Durgee Jr. High School was buzzing Friday March 7 as the eighth grade teachers battled the ninth grade teachers in the third annual eighth vs. ninth grade basketball game.
This yearly event was created by teachers Gennaro D'Agastino, Kristen Filipski and David Sebast. Each year the money raised goes to a different charity of choice, with this year's earnings donated to Coaches vs. Cancer.
"We wanted to help raise money for cancer research," D'Agastino said. "A lot of students and faculty have been affected. It's a good school wide production."
A portion of the money raised will go to the Freshman Council to help the class of 2011.
Last year the turnout was roughly 350 people, and this year's turnout was a whopping 450 people crowded in the Durgee gym. Throughout the week students could buy tickets at their lunch, along with T-shirts, red for the ninth graders, black for the eighth graders. The T-shirt was designed by ninth grader, Nicole Gerde. Also during the lunch periods, two jars were set up, one for the eighth grade and one for the ninth grade. The grade that raised the most money during the week started out the game with a five-point lead.
The eighth graders won the battle of the jars and started the game with the five-point lead, and never looked back. Around 35 teachers from the two grades battled it out, right down to the final quarter. There were also faculty cheering the teachers on and running security. As predicted by D'Agastino, the eighth grade teachers emerged victorious in what turned out to be a tight game, 47-44. Eighth grade social studies teacher Pete Fiorini played an exceptional game earning the nights MVP.
The game was really awesome," said ninth grader Nicole Bourdon. "It was loud, intense, and fun, even though my DDP/PLTW teacher, Mr. McCaffery, didn't even play for the ninth grade team.