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Seniors take on faculty for FBLA fundraising basketball game PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brenda Johnson Brandt   

Fundraising was truly fun raising Saturday, April 6 when the HHS chapter of Future Business Leaders of America hosted basketball games featuring members of the senior class vs. faculty members.

Seasoned high school players and veteran faculty players joined with rookie teammates for a fun evening of entertainment.

FBLA president and Saturday’s event coordinator Molly Brandt was pleased with the response from students, faculty and the crowd who came to watch.


Teacher Ashley Clayton passes to a teammate in the women’s game Saturday night. Pictured from left are Molly Brandt, Elissa Baker, Clayton, Gaby Chavez, Sarah Dille, Cierra Prelle and Erin Vieselmeyer. Seniors won 18-13. —Enterprise photo

The event served as a fundraiser to help send FBLA members to leadership conferences. Members agree it’s nice when a fundraiser can also be a lot of fun.

Enthusiasm for the activity extended beyond members of FBLA. Rachel Schneider wanted to help, so she offered to run the clock. Seniors on the girls’ and boys’ teams weren’t necessarily FBLA members, but joined the effort nonetheless.


Clockrunner Rachel Schneider, pictured at right, enjoys the light commentary by announcer Ben Martinez.

—Enterprise photo

Tom Bennett and Corey Zeiler appeared to be having a good time as they volunteered their time to officiate the two ball games Saturday.

FBLA vice president Ben Martinez, still sporting a hand injury, was unable to play in the ball games but served as announcer for the event. Those sitting near him enjoyed his humorous commentary and thought he should have been on the mic.


Senior José Jaquez is on the run and gun as Cutter Garrison and teammate Trae McCallum keep up.

—Enterprise photo

Band instructor Miko Martinez and vocal music teacher Marcia Dalton were in the crowd and agreed there needed to be some pep band music. Off to the band room they went to pick up instruments so the school fight song and more could add to the atmosphere of the evening.

Martinez on saxophone and Dalton on trombone were joined by teacher Karen Pieper on trumpet, as well as senior Alyssa Cordova on percussion and Molly Brandt on bass clarinet.


Pep band music added to Saturday’s atmosphere. Instrumentalists are pictured from left, Alyssa Cordova, Karen Pieper, Miko Martinez and Marcia Dalton.  

—Enterprise photo

Kids came to the floor for a knock-out round during halftime of the men’s game. Erin Vieselmeyer defeated her sister Megan for the win.

Faculty members came through with some surprises in basketball talent, as did previously non-playing senior class members.

In the first game of the evening, the female faculty led 4-0 to start the game, but the senior girls came through for the 18-13 win.

Numerous antics brought smiles to the refs, as well as the crowd, in the six-minute quarters.

Senior girls playing in the game were Elissa Baker, Brandt, Gaby Chavez, Cordova, Cierra Prelle and Erin Vieselmeyer.

Faculty members were Allie Billings, Ashley Clayton, Sarah Dille, Kristie Ham, Susan Ortner, Karen Pieper, Nancy Pillard and Rhonda Smith.


Senior Alyssa Cordova looks for help over the defensive efforts from Rhonda Smith and Nancy Pillard.

—Enterprise photo

Subs rotated in to give team members a break, but the refs turned their backs on the eight-member faculty team that was on the court for much of the last quarter of the game.

The men’s game was a little more competitive and much higher scoring. The senior boys led 22-20 at halftime, but the faculty pulled off the 48-40 win.

Witnesses agree one of the highlights of the game occurred early-on when senior Troy McAtee lobbed up a long-shot to score a 3-pointer. He surprised himself, and his resulting expression was priceless.


Nic Balog puts up a shot in the men’s game. Pictured from left are Guy Kuntz, Brett Cumming, Deyten Klein, ref Tom Bennett, Balog and Logan Zeiler. The faculty won the men’s game, 48-40.  —Enterprise photo

Late in the game, Deyten Klein scored a shot from so far out that the refs deemed it a 4-pointer.

Senior team members were Brett Cumming, Cesar Hinostroza, José Jaquez, Klein, McAtee, Trae McCallum and Logan Zeiler.

Men’s faculty members included Nic Balog, Chuck Bruce, Stefan Betley, Scott Dille, Cutter Garrison, Guy Kuntz, Ben Rahe and John Zilla.


Holyoke Enterprise April 11, 2013