Friday evening, two teams of volunteer athletes played a shortened basketball game at the new Daly Elementary School gym in Hamilton as the Hamilton city - Ravalli County teams challenged each other. The players were all members of either Ravalli County or Hamilton city governments. The game was part of a Winter Wellness program promoted by the MSU Extension Service in Hamilton.

It was a "game for the ages," since both teams had representatives of most ages on the roster. Some had played basketball before - others obviously had not. The county team outscored the city team, but the main result of the game was about an hour of physical exercise, a goal of the Winter Wellness plan. There were some standouts during the two 20-minute periods, but KLYQ wants to spotlight a few performances: Best 3-point shot - County Commissioner Jeff Burrows; best air-ball - County Commissioner Greg Chilcott; best "blazing-fast" action - the Hamilton firemen; best "acting" award for a foul - Greg Chilcott; best benchwarmer - Hamilton Mayor Dominic Farrenkopf; best cheerleader - Katelynn Anderson of Extension Service; and the hardest worker at the game - the lone referee. Most importantly is that all the players survived! (see photo below) Mayor Farrenkopf hoped the event would become an annual affair. Good job, teams!

Winter Wellness basketball survivors. (Steve Fullerton, Townsquare Media)