By: Jenna Gonzales
Originally Published: April 16, 2013
As part of TCS’s First Annual March Madness, students learned basketball skills on teams of three in gym class during the month of March. The kids worked on shooting drills, dribbling relays, accuracy in shooting, and teamwork. Students were allowed to choose their own names for the teams that gym teacher Mrs. Beougher had selected.
The final three-on-three basketball tournaments were held between teams in the second through fifth grades and teams in the sixth through eighth grades. The students experienced what a real-life Temple basketball game is like as the tournament opened in prayer and the playing of our national anthem. Then the teams were introduced.
The junior high bracket consisted of sixteen teams with six-minute first round games, five-minute second round games, and six-minute final four and championship games. D.J. Clay, Micah Craig, and Katelynn Miller won the junior high championship game, and Rylan Ward and Judah Whitman took the honors as runner-up.
The elementary bracket consisted of fifteen teams. To determine who received the ball starting off, each team played “Rock, Paper, Scissors”. The winning team for the elementary grades was The Lakers (Brady Yingst, Ellie Clevenger, and Matthew Wise), and the Football Cats (Malachi White, Molly Killough, and Lizzie Helser) finished as the runner-up. At the end of the day, certificates were passed out to each player on the final four teams and the championship teams.
Students enjoyed the friendly competition as they cheered each other on during the tournament. Students were able to learn basketball skills and teamwork while making memories at the First Annual TCS March Madness.