SPOTSWOOD, NJ - On Saturday, February 20, the Appleby staff and fifth grade students went head to head in a basketball game that benefited the Appleby Drama Club. A lot of people came out to watch the game and support the Appleby Drama Club.

During the basketball fundraiser, the students got a chance to either be a player in the game or a cheerleader on the sidelines. The cheerleaders also performed a routine before the game and at halftime to entertain the crowd. The coach for the cheerleading team was Appleby's principal, Karen Boyle. All of the cheerleaders got to wear a bow that had cheetah and zebra print on them in honor of the spring production of "Circle of Life." They were super cute.

The students basketball coach was Mr. Perpente. Before the game started, Perpente let the students practice shooting hoops and dribbling. The emcee announced the players and all of the students came running on the court.

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The game was very entertaining to watch. There was a lot going on. All the basketball players and cheerleaders got a yellow shirt that said Lion King Jr. on the back. Everyone's number was 16 because 2016 is the year that they will graduate from Appleby School.

Highlights included the cheerleaders performing a routine, a 50/50 raffle and a half court shot.

The final score was 44-32 in favor of the students. The Appleby students won the basketball game. A fun time was had by all.


Ashley Hook is a fifth grade student at Spotswood's Appleby School. She is a member of the school's newspaper the "Appleby Buzz." Hook also performed as a cheerleader at the school's fundraiser for the Appleby Drama Club. Hook covered the event for Tap Into Milltown/Spotswood with the help of her ESP teacher and newspaper editor, Jennifer Asprocolas. Tap Into Milltown/Spotswood recently spoke with Hook and the other members of the school's newspaper about journalism and writing.