Kicked off! Students lose to teachers in PS 52 rubber game

Play ball: PS 52 fifth-grader Kasim Powell warmed up before the start of the Sheepshead Bay school’s annual teacher vs. student kickball game.
Photo by Elizabeth Graham

Teachers schooled their students at PS 52’s annual kickball game.

A team of teachers and staff trounced a group of fourth and fifth graders 18–9 in the Sheepshead Bay school’s spring kickball contest on May 31 — but despite the lopsided outcome it was still all fun and games, said gym teacher Lara Novella.

“The kids got really excited,” said Novella. “They were really pumped up.”

The students made several outstanding plays in the field during the five-inning game at the school’s E. 29th Street diamond, but didn’t have the offensive firepower to overcome the older squad’s barrage of extra base knocks, leading to the blowout loss.

Still, Novella said the students showed signs of improvement.

“This was the best group I’ve seen so far,” she said. “They really gave the adults a run for their money.”

The annual teacher vs. student contest started up in 2010. Novella said it’s fast becoming a popular activity.

“It’s a great tradition,” Novella said. “The game is a nice way to end the school year.”

Reach reporter Daniel Bush at dbush@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow him at twitter.com/dan_bush.

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