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Rivals join to raise money for cancer research

Members of the Elizabethtown-Lewis and Westport varsity softball teams raised $1,000 for cancer research in their Coaches v. Cancer benefit game May 15.

Members of the Elizabethtown-Lewis and Westport varsity softball teams raised $1,000 for cancer research in their Coaches v. Cancer benefit game May 15. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Two rivals on the diamond squared off May 15 with more than a score on the line.

Members of the Westport Lady Eagles and Elizabethtown-Lewis Lady Lions joined for a Coaches v. Cancer game in Elizabethtown that day, raising $1,000 to go toward cancer research.

“We started to plan this out about two months ago, but it really started coming together over the last two weeks,” said Lions head coach Jim Monty, who has also coached the Eagles. “We went out to local businesses and asked for funding as well as donations from others at school.”

For Westport, the event was similar to the fall soccer fundraiser the Lady Eagles participated in with Schroon Lake. Last fall was the second year that the two teams had worked together on the fundraiser.

“We both had people who had been affected by cancer, and we wanted to do something to raise money to help fund research,” Eagles softball assistant and soccer head coach Brad Rascoe said. “We had cards in school that people could buy and put their names on.”

The Eagles dressed in pink uniforms, which the team had worn as part of their fall fundraiser, while the Lions dressed in powder blue tops.

As for the game, Westport earned an 18-17 win over the host Lions, scoring four times in the top of the seventh and keeping the winning run from crossing the plate in the bottom half.

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