Globetrotters dazzle, delight crowd in Marshalltown

Thousands filled the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse Sunday to watch a performance by a group of world-famous athletes.

The Harlem Globetrotters had a packed house laughing, cheering and smiling as they showed off tricks and took on the World All-Stars.

“It was great,” said Scott Smith, MHS head men’s basketball coach. “They are talented basketball players and I just thought they were so entertaining. I brought my four boys with me and they just loved every second of it. They really engaged the crowd and made it fun. It was a great family experience.”

Paul Gregoire, of Fisher Controls, represented the Not in Our Town anti-bullying group during the game and played on the World All-Stars’ team against the Globetrotters.

“Obviously I’ve watched these guys on TV a lot and I’ve seen them once,” Gregoire said. “To think I would some day be on the same court with them and getting razzed by their big star was just something I never thought would happen, but I got the opportunity and it was just fun.”

During halftime, Main Street Dance Academy and the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA Dance Konnection competition team performed. Holly Roseland, one of the dancers, said she had fun performing for the big audience.

“It was a great experience having a huge crowd and it was just really fun to perform for them,” Roseland said. “They are so good and funny and it’s a great experience to watch them.”

After the game, fans emptied the bleachers and filled the court to get autographs and photos with the players.

“It’s really cool that they all go through and actually spend time to sign everyone’s,” said Emilee Johnson, of Grundy Center, after she got her Globetrotter basketball signed. “I liked all the tricks and the personalities of the guys.”

Aiddy Phomvisay, MHS principal, said the Harlem Globetrotters was an awesome event to have at the high school.

“It’s awesome to see the Roundhouse packed,” Phomvisay said. “I think this is what the future has in store for when we finish the Roundhouse, we would love to have more events such as this. I was even talking to some of the managers of the Globetrotters saying, ‘Come back when the Roundhouse is finished.'”

Nick Tiedt, of Richland, said he drove two hours to watch the game with his son.

“It was a blast,” Tiedt said. “My middle son loves basketball and this is the first game I’m taking him to where he is actually watching the whole game. It’s really great and we would definitely come back.”