• Tori Tenney, of Mahar, takes a shot in the paint among defenders against the faculty, Thursday in Orange.  FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Chad Softic, front, takes a charge against Adam Clement in the seniors vs. faculty game, Thursday in Orange.  FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Chad Softic gets a shot off with Tori Tenney defending in the seniors vs. faculty game, Thursday in Orange.  FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Kyle Magoffin takes it to the rim in the seniors vs. faculty basketball game, Thursday in Orange.  FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Peter Currie takes it to the rim in the seniors vs. faculty basketball game, Thursday in Orange.  FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • The Mahar faculty after the seniors vs. faculty competition, Thursday in Orange.  FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • The Mahar seniors with coaches Charlie Barnes (second from right) and Jake Tenney (far right) after the seniors vs. faculty competition, Thursday in Orange FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

Staff Writer
Published: 3/8/2019 9:21:55 PM

ORANGE— It’s been a long school year for the Mahar Regional seniors and faculty, stuck in classrooms with the daily exchanges of assignments leading to normal amounts of frustrations on both sides. 

It was time for a release for the faculty and seniors as they waged friendly, yet heated, competition on Thursday night all for a good cause.

The students and faculty played volleyball and basketball against each other at the Annual Key Club District Project to benefit the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Center.

Pam Smith has helped put on the event since 1976.

“It’s to get staff and students to interact in something other than a classroom setting,” Smith said. “Kiwanis is a specialized medical facility. We have always done this game for that particular institute.”     

A volleyball match began the competition. 

The faculty dominated volleyball, winning both sets 25-12.  The Mahar seniors had a difficult time getting returns on the serves of Sarah Woodward, Jerry Duguay and Kyle Magoffin.

There’s a storied history of teacher domination in the yearly volleyball match.

“I think it’s nine years in a row,” Duguay said. “I think we are just better volleyball players. But it’s about the bonding between us and the kids. You are rounding the corner with the seniors. We enjoy coming out and having some fun. A little stress release.” 

Magoffin’s jump serve and some nifty drop shots by Woodward helped put away the second set.

Senior Jordyn Berry just finished her senior season playing volleyball under Woodward.

“Magoffin and Woodward both played in college,” Berry said. “But I am not going to give all the credit to them, the other teachers are awesome too. They have more skills.”

For Berry, the night was needed toward the end of the her high school career.

“After all of the four years being with these teachers,” Berry said. “And all of the frustration that comes with all the assignments you have to get it all out.” 

The basketball game followed the volleyball match and had a different tone entirely.

Sophomore Jake Tenney and junior Charlie Barnes assumed coaching duties in proper dress clothes for the Mahar seniors.

The teachers went into the half with a 23-19 lead.

The students could not contain the inside games of Chad Softic and Jill Ninteau early.

But senior Adam Clement made a deep 3-pointer and followed with a layup before half to fire up his fellow classmates.

Fatigue might have been a factor in the second half for the faculty, as the students went on to win 66-36.

“They had a bigger bench,” Duguay said.   

The play of Jordan Desrosiers, Jazmyn Vautour and Peter Currie all played significant roles in the students pulling away.

Senior Tori Tenney enjoyed the victory over her teachers.

“They’ve been talking smack all week,” Tenney said. “This was good retaliation against the teachers. But they played a good game.”

Tenney has attended the event with her older sisters prior to her own night of competition with the faculty. 

“It’s bittersweet,” Tenney said. 

The festivities began with an ORA exhibition game. 

Team West got the victory over Team East, 24-21. 

Issa Nahayo had six points and four steals for the West. Aidan Barilone also had six points for the West.

Leading the way for the East was Derek Collins with 11 points. 


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