, Gloucester, MA

March 9, 2013

Hoop benefit brings good Rockport cheer

By Gail McCarthy
Staff Writer

---- — ROCKPORT — It’s a good thing that Rockport’s police and fire departments outdid themselves in their response to the Blizzard of 2013 based on feedback from residents — because they sure took a beating from the Rockport High varsity basketball players at last week’s benefit game.

The Friday night game was a success in raising money to defray the cost of refinishing the high school gymnasium floor with both players and spectators sharing a lot of laughs.

The girls basketball team played against staff of the Rockport Public Schools, and won in a final score of 36-27. The boys basketball team played against a hybrid team made up of police, firefighters, a couple EMS staff and a few others, with the high schoolers building a 17-4 first-half lead and winning by a final score of 55-25.

Lt. Mark Schmink said he fully expected the boys varsity basketball team to win – although he did not expect that huge a margin.

“That’s the most fun I have had in a long time,” he said. “Their talent was a given and they lived up to their reputation on the court. However, the most important thing for me was the interaction and rapport that is established with these young men by participating in a competitive athletic event. Their poise on the court and the mutual give and take over those 40 tough minutes, earned my respect and proved they are first and foremost gentlemen on the court.”

James Niedzinski can be reached at 978-283-7000, x 3455 or at