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Home game: Behind the scenes at high school hoops

on March 26, 2010

Come take a behind-the-scenes look at a high school basketball Home Game at Skyline High in Oakland, and meet the people who aren’t supposed to be noticed, and don’t receive much recognition for their work.

We’ve got the guy who takes money at the door, and stamps hands – Joey Ermitanio works for the Oakland School district and is at every Skyline home game greeting fans, and taking their money. There’s the team mom, Sim Dort, who makes sure the snack bar is fully stocked with nachos and candy bars, and cheers as loud as she can when she gets a chance to sit in the stands. The guys behind the scorer’s table – Justin Anderson, who operates the scoreboard, and Michael Ouellette — are Skyline teachers who love basketball and enjoy being around the team. The ref, Greg Austin, is a guy who can take the abuse from coaches and fans, and takes pride in his job of managing the game.

It’s a Home Game, so grab some nachos, take a seat and get ready to cheer for some people who don’t usually get much applause: click here to see the special multimedia presentation. (Note: the full multimedia presentation is no longer working, but you can see a gallery of the photos below, as well as videos.)

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