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Wizards take down St. Helens school 'All Stars' in basketball fundraiser

Harlem Wizards, a performance basketball team, squared off against teachers, administrators in fundraiser game


SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Leon 'Space Jam' Sewell of the Harlem Wizards (left) pitches a basketball to Arnold 'A-Train' Bernard (right) in the second half of Monday's game against the St. Helens High School All-Stars game at St. Helens High School.The St. Helens School District hosted the Harlem Wizards basketball team for an action-packed and humorous basketball performance Monday, April 11.

The St. Helens High School All-Stars team, made up of school district staff, faced off against the Harlem Wizards, a professional show basketball team, in a fundraiser game Monday night.

St. Helens High School Principal BG "The Rock" Aguirre and softball coach Miranda "Lillard 2" Little helped lead the team.

The All-Stars received 10 points for tricky shots throughout the evening as the Wizards unleashed their antics upon the crowd.

In the end the Wizards beat the All-Stars in front of a good-sized crowed. More than 580 tickets were sold for the game and the school district raised $3,000 from the event, which will be evenly distributed to all schools, said Stacey Mendoza, the district's community relations manager.

Before the big game, "Tojo" Henderson, a Wizards team member, visited Lewis and Clark Elementary School, McBride Elementary School and St. Helens Middle School to talk to students about respect, responsibility and anti-bullying.

While visiting the schools, Henderson also performed tricks and passes with students and helped raffle off tickets to the show.

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - St. Helens High School Principal BG 'The Rock' Aguirre makes a chest pass against the Harlem Wizards on Monday at St. Helens High School.

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - St. Helens High School Principal BG 'The Rock' Aguirre makes a chest pass against the Harlem Wizards on Monday at St. Helens High School.

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Levi Hileman, a third-grader at Lewis and Clark Elementary School, leaps to reach a basketball being held by 'Tojo' Henderson, a Harlem Wizards basketball player. Henderson visited three schools in St. Helens Monday afternoon, April 11.

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Cameron White, a fifth-grader at Lewis and Clark Elementary School, bounces a basketball off his head, imitating a trick performed by a Harlem Wizards basketball player during a school assembly Monday, April 11.