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Donkey basketball raises funds for band trip

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Donkeys for Disney

Coach Tuerck attempts to control her donkey.

Coach Tuerck attempts to control her donkey.

Harpreet Walia

Coach Tuerck attempts to control her donkey.

Harpreet Walia

Harpreet Walia

Coach Tuerck attempts to control her donkey.

The band boosters sponsored a donkey basketball game on Sunday to raise money for the band’s Disney World trip during spring break. They raised $2,200 from ticket sales only, and the concession stand money will be counted and added later.

“I thought the event was great for the community,” participant and girls’ athletic director Sally Whitaker said. “We were glad to help the band raise money.”

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The four teams competing were the Misfits, the Fairfield Globetrotters, the Old School Ballers, and the Twisted Sisters. The Twisted Sisters’ members included many familiar faces from the high school, including Whitaker, counselor Lindy Neill, ag teacher Jenny Clopton, math teacher Nicole Crawford, aide Jana Childers, English teacher Kacie Tuerck, and speech teacher Tarsha Graves.

“My main objective was to be able to get on the donkey and stay on the donkey,” Neill said. “But it was so much fun cheering on my talented coworkers. This was one of the best fundraisers I have ever participated in for such a great cause.”

The Old School Ballers competed and won first game of the day against the Fairfield Globetrotters. The Twisted Sisters won their first game against the Old School Ballers and advanced to the final round against the Misfits. The Misfits won the championship game with a score of 10-8.

“I’m very proud of our team,” Crawford said. “I was surprised when my donkey sprinted to the goal and stopped just in time for me to score.”

In the transition between the second game and the championship game, Whitaker competed in a rock paper scissors tournament against Teague law enforcement officer Welcon Alexander. Whitaker won, extending her rock paper scissors win streak.

“I didn’t realize I would be defending my rock paper scissors title during donkey basketball,” Whitaker said. “But thankfully, my title is safe.”

Senior Molly Allred, junior high teacher Elizabeth Partain, and junior high secretary Christi Allred made up the sanitation crew, who cleaned up a total of three “accidents”.

“I was honored to be on the sanitation crew,” Molly said. “The stench was pretty overwhelming, but I’ll do anything for my band.”