Celebrating a memorable season
They sold out a gym in 12 minutes. Their act played throughout western Canada for six months and concluded with a command performance in Halifax, N.S. before disbanding. Now, 10 years later, they’ll be back on centre stage at the 1st Choice Savings Centre gym.
No, it’s not a rock band reunion, although they did play a tune on almost everybody they met that season. The University of Lethbridge Pronghorns 1999-2000 basketball team will be honoured at the final Horns regular season basketball games this season, Feb. 13, when the University of Calgary Dinos come to town.
It's a huge game for the current edition of the Pronghorns as they need a win to grab the final Canada West post-season berth and look to finish the regular season at 10-10 in the year. If they hit double digits in the win column, they'll be the first Horns team to reach that mark since the magical 1999-2000 season.
The night will also feature a fundraiser for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation that will see the women’s basketball team raise money through the 50-50 draw as well as pink t-shirt sales and the buzzer beater halftime competition.
Game times on Saturday night are 6 p.m. for the women and 8 p.m. for the men.
The 1999-2000 Horns advanced to the national semifinal game before losing a heartbreaking 80-75 decision to St. Francis Xavier. Head coach Dave Crook was prophetic in his post-game analysis.
“Right now it’s very difficult to swallow, but in 10 years they’re going to look back on all the positives,” said Crook at the time. “We didn’t win in the end, but it doesn’t take anything away from them as people. I’m just so proud of the way they represented me, the University and the community.”
Now, 10 years later, we can all celebrate their accomplishments.