Reservoir, Howard volleyball teams score victory for cancer awareness

October 30, 2008|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,sandra.mckee@baltsun.com

Reservoir and Howard joined together last week to help raise money for the Side-Out Foundation, which works to raise awareness of breast cancer through volleyball activities.

Reservoir coach Carole Ferrante, whose team organized the event, said the Gators set a goal of $2,000 and by the end of the night had surpassed that mark.

"We don't know exactly how much we've raised," Ferrante said. "It was over $2,000 at the school, but people can also give online, and that fund drive is still going on. So we're raising our goal to $3,000."

Reservoir's volleyball team made the decision to support Side-Out because the mother of one of the girls in its program last season is battling breast cancer.

"One of our girls was unable to play this season because she wanted to have more time with her mom," Ferrante said. "Her mom is doing really well now. We got a report Friday that her doctor has told her she is cancer-free."

Ferrante described the night at Reservoir as "something special." Two manufacturers donated pink jerseys and pink socks to the teams, officials and coaches for the night. The school Madrigals and pom squad performed. 9fngrs Embroidery donated more than 1,500 items to give away and use in the silent auction.

"So many people came, we had to open both sides of the bleachers," Ferrante said. "We must have had more than 500 people. It was a wonderful evening. At the beginning of the game, each player had a pink rose and ran into the bleachers to give it to their mothers, to show they care about their breast health."

The name of the foundation, according to the Web site, refers to a term in volleyball, side-out, when one team wins a point while its opponent is serving, thereby regaining serve or control of play. In a similar way, Side-Out "supports health care professionals and researchers to help women and men with cancer maintain or regain control of their own lives through improved awareness, education, detection and treatment."

Running shoes on

Postseason regional cross country competition begins today with 28 boys and girls teams at Centennial for the 3A East and 2A South competition.

This will be the 10th year that Centennial has hosted the competition. Atholton, the county champion, is the favorite in the boys 3A team competition and will be led by Graham Baz ell and Michael Lynch. Wilde Lake's Jonathan Sham and Reservoir's Eric Schuler, Annapolis' Christian Smooth and Bel Air's Alex Lohrmann are also among the top runners. On the 3A girls side, Centennial's Olivia Joseph and Howard's Elyse Borisko are runners to watch.

In the 2A South competition, River Hill's Katie Harman appears ready to defend her state title. Last week, she came from behind to beat Mount Hebron's Becky Yep in the county championship race at Centennial in a course-record 19 minutes, 10 seconds. Yep and Harman should again challenge each other for the top spot, but Tiffany Lang, an Oakland Mills freshman, and Harman's teammates Anna DeMaree and Payton Lawrence could be on their heels.

On the 2A boys side, Mount Hebron is the team to beat, having just defeated River Hill, last year's state champ, in county competition.

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