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Issue Date: Wednesday, May 04, 2011 Issue: May 2011 Last Update: Wednesday, June 15, 2011
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At-a-glance

Extra credit: The teachers won the annual Staff vs. Student Basketball game this year. Clutching the trophy are custodian Jeremy Joyce, Jamie Glinz, Vernon Burden, Ernie Taber and Terrance MacEvans. - Andrew Melton
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The staff put their dominance on display this year in the annual Student vs. Staff Basketball game. In a convincing victory, the staff came out on top, defeating the students by a final score of 40-25.

The students appeared focused and confident in warm-ups, sporting their black and white customized team shirts with nicknames on the back, but this confidence didn’t translate into success. The students got off to a hot start, breaking out to a 5-0 lead, but after that, everything went downhill for them.

Leading the staff team was Junior Varsity Football Coach Terrance MacEvans and custodian Jeremy Joyce, who finished with 17 and 9 points respectively. The staff broke out to a double-digit lead in the second quarter and never relinquished it.

The game was filled with turnovers and missed shots by the students, and the student squad just looked out of sync. "We had a team full of guards, and we weren’t really prepared like we thought we were," said senior Lamonte "Magic City" Lane after the game. Lane provided a modest 3 points, and was one of only 5 students to score.

The student team’s only significant contributor was senior Marlon "3-Point" Douglass, whose smooth jumper led the team with 15 points. No other student scorer added more than 3 points.

The highlight of the game was Jeremy Joyce’s ankle-breaking crossover on senior wrestler Craig "Too Short" Lewis. His iconic tumble in the middle of the floor after being overwhelmed by the quickness of Joyce drew more reaction from the crowd than any other point in the game, and many talked about it afterwards. "Man, Too Short got his butt broke down by Janitor Joyce. That’s messed up how he got rocked in the middle of the floor like that," junior Thomas Clay said laughing after the game.

But, the halftime show didn’t disappoint. It was highlighted by a dance-off between senior Carthel Garth and sophomore Tre’Vonte Dixon that energized the crowd. While Dixon prevailed victorious in the end, both participants put on a crowd-pleasing show. "Both of them were good, and I think it could’ve gone either way," sophomore Mariah Bonds said. "The crowd just cheered a lot louder for Tre for whatever reason."

The halftime show also included a half-court shot contest where everyone was a winner, and an entertaining Kentucky Derby race with stick horses won by sophomore Calvin Hemphill.

Many students were quick to point out that they had fun at the game this year, and were generally satisfied with the show. "I thought it was a real good show, and think they did a nice job of putting it together," senior Desmond Barnes said.

Math teacher and three-sport coach Vernon Burden, who put the staff team together, gloated about the staff victory. "Make sure that trophy is in my classroom on Monday," he said with a wry smile.

Burden and the staff can be proud because their victory will be the first one engraved on the new trophy purchased this year. The trophy has a panel to record the Staff vs Students game scores for years to come. The first line to be engraved on the trophy is "2010-2011: Staff-40 Students-25."

Many students - upper- and underclassmen - hope that next year will be a different story.

 


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