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All are involved as REC Basketball returns

If you came fifteen minutes before seven in the field house on the night of Tuesday, Dec. 17, you would have had a front row seat to the warm-up of six teams. Some had formed lay-up lines, some stood in center waiting for the coach to finish encouragement, and some shot around wherever their footing finds them.

With the tipoff at 7 o’clock, last Tuesday marked the commencement of this season of freshman-sophomore REC basketball, a diversely-skilled league of basketball players open to all, from beginners to seasoned veterans. It is an atmosphere, league-members say, that cannot be found in any other organization.

“I didn’t even bother to try out for the Staples team,” said Sam Greenberg ’18, a member of the UConn team, and a six-year veteran of the Westport Parks and Rec Basketball program. “I mean all my friends are here anyways and…”

Out of the blue, another blue entered. His teammate, Oliver Harary ’18, couldn’t resist finishing the interview.

“He’d rather have more fun!” he called over as the two teammates shared a laugh.

Even the parents watching can sense that enjoyment. Former Board of Education Chairwoman Elaine Whitney was not simply spectating on the student body. Her son, Matthew Garber ’18, lovingly described as the “one in the orange shorts,” is a player too.

“For many kids, this isn’t their speciality. But it’s still really fun for them,” she said, cutting off the interview to head off and man the scoreboard.

But, as many players say, this does not make the games any less competitive.

“I’m in the Facebook group, and people have just been trash talking each other all the time. It’s really intense,” Benji Malowitz ’18 said.

According to freshman-sophomore league coach Jeff Hodge, the game has really become about the players. As Hodge said in courtside interview, the students do not have any practices leading up the games and, as of this year, each team is only allowed one coach. However, Hodge believes the distancing of the coach from the players is ultimately beneficial.

“I can’t put my footprint on the team anymore. It’s all up to them at this point,” Hodge said, smiling on his team’s self-formed lay-up lines.

The freshman-sophomore Rec Basketball season will continue based on its semi-frequent Tuesday night schedule, starting at seven o’clock, with the exception of during school-district mandated breaks or in cases of hazardous weather. The field houses shall remain rampant with games until the March Madness tournament in approximately three months time.

Information for game times and other aspects of the Westport Basketball Association may be found here.

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On any given day, Michael Mathis, Staples senior and Inklings’ Web Opinions Editor, is campaigning for governors, in the Inklings room editing stories, or on-stage, performing a stand-up comedy act. Mathis started journalism as a sophomore and, ever since then, seamlessly meshed his three passions: political activism, stand-up comedy, and Inklings. As Web Opinions Editor, Mathis is a column-generating machine.  He also edits students’ articles, and helps students brainstorm. Michael says that he enjoys combining his skills and interests, especially for humorous columns. He described one story that stood out about the importance of this generation not growing up too fast, saying, “I always felt that I was in two different worlds with my stand-up and my journalism, but I was able to incorporate my humor and I felt like I had crafted a stand-up routine in a column.” His background in politics also helps with journalism, as the two hobbies share similar values. Mathis says that the traits that create an effective political leader -- like his favorite politician, Teddy Roosevelt -- are similar to those of a journalist’s. Mathis said that whether it be a leader or a journalist they, “Are not afraid to say the unsayable and roll up their sleeves,” adding that the common thread throughout his stand-up comedy, political experiences, and journalism is “not following the limits of authority or society.”

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