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Waterloo Wonders Day set for Oct. 5: Events to commemorate famous basketball team

WATERLOO — The second annual Waterloo Wonders Day is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 5.

Jonda Carpenter, an art teacher at Symmes Valley High School and organizer of the event, says it is aimed at commemorating the History of the Famous Waterloo Wonders basketball team, who were back-to-back Ohio state high school basketball champions in 1934 and 1935.

Carpenter is a part of WOW Ministries, who is putting the event together. The group is inviting the community to take part in the event, which is free, open to the public and will take place at the church, located at 12335 County Road 14 in Waterloo.

“The Waterloo Wonder Memorial Garden will be officially dedicated, and there will be a museum area that will display historical artifacts from the basketball team and Waterloo School,” Carpenter said.

She said there will also be food vendors, as well as commemorative items for sale.

“There is also a cornhole tournament and a free throw tournament, with trophies and prizes for the winners,” she said.

Carpenter said the group has also pushed to have the street leading to the former Waterloo High School renamed from Elm Street to Wonder Way. The motion was accepted by the Lawrence County Commission earlier this month and has been referred to the county engineer’s office.

Those seeking more information or wanting to register for one of the tournaments are asked to visit the W.O.W. Ministries Facebook page.