By Daniel Rosenfeld
The sounds of ping pong filled the West Gym on Feb. 29 and March 1 as both students and teachers battled it out in the second annual Table Tennis Tournament. With a $10 fee per participant, the tournament raised $230 that will go towards purchasing a new table for the Table Tennis Club and future tournaments.
Club president, senior Josh Rosenfeld, and adviser Mr. Dennis Mooney organized the tournament. Rosenfeld said, “The tournament was a success; we had about two dozen students and teachers participate, and everyone had an amazing time. I can’t thank Mr. Mooney, Coach Umstatter, Mr. Duggan, the administration, and all tournament participants enough for their support. I’m also honored that Mr. Vine and Mr. Dickson played in the tournament.”
Mr. Mooney agrees that the tournament went well and encourages other students to get involved. He said, “I think the Table Tennis Tournament is a great event. The beauty is that it is held between sports seasons, so all students can participate.”
At the end of the second day of the tournament, senior Brian Rosenfeld and sophomore Jezreel Moy faced off in the finals. After winning by a score of 2-1, Moy emerged as this year’s first place winner. He said, “Ping pong is a game in which one must first lose in order win. By losing, one gains experience that will help later on.”
In addition to the annual tournament, the Table Tennis Club meets and has mini tournaments every other Wednesday in the lower cafeteria. Even if people didn’t come to the tournament, they can still come to club meetings. Josh Rosenfeld said, “What’s great about the Table Tennis Club is that it’s a fun, stress-free commitment.”