UNION, NJ – The rivalry between Kawameeh and Burnet Middle School alumni heated up once again on a recent Saturday afternoon. The 5th Annual Burnet/Kawameeh Softball Rumble was held at Biertuempfel Park with Burnet and Kawameeh grads prepared to play hard and win the trophy for their alma mater.
“This is a great, unique event,” said event organizer and Burnet graduate Bill Scheiner.
“Kawameeh has actually won the last three in a row,” said Scheiner. “It’s all about having fun. We all grew up in Union. We have strong ties to this town and we really have a lot of respect for it.”
“I know Bill is itching to get the trophy back this year,” said Kawameeh grad Gary Freeman before the game. “We’re going to try to hold onto it.”
“We’ve been toying with these guys the last few years,” kidded Scheiner. “We’ve lured them into a false sense of security. We know we’re a better team. We know we’re a better school,” he said in anticipation of the game.
Scheiner, a Burnet graduate, said the event began as a result of a discussion he had with a friend who attended Kawameeh about which school was better. “We thought about having a football game to hash it out,” said Scheiner, “but since a lot of us are over 50, we decided on softball.”
All of the funds raised by the event, via a 50/50 and individual donations, are donated to the Township of Union Education Foundation.
Kawameeh grads pulled off the win again this year, winning with a 12-2 victory over Burnet.
Scheiner said they are looking for younger players to get involved next year. “Players are getting older so we’re trying to branch out to the younger alumni.”