cakes to Bouie honoring the retirement of his number.

Those in attendance included Bouie’s coach at Kendall, Dick Reynolds.

The faculty game which followed saw Holley claim an overtime win. Both communities benefitted from the contest which raised over $1,000 for the Kendall and Holley community food pantries.

“It was a real nice evening and really shows how giving the community is,” said Kendall Athletic Director Kevin Watson.

Bouie addressed the crowd during the festivities.

A poster chronicled Bouie’s career at Kendall High.

One of the cakes that was presented to Bouie honoring the retirement of his uniform number by Syracuse.

Kendall’s Shawn Wolfgram drives on Holley defender Sheena Hamiter during the faculty game which raised funds for the Kendall and Holley food pantries. Holley claimed a win in overtime.