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T-Town Throwdown will feature Tigers versus Tigers

The THS sports marketing II class is gearing up for a double-header against Newberg High on Jan. 25
by: Barbara Sherman, TOUTING THE THS TIGERS — Tigard High School senior Caitlyn Bese (left), junior Corinn Waltrip and senior Sarah Rehm, all sports marketing II students, hold up a poster they made to promote the Jan. 25 double-header against Newberg High School.

TIGARD - Filling Tigard High School's gymnasium to the rafters with screaming fans is a lofty goal, and it's also the assignment for Sue Suttich's sports marketing II class, which has just over a week to wrap up the project.

On Friday, Jan. 25, the first-ever double-header in the Tigers' history - a girls varsity basketball game followed by a boys varsity basketball game - against the Newberg High School Tigers will be a real catfight, one of the students said.

The theme of the event is 'T-Town Throwdown,' and it kicks off at 5:45 p.m. with the girls game; the boys game is tentatively set to start at 7:30 p.m.

The class hopes to draw in more fans than usual with promotions and lunchtime activities at school next week plus the promise of games, raffles, prizes, giveaways and more the night of the games.

Next week's activities include a schoolwide bingo game, with the winning class getting free pizza. This should be an easy prize to provide as Godfather's Pizza is the title sponsor, and Jamba Juice also is supporting the venture as is Chipotle.

Chipotle is giving away some raffle and game prizes plus a certificate for a free burrito to everyone who purchases a $5 ticket to the game up to the first 1,000 fans. The certificates are good at the new store in the Nyberg Woods shopping center in Tualatin.

Students in the marketing class will hand out numbers at lunchtime and then call out some of them to award prizes.

The goal is to put a poster promoting the event in every classroom in the school plus more in the hallways.

Next Thursday, the games will be promoted during the all-school announcements.

From Tuesday through Friday next week, there will be dress themes for each day, including wearing NBA jerseys, Hawaiian shirts, THS headbands and finally on Friday, black T-shirts.

'Both the basketball teams got new black jerseys that they will wear for the first time at these games,' Suttich said

A pep assembly is set for the day of the games to get fans more excited, and it will include a 2-on-2 skit - THS versus NHS - with Newberg losing, of course.

During halftime at the boys game, people from the stands will have an opportunity to try to make as many baskets as possible within a set time limit. During halftime at the girls game, people can try to grab a ball and make a basket to win a bag full of goodies.

The grand prize, which people will compete for during the boys game, is a trip for two to Hawaii.

Newberg High School is also promoting the Friday night games with a 'Gold Rush' theme, and some NHS students came to THS recently to see what the sports marketing class was doing for promotions.

'Newberg was surprised at how big an event it is,' Suttich said. 'This is the first time we've had a double-header like this. Usually when one team plays at home, the other plays away.'

The THS business marketing class will sell concessions at the games, and the sports marketing I students will have the option of working for extra credit.

'Friday night will be an opportunity to see both teams,' Suttich said. 'We're looking for lots of families to come. We learned a lot from doing this last year and have changed a lot of things.'