Troy Howard Middle School sixth- and seventh-grade girls basketball players will hold several upcoming fundraising events so they might have the opportunity to pass, dribble and shoot this winter.

The middle school sixth- and seventh-grade program was cut from the school budget for 2010-11. Thus, the young players have started to hold events to raise the $2,300 needed to keep the team. That amount is based on the fact head coach Stanley Sturgis will volunteer to guide the team for free.

The middle school will have eighth-grade basketball teams for boys and girls.

The players will host a Troy Howard Middle School dance on Friday, Sept. 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. for students in grades sixth through eighth. There will be a bake sale at the dance and the team will sell raffle tickets for another fundraiser. The team is raffling a cord of seasoned firewood, quilts, artwork, a free haircut from Makin Waves hair salon with gift basket and 10 pounds of lobsters. Raffle tickets are $1 apiece or $5 for six.

The young Lion players will hold a bottle drive on Saturday, Sept. 11 at 10 a.m. at Troy Howard. They will take the bottles to Little River Redemption in Belfast.

Additionally, coach Sturgis will hold clinics to benefit the team on Saturday, Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. These clinics will be held at the middle school. The clinic cost is $20 for both days and is open to girls in grades third through eighth. Payment can be made at the clinic.

For more information, contact Jaime Sturgis at 323-6730 or e-mail her at sturgisconstruction@myfairpoint.net.

VillageSoup sports staff can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at sports@villagesoup.com.