Monday, Oct. 15 marked an important game for the Northern Potter Lady Panthers. In addition to being Senior Night, the volleyball game against the Galeton Tigers aided in the fight against breast cancer in the form of a Pink Out.
The Lady Panthers said a bittersweet goodbye to their only senior, Miranda Snyder. Snyder walked between the lines of her misty eyed teammates, as a rapturous applause could be heard emanating from the blue and gold gymnasium. Coach Brittany Crosby placed in Snyder’s hand a gift bag, thanking her for her time playing volleyball. Snyder slowly made her way to her parents and sister, who handed her flowers, tears evident in their eyes.
“I think it was a lot of fun and I’m glad that [Miranda] got a good experience,” Coach Crosby said. Later she reviewed Snyder’s game, “She had a couple nice serves she had a really nice save, and I just thought she did a really nice job. Stepped up and it was fun to see her out there and just give it everything she had.”
The Pink Out game was a success with both teams swapping their typical school jerseys for pink shirts. Both teams engaged in a long and drawn out battle to the finish, taking the competition in all five matches. In the end, Galeton reigned supreme, winning three of the five matches, with Northern Potter fighting until the end. Set scores were 24-26, 25-10, 25-17, 23-25, 15-10.
Mirissa Bliss, Northern Potter’s setter, voiced her thoughts on how she felt the team worked, stating, “We did pretty good. We hustled and communicated very well.”
The fundraising aspect of the game also held successes of its own with Northern Potter Lady Panther parents donating a variety of baked goods for a bake sale where all $54 of the proceeds are to go to The Pink Pumpkin Project in honor of Igne Thomas, who recently passed away from cancer.
Next year, Northern Potter has hopes of expanding the event in order to make a larger impact in the fight against cancer. Both teams played hard, and in the end neither team lost as what truly mattered was bringing awareness to the battle raging against cancer where they are all one team.