Last updateWed, 28 Jan 2015 2pm

Harlem Wizards coming to town next Wednesday

    The St. James PTO will be hosting the Harlem Wizards for a fundraising basketball event on Wednesday, April 30 at 7 p.m. at the St. James Middle School gym. The gates at both entrances to the Middle School will open at 6 p.m.

    General admission ticket prices for students and senior citizens 65 and over are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Adult tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Children 4 and younger are free. Advance tickets are available at the St. James Elementary School, High School and Middle School offices, Phelps County Bank in St. James and Rolla, Community Bank of St. James;, First Community National Bank (South Branch) in Rolla;, Forest City Footwear in St. James and Troutt and Sons in St. James.
    Special Reserved and Courtside Seating ticket packages are also available. The Reserved seats are located at mid-court in the bleachers on the opposite side of the gym from the scorer’s table. They are $15 each for students and adults. The special Courtside seating package includes a 10 minute meet and greet with two Wizards players 45 minutes before the game (6:15 p.m.), an autographed Wizards photo and reserved seating right behind the Wizard’s bench. The Courtside tickets are $25 each for students and adults.
    There are a limited number of the Reserved and Courtside tickets and they must be purchased in advance. They are available from Kim McMillen at Troutt and Sons in St. James. You can contact her at (573) 263-1670 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. There will be a special entry gate for Reserved and Courtside ticket holders.
    Harlem Wizards souvenir items will be for sale throughout the evening and the St. James Band Boosters will be operating the concession stand. There will be a 50/50 raffle drawing and some other prizes that will be given away during the halftime intermission.
    The Wizards will be challenged by the St. James Hoop Stars, a collection of St. James Schools teachers, coaches and alumni, including Kristin Lorts, Kasey Rinehart, Brianna Blankenship, Vince Perona, Ben Smith, Shannon Snitker, Ashley Hoener, Marty Hauck, Jamie Engelbrecht, Jennifer Bowen, Bri Hodge, Kevin Conway, Terry Wells, Ashley Prawitz, Amber Schell, Josh Lind and coached by Phil West. 
    As always, the money raised by the PTO at this event will go right back into the school district. Last year, the PTO donated over $3,000 to several different school groups, clubs and organizations to provide funds for special needs or events and this year they will be giving back over $4,000. Funds have been donated to groups in all three school district buildings.
    The St. James PTO would appreciate the community’s support by your attendance at this event. Bring the family out to cheer on the local team and enjoy the fun and exciting trick shots and routines put on by the Harlem Wizards. They will also be doing a special Half-Time show that you won’t want to miss. We hope to see you there on Wednesday April 30 at the St. James Middle School Gym. Gate open at 6 p.m. and the game starts at 7 p.m.