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New security measures for East v. West High game

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Waterloo Community Schools are taking a stricter approach to security for this year's East versus West basketball games, set for Friday night.  The new measures come after fights broke out during the same match-up last year.  The storied rivalry is set to begin at 6 p.m. Friday, with both a varsity girls and boys game.  The district says it's doing all it can before the game to prevent a repeat of last year's fights.

The 2010 East v. West basketball match made it through most of the fourth quarter.  But with less than three minutes left of playing time, fighting caused refs to call of the game.  In an effort to avoid chaos this year, the district is taking careful measures with who will be allowed to attend the game.

"It's basically advanced ticket sales.  And that helps us in a number of ways.  It helps us, first of all, to see what the numbers are going to be like because it is a very popular game.  And it helps in terms of screening out any potential problems," said Sharon Miller with Waterloo Community Schools.

As with last year's sub-state game, the ticket numbers will be checked against ID's at the game Friday night.  And tickets won't be issued to any students that have been suspended for fighting and other serious violations this school year, have known gang ties, or who have been red flagged by school resource officers or administrators.  Those are all steps that East High coach Anthony Thomas hopes will keep fans in line for what's set to be a very competitive game.

"I think we'll be able to play it out to its fullness.  I think everything will be fine.  I think this is all about the kids, and I hope the community knows that first and foremost it's about the kids and being safe," said Thomas.

If fans practice good sportsmanship, the 2011 match-up can actually end with one of the Waterloo high schools taking home bragging rights.

Tickets can be purchased from the business offices at both East and West High Schools and at the Waterloo District office on Washington Street.  Again, no tickets will be sold at the door.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for students K-12, and children pre-K or under get in free.  East High students can also get in free with their activities pass.

KWWL Reporter:  Kera Mashek

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