Laurie Creighton hopes a sea of colors fill Olympia High’s Chick Rockey Gymnasium.
The Bears’ longtime volleyball coach is expanding the program’s cancer awareness night to a weeklong event next week, highlighted by a home match Tuesday and the Capitol City Invitational Oct. 12.
In years past, Olympia has featured Lymphoma Awareness Night, honoring former player Tiana McIntosh’s mother, Barb, who battled lymphoma before her death in January 2011.
The death of Todd McDougall, a 20-year teacher and coach at Olympia, in July after a seven-month battle with brain cancer helped jump-start the Bears’ plans to expand the night to a weeklong event ringing attention to all cancers and the colors they represent.
“We wanted to make a big deal,” Creighton said. “We’re hoping the place is a mix of colors.”
It starts with Tuesday’s 4A Narrows League match against Central Kitsap, followed by the annual Capitol City Invitational, hosted by Olympia on Oct. 12, which features teams from as close as Capital and as far away as Selah and Lynden.
The sale of special, $12 color-coded T-shirts representing different types of cancer is over, but Creighton said fans attending without those T-shirts will be
encouraged to wear cancer-specific colors (breast cancer’s color is pink, for example). Donations will be accepted all week, including at Tuesday’s match and at the Oct. 12 Capitol City tournament where prizes will be handed out.
Nearly $3,000 has been raised with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.
“All of us somehow are connected to someone who has battled or is battling cancer,” Creighton said. “It should be recognizing everyone who is fighting that battle and supporting them.”
BATTLE OF TUMWATER … AND UNBEATENS
Thursday’s Pioneer Bowl (Tumwater versus Black Hills) in girls soccer features the only remaining unbeaten teams in 2A Evergreen Conference play.
Both are 5-0 in EvCo play going into the 7 p.m. game at Tumwater District Stadium.
Black Hills has 40 goals over eight games. Yet it wins with defense because goalkeeper CeCe Noyen has six consecutive shutouts. Noyen has a 0.29 goals-against average.
Senior striker Whitney Lowe is the EvCo’s leading scorer. Lowe scored 16 goals in September, including four games with at least a hat trick (three goals).
NEW GAME TIME
Because of the SAT on Saturday morning, the kickoff for the Olympia-South Kitsap football game at Ingersoll Stadium has been pushed back two hours to 3 p.m., Olympia athletic director Tim Ahern said.
The Bears will be looking to push their winning streak to four games while South Kitsap is on a three-game skid.
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