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Skills competition raises funds for 8th graders field trip

BINGHAMTON - Basketball is a sport that is beloved all around the world.

The NBA is currently in the midst of the conference finals, and every year, millions of people tune in to watch 132 college men's and women's teams compete throughout the month of March.

However, on Thursday, the sport was the focus of a fundraiser for the 8th graders over at Binghamton West Middle School.

Over 50 teachers and students took part in the school's second annual basketball skills competition. The event is a way to raise money for the 8th grade's class field trip to Dorney Park.

The contestants had to dribble their way through the traffic cones, and then make as many baskets from the designated spots marked on the court as possible in 45 seconds.

This event was emceed by Kevin Hartrick, a math teacher at WMS, and I asked him why they chose to create a basketball skills competition.

"They love the dribbling, they love the shooting. So, I just thought, let's give them a platform to showcase these skills that they're working on every day. So, we just thought, why don't we have a skills competition? We got some interest in it last year, it went really well. This year, it's built to an even bigger level. So, we're really excited to watch some of these guys compete," he said.

Of course, with this being a competition, that means there's also bragging rights up for grabs.

But, this shot by music teacher Melanie Valencia gives her all the bragging rights in the world.

No-look free throw and she drains it!

Congrats to the winner, Victor Porter and runner-up Damonte Younans.

A great event, and a fun night for everyone involved.

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