ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The gloves are off, but the butt pads are back on: It's time for Donkey Basketball.
KPIC is once again squaring off against Douglas County News in our annual battle... on donkeys.
Last year, despite repeated efforts at cheating by the DCN team, KPIC limped away with the donkey basketball trophy, winning 54-50.
They plan on doing the same this year.
It's a thrilling sport, one that you just have to see to believe.
KPIC Head Coach Kevin Taggart says this year, they won't be going easy on the aging Team DCN. "Becky Holm over there, she's nice enough, but her cheeky shenanigans won't have us sweating this year," Taggart said. "I feel bad for that crew, they are getting older, and we are still young, and know how to handle our donkeys.
Team KPIC returns Forward and KPIC reporter Kat Wolcott, who says that this year, she will actually get on a Donkey, as she was sidelined by a camera injury in last year's duel. "I'm looking forward to strapping on a donkey and getting it done," said Wolcott. "The DCN team doesn't even know what's coming for them.
Although they lost a starter and last year's leading scorer Glen Beeby, Taggart said the replacements are a force to be reckoned with.
New additions to the team this year are so secret though, even coach Taggart declined to comment on the rest of the lineup.
He did, however, say that last year's repeated efforts to taunt rookie center Shahrom Taghizadegan, only served to make him even more focused.
"Ya, they tried to get in his head, but it didn't work. I feel bad for those clowns."
You can come cheer on the whole KPIC team at our donkey basketball game this Saturday, April 28th at 2:00 p.m. at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.
Tickets are only $5 dollars in advance and $6 at the door.
Last year, the event raised over $3,000 for the Douglas County Shrine Club.
One thing is for sure, the event means a lot to both teams, as the kids in Douglas County are the true winners in this game.
(But just to be clear, KPIC DID win last year's match up.)