The girls varsity basketball team with Mrs. Roe, after presenting her with flowers. Photo courtesy of Kineta Lewis.

By: Annie Bonner/Content Editor

On Thursday, January 31st, 2019, the Lady Raiders basketball team hosted their annual Swish Out game. This year’s game was against Montrose. Each year, the Swish Out game raises awareness and proceeds for the American Cancer Society. These proceeds come from numerous things throughout the week leading up to the game, including t shirt sales, 50/50 raffles, admission fees, and the sale of raffle tickets allowing a student to pie one of our administrators in the face.

This year, the Swish Out game had a new meaning to not only the basketball team, but to everyone in the Blue Ridge community. This year’s game was dedicated to one of Blue Ridge’s endeared teachers, Mrs. Kathy Roe. Roe is currently in the midst of battling breast cancer, which inspired the basketball team to do something to show their love and appreciation to her.

After the JV victory, and before the varsity game, the girls basketball team, Mr. Summers, and the booster club surprised Mrs. Roe with a special presentation and flowers. After a warm introduction from a member of the American Cancer Society, Mrs. Roe came down off the bleachers and into the basketball team’s arms. She was shown just how much she is loved and supported. The team shared hugs, tears, and laughs with her before the start of the varsity game.

Mrs. Roe hugs the basketball team after the presentation. Photo courtesy of Kineta Lewis.

During halftime of the varsity game, it was time for pie in the face. During lunch the week before the game, tickets were sold for a chance to pie either Mr. Button, Mr. Nebzydoski, Mrs. Webster, or Mrs. Decker in the face. They lined up one by one and took it like champs as crown members pied them each in the face.

Mrs. Decker, Mr. Nebz, Mrs. Webster, and Mr. Button, after getting pied in the face at halftime. Photo courtesy of Kineta Lewis.

Though the varsity team lost, they played their hardest for Mrs. Roe.

Mrs. Roe’s son, Adam Roe, said, “It’s just nice that we live in a school district that is so caring and supportive. I appreciate everyone who helped with the game and fundraising.”

A special thank you goes out to Mrs. Sarrah Dibble-Camburn and her art students for making a huge Swish Out banner, Mr. Summers for announcing, the booster club for organizing everything, and Mrs. Roe for being so brave in her fight.

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