Former Wrens rule new jug competition

 

March 22, 2024

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Carlton and Wrenshall high school alumni took part in a charity game Saturday in Wrenshall, reviving the jug games between the two schools after the districts paired up in all sports this year.

The jug game is back. After basketball teams from Carlton and Wrenshall merged as the Raptors this season, it signaled the end to the boys and girls annual jug game rivalry.

"I thought, why not, as a fundraiser, continue playing jug games but as alumni," said Emma Grover, Raptors girls basketball coach and Wrenshall alum. She talked with other coaches about the idea and "everyone was on board," she said.

Last Saturday, 45 alumni took part in the men's and women's games. The Wrenshall grads won each game.

Proceeds from the event will go toward the Raptors basketball programs. The entry fee for players was $5 and there was a $3 spectator admission charge. There was also a bingo fundraiser after the games.

New jugs were presented to the winners, replicating the jugs used for decades in the high school seasons.

"It was a successful day," Grover said. "A lot of nostalgia, but also still some competition in the house."

For the record, the first alumni jug games were back-and-forth affairs. Carlton led most of the first half in the women's game, but Wrenshall came back and won, 35-25. Grover said there were "some really intense moments" in the men's game. Wrenshall eventually took over, winning 51-38.

 
 

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