Teachers win it all in annual 6v6 volleyball tourney


Blot photo by Alyssa Rasp.

Jordan Durkin

Six teams participated in the annual 6v6 volleyball tournament in the Wall High School gym on Wednesday, Feb 21.

Among the teams competing were last year’s champions, The Grade Diggers, a team comprised of only CHS faculty members. Math teacher Scott Stengele, history teacher Bill Clark, art teacher Shelley Ortner, assistant principal of curriculum Kelly Harmon, and principal James Gleason made up the team.

The Class of 2021 hosted the event and donated all proceeds to the Allaire Community Farm, specifically Lola the cow. Lola is owned by the Culture Communications Club at CHS.

Gym teacher and class of 2021 advisor Ginny Clevenger planned the event and how it was going to be ran.

“This year we did a round robin tournament, meaning ever team played every other team once,” said Clevenger, “How many teams and how long I get to use Wall’s gym determines the format of the tournament.”

After tallying up the results of the event, it was left in a tie. Two of the six teams had a finishing score of 4-1. Clevenger called a tie breaker.

In the end, it was The Senate and the Grade Diggers. Sophomores Juliana Greenwood of Wall, Lauren Tarigo of Sea Girt, Christian Falcone of Allenhurst, RJ Franzen of Allentown, Joe Matthews of Middletown and Abby Tellechea of Monmouth Beach were apart of the team.

In the end, the Grade Diggers scored first place once again.

In order to compete, each team paid a fee of $10. Initially, a portion of the money raised was going to be donated to the Hannah Duffy Foundation and the freshmen class. However after raising the money, Clevenger decided to donate it to the farm.

Greenwood enjoyed her time at the event, despite the fact that her team came in second.

“It was a lot of fun! We all had a good time playing together and we came so close to winning!” said Greenwood.

Math teacher Scott Stengele, a member of the grade diggers, enjoys competing because it shows off a different side of him.

“Beating the students is always fun, but I enjoy showing my students that I’m not just a math geek,” Stengele said. “I’m an athlete too.”