Celebrities fall short at 'Hoops for Hospice'

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MARQUETTE-- 'Dancing with Our Stars' is a competition presented by the Upper Peninsula Home Health and Hospice. Reed Benton and Jennifer Huetter, one of the couples competing in that event put on a charity basketball game tonight, 'Hoops for Hospice.'

Local celebrities from the Marquette area took on Northern Michigan University basketball players to help raise money for the cause. 

Sean Geary, Wells Fargo District Manager says, "We got a lot more people than them. Some really good basketball players. Some people, who it might be there first time on the court, but everyone's playing hard and it's really been a lot of fun."

Karla McCutcheon, a former NMU basketball player says "I think it was just all in fun. As far as the success, I would think with all the young and former on our team we should definitely be coming out on top. Again, it was just the excitement and the fun. And I think it brought a lot of smiles to peoples faces."

Jake Durant, Local 3 Sports Director says, "We started the game off really good. We lead most of the first half, which was kind of surprising but our team is playing good. We're passing the ball around and everyone is getting involved."

The local celebrities were very close to claiming victory but fell short to NMU 60-59. Benton and Huetter agreed that the event was a huge success and they are thinking of doing something like this again next year. 

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