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Competition Heating Up at 37th Annual Elementary School Volleyball Tournament

by on March 20, 2013 6:44 PM

For the 37th consecutive year, local elementary students are competing in the State College Area School District's annual volleyball tournament! There was a frenzied atmosphere during Wednesday's competition at the North High School Building.

The kids are playing for pride. They're playing to have fun. But mostly, they're playing to win! A total of 277 fifth-graders are competing in the round-robin tournament. They represent eight elementary schools including, Corl Street, Easterly Parkway, Ferguson Township, Gray's Woods, Houserville, Mount Nittany, Park Forest and Radio Park.

Another 400 fourth-graders took part in practice sessions but there simply isn't enough space in the gym to include everyone in the tournament. The fourth-graders will all be getting participation ribbons.

Retired art teacher, Gloria Scaltz, coordinates the tournament. She says it's a great chance for the kids to enjoy themselves. And it's an opportunity for teachers to see their kids outside the classroom.

The tournament began with 18 teams competing in four divisions. Yesterday, they whittled that number down to eight -- two teams from each division. Today, it's the "Great Eight Finals" and once that's completed a new champion will be crowned.

Scaltz who's been running the tournament for 16 years says, "It's March madness! At least it's my version of it!" shot some video of the competition. Check it out. Maybe you'll see one of your favorite volleyball players!

Steve Bauer was the Managing Editor of Steve and his wife Trina are longtime area residents. They reside in State College along with a wacky Golden Retriever named Izzy.
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