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    rhiannonyee

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    Key Club Basketball Tournament

    Post  rhiannonyee on Tue Sep 08, 2009 10:28 pm

    The Key Club’s 13th Annual Basketball Tournament dawned bright and early on the morning of Saturday, Aug. 22, at Dana Middle School. Teams from all around Arcadia registered for a fee of $10, while spectators paid $5.
    To intensify the competition, Key Club provided a wide array of amazing prizes for the top three teams, many of which were donated by prominent businesses around Arcadia who sponsored the event. Each team battled for the first place prize of a $50 gift card to Ichima Sushi, a $25 Islands gift card, and two gift certificates to In-N-Out.
    Key Club president Carpus Tin oversaw the games while volunteers from the local YMCA refereed the games. Although a high school club hosted the tournament, the majority of the participating teams were college students or older. All the players seemed talented and experienced, but in fact most of them had not practiced with their team much. Keita Teranishi, a player from the team So Cal, explains that his team had been formed because “one guy [on the team] knew everyone else and [they] all just showed up to play together.” On the other hand, another team, the Porta-Potties, “practice[d] together all the time during the summer and [are] close friends,” says Arcadia alum Nina Nurena. Though the day was blisteringly hot with scarcely any shade, a relaxed and jovial atmosphere was maintained throughout the tournament with the players good-naturedly teasing each other.
    By noon, all preliminary games were over and the players hungrily rushed to eat lunch in the shade. Luckily, Key Club was armed and ready with pizza and plenty of ice-cold water. During lunch, Key Club held a raffle and a Free Throw contest. For the Free Throw contest players received one minute to shoot as many free throws as possible. After a couple of minutes of frenzied tossing, Bob Alvarado emerged as the winner, a spectator who just wanted to try his luck.
    Once lunch drew to a close the players geared up for the quarterfinals. According to Carpus Tin, “there were only eight teams this year, which is a lot less than the twenty-one teams last year“, so the eight teams quickly dwindled to four in the semifinals and the final game culminated in a face-off between Drano, three- time champions, and the Porta-Potties. The final game lasted a bit longer than the rest, for a total of 20 minutes.
    Both teams stood out since the Porta-Potties had the only two girls in the whole tournament and Drano was the only team with uniforms. Although Drano scored first, the Porta-Potties quickly retaliated and the game was well underway. Lots of teamwork and many assists on both sides kept the game interesting and lively. While the girls were much shorter than the opposing team members, they held their own. The whistle signaled the end of the exhausting first half with the score tied at 7.
    After taking a quick breather and getting some water, both teams charged back on the court to start off the second half. Porta-Potties team member Kimberly Wong quickly got hold of the ball and dribbled into Drano territory. Family members and friends cheered for their teams and the cry of “Air ball!” rang out from the defeated players on the sidelines every time the ball missed the hoop. Finally, after a close game of back and forth dribbling, Drano took the title, beating the Porta-Potties 20-11. The players pat each other on the back and hugged everyone to celebrate their victory, but did not forget their worthy opponents, displaying a great show of sportsmanship. The Porta-Potties did not feel too upset, however—they had put up a good fight and went home with a 2nd place trophy, a $20 gift card to BJ’s restaurant, a $20 Ralph’s gift card and a gift certificate to the Hat.
    To everyone else, Drano’s win might have come as a surprise, but according to them, it was a done deal right from the start. Drano player G.A.M.E. speaks for his team when he says, “The first time we won we were ecstatic. The second time we were happy and the third time we felt it, but this time we knew it. And next year, it’s a wrap!”


