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Teachers win again in Staff vs. Students game at Yuma High
The students at Yuma High School are going to have to hear it from their teachers for another year.
For the second straight time, the Staff brushed aside the Students 71-61 in the 2nd Annual Pros vs. Joes basketball game on Wednesday night at Palace Gym.
“It's good that we don't have to hear about it for the entire year,” said Megan Johnson, a history teacher and JV girls basketball coach who scored five points for the staff in the win. The students team consisted of both the boys and girls basketball teams.
Some of the highlights:
• Ryan Fritz, the assistant principal, warned freshman Octavio Rios that last year he scored 20 points in the staff's win — something Rios brushed off while watching him warm up. Turned out the assistant principal was no joke, scoring 17 points — not to mention rebound after rebound.
“After watching him it's, like, Whoa! He really did!” Rios said of Fritz.
• Late in the second quarter, senior Emmalee Nitelet stole the ball and was driving the length of the court. Criminal baseball coach Judd Thrower was sprinting right behind her and I remember thinking, “He's not going to do what I think he's going to do, right?”
Sure enough, Thrower emphatically blocked her shot from behind, bringing playful jeers from the crowd, and Thrower seemed to enjoy his role as the moment's heel.
• Midway through the second quarter, Jeff Welsing, the Criminal wrestling coach who donned a cut-off sleeve as a headband, dribbled to the basket and his layup was way too strong.
“Too much weight room!” one of the students in the crowd heckled out.
Turned out there was a peanut gallery for the game, as well.
There were plenty of students showing up for the free event after school and Yuma High boys basketball coach — and game-leading scorer — Chris Turner called the turnout “100 percent” better than a year ago.
• For the students team, senior Brenden Young was lights-out from beyond the arc, hitting five 3-pointers for a team-high 17 points.
“Every now and then he'll be on,” Turner said. “He had a great game today. He got the boys MVP.”
• The students led only once all game long — after a basket by sophomore Shana Stewart made it 40-39 midway through the third quarter.
The staff responded with a basket by Fritz 12 seconds later, and the students never led the rest of the way.
In fact, the staff jumped out to an early 13-0 lead — six points by Mr. Fritz, four by Mr. Turner and three by Ms. Johnson.
“I got scared there for a little bit, but we started out on a run,” Turner said. “We got in the huddle late and said, ‘We're not losing to these kids.' Second time we did it, the second time we won.”
• At halftime, Yuma High did a half-court contest to give away two sets of four tickets to a Diamondbacks game and after the clock was winding down, it was announced that they were moving it up to the 3-point line.
But Oscar Sierras didn't get his half-court shot, yet. Sierras lined up and banked in his attempt from midcourt— the only person the entire halftime to send it through the net.
• Senior Alex Juarez, who was the starting point guard for the Criminal boys basketball team, scored a buzzer-beater layup at halftime and looked like he got another one in the third quarter, but it was waved off.
• Rios, who started for the Criminals boys basketball team, crossed girls basketball coach Nate Jurgens and softball coach Liz Huyck so badly, Huyck fell to the floor and lost a shoe.
Luckily for Huyck, it came late in the game and the staff had the game all but wrapped up.