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No problems at Waterloo East vs. West Game

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- The first West versus East match-up in the 2011 basketball season went off without any trouble. This year, security measures were tight at Waterloo's East High School. It was similar to what fans saw at the final basketball game last winter.

Around one thousand fans helped cheer on their favorite players from either East or West. But before they could pile into the bleachers, they had to face almost airport-like security screening.

"I don't like it, to be honest. But you gotta do what you gotta do," said James Montgomery, an East High alum.

"If things hadn't gotten out of hand, they wouldn't have to do it. So, it is what it is. I'll just follow the rules, I'm not bothered by it," noted West High alum Taneesha Copphee.

Fans needed to show two things before entering the gym. One, their ticket with their name on it, and two, their ID. And anyone who attended the game had to purchase their tickets before noon Friday. That gave administrators a chance to look over the list and make sure no one was coming who wasn't invited. That includes kids who have a history of fighting or causing trouble.

But many young fans do not think the added security measures will do much prevent another fight, like the one that broke out in the East High gym last year.

"I don't see how it could. If they're going to fight, they're going to fight," said West High student Sam Kuoen.

"If people want to fight, they're going to fight no matter what," East High student Deanna Schmidt echoed.

So do the strict rules go too far? Generally, the fans said, no. As long as you're not the one causing trouble, taking a few extra steps is no trouble at all.

"To me, I guess it's really not a big inconvenience," said Copphee.

"You gotta do what you gotta do until they get things turned around," agreed Montgomery.

Online Reporter Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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