Mustangs beat faculty with a little help from superintendent

January 21, 2014 

The Minarets High School boys varsity basketball team (2-8), set the disappointing start of their season aside for a while and got back to having some fun in this years varsity - faculty game. The game was organized as a senior project for Sam Millar and fun was the theme of the evening as Minarets teachers put on their sneakers to play the 'youngsters.'

The faculty's team featured sharp shooter and math teacher Denise Alvarez, all 5-foot-2 of her, along with their other "power forward," 5-foot-5 varsity girls soccer coach Mary Pearson. Charter School Principle Daniel Ching along with varsity basketball coach Paul Varner gave the staff some formidable presence in the paint. Boys JV basketball coach Ron Johnson, math teacher, aka "Dead Eye" Wayne Pedranti and teacher Ryan Hansen rounded out the staff squad.

The varsity team led most of the game — by as much as 25 points — until half time, when play-by-play announcer, Chawanakee Superintendent Bob Nelson, did what only he could do — changed the rules.

In the second half, the staff was given six points for a 3-pointer and three points for a two-point basket. With the rule change, the staff quickly climbed back into the game, but the varsity squad squeaking out a one point win (66-65).

The Mustangs opened league play Tuesday at Fresno Christian (8-4). Game results were not available at press time.

The Eagles are scoring 62 points a game while Minarets is averaging 48. Fresno Christian swept the Mustangs last year with a 64-47 win and a 56-45 victory.

Tonight (Thursday), the team travels to Caruthers for a game against the defending league champion Blue Raiders. The team is off to a 10-3 start and is the league title favorite, scoring 72 points a game.

Caruthers lost three seniors from last season, but the teams high scorer, Kushbir Thind, is leading the team in almost all categories, including scoring, averaging more than 25 points a game.

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