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    reginaliu

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    Re: Key Club Basketball Tournament

    Post  reginaliu on Fri Sep 11, 2009 12:49 am

    The Key Club’s 13th Annual Tournament dawned bright and early on the morning of Saturday, August 22nd [Aug. 22], on the basketball courts of Dana Middle School. Teams from all around Arcadia pre-registered for the tournament on Key Club’s website, and [end sentence; remove "and"; capitalize F in for] for those who just showed up [showed up without pre-registering]to play on the day of, they got [replace with "had" or "were allowed"] to register around 7:00 in the morning [7 a.m.] Regardless of whether they pre-registered or not, each and every player had to pay a small fee of $10 in order to participate. Although [remove "Although"] there were not many spectators at the beginning of the morning [remove "of the morning"] since it was quite early for a Saturday morning on summer vacation, [end sentence] anyone watching [replace "anyone watching" with: those who did watch] the tournament that was not a player had to pay $5.
    To make the competition even fiercer, Key Club provided a wide array of amazing prizes for the top three teams, many of which were donated by prominent businesses around Arcadia who also sponsored the event. Each team battled for the first place prize of a $50 gift card to Ichima Sushi, a $25 Islands gift card, and two gift certificates to In-N-Out. Key Club members sold refreshments[,] snacks and raffle tickets. Carpus Tin, Key Club president, kept things running smoothly, and each preliminary game lasted for twelve minutes [try to find a better transition between these topics]. Kind volunteers from the local YMCA stayed for the whole day to referee the games.
    While it was a high school club hosted tournament, the majority of the participating teams were college students or older. All the players seemed talented and experienced, but in fact most of them hadn’t really practiced with their team a lot. Keita Teranishi, a player from the team So Cal, said that his team had been been [repetition of word] formed because “one guy [on the team] knew everyone else and [they] all just showed up to play together.” On the other hand, another team, the Porta-Potties, “practice[d] together all the time during the summer and [are] close friends,” says Arcadia alum Nina Nurena. Though the day was blisteringly hot and there was scarcely any shade, a relaxed, jovial atmosphere was maintained throughout the tournament, with the players good-naturedly teasing each other back and forth [remove "back and forth"].
    Around noon, all preliminary games were finished and the players hungrily rushed into any place out of the sun [shade] they could find for lunch. Luckily, Key Club was armed and ready with tons of pizza and plenty of ice-cold water. During lunch, key [Capitalize Key] Club held a raffle and a Free Throw contest. For the Free Throw contest each player that entered received one minute in which to shoot as many free throws as they could. After a couple of minutes of frenzied tossing, a winner emerged in the form of Bob Alvarado, a random spectator who just wanted to try his luck and who “hoped it wasn’t windy.”
    Finally lunch drew to a close and the players geared up for the quarterfinals. Since “there were only eight teams this year, which is a lot less than the twenty-one teams last year, [delete space directly after comma]“ says Key Club president Carpus Tin, the eight teams quickly dwindled to four in the semifinals and the final game culminated in a face-off between Drano, three time champions, and the Porta-Potties. The final game lasted a little longer than the rest, going for a total of twenty [20] minutes.
    Both teams stood out more so than the others, with the Porta-Potties having the only two girls in the whole tournament, and with Drano being the only team with uniforms, [period, not comma] Although Drano scored first, the Porta-Potties quickly retaliated and the game was underway. Lots of teamwork and many assists on both sides kept the game interesting and lively, and while the girls were much shorter than the opposing team, they held their own and even showed up the big guys a couple of times. The whistle signaled the end of the exhausting first half with the score tied 7 all.
    After swiftly [word choice?] hydrating and taking a quick breather, both teams charged back on the court to start off the second half. Porta-Potty team member Kimberly Wong quickly got hold of the ball and dribbled into Drano territory. Family members and friends cheered for their teams and the cry of “Air ball!” rang out from the defeated players on the sidelines every time the ball missed the hoop. Finally, after a close game of back and forth dribbling, Drano took the title, beating the Porta-Potties 20-11. The players ran around patting each other on the back and hugging everyone to celebrate their victory, but didn’t forget their worthy opponents, shaking hands and exchanging more hugs with the second place team in a great show of sportsmanship. The Porta-Potties didn’t feel too bad though ["though" sounds unnecessary]-they had put up a good fight and went home with a 2nd place trophy, a $20 gift card to BJ’s restaurant, a $20 Ralph’s gift card and a gift certificate to the Hat.
    To every one [one word] else, Drano’s win might have seemed like [come as] a surprise, but according to them, it was a done deal right from the start. Drano player G.A.M.E. speaks for his team and says, “The first time we won we were ecstatic. The second time we were happy and the third time we felt it. But this time we knew it. And next year, it’s a wrap!” Sounds like next year should be interesting. Hope to see you fight Drano for its 5th win next year Porta-Potties!

