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Leukemia Society scores big

Both teams came together as one for a group photo.

VINCE REMBULAT/The Bulletin


POSTED March 26, 2014 11:32 p.m.

School was in session at Stella Brockman School.

But this time the classroom was the hardwood – or this case synthetic – gym floors of the multi-purpose building, and the staff led by Erick Kimball provided a hoop clinic of sort Tuesday to his MUST League players.

“It was just for fun and for a good cause,” he said as his team consisting of Principal Candace Espinola, seventh-grade teacher AJ Williams, and fourth-grade instructors Beth Thomas and Sabrina Silva.

Rounding out the squad was head custodian Mauro Lopez and Nina Brochu, who also serves as coach for the girls MUST League team.

This time, she and Kimball, who coaches the boys’ team, led staff to a 52-35 victory in the fourth annual game.

“What’s fun about these games are that our students always remember them,” said Kimball.

His team took a 28-20 halftime lead and put the game out of reach early in the second half. Espinola opened a hoop and Thomas followed that up with a pair of field goals.

Staff also made the most of its superior size advantage as Kimball, Williams and Lopez controlled the boards on both ends of the court.

As a team, staff really had no time to practice prior to the game. “We just came out here and played,” said Kimball, who praised the strong turnout.

Proceeds from the attendance went to the Pennies for Patients Program, which supports the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

Katherine Ray, who is a former student of the school now attending Sierra High, collected the donated stuffed animals, as part of her ongoing service project to the community, to go to one of the children hospitals.

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