PS 52 Kickball

Sheepshead Bay school hosts annual kickball contest

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Kickball contest: PS 52 students took on their teachers at the school’s kickball game on May 31.
Throwing heat: Fourth-grader Salayna White serves up a pitch.
Time out: Fifth-grader Justin Velez caught a breather during the kickball game.
In it to win it: PS 52 staff, led by Michelle Verdi, showed off their kickball chops.
Batter up: Fourth-grader Christian Laracuente brought his A game for the kickball showdown.

Teachers schooled their students at PS 52’s annual kickball game.

A team of teachers and staff trounced a group of fourth and fifth graders 18–9 in the Sheepshead Bay school’s spring kickball contest on May 31 — but despite the lopsided outcome it was still all fun and games, said gym teacher Lara Novella.

“The kids got really excited,” said Novella. “They were really pumped up.”

The students made several outstanding plays in the field during the five-inning game at the school’s E. 29th Street diamond, but didn’t have the offensive firepower to overcome the older squad’s barrage of extra base knocks, leading to the blowout loss.

Still, Novella said the students showed signs of improvement.

“This was the best group I’ve seen so far,” she said. “They really gave the adults a run for their money.”

The annual teacher vs. student contest started up in 2010. Novella said it’s fast becoming a popular activity.

“It’s a great tradition,” Novella said. “The game is a nice way to end the school year.”

Reach reporter Daniel Bush at or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow him at
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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