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Klein Road hosts in-house hockey tournament

The 4th Grade Championship Game with the Blue Corvettes vs. the Yellow Dragons took place on Feb. 1. The Corvettes won 3-2 in overtime.

For the second year in a row, the students in 2nd-5th grade at Klein Road Elementary competed in a hockey tournament at school. There is not an ice rink at the school, but that did not stop the kids from fully experiencing the sport.


Leading up to the event, the students did one week of skill work and held scrimmages over a two-week period before the championships. To prepare for the competition, the students would draw plays during class, practiced at recess and research how to get better.


The tournament standings were announced throughout the week leading up to the Championships in order to generate excitement. During the matches, the entire grade level would come out to watch their classmates compete for a spot in the Championships.


“I really enjoy this event because I like seeing the more competitive side of the kids and how they learn to work as a team,” said Nathan Novsek, the P.E. teacher at Klein Road Elementary. “Many kids don’t get this kind of experience at this age level. This is a great way to teach sportsmanship, working as a team and winning and losing with dignity.”


Novsek hosted the same type of hockey tournament at the previous school he taught at in Illinois. He decided to implement the same program here so he could expose the kids to a sport that not many are familiar with.


The tournament is run like a real sporting event including ticket admission, walkout music, hype music and the playing of the national anthem. The student audience members added to the experience and came out with signs, team shirts and even painted their faces to help cheer on their classmates.


“I have a very supportive faculty that gets behind this event as well as drives it,” added Novsek.


CAPTION: The 4th Grade Championship Game with the Blue Corvettes vs. the Yellow Dragons took place on Feb. 1. The Corvettes won 3-2 in overtime. The Corvettes were a mix of Mr. Curtain, Mrs. Cohen, and Mrs. Moore's students and Dragons a mix of Mrs. Leita, Ms. Elliot, and Mrs. Moore.   

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