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Kickball game between faculty of East and West High School begins new division


June 2, 2010 at 1:02 a.m.

East Principal Greg Crockett, left, runs to first base after kicking a ball directly to West pitcher Phallon Crawford on Tuesday. Crawford threw Crockett out at first. Organizers from each of the new high schools were already planning next year's game between innings.

It was Red vs. White, Titan vs. Warrior.

The future rivalry between future East and West high school fans began Tuesday with a faculty kickball game.

People filled the Patti Welder Stadium as cheerleaders shouted and fans applauded. With summer approaching, faculty decided it was time to give the students of the future East and West high schools something to cheer about.

With help from the faculty of both future high schools, a new era of school pride was born.

"I think this game is a great way to start rivalry between the schools," said Gloria Aparico, a West High School teacher. "We are going to have pride better than the Cowboys and Texans."

Despite the heat settling into the stadium, faculty geared up in hats, bandanas, sunglasses and their best game face.

The East Titans kicked off the ball to begin the game.

"All I have to say is - Titan pride," East High Assistant Principal Clark Motley said.

As the faculty ran around the bases and kicked home runs, fans cheered. Faculty seemed to embrace the rivalry, determined their school would win the ball game.

"West Warriors are the best, East Titans are going down," said Ronald Davis, an athletic trainer.

Fans yelled, "West is Best" and "East is Beast," which have become slogans for each school. The cheerleaders even broke into a "we've got spirit" battle to see which school could yell louder.

Many faculty members said they feel the game would create some rivalry and give students something to be proud of while creating a sense of belonging.

After a long, hard fought game by both teams, the West Warriors won.

No matter which team you support, the rivalry has begun.

The high school teams will meet Nov. 5 for their first and momentous rival football game at Memorial Stadium.



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