NUYS HIGH SCHOOL - November 13, 2002
happens when there is game held in the
"backyard" of the Hollywood Knights?
Everyone comes out to play! On Wednesday,
November 13, 2002, over twenty members of the
Hollywood Knights showed up to help raise money
for the Senior Class of 2003 at Van Nuys High
School. The Knights faced off against the Van
Nuys High School Faculty Wolves.
Those in attendance included Dion Basco, Josh
Henderson, Robert Ri'chard, Lil J, Andrew Walker,
Romeo, Alisa Reyes, Wesley Jonathan, Bumper
Robinson, Kevin Zegers, Ashlee Simpson, Thad
Luckinbill, Romeo and the guys of 3rd Storee with
Bryan Datillo, Cylk Cozart, Dejai, and Michael
Bergin making up the starting line up. Surprise
guests included: Pablo Santos (Greetings from
Tuscon), Jeffrey Licon and Bobby Gonzales (The
Brother's Garcia) and Alfonso Ribeiro (Fresh
Carmen Roberto, freshman, was one of the many
fans who was impressed by the vocal talent of 3rd
Storee as they sang the National Anthem. "I
thought the performance was very wonderful, they
did a good job, and I like them a lot."
The first quarter was on it's way as fans watched
the game and followed the DJ's of Power 106
around the stands in hopes to gain some free
items like t-shirts, shoes (again you had to have
a shoe size of 10 ½), and sweaters. However,
Power wasn't the only ones giving away prizes.
Those who purchased raffle tickets had the
opportunity to win CD's, including Christina
Aguilera's and O-Town's latest albums, and V.I.P.
passes to the after party.
first and second quarter, the Van Nuys dance team
performed while Alfonso, Lil J, DeJai and other
members of the Knights looked on and danced along
to the music.
Mr. Crosby, History teacher, agreed with his
colleague, "The Hollywood Knights are great
to come out here. They've played a good game,
nice game, nice and clean, no one is hurting each
other, and they're playing really well. Nice
game, so they are doing a really good job."
One of two female players on the faculty team,
Ms. Sherman, Biology teacher, gave her insights
about playing against a group of guys, "I
think it's a lot of fun. I don't know if they are
making a big deal that I'm the only girl, but I
think it's really fun, and that's the bottom
line. I'm having a good time."
As half time came around, fans had the pleasure
of watching Lil J and 3rd Storee perform once
again. Fans swooned over Lil J as he brought out
another lucky fan, Tatiana Castaneda, sophomore,
senior, during his performance, and screamed over
3rd Storee's intricate dance moves. They also
scrambled to get autographs and take pictures
with their favorite celebrities.
"The particular thing I like about doing
this, is that it goes directly to the schools,
and becomes effective immediately. They don't
have to wait for anything, you know, the money
goes straight to them, and they spend it on
whatever they need to spend it on," said
Jeffrey about being a part of an organization
such as the Hollywood Knights.
Bobby added, "I think it's very important to
come out here and support a cause. Not only could
we give a show, but raise money because not
everyone can get it."
talked with Ashlee, she revealed what it's like
to watch Josh play on the court, "It's so
much fun! He's so cute. I love him. It's like I'm
his little cheerleader!"
Second half was on its way with Alisa assisting
one of the referee's, Stoney, to call the fouls.
In attempt to win a skateboard from the DJ's from
Power, several boys had to drink soda out of
their shoe. The lucky winner was Senior, Ashwin
Cambe, and when asked why he did it, he
responded, "Why not live life?" He
continued on to say, "I feel like a million
The game ended with the score at 88-86, Hollywood
Knights win once again.
The event wouldn't be possible without the hard
work of Margarita Kehribarian, Senior class
treasurer and prom chair.
Me: How did you hear about the
Margarita: A friend brought it
up, when we we're talking about fundraisers.
Me: How hard is it to organize
an event like this?
Margarita: It was very hard; it
took me 2-3 months to do it.
Me: What do you think of the
Margarita: It's great. It's
excellent. More than I ever imagined.
Wednesday night, Van Nuys High School hosted
their very first Hollywood Knights game in a
gymnasium full of eager and excited fans. The
Knights went head to head with the Van Nuys
Wolves faculty tonight in a very aggressive but
friendly game. Proceeds of tonights game
benefited the Van Nuys senior class and judging
by the stands, it was definitely a successful
night for them. Being so close to home, many
Hollywood Knights celebrities were in attendance
at tonights game. Alfonso Ribiero, Michael
Bergin, and Romeo of Tha Goodfellas played their
first game of the season tonight while Pablos
Santos from Greetings from Tuscon,
Robert Richard, and stars from The
Brothers Garcia were in attendance for
their first game of the season.
With all the usual out of the way (i.e. warm-up,
introductions, national anthem) the first quarter
went underway. With Michael taking over Andre
Smiths coaching duties, Bryan Datillo,
Alfonso Robiero, Cylk Cozart, Dejai, and Michael
Bergin were in first for the Knights. Cylk and
Wolves faculty member Rod Stenson were in the
center circle for the jump and Bryan gained
possession for the Knights. Cylk put the Knights
on the board first with a two point shot at 11:51
and then another 3 point shot at 11:19. As
faculty member Jerry Simon went into shoot at
10:35, it was Bryan that knocked the ball out of
his possession. At 9:44 Alfonso had the ball but
it was faculty member Jerry Simon again that
stole the ball. At 3:42 josh, Kevin, Bumper,
Andrew, and Wesley went into the game to relieve
the Knights that were on the court. Lil J
went in for a two pointer at 3:55 to put the
Knights at 21. One minute left in the quarter,
Josh was the last one to score for the Knights in
the first quarter with a three pointer while at
fifteen seconds Wolf Rod Stenson made a shot to
put the score at 24-29 at the end of the first.
To give the
Knights and the Wolves a chance to take a
breather, the Van Nuys H.S. dance team performed
to two songs before the beginning of the second.
The Wolves started with the ball at the start of
the second quarter. At 10:13 in the second, Wolf
Mike Watson fouled Michael sending him to the
free throw line. He made 1 for 2, putting the
Knights at 30. Romeo got possession of the ball
after Wolves member Jono Mitchell missed both of
his free throws at 5:48 in the second. At the end
of the second period, the Knights were up by just
three points with a score of 48-51.
Performances by Lil J and 3rd Storee and an
autograph session consisted of tonights
half time and then it was back to the game. At
about seven minutes into the third quarter,
Michael hurts himself a bit as he goes for a shot
but nothing that keeps him out of the game and on
the bench. With Walker and Wolves faculty member
scrambling for the ball during the third, it
results in a jump ball. Alisa even puts in her
two cents of help and assists Stoney in referring
the game. Towards the end of the third, Thad is
fouled but misses his free throws while Josh
stabs to make a last shot at center court at the
buzzer sounds. Score: 58-59, Knights.
With the Knights just barely leading going into
the fourth, both teams shot points consecutively.
With 3:18 left in the game, Cylk went in for shot
but missed. At 1:53, Lil J did the same. With
just 46 seconds left, the ball was knocked out of
bounds by one of the Knights giving the Wolves
possession of the ball. A technical was called in
favor of the Knights at 39 seconds and Michael
made both shots putting the score at 83-88,
Knights. The buzzer went off to sound the end of
the game with 85-88 on the board and it was
another victorious win for the Knights. Who knows
it just might be three in a row for the Knights
when they play the Orange High School Panthers on
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