Posts Tagged ‘Coaches Against Cancer’

Coupeville High School basketball fans showed their support for those battling cancer. (Brad Sherman photo)

They scored big buckets, and big bucks.

Coupeville High School basketball teams won three of four games Friday night during their first home games in two weeks.

Making the night even sweeter, the Wolves, and their fans, raised nearly $1,000 for cancer research.

Taking part in their annual Coaches vs. Cancer event, this year renamed Coupeville vs. Cancer, CHS brought in $955 thanks to fundraising efforts.

The money was donated to the V Foundation for Cancer Research, which was founded by legendary college basketball coach Jim Valvano.

“A job well done.” (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

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Coupeville High School Athletic Director Willie Smith ponders the many things on his schedule. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Friday night will be an impactful one in the Coupeville High School gym.

Wolf basketball teams, playing at home for the first time in two weeks, host Friday Harbor in bouts which will have a big impact on potential playoff seeding for the varsity squads.

Things kick off with the girls’ varsity playing in the CHS gym, and the JV boys across the hallway in the middle school gym, with 4:00 tipoffs.

The boys’ varsity and girls JV teams inherit the floors at 5:30ish.

But the games are just a part of the events.

Youth cheerleaders perform at halftime of the varsity boys’ game, capping several weeks of preparation.

Throughout the afternoon and evening, the focus will be on the annual Coaches vs. Cancer fundraiser, renamed Coupeville vs. Cancer this year.

Raffle tickets ($1 or donation) will be sold, offering supporters a chance to win goodie baskets made by the CHS cheer team. There will be drawings at halftime of both varsity games.

T-shirts and silicone bracelets commemorating the night will be available for donation. Any extras after players and coaches receive theirs, will be offered for free.

There will also be a poster in the entranceway to the gym that fans can write on to honor those “that are fighting/have fought/have lost” the cancer battle, said CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith.

This year’s event is focusing on all forms of cancer, with pens representing all the cancer awareness ribbons available at the sign-in table.

All money raised will be donated to the V Foundation for Cancer Research, which was founded by legendary college basketball coach Jim Valvano.

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Bennett Boyles (center)

Marty and June Mazdra

Two key members of the Coupeville High School basketball community will be honored Friday, as the Wolf hoops squads host Coaches vs. Cancer games.

CHS is set to play Sultan, with games at 5:00 and 6:45.

The Wolves will pay tribute to Bennett Boyles and June Mazdra, while the Turks will also have an honoree.

Donations will be accepted at the game, as well as online, with proceeds from the night going to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Boyles is a member of the CHS Class of 2022 who lost a courageous battle at age 12 with Glioblastoma Multiforme, a form of brain cancer.

He played basketball alongside many of the current Wolf players on SWISH teams, and a seat will be left open on the Coupeville boys bench for him.

Mazdra, when she’s not doing her day job as a custodian at Coupeville Middle School, is the woman with the magic pencil.

She keeps the most beautifully written, precise basketball scorebooks in the biz, and has done so for decades, beginning when she was still a student at CHS.

Diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia, Mazdra continues to stand tall in her fight, surrounded by family, friends, and fans.

If you can’t make it to Friday’s games in person, donations can be made online.


Bennett Boyles — Project Violet at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center



June Mazdra — The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society


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Bennett Boyles (center) will be remembered Friday as Coupeville High School hoops teams host Coaches vs. Cancer games. (Konni Smith photo)

Out of sadness comes hope.

Coupeville High School’s basketball teams will pay tribute to those who have battled cancer this Friday, while also raising money for research to fight the disease.

A home doubleheader against South Whidbey Jan. 18 will be the annual Coaches vs. Cancer Night.

Girls varsity tips at 5 PM, with boys set to go at 6:45.

The Wolf girls will honor a former player and the relative of a current hoops star.

Brisa Herrera, who played her freshman and sophomore seasons at CHS, fought and beat ovarian cancer right before her graduation last spring.

Brisa Herrera was a firecracker on defense while playing for the Wolves. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Also being honored is Ronald Smith, grandfather of freshman Kiara Contreras.

Smith passed away recently at age 77 after a battle with Mesothelioma.

The Wolf boys are paying tribute to one of their own.

Bennett Boyles, who was a key part of a talented group of basketball players now in their freshman year, lost his fight against brain cancer at age 12.

While battling Glioblastoma Multiforme, Boyles remained remarkably upbeat, inspiring his classmates, teachers and the community.

The CHS Class of 2022 continues to hold Bennett close, including him posthumously in their middle school graduation last spring.

Freshman Hawthorne Wolfe, who leads this year’s varsity boys basketball team in scoring, has Bennett’s name inscribed on the shoes he wears while playing.

Never forgotten, always remembered. (Photo courtesy Molly McPherson)

The Wolves will collect donations at both games, with proceeds donated to Project Violet through the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.


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The CHS cheerleaders wore pink Friday, in tribute to the fight against cancer. (John Fisken photos)

The CHS cheerleaders wore pink Friday, in tribute to the fight against cancer. (John Fisken photos)

They were warriors, fighting in pink.

Taking their color cues from the national fight against cancer, the Coupeville High School cheer squad led the way Friday night during the Coaches vs. Cancer fundraising event that took place during the night’s girls’ basketball game.

Both Coupeville and Lakewood had honorary coaches who are currently fighting the disease, while the visiting Cougars wore pink uniforms.

The Wolf cheerleaders matched them, donning pink attire as they fired up the crowd, then went up into the stands at halftime to help collect donations.

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