The first Hoops for Heart competition at Beaty Warren Middle School was a great success, raising more than $3,600 for the American Heart Association.
"The kids have been busy raising money through sponsors and donations for the 'hot shot blitz' competition," said Kristine Conn. "Anyone who raised $100 or more could play against the faculty in the basketball game."
The 'hot shot blitz' competition was a one-minute long, head-to-head shootout at opposite ends of the basketball court, with the top scorers moving on in each round. Winning the finals of the 'hot shot blitz' competition was Jake Funari as he blazed his way through the final three head-to-head competitions.
Times Observer photo by Brian Collins
Mrs. Conn (left) flanks Mrs. White (middle) as she races down the court. Mrs. Morrison (right) impedes a student’s ability to pursue. Despite an obvious ‘travel’ by Mrs. White, the referees turned a blind eye and allowed play to continue as the teachers ran up the score early in the game. A late comeback by the students resulted in a score too close to call.
Setting the bar high for future competitions, the sixth grade raised the most money with an impressive $2,052 in donations. Coming in second was the seventh grade with $948.98 and finishing third was the eighth grade with $641, to bring the grand total to $3,641.98.
Christy Mastrian from the American Heart Association was present to accept the check on Thursday during the competition.
The event finished with the first match-up between the students and the faculty.
Participants on the faculty side, coached by Mr. Nowacki, were: Mrs. Salvatore, Mrs. Morrison, Mr. Madigan, Mrs. Conn, Mrs. Franklin, Mrs. Elms, Mrs. White, Mr. Onuffer, Mr. Wright, Mr. Penley, and Mrs. Mead.
Participants on the students' side, coached by Mr. Gignac and raising $100 or more, were:
Griffin Suppa - $650
Tyler Gillotti - $200
Noah Becker - $185
Caitlin Strassburg - $182
Connor Rosborough - $140
Mabrukhe Tagba - $130
Abby Arnold - $125
Ashley Haley and Derick Nowacki - $120
Abby Waterman - $105
CC Cutro, Laura Lucks, Nathan Edie, Kadee Merenick, Colin Blair, Lily Morse, Oakleigh Gilbert, and Hope Colvin - $100
While there was no clear winner in the game, a final basket that was worth five points might have given the students a hard-earned victory over the teachers.