WESTFIELD, NJ — Many teams at Westfield High School are competing in stay at home challenges, where all players from their respective team show off a skill before passing the ball off to another teammate in a series of connected videos.
Once all players have completed a move, the videos are combined and are posted on the teams’ social media accounts. Teams, including those for basketball, lacrosse and soccer, have shown off their athleticism by participating in the challenges.
“After hearing the news about the team making a video, I discussed some ideas with my dad,” said WHS senior and lacrosse player Trevor Tanella. “I didn’t want to do the same tricks as everyone else, so my dad and I came up with a solution that would give a second of laughter during these tough times.”
Tanella, who was also captain of the hockey team, decided to not only wear his hockey jersey, but his pants, helmet, mouth guard and even skates while bouncing the lacrosse ball off his head.
The basketball team also posted a stay at home challenge.
“After the lacrosse team posted one, Coach [Jim] McKeon and some upperclassmen said we should do it also, despite the season being over,” said freshman basketball player Pete Meixner. “We wanted to do it because we really are a family.”
There are a variety of moves students are showing off during these challenges, from a simple dribble move to something like what Hank Shapiro did.
The senior three-sport athlete, who will be a quarterback at Lehigh University next year, participated in two of these challenges: one with the lacrosse team, the other with the basketball team.
Shapiro had a unique way of going about the basketball challenge. While most of his teammates demonstrated a dribble move or a fancy pass, Shapiro’s clip shows him diving to save the pass by Meixner from hitting the grass next to his driveway, representing the out-of-bounds line. Shapiro then sent the ball to fellow football and basketball player Griffin Rooney.
“Gotta get on the floor sometimes,” Shapiro commented on the post posted by Westfield Basketball on Instagram.
The video of the boys' basketball team’s challenge ends with sophomore Logan Howland dunking in his driveway.
The full videos can be found at these links on Instagram:
Michael Siroty is a Westfield High School freshman participating in a journalism program with TAPinto Westfield.
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