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THE Columbus East boys and girls soccer families have been hit hard by cancer the past couple years.
With that in mind, the Olympians programs are providing ways for fans attending Saturday night’s games against Columbus North to give to the American Cancer Society, and they’ll have a hint of unity with their rivals.
The East and North boys junior varsity teams will play at 2 p.m. Saturday at Richard Wigh Soccer Complex, followed by the JV girls game at 4 p.m.
The boys varsity game is scheduled for 6 p.m. and the girls varsity game is 8 p.m.
The East Soccer Booster Club will sell balloons with orange and blue ribbons, signifying four programs at two schools coming together as one. There will be a free-will donation for the balloons. When the players are introduced and walk out on the field for all four games, there will be a brief statement, and the players will release the balloons.
The booster club also raised funds for all of the players to wear white T-shirts with orange lettering for East and blue lettering for North. Both schools’ boys and girls teams will wear those shirts in warmups.
“Our soccer family was affected quite a bit this year with several parents being diagnosed with cancer and undergoing treatment, so we thought it would be a nice thing to do to do a fundraiser,” East girls coach Ilya Schwartzman said. “The North game, we know the crowd will be huge, so we thought that would be a nice time to do it.”
Football tickets on sale
Tickets for Friday’s North at East football game are on sale at both schools for $5 during school hours. Ticket gates will open at 5:30 p.m., and the game is at 7 p.m.
East’s girls basketball team will have a dunk tank from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Participants include boys basketball coach Brent Chitty, girls basketball coach Danny Brown, boys players Connor Umphress and Parker Chitty, girls players Allyson Bunch and Katie Ritenour and former dean of students Gene Hack. Chances are $1 per ball or $3 for five balls or $5 for a hand smack. All participants will receive free coupons for free blizzards at the downtown Dairy Queen.
Among other pregame festivities, Fox 59 will have its Buffalo Wild Wings Tailgate Tour, official game sponsor Bob Poynter Hyundai and Jeep will have a display and Colts Football Friday night will be on hand with two Colts cheerleaders and an interactive throwing game. At halftime, two East and two North students will have a contest putting on oversized shoulder pads and helmets to win a Colts prize package.
East coach and athletics director Bob Gaddis is hoping for 7,000 to 8,000 spectators. A record crowd of more than 8,000 attended the North at East game in 2011.
East moves into top spot
The Olympians are back in a familiar position this week — the No. 1 spot in the Class 4A football polls.
The Olympians spent most of last season at No. 1 after starting the year No. 2. They were No. 2 behind Bishop Chatard this season but moved up following the Trojans’ loss to Brebeuf Jesuit on Friday.
“I think it’s great for our kids and our program and is something that we’re proud of,” Gaddis said. “But really, it’s based on what happened last year. We’ve only won one football game. It’s great to be there now, but we’d trade that for No. 1 in November.”
The inaugural Columbus East Cheerleader Reunion will be Sept. 26 and 27.
Former cheerleaders can come to practice on Sept. 26 and to the Homecoming football game on Sept. 27. Alumni cheerleaders can cheer with the current cheerleaders during the third quarter of the game.
For more information, contact cheer coaches Jennie Robertson, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Lanell Christensen, email@example.com.
All-sports passes on sale
All-Sports Passes for the 2013-14 school year are on sale in the East athletics office. A family pass (up to five cards) is $200, while an adult pass is $80, a senior citizen pass is $50 and a student pass is $40.
Tickets for this year’s East games are $5 for varsity games, including those with JV and freshmen contests. Football season tickets are $15.
Ted Schultz is a sports reporter for The Republic. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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