    katetrinh

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    Join date : 2009-08-31

    Re: Key Club Basketball Tournament

    Post  katetrinh on Wed Sep 16, 2009 9:01 pm

    SHORTENED ARTICLE -- 200 words shorter

    The Key Club’s 13th Annual Basketball Tournament dawned bright and early on the morning of Saturday, Aug. 22nd, at Dana Middle School. Teams from all around Arcadia registered for a fee of $10, while spectators paid $5.
    To intensify the competition, Key Club provided a wide array of amazing prizes for the top three teams, many of which were donated by prominent businesses around Arcadia who sponsored the event. Each team battled for the first place prize of a $50 gift card to Ichima Sushi, a $25 Islands gift card, and two gift certificates to In-N-Out.
    Key Club president Carpus Tin oversaw the games while volunteers from the local YMCA refereed the games. Although a high school club hosted the tournament, the majority of the participating teams were college students or older. All the players seemed talented and experienced, but in fact most of them had not practiced with their team much. Keita Teranishi, a player from the team So Cal, explains that his team had been formed because “one guy [on the team] knew everyone else and [they] all just showed up to play together.” On the other hand, another team, the Porta-Potties, “practice[d] together all the time during the summer and [are] close friends,” says Arcadia alum Nina Nurena. Though the day was blisteringly hot with scarcely any shade, a relaxed and jovial atmosphere was maintained throughout the tournament with the players good-naturedly teasing each other.
    By noon, all preliminary games were over and the players hungrily rushed to eat lunch in the shade. Luckily, Key Club was armed and ready with pizza and plenty of ice-cold water. During lunch, Key Club held a raffle and a Free Throw contest. For the Free Throw contest players received one minute to shoot as many free throws as possible. After a couple of minutes of frenzied tossing, Bob Alvarado emerged as the winner, a spectator who just wanted to try his luck.
    Once lunch drew to a close the players geared up for the quarterfinals. According to Carpus Tin, “there were only eight teams this year, which is a lot less than the twenty-one teams last year“, so the eight teams quickly dwindled to four in the semifinals and the final game culminated in a face-off between Drano, three- time champions, and the Porta-Potties. The final game lasted a bit longer than the rest, for a total of 20 minutes.
    Both teams stood out since the Porta-Potties had the only two girls in the whole tournament and Drano was the only team with uniforms. Although Drano scored first, the Porta-Potties quickly retaliated and the game was well underway. Lots of teamwork and many assists on both sides kept the game interesting and lively. While the girls were much shorter than the opposing team members, they held their own. The whistle signaled the end of the exhausting first half with the score tied at 7.
    After taking a quick breather and getting some water, both teams charged back on the court to start off the second half. Porta-Potties team member Kimberly Wong quickly got hold of the ball and dribbled into Drano territory. Family members and friends cheered for their teams and the cry of “Air ball!” rang out from the defeated players on the sidelines every time the ball missed the hoop. Finally, after a close game of back and forth dribbling, Drano took the title, beating the Porta-Potties 20-11. The players pat each other on the back and hugged everyone to celebrate their victory, but did not forget their worthy opponents, displaying a great show of sportsmanship. The Porta-Potties did not feel too upset, however—they had put up a good fight and went home with a 2nd place trophy, a $20 gift card to BJ’s restaurant, a $20 Ralph’s gift card and a gift certificate to the Hat.
    To everyone else, Drano’s win might have come as a surprise, but according to them, it was a done deal right from the start. Drano player G.A.M.E. speaks for his team when he says, “The first time we won we were ecstatic. The second time we were happy and the third time we felt it, but this time we knew it. And next year, it’s a wrap!”

