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THE Brown County boys tennis team has been touched by cancer in various ways, so it only makes sense that the Eagles are doing something to fight it.
Brown County’s Sept. 12 match against Edgewood will be the first #SMASHCANCER battle in this area. The Delta and Yorktown girls teams had the first #SMASHCANCER match in the spring of 2012, and it spread to 15 teams this spring, raising more than $30,000.
“They’d seen a lot of breast cancer stuff, and one of their players said ‘Coach, why is it always breast cancer,’” Brown County boys coach Kevin Roush said. “They thought, ‘Let’s do it for everybody that has cancer.’”
Roush heard that message from Delta coach Tim Cleland, a Hope native and president of the Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association. It hit home since Roush lost his mother, Elizabeth, to ovarian cancer in December.
“She always asked how my tennis team was doing,” Roush said. “I got to thinking over the summer, and I thought ‘I would really like to do something like this,’ and which match is closest for people to travel. I called (Edgewood’s) coach, and I called coach Cleland, and he sent me lots and lots of information and got the ball rolling.”
Local Relay for Life coordinator Kim Maus is helping the effort, and Cleland has helped with T-shirts. Each player will wear a dri-fit T-shirt representing a cancer of his choice. Families and fans can purchase the shirts for $10.
Two cancer-surviving mothers of kids on the Eagles will be recognized at the match.
A parent of another team member is currently undergoing radiation. Brown County teacher Sheryl Fox also is a breast cancer survivor.
Fox’s son Cameron, along with Roush’s kids, Austin and Elizabeth; nieces, Ava and Adelyn and nephew Elijah will hit honorary first serves.
For information on how to donate, contact Roush, 988-6605 or email@example.com, or call Brown County High School, 988-5408.
Cross-country teams to meet
The Columbus East boys and girls cross-country teams will host Columbus North at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Clifty Creek Elementary. Both teams will first compete in Saturday’s Martinsville Classic.
The fifth-ranked Bull Dog girls are coming off a one-point victory over No. 7 Avon in Saturday’s Franklin Invitational. Meanwhile, the second-ranked North boys were upset by No. 6 Brebeuf Jesuit by two points at Franklin.
The Olympian boys and girls opened their seasons Saturday with fifth-place finishes in the East Invitational.
Soccer matches rescheduled
The boys and girls soccer games between North and East that were postponed because of lightning Saturday night have been rescheduled for Sept. 16 at Richard Wigh Soccer Complex. The boys game will be at 5:30 p.m., with the girls to follow at 7:30 p.m.
The defending state champion Bull Dog boys, who are ranked No. 1 in Indiana, are ranked No. 6 in the country in this week’s National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll.
Also, North’s girls game with Bloomington North that was suspended because of lightning earlier last week has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday. The Bull Dogs lead 1-0 with 31:47 left in the first half.
The Inaugural Columbus North Baseball Golf Outing Fundraiser will be at 1 p.m. Oct. 5 at Otter Creek. Check-in, lunch and open driving range will begin at 11:30 a.m.
Cost is $100 per individual or $400 per team and includes greens fees, cart, range balls, lunch and prizes. Hole sponsorships are available for $250. Prizes will be $400 for first place, $200 for second place and various gift cards for third place.
For more information, call coach Ben McDaniel, 614-560-5073 or assistant coach Trevor Baty, 344-3385.
Chili Dip Open set for Nov. 2
The Chili Dip Open, a fundraiser for the Columbus East boys and girls golf teams, will be at 11 a.m. Nov. 2 at Otter Creek.
Cost is $50 per person or $200 per team. Hole sponsorships are available for a donation.
For more information, call East girls golf coach Troy Buntin, 560-2298, or boys golf coach Tom LaBarbera, 350-2991.
Ted Schultz is a sports reporter for The Republic. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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