Schroon uniforms honor late Mountainside hoopster

SCHROON LAKE - The Schroon Lake Central School girls basketball team is looking sharp this season.

Not only has their play been good, the Wildcats are sporting new home and away uniforms thanks to a donation.

Betsi and Mike Calhoun donated money for the uniforms in memory of their late daughter, Misty. A former Mountainside Christian Academy (Class of 1996) player, Misty grew up in Schroon Lake. She died in a car accident in 2002.

"Mrs. Calhoun came to a game and saw our uniforms were old and in disrepair," explained Coach Lee Silvernail. "She approached the school and offered to donate money for new uniforms."

The uniforms were badly needed, the coach said.

"The numbers were falling off our old uniforms," Silvernail said. "They were torn and faded. They were pretty beat up."

Silvernail said he and his players appreciate the Calhouns' gift.

Betsi Calhoun remembers seeing the Wildcats play in their old uniforms.

"I was sitting in the bleachers thinking, this team is too good to be in those uniforms," she said.

Calhoun said her family is pleased they could help the Schroon Lake girls team.

"Most of the girls know about Misty," she said. "She was an all-out player; she loved the game.

"She was a wonderful girl, a wonderful Christian," she added. "People loved her. She was going into counseling and wanted to work with teen-age girls. We thought this was something we could do in her memory. I know she would be pleased."

The Lady Wildcats are pleased, too.

"The girls varsity basketball team and I appreciate what Mrs. Betsi Calhoun has done in order for our team to have new uniforms," said Mindy Whitty, a senior player. "We have not had new uniforms in over 10 years. Our first game with the new uniforms, we felt so determined with them on and we went on to beat Bolton Landing.

"She donated money towards the uniforms in memory of her daughter," Whitty said. "They look outstanding and we are proud to wear them."

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