Counting basketballs scores big for contest winners

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Tonya Davis (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)

When Bedford County Trustee Tonya Davis had a telephone message to call the Times-Gazette, she thought the newspaper might be seeking some sort of comment about the county's tax collections or finances.

Laura Pruitt (with son Jacob) (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)

Instead, she was one of four people randomly selected from among the correct respondents as a winner in our "Count The Basketballs" contest. Davis won a $50 Visa gift card donated by The Russell Center, one of the sponsors of the contest.

Davis has been following her bracket in the NCAA men's basketball tournament closely -- and a win in the "Count The Basketballs" contest does not affect a player's eligibility for the BracketBucks contest, which asked players to predict the winners and losers in the tournament.

The correct answer was 25.

Laura Pruitt says she relied on the help of her son Jacob in filling out her BracketBucks entry, including the "Count The Basketballs" game which won Pruitt a $50 gift card courtesy of Family Dentistry (Dr. David Barnes and Dr. Pam Chamberland).

Brady Parker (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)

"He's my sports advisor," said Laura, even though one might think that counting would be more her department -- she's an accountant by trade.

Bill Foley (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)

Brady Parker, a senior at Cascade High School, won a $50 gift card courtesy of Traders Bank in the "Count The Basketballs" contest, Parker also entered the BracketBucks contest and said his bracket was still in "pretty good" shape.

Bill Foley says he has never won a contest before, but now he is a winner of a pizza party by Papa John's in the "County The Basketballs" contest. Foley said he will donate the prize to Living Stones Community Church's youth program; his grandson William Feck is the youth pastor.

Dottie Reed of Shelbyville was our final "Count The Basketballs" winner, receiving a $50 gift card from Glen Oaks Health and Rehabilitation.