By Karen Butterfield
Union Missourian Editor
The inaugural Teachers’ Braggin’ Rights basketball game was held Friday night, Nov. 17.
High school staff faced off against teachers and staff throughout the district to raise funds for the district’s boys basketball program. Additionally, fourth- through eighth-grade teams scrimmaged before the faculty game and contests took place throughout the night.
In all, $900 was raised, said Boys Varsity Coach Chris Simmons.
Simmons said the idea for a braggin’ rights game came up through a friend, who held a similar event at Rockwood Summit.
“I wanted to do a fundraiser, but get the community involved as well,” he said, adding that there were hundreds of people in attendance and he has heard positive feedback.
The high school staff beat the elementary/middle school staff 58-55 in overtime, when Simmons hit the game-winning three after Matt Goddard hit a three on the other end to tie it.
“All fun and games until there was about three minutes to go in the fourth quarter, when you saw the competitive fire in everyone come out,” Simmons said. “I think all of us were going back to our golden years of playing high school athletics.”
The high school staff team consisted of Sarah Meiners, Justin Cranmer, Dan Kania, Josh Hall, Amy Hall, Chris Simmons, Taylor Juergens, Justin Grahl and Mike Mabe.
“The Others” team, which included teachers from each elementary school and the middle school, included Leslie Lause, Joanie Mabe, Matt Fennessey, Zach Hoffmann, Cedric Brown, Matt Goddard, Austin Peirick, Nick Kelley, Aaron Burd, Abby Brack and Louis Smith.
Simmons said he was excited to see teachers and principals from each school get involved, as well as fans for every school.
“Each had their own fan club,” he said. “Even for a non-basketball person, this event was enjoyable because the kids were having a good time.”
Plans for a redemption game are already underway for next year, Simmons said.