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Pandemic Pushes for New Sports: Treeble’s Rising Popularity written by coal stern, staff miner; illustration by Jammin' liu, Staff music connoisseur

All sports are taking a massive hit right now, and only new Shpeeble and Treeble are surviving. Pinewood recently agreed that all sports teams at Pinewood will be shut down due to the poor circumstances of the pandemic. Basketball’s popularity has gone down by 80 percent, soccer has plummeted to an astonishingly-low player base of 86 players worldwide, and football has been shut down entirely.

“Shpeeble is not as interesting, or as fun as Treeble. It's also not as entertaining too,” said freshman Cole Chatterjee.

Especially with the rising popularity of the sport “Shpeeble,” Pinewood has decided to introduce a similar sport to the local schools near Pinewood. The new sport introduced is named “Treeble,” and has risen in popularity, only a little behind the top sport, Shpeeble.

“Shpeeble is not as interesting, or as fun as Treeble. It's also not as entertaining too,” freshman Cole Chatterjee said.

“Treeble has become my favorite sport. There is so much focus required for each role,” freshman George Textor, a competitive treeblyer, said.

Treeble is about accuracy, balance and the sheer strength of the person rolling down hill. The way Treeble works is that one team member starts at the top of a hill - 10 feet tall for beginners, 20 feet tall for school and competitive players, and 35 feet tall for the TNA (Treeble National Association). From the top of the hill, the team member is tasked with rolling down the hill on top of a beach ball. The player must then successfully jump off the ball at the bottom of the hill, while keeping its momentum rolling into the goal. The opposing team's goal is to have a player in the goal who is trying to stop the ball from making it into the goal.

“Treeble has become my favorite sport. There is so much focus required for each role,” freshman George Textor, a competitive treeblyer, said.

Pinewood recently had their first match of the season against Saint Francis. The game took place up on Treeble hill. The score was close, coming down to 3-2, with Pinewood taking the win. The first goal of the game was scored by none other than Textor within the first hour of the game. In the second hour, Saint Francis scored two goals against Pinewood while Chatterjee was defending.

Head coach and physics teacher Yong-Chan Kim decided to kick Chatterjee out and take his place. In other sports such as soccer or basketball, the coach playing would have been considered illegal, but since Treeble was so new, the rule had not been written down yet, which made the play legal. Kim ended up scoring the last two goals to win the game, leaving the Pinewood team with a gold medal in hand.

Photo courtesy of Pinewood SmugMug

“I knew that Chatterjee wasn’t an all-star player, so I needed to do what was best from the team and completely kick him off mid game after he got scored on twice. I thought that would be impossible seeing as the ball is a massive blow up beach ball, yet he failed to succeed anyway. After that I carried the team and got us a victory,” Kim said.