November 19, 2013

Games against Casper provide preview of season to come

Who better to know exactly how to cook a great hamburger than the people who are actually involved with growing the beef? This Saturday, November 23rd, the Northeastern Junior College  Beef Booster Club will be grilling up hundreds of beef patties as part of its’ annual burger feed program which helps kick of a season, or build attendance at games during  the basketball season at Northeastern Junior College.  The NJC teams will be playing Casper College. The men will play at 3 p.m. as part of the Ramada Classic taking place that weekend. The women will take the court at 5 p.m.  This will be the first real opportunity for fans in this area to see the teams in action with an opponent from the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Region IX.  Season outlooks for both the men and women  are looking especially good based on some of the pre-season tournament play.

Cooking for a cause. Beef Boosters who have prepared burgers in the past for Northeastern Junior College athletic events include (left to right) Brett Erickson, Steve Wagner and Gene Manuello.

Beef Boosters who have prepared burgers in the past for Northeastern Junior College athletic events include (left to right) Brett Erickson, Steve Wagner and Gene Manuello. The public is invited to show up and enjoy a burger during NJC games being played this Saturday afternoon against Casper. (Courtesy Photo)

For a number of years now, the Beef Boosters pull a grilling rig up onto the court in front of the Bank of Colorado Event Center and fill the air with the aroma of good beef.  Those who come to the game get to fill up on free burgers as part of the price of admission. Cooking will start in time to have burgers going into the buns a little before 3 p.m.  Admission cost is $5 for seniors and non-NJC students and $6 for other adults.  Usually student athletes help with the serving of the burgers. Condiments and a side item like potato chips accompany the burgers.  What a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon in Sterling. You get fed and also enjoy some good basketball.

Beef Boosters  is a northeastern Colorado  organization which supports NJC athletics.  The group purchases items not covered by the regular athletic budget.  Among items donated by Beef Boosters are the trophy cases found on the second floor of the Bank of Colorado Event Center and the framing and mounting of the athletic pictures in the lobby.  They have also helped fund the expense of the new bleachers at Plainsman Field. Each year the Beef Boosters host one or more free hamburger nights to kick off the volleyball season and to help generate attendance at basketball games.

This group of individuals purchase one or more steers per year, pay for the feed for the steers and then upon sale of the steer(s), donate the money to NJC athletics.  You need not be a cattleman or woman to participate, you can sponsor a steer, or choose to donate cash to the program. For more information and details about Beef Boosters, contact Gene Manuello at 522-7639.