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Students set to end staff domination in annual hoops showdown


In a much anticipated showdown, the students of Merrillville High School are set to face off against their teachers and staff members in the annual basketball game. 

It has been over a decade since the students won the basketball game against the staff. With bragging rights and school pride on the line, both teams are primed for a day of fierce competition.

Coach Bo Patton has made it very clear that “I’m not worried about any students, especially not Mark Dilosa.” 

As the countdown to tip-off begins, anticipation will be running high among students and staff. The student team is eager to prove themselves against their teachers and administrators. 

Meanwhile, the staff squad, boasting experience and wisdom, is determined to defend their honor on the court.

Seniors Noah Molenda and Sedrick Swygert both agree that this year the students will take the W.

My techniques are just to get down the board, snag rebounds, and play some defense,” Swygert said.  

The students do have one concern.

“The biggest worry on the teacher’s side is Coach Patton,” Noah Molenda said. “We know he’s done his thing in the past, but this year will be different.” 

In the hallways and classroom of Merrillville High School, excitement is palpable as students and staff members alike are getting geared up for the game. With the gymnasium decked out in banners and balloons, the stage is set for an unforgettable evening of basketball action.

As the final preparations are made and the teams have one more day to practice, one thing is certain: tomorrow’s game will be one for the ages. Win or lose, the student vs. staff basketball game serves as a testament to the spirit of unity. So grab your popcorn, don your grade level’s color, and get ready to cheer your heart out as these two teams go head-to-head in the ultimate battle for school dominance.

In addition to Molenda and Swygert here are the rest of their teammates: David Strickland, Andre Scott, Joshua Brown, Kavon Wright, Levay Thomas, Cedric Polk, Javeion Gills, Charles Lewis, Cassidy Jones, Ty Mercer, Christopher Poe, Marktavia Benyoun, Deshaun Rhule and Wiley Creal.

In addition to Coach Patton here is the rest of his team: Mr. David Pritt, Mr. Jason Sonnenberg, Mr. Daniel Klimczak, Mr. Connor Buxton, Mr. Joey Traina, Mr. Craig Fruth, Ms. Kristin McGee, Mr. Paul Unterfranz, Mr. Will Fulton, Mr. Thomas Mackey, Mr. Cameron Ashley, Mr. Myron Jenkins, Mr. Nick Riley, Mr. Jacob Van Doren, Mr. Dontrell Pope and Ms. Murray.

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