MORGAN CITY — Yes, there was a contest to be played Wednesday, but just as much, the color Pink was on the mind as both Morgan City and Berwick High Schools participated in Morgan City “Paint the Pit Pink” contest.
The pink game, the fifth that Morgan City has held to raise money to raise funds to fight breast cancer, featured a slew of pink in the gym, a memorial ceremony before the varsity contest and various games involving MCHS students in between the actually volleyball games.
Morgan City resident Audrey Falcon, who has been in remission from breast cancer for a year, was the game’s honorary server. She is the aunt of MCHS volleyball player Marilynn Bailey.
The game also was special for one of the officials calling it, Bruce Hebert, whose mother already has beaten breast cancer but now is battling stage 4 cancer in the liver, both lungs, the lymph nodes and three spots on her spine.
He said he wanted to work the game to do his part, and he said it made him feel better about his mother’s situation, knowing that people were spending money at the game, which in turn would help fight breast cancer.
Before the game, a check for $11,101 was displayed that represented the combined efforts of Morgan City and Berwick high schools.
In the five years the event has been held, it has grown.
MCHS gifted services teacher Judith Hidalgo, who coordinated the T-shirt sales for this year’s event, said the T-shirt salves have grown from 200 the first year to more than 850 this year and sponsorships have grown from three the first year to 23 this year.
MCHS coach Christy Theriot lauded the parents, who she said does much of the work to make the event possible.
“All I do is set a date and a time and pick a team and the parents do the majority of the work,” she said.
Both Theriot and Berwick coach Charlotte Menard agreed that it was nice to see a nice turnout for the event.
She said the event is “about what we can do and help the people in the community.”
Theriot said she would like to see the whole community become involved in the event because monies raised for cancer research at the event benefit St. Mary.
In the actual contest, Morgan City defeated Berwick, 25-16, 25-15, 25-20.
Katelyn Adams recorded her second triple-double in as many days as she finished the game with 11 aces, 17 assists and 13 digs as well as seven kills.
Other MCHS contributors included Ariel Trimm, five kills and digs apiece and a block and an assist each; Elizabeth Esteban, two assists, an ace and 13 digs; Kloé Liner, three aces, eight kills, two assists and nine digs; Jaivienna Jones, six kills, a block and an assist, five digs and one block assist; and May Grogan, four kills and a block and a dig each.
For Berwick, Elizabeth Hover recorded nine kills, two assists, 13 digs, an ace and three blocks, while Abigail Ohlin added a kill and an assist apiece and 16 digs.
Other Berwick contributors included Dianna Grace Guarisco, an ace and seven digs; Hannah Carpenter, an ace and six digs; Celeste Bowers, an ace and five digs; Rebecca Rihard, six assists and seven digs; and Abigail Askew one kill, a dig and five blocks.
In junior varsity action, Morgan City won 25-11, 20-25, 15-5.
Taylor Prince, nine aces, five assists, eight digs and a kill for MCHS, while Layne Reynaud had two kills, eight assists, seven digs and four aces.
Other MCHS contributors included; Cecily Feliciano, six aces, two kills and four digs, Tyler Hebert, five kills, 10 digs and an assist; and LeeAnne Price, seven digs.
In freshman action, no score was available but Sara Gaudet had three assists, while Victoria Rice had two digs and Alexandra Thompson had a kill and an ace apiece.