    reginaliu

    Posts : 189
    Join date : 2009-09-03

    Re: Key Club Basketball Tournament

    Post  reginaliu on Sat Sep 19, 2009 11:19 am

    The Key Club’s 13th Annual Basketball Tournament dawned bright and early on the morning of Saturday, Aug. 22nd [22], at Dana Middle School. Teams from all around Arcadia registered for a fee of $10, while spectators paid $5.
    To intensify the competition, Key Club provided a wide array of amazing prizes for the top three teams, many of which were donated by prominent businesses around Arcadia who sponsored the event. Each team battled for the first place prize of a $50 gift card to Ichima Sushi, a $25 Islands gift card, and two gift certificates to In-N-Out.
    Key Club president Carpus Tin oversaw the games while volunteers from the local YMCA refereed the games. Although a high school club hosted the tournament, the majority of the participating teams were college students or older. All the players seemed talented and experienced, but in fact most of them had not practiced with their team much. Keita Teranishi, a player from the team So Cal, explains that his team had been formed because “one guy [on the team] knew everyone else and [they] all just showed up to play together.” On the other hand, another team, the Porta-Potties, “practice[d] together all the time during the summer and [are] close friends,” says Arcadia alum Nina Nurena. Though the day was blisteringly hot with scarcely any shade, a relaxed and jovial atmosphere was maintained throughout the tournament with the players good-naturedly teasing each other.
    By noon, all preliminary games were over and the players hungrily rushed to eat lunch in the shade. Luckily, Key Club was armed and ready with pizza and plenty of ice-cold water. During lunch, Key Club held a raffle and a Free Throw contest. For the Free Throw contest players received one minute to shoot as many free throws as possible. After a couple of minutes of frenzied tossing, Bob Alvarado emerged as the winner, a spectator who just wanted to try his luck.
    Once lunch drew to a close the players geared up for the quarterfinals. According to Carpus Tin, “there were only eight teams this year, which is a lot less than the twenty-one teams last year“, so the eight teams quickly dwindled to four in the semifinals and the final game culminated in a face-off between Drano, three- time champions, and the Porta-Potties. The final game lasted a bit longer than the rest, for a total of 20 minutes.
    Both teams stood out since the Porta-Potties had the only two girls in the whole tournament and Drano was the only team with uniforms. Although Drano scored first, the Porta-Potties quickly retaliated and the game was well underway. Lots of teamwork and many assists on both sides kept the game interesting and lively. While the girls were much shorter than the opposing team members, they held their own. The whistle signaled the end of the exhausting first half with the score tied at 7.
    After taking a quick breather and getting some water, both teams charged back on the court to start off the second half. Porta-Potties team member Kimberly Wong quickly got hold of the ball and dribbled into Drano territory. Family members and friends cheered for their teams and the cry of “Air ball!” rang out from the defeated players on the sidelines every time the ball missed the hoop. Finally, after a close game of back and forth dribbling, Drano took the title, beating the Porta-Potties 20-11. The players pat each other on the back and hugged everyone to celebrate their victory, but did not forget their worthy opponents, displaying a great show of sportsmanship. The Porta-Potties did not feel too upset, however—they had put up a good fight and went home with a 2nd place trophy, a $20 gift card to BJ’s restaurant, a $20 Ralph’s gift card and a gift certificate to the Hat.
    To everyone else, Drano’s win might have come as a surprise, but according to them, it was a done deal right from the start. Drano player G.A.M.E. speaks for his team when he says, “The first time we won we were ecstatic. The second time we were happy and the third time we felt it, but this time we knew it. And next year, it’s a wrap!”

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