Darren Doyle, story an photos
The Lady Cats had no trouble at all last night taking care of the Hart County Lady Raiders in their final regular season home game for 2015 as they won 2-0 and improved to 22-9 on the year, but the bigger story was the reason that these girls played.
The game was the annual "Dig Pink" Cancer Benefit Event that raises money for local cancer patients. Each player was able to list cancer fighters, patients, and survivors that they were playing in honor and/or in memory of, the names of which were announced during the pregame ceremony. Those in attendance were recognized.
There was also an "Honorary Coach" for the evening, which was Hallie Stice, a 4-year old cancer survivor. She spent the last year taking treatments for a type of cancer named Rhabdomyosarcoma, also referred to as RMS. Her family said she is currently completely cancer-free and is enjoying a normal life. Her sister, Kennady Stice, age 9, was an "Honorary Co-Captain" for last night's game as well. They live in Chalybeate with their parents, Jeremy and Shauna Stice.
Above: Hallie Stice, 4, and her sister, Kennady Stice, 9, Honorary Coach and Co-Captain for the game.
There was also a silent auction which raised over $1,000. Final totals have not been reported yet, but the Volleyball Boosters were pleased with the event. The money raised will be used at a local level.
The event was sponsored by DB&K Construction, Bank of Edmonson County, Farm Bureau, PBI Bank, and Alford's Pharmacy.
The Lady Cats will play their final regular game of the season at Allen County on Thursday, then District Tournament play will begin on Monday, October 19th.