McKeesport Area School District's Centennial Elementary students, parents gather for hoops contest
By Jennifer R. Vertullo
Published: Saturday, March 2, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
McKeesport Area families brought their game to Centennial Elementary for a Friday evening basketball competition.
The school's third annual Bring Ya Game event drew 36 students and their parents for a hoops contest with shots worth 5, 10, 25 and 50 points. Leading the group were first-grader Kyla Cash, first place; fourth-grader Devin Lawrence, second place; and first-grader Jalea Walker, third place.
The most important rule of Friday's competition was to have fun, organizer Anthony St. Angelo said.
Jason Belyeu, who took to the court with his daughter, third-grader Jasona Belyeu, said “fun” is the best way to describe Bring Ya Game.
“It was fun playing basketball with the kids and really feeling like a kid,” he said.
Students said they enjoyed bonding time with their adult teammates.
“It was fun, because me and my dad got to shoot hoops,” first-grader Colton Kotouch said. “It's not about winning, it's about how you play.
St. Angelo, who teaches physical education at Centennial and Francis McClure Intermediate School, said he was impressed with students' performance and sportsmanship. He said basketball provides a good opportunity to get people active in the school.
“It brings the parents, kids and community together,” he said.
Principal Staci Fitzpatrick thanked St. Angelo for organizing the event and running it with help of staff Anthony Moranelli, Craig Slafka, Beth Gumbert and Kwienton Gregory. In previous years, Bring Ya Game was a morning activity organized by physical education teacher Chris Clark.
Fitzpatrick thanked families for changing their Friday night routines and encouraged parents to continue participation in school activities.
“Anything you can do to get involved with your kids is a great thing,” she said.
Jennifer R. Vertullo is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1956, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Family, McKeesport community grieves for girl, 14, killed by truck
- Lincoln Way work finally set to begin
- Clairton Seuss Cafe just what doctor ordered for love of reading
- McKeesport-area officials on lookout for landslides
- New McKeesport committee to focus on community issues
- License transfer paves way for new restaurant in McKeesport
- AIU forum bashes governor’s education budget
- McKeesport middle school student struck by dump truck dies in hospital
- Wilmerding Y surviving Ice Plant shutdown
- Father-son funeral directors in Duquesne lead industry, community
- Wall landmark may be demolished