For the second consecutive season, the Minisink Valley girls’ basketball team hosted a cancer awareness game.
Chuck Reynolds, one of the team’s coaches, is currently battling cancer himself. For more on this, check out this story from a few weeks back.
It’s also become a team tradition because of a former coach, Judy Mottola, who had stepped down in part to spend time with her husband, John, who was dealing with cancer of his own.
This year, the team raised $1,500 for the American Cancer Society, making the donation in the name of one of their classmates. This past Sunday, members of the girls’ basketball team spent six hours outdoors doing a coin drop to help raise funds.
That’s $500 more than the team was able to raise at last year’s inaugural event.
“We hope with continued research a cure will be found,” said Minisink Valley senior Erin Tomesheski.
In the game, Minisink Valley beat Port Jervis, 50-14. Annie Haelen scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a non-league victory for the Warriors in Slate Hill. Asher Smith added 14 points for Minisink Valley (9-5).
Minisink is now 2-0 in the Cancer Awareness games, having defeated Monticello one season ago, 52-46.
The Warriors travel to Valley Central for a big Division II game on Friday night.
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