Members of the Corry Area Middle-High School faculty basketball team are celebrating two wins over their students after beating both their junior varsity and varsity teams Thursday night.

The second annual teacher versus student matchup was a fundraiser for the school’s National Honor Society that drew about 250 spectators.

The teachers, who call themselves the Gym Class Heroes, played two games. The first was a matchup against girls and boys from the school’s junior varsity teams. The faculty lead most of that game and won 60-54.

The second matchup pitted the faculty against girls and boys from the varsity teams.

“The students were leading almost the entire game until the end and the teachers pushed ahead to win,” said teacher and NHS co-adviser Roxann Dougherty.

The final score was 66-62.

“It’s redemption from last year,” said teacher Andy Passinger, a member of the Gym Class Heroes. “We had that loss sitting on our shoulders all year, so we put that extra time into practice and it really paid off.”

Last year’s event featured only one game, which the varsity students won.

“Now we are tied,” Dougherty said. “One student win and one teacher win. Next year should be really interesting.”

Both games consisted of two 20-minute halves and all rules applied. Teacher Mark Chludzinski refereed both matchups.

“I think everyone who participated had a great time,” said Athletic Director and middle-school Assistant Principal Bill West, a member of the Gym Class Heroes. “It was a great second-half effort by the faculty to come back from 18 points down at the half to secure the win.”

All proceeds from the event will benefit the NHS scholarship fund, and a third game matchup is on the horizon for next spring.

“The kids said they had a great time and can’t wait to play the teachers again,” Dougherty said.

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