Students face off against teachers in basketball game

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Students Versus Staff basketball game featured fun events between the quarters. They had the cheerleaders dance, a 50/50 raffle and a T-shirt launch. Pictured is the T-shirt launcher used by the school's robotics department.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Students Versus Staff basketball game is an annual event at the middle school. They had a full game with four quarters, referees, cheerleaders, concessions, programs and a scoreboard.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Austintown Middle School basketball players took on staff members in a game of basketball on April 12. The school and PTA organized and split the profits evenly.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The school basketball coaches chose 12 seventh- and eighth-grade boys and girls from the basketball teams to compete in the event. They took on a team of teachers, principals and basketball coaches.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Principal Ben Baldner said that the students enjoy the Students Versus Staff game and asked him about it throughout the school year. The event gave the cheerleaders and basketball players another event to participate in before the school year ends. Pictured, students took turns shooting half-court shots.

By ZACK SHIVELY

zshively@vindy.com

Austintown Middle School hosted a basketball game between the students and staff members on April 12 in the gymnasium.

The school worked with the PTA to organize and run the event. They set up events between each quarter and had the concession stand open like any other basketball game. The funds raised during the event were split between the PTA and the school.

“It’s a fundraiser for the PTA and the school, but it’s really for the kids,” said principal Ben Baldner. He took over the head principal job at the middle school this school year after previously being at the high school. He said the students kept asking him about the game throughout the year, so he knew he had to continue the tradition.

The team of students included six boys and six girls from the seventh- and eighth-grade basketball teams. The basketball coaches selected the players to be on the student team. Dorothy Reppy, coach for seventh-grade basketball team, coached the students.

The schools’ cheerleaders cheered on their classmates during the event. After the first quarter, they did a dance routine.

Baldner said the event gave the basketball players and cheerleaders another opportunity to play and cheer with the school year winding down and the basketball season ending.

The staff included STEM instructor Douglas Eisenbraun, eighth-grade math teacher Carlo Trafficante, seventh-grade math teacher Alexandra Cardarelli, principals Baldner and Dominic Daltorio, eighth-grade boys coach Daymien, eighth-grade girls coach Darris and freshman girls coach Balint. Student Evan Sahli coached the team.

The event began with team introductions and the singing of the National Anthem by student Elizabeth Jadue. Between the quarters, they had the cheerleaders do a dance routine, a t-shirt launcher from the robotics team, a half-court shot chance and a 50/50 raffle.

The game acted very much like their normal basketball game, complete with referees, in the form of girls from the freshman basketball team, a concessions stand, a program, a scoreboard and a loud students’ section. The program included the players, the agenda, organizers and fun facts about each of the players, such as Cardarelli’s blurb that read “thought this was a softball game.”

The staff team beat the students, but all of the players on both teams seemed to enjoy themselves. Baldner said the students enjoy the game a great deal.

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