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McKeesport Area School District's Centennial Elementary students, parents gather for hoops contest

| Saturday, March 2, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Centennial third-grader Caleb Holbrook attempts a 10-point shot as his mom Lisa Jones watches during the school's third annual Bring Ya Game competition on Friday.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News
Centennial third-grader Caleb Holbrook attempts a 10-point shot as his mom Lisa Jones watches during the school's third annual Bring Ya Game competition on Friday. Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News

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 jvertullo@tribweb.com.

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