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East vs. West game ends dramatically... and peacefully

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- With seconds to go... just one point separated the Wahawks from the Trojans. Talk about tense! But the reality is, the tension surrounding the rival rematch started at the end of the last East vs. West match up.

"People started fighting, it really ain't worth it. To me, it's stupid," commented East High School Senior Travantae Umoren.

District leaders wanted fans to feel - and be - safe at Monday night's game.

"Any students who had been suspended for disruptive behavior, or we felt would disrupt our event tonight, would not be allowed," explained District Athletic Director and Student Services Support Director Cora Turner.

To keep potential troublemakers out, school administrators stuck to a strict, and thorough, check-in policy.

When fans came into the game, they had to choose to enter through one of two doors - either East or West. Then school administrators matched ticket numbers with the corresponding name on their ID. They were then sent directly to the Home or Visitor side of the stands, and not allowed to cross over.

Anyone who wanted to come, needed to get their orange or pink pass by last Friday, February 19th. Which may have had something to do with the limited crowd.

"I think they should have made it a little bit easier for parents to get tickets. I'm not against restrictions, but I think they may have worked too well tonight," noted West High School parent David Alderman.

It's hard to deny, five-hundred fans compared with about two-thousand at the last game, is a big difference. But as the clock ticked down to a dramatic - and incident-free end - for many students and parents, the restrictions were worth it.

"It ain't a bunch of people, but I think these are people who want to see a real game of basketball," added Umoren.

After the game, Turner said she believed the tough admission procedures worked. Waterloo Community Schools leaders will review the policy before deciding if it will become the standard for future East vs. West games.

Online Reporter Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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