Having a ball in Hayfield

Published 11:04 pm Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Hayfield freshman Cole Kruger takes off for a breakaway lay-up as Hayfield high school member Marty Dick trails in Hayfield High School Tuesday night. Hayfield held its annual student-staff fundraiser event Tuesday. -- Rocky Hulne/sports@austindailyherald.com

HAYFIELD — Hayfield senior Tyler Krekling had never dunked in a game before Tuesday night and now he can say he has.

Never mind the fact that it was during a staff-teacher game and forget the fact that he had to jump off his brother’s back to get it — it still counts as a jam.

“That’s my first time ever hanging on the rim,” Tyler said of his slam that took place with just under a minute left of his team’s 76-56 victory over the Hayfield High School staff. “(Me and Kasey) planned that yesterday. We came up here and practiced and it took a little while to get it down.”

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Kasey, who coaches the fifth grade basketball team, is a Hayfield grad and he was playing on the staff team on Tuesday.

Hayfield sophomore Brady Kramer takes it to the hoop during the student-staff basketball game in Hayfield Tuesday. -- Rocky Hulne/sports@austindailyherald.com

The two brothers planned out the dunk to give something special to an event, which pitches student athletes against school staff members and gave away 100 prizes.

The annual game serves as the top fund raiser for Hayfield basketball.

“It’s a good fund raiser for us and it gives us a chance to get our kids out in a fun setting where everybody gets in the game,” Hayfield head girls basketball coach Fred Kindschy said. “It’s a good community event.”

The event also gives the basketball program a good look to those who may play it in the future — especially those fifth graders that Kasey coaches. The fifth graders played at halftime in front of a packed crowd.

“Those fifth graders saw what it was like when they played and that gives them motivation to keep playing so they can play varsity when they get older,” Kasey said.

While the game looked to be a laugher early in the second half, the staff put forth it’s best effort in hitting a couple of threes to pull within 13 points. But they still couldn’t match the youthful energy of the student squad.

“The staff has never won and they don’t want to be the first students to lose,” Hayfield head boys basketball coach Chris Pack said. “The kids also like to see the staff in a different light, on the court instead of being in front of them and teaching. When I do something (in the game) that I tell them not to do (in practice), they make sure to tell me about it. It’s probably good that they recognize that.”

Tyler said the night is a good one for the team to relax and enjoy the game.

“It’s fun, because it’s not stressful. It’s the only game where you can have as much fun as you want and you can joke around,” he said.

Plus, he got a chance to play against his big brother.

“It’s more fun to play against Kasey, because I can show him how it’s done and steal the ball from him,” Tyler said.

There was also a game between the girls basketball team and women staff members at HHS. The students won that game 46-39.