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Red Bay students best coaches

J.R. Tidwell/FCT Michael Ramirez of the students goes up for a tip against John Torisky of the Coaches. Levi Humphres of the Students came to be called “Spongebob” throughout the game thanks to his bright T-shirt.
J.R. Tidwell/FCT
Michael Ramirez of the students goes up for a tip against John Torisky of the Coaches. Levi Humphres of the Students came to be called “Spongebob” throughout the game thanks to his bright T-shirt.

RED BAY — Good versus evil. David versus Goliath. Light versus dark.

These premises have been the concept behind many a work of fiction over the years, but in some cases such battles for supremacy do indeed grace the realm of reality. One such struggle that has existed for centuries is the battle between students and those who teach and coach them.

It had been a few years wait, but the senior students at Red Bay High School once again found themselves facing off against their teachers and coaches.

Some said that the coaches had won every contest for the past 25 years.

Others said the teachers had never been beaten in this battle of wits, talent and resolve.

But the school’s instructors made one fatal flaw this year; they let senior basketball players compete for the students.

Varsity basketball players like Michael Ramirez, Levi Humphres, Austin Thorn and Lexy Lindsey represented the students, while coaches like Donnie Hastings, Greg Cash, John Torisky and Leah Torisky toed the line for the teachers.

Things got off to a fast start, as the students took a 18-8 lead in the early goings.

The teachers, under the play of Cash, Torisky and Hastings, battled back to within a few points.

No one in the gym could have asked for a better game, as the score was tied 26-26 going into halftime.

Key plays by Humphres, Ramirez and Tyler Hastings helped put the students back on top despite a “malfunction” of the scoreboard that may have added a point or two in the teachers’ favor.

Two of the three students “officials” were biased, one for the coaches and one for the students, while the other, Barry Reach, seemed to be fine with staring off into space. In the end it was the students that came out the winner at 55-45 and picked up bragging rights until next year. Coach Hastings was the unofficial MVP of the game with 16 points scored.

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