During an eventful Memorial Day weekend, Long Beach High School students turned their attention to the playground for fun and fundraising.
LBHS junior Gavin Enright organized a charity stickball tournament at West School in the West End on May 29. The inaugural event was a hit on a hot day, with a turnout of more than 80 ballplayers.
It was 16-team bracket style single elimination tournament, ending with one winner. After five hours of fun and eventful stickball, as well as a large lunch donated free of charge from the Cabana restaurant, one team emerged victorious: juniors Enright, Billy Foley, Lorenzo Torres, Katharine Glazer and Brandt Scott. They knocked out Matt Scanlan, a junior in college, and his Bombers in the final match up.
While some teams consisted of varsity baseball and softball players, each team was required to have at least one boy and one girl and to pay $50 per team. More funds was raised through donations.
“Everyone had a great time and it was a great day raising over $600 dollars for one of Long Beach’s warmest charities, the Make A Wish Foundation,” Enright said. “This is expected to become a tradition in Long Beach and teams are already prepping for next year.”