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Jeannette High School tourney raises funds for family

| Thursday, April 4, 2013, 10:59 a.m.
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Sophomores Terell Canady and Julian Batts won the first Jeannette High School two-on-two March Madness competition.

Jeannette High School's Alpha Hi-Y club held its first-ever, two-on-two March Madness basketball tournament late last month.

Paul Shifko, club sponsor, said the tournament was held during Project 103 time at the end of each school day. Players had to donate $2 each to play and then students donated $1 to watch.

The money collected for the event benefitted the family of a former Jeannette High School student: Mike Collier Jr., who lost his 8-year-old son Michael in a fire in Indiana County. Another son, Dominic, was injured in the blaze. Fundraisers held to benefit the family have raised money to offset funeral and healthcare costs that have impacted the family.

Nineteen teams and more than 140 students took part in the event.

The tournament set up with games to seven points until the semi-finals, then 11 points in the finals.

In the final game, Julian Batts and Terell Canady, both sophomores, defeated seniors Duke Brown and Brandon Krautz, by one point to win.

The Brown/Krautz team was coming off of an emotionally draining semi-final win over teachers and heavy tournament favorites Zac Karas and Matt Lebe.

Alpha Hi-Y officers Ryan Kish, Arnell Guest and Colton Gnesda organized the event and hope that it continues and grows even bigger next year.

“This is yet another example of our students showing the community pride and spirit that is unique to communities like ours,” said Shifko. “Our students and the people of Jeannette always rally to help each other in moments of need and this is another event that should be recognized.”

Kristie Linden is an editor for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at klinden@tribweb.com or 724-838-5154.

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