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Ignacio Volleycats hosting Pink Digs game at 4 p.m. Tuesday
10/1/2012 By: By Joel Priest
Left, Bayfield Middle School C-2 players Kaylie Guse (20) and Rylee Meshew (16) make a combined effort to keep a ball in play, as teammate Carolyn Cook (27) shouts words of encouragement--and probably caution--during last Thursday's Pink Digs for the Cure VI match against Ignacio Junior High School at BMS. The C-2's lost in three to the 'Cats.
Photo by Joel Priest
The “Pink-Out” at Bayfield Middle School on Sept. 20 had already been productive in relating breast cancer awareness to a younger brain base.
Later that afternoon, it was time for a ‘Pink-In’ at BMS Gymnasium against Ignacio Junior High. The crowded bleachers showed that the teams’ initial inclusion in Pink Digs for the Cure VI was a pretty good idea.
The goal of Pink Digs is to raise $30,000 this year towards the Women’s Health Coalition of Southwest Colorado’s Emergency Fund Scholarship program for local, in-treatment patients.
Bayfield Middle School, playing their final regular-season home date, swept the best-of-threes in the night’s closing B- and A-team engagements—winning the former 25-17 and 25-16, and the latter by a closer 25-19, 25-22 score. BMS’ C-1 also was victorious, via a 15-11 tiebreaking third set after IJHS avenged a 25-21 loss in Set 1 with a thorough 25-12 Set 2 win.
Getting things underway early were the schools’ C-2 squads. BMS was coached by Shannon Nudera and volunteer assistant Ashley Fender, and IJHS by Tony Kimball and Kathy Herrera. While the visitors were simply finding their footing, Bayfield swiftly won Set 1 25-9. Once the Lady Bobcats found it, however, the battle was on and Ignacio breezed in Set 2, 25-13.
In Set 3 a common ground was found, and play improved markedly on both sides of the strings before IJHS prevailed in extra points, 18-16. Honored before the C-1 contest was the first of three attending “All-Star Survivors,” Sandra Herrera. Joanne Hockenbury and Linda Hester are the other survivors. The ladies greeted all of the players and put a real-life face on the cause for which they would advance through playing.
Next Tuesday, Oct. 2, Ignacio High will host Bayfield’s JV (starting 4 p.m.) for Leg #4 of this year’s Pink Digs lineup.
Upcoming Pink Digs events remaining are on Oct. 9 (4:30 p.m.) with Montezuma-Cortez at Durango High School, and the Oct. 27 (7 p.m.) Western State-at-Fort Lewis RMAC rumble inside FLC’s Whalen Gymnasium. Miller’s Angels hosted Cortez Middle’s Jaguars on Tuesday in Leg #3.
Presented by the WHC, Four Corners Volleyball Club, and BP America, participating student-athletes and community businesses have combined to raise over $100K since the series’ 2007 inception.