By Ivonne Perez
LHS fans and supporters raised $2000 this year in the 2nd annual Hoops for Hope event played by teachers competing against each other in a basketball game coached by students to raise money for the Make-A-Wish foundation. Sponsored by Student Council the popular event featured Pomalinks and Ground Zero performances during half time, Student Council member Taylor Headley said.
“A lot of students predicted that the Red Team was going to win,” Student Council sponsor Niki Barnes said, but the Black Team ended up winning by a score of 55-50 in double overtime.
“We have never had an overtime game before,” English Teacher and Red Team player Justin Holbein said. “Mark Craig from the Transition Program made a free throw so we get an overtime. Then we got a tie, a second overtime, and then we lost. It was hard, because I’m old, so we were not prepared to play two more extra periods following the regular game. I officially retire from the Red Team,” Holbein said.
“Hoops For Hope was really fun this year,” Social Studies teacher and Black Team member Chris Turley said. “Obviously the Black Team got the win which was good. A lot of kids came out and a lot of other fans showed up, so that was really awesome and had a really fun time.”
Black Team the coaches were Jason Towery, and Keshawn Wilson. The players were Social Studies Teacher Lindsey Herting, Health Teacher Megan Statton, ELL Teacher Sam Russell, Special Education Teacher Katie Speicher, Team Sports Teacher Dan Beckman, Transition Program teacher Mark Craig, and Geometry Teacher Pat Janike.
Red Team coaches were Frank Cuddy, Aundre Gilbert, and Anthony Evans. The players were Social Studies teacher Andrew Bargen, World History teacher Jarrell Green, Business teacher Nick Madsen, Geometry teacher Shannon Wiig, World Language teacher Maria Mendez, Administration Office secretary Jennifer Nichols, Oral Com. Teacher Justin Holbein, and Campus Supervisor John Goodwin.