Pittsville Girls Down Port, Game Honors Legendary Pittsville and Port Edwards Coach Don Neve

Pittsville: 69, Port Edwards: 19

Halftime: 29-12
Pittsville and Port Edwards played their last regular season game for the 21-22 season on Thursday, Feb. 17.  Pittsville won the game 69-19, but the game was secondary to a bigger event that the two teams celebrated.  Pittsville held a Don Neve recognition night to honor a former coach who spent more than 30 years coaching in the Pittsville school district and added another 4 more years of coaching in Port Edwards.  Don Neve was the Pittsville girls’ head basketball coach from 1984-2000 and then served as an assistant basketball coach for several more years along with being an assistant football, baseball, and softball coach during many of those years as well.  He also has ties to Port Edwards.
Prior to his passing in 2019, Coach Neve was an assistant coach for the Port Edwards girls basketball team, where his daughter Deb is the coach and his granddaughters, Jade (2019 grad.)  and current senior Taylor Martin play.  A 50/50 raffle was held during the night where the proceeds will go to a scholarship at Pittsville High School set up in his name.
Scorers for Pittsville:  Haylee Zawislan: 14, Reese Grimm: 13, Brynn Friday: 9, Kaylee Jacobson: 8, Gwyneth Kumm: 8, Brooke Grossman: 7, Emma Bowden: 6, Kristin Zdun: 3,  Ava Jones: 1
3 pts.:  5,  3 by Grimm, 1 each  by Grossman and Zdun
Free Throws:  6-13
Scorers for Port Edwards: Nakita Borths: 7, Taylor Martin: 6,  Dakota Bares: 6
3 pts.  2, 1 each  by Borths and Martin
Freethrows:  5-10
Note: Photos are courtesy Don Patterson Photography
One is of the women who had attended the game and were former players of Don Neve and the other is of the extended Neve family who had gathered that night.


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David Keech is a math teacher in Wisconsin Rapids and public address announcer for Abbotsord High School. He officiates basketball, baseball, and softball in central Wisconsin. He has reported on amateur sports since 2011, known as 'KeechDaVoice.' David can be reached at [email protected]