By: Kenzie Nehus
March 16, 2017 is the start of the NCAA Tournament. The NCAA Tournament marks the end of the college basketball season for all teams. People have made their picks on who will win the tournament. ESPN and the NCAA are the most commonly used websites when creating brackets. Within the ESPN website one can make a group and compete against their friends, family, or even strangers. In order to win the challenges, you must get the most amount of points. Points are earned when a team you selected wins.
ESPN stands for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network. It is a sports television channel that covers all kinds of sports and athletes. They cover all the games live on their website and cover some games on television. NCAA is an association that covers the games as well. It stands for National College Athletic Association. They are a nonprofit association that regulates athletes.
The teachers have created their own NCAA tournament brackets. The teachers who wanted to participate had to put in five dollars and if they have the most wins within their brackets, they will win all the money. Mrs. Katherine Donelan, sixth grade math teacher, said, “I have minimal knowledge of basketball teams. I pick solely on location of the team.” Teachers enjoy the competition, and even teachers that don’t know much about basketball compete. Mr. Kevin Nieporte, eighth grade science teacher, said, “I have been creating brackets since I was twelve years old. When I came to Highlands no one was doing it so I started it. This year we have all time high of 150 participates.” Mr. Nieporte runs the teacher bracket.
Many students are participating in the NCAA tournament as well. Evan Rom, eighth grader, has started a group on the ESPN website. Rom said, “My bracket is doing good so far. I have North Carolina winning because they are my favorite team.” Some people place bets on who will win, but others just do it for the fun. The finals will be held on April 3, 2017.