By Brett Tieman
“I think our rivalry is special but this event reminds us that even though we’re two different high schools we’re still a part of the same community and district,” BSS Head Volleyball Coach Dave MacLean
On Monday, October 2nd, BSHS and BSS volleyball teams played in their 11th annual Dig for A Cure match. Beyond being just a competition, the event raised money for the KC Cares for Kids Foundation by selling t-shirts and holding auctions
A lot of work was put into promoting the game in the week leading up to it. Booster clubs from each team put together over 25 baskets valued at $50 or more that were used as silent auction items or were raffled off; a majority of the items for the themed baskets were donated by local business. Notable silent auction items included Royals memorabilia signed by Danny Duffy, Eric Hosmer, George Brett, and Whit Merrifield; a chiefs jersey signed by Travis Kelce; and gift certificates to Fazoli’s, Stone Canyon, and various other vacation packages and entertainment opportunities. In the end, all the hard work seems to have paid off.
“I think we did an amazing with the baskets and raising money for the auctions and all the decorations. We worked all week to sell shirts and put it all over social media,” senior Haley Rothove said.
Even though BSHS hosted Dig for a Cure this year, the promotion was truly a collaborative event. BSS put a lot of work into making sure this event was a success, putting fliers in the schools on the south side and spreading the news through word of mouth.
“(Blue Springs) created a nice flier and I was able to send that out to BSS and our feeder schools. We also use social media to spread the word. Our girls post on twitter, and their parents post on Facebook. The girls build relationships with classmates and then share with them about our amazing teams at both BSS and Blue Springs and this great event to come and support. It’s good volleyball and for a good cause,” BSS varsity volleyball coach Dave MacLean said.
Being able to raise awareness for cancer meant a great deal to players and coaches.
“It means a lot to us because a lot of us have family members that have cancer, or have had cancer, who have died of cancer so it means a lot,” Rothove said
The awareness also shows what Blue Springs is really about, no matter how heated the rivalry can get.
“I think our rivalry is special but this event reminds us that even though we’re two different high schools we’re still apart of the same community and district,” MacLean said.
The game itself drew in one of the largest crowds with both schools filling the seats dressed up in pink ready to cheer the team on.
“It was crazy filled in there and it was super cool. Crazy atmosphere,” Rothove said. Players certainly noticed and appreciated the raucous crowd.
“It’s really fun to see how excited they get about what we do. It’s really fun for us, and it gets us more energized and really helps,” Rothove said. MacLean took note as well, indicating the difficulty of communicating with his team.
“They were pretty loud. I had to yell more during timeouts than I wanted to in order to pass along adjustments for our team. Later on, the girls told me they really didn’t hear what I was saying anyway. I can’t imagine that anyone attending in the student section didn’t have fun. I love the Blue Springs motto ‘Win at everything we do’ — they really did a great job in their effort to have a blast at a volleyball game,” MacLean lauded of the Wildcats crowd.
In the end, the Wildcats fell to the Jaguars in three sets after a very slow start. However, they are keeping their heads held high and have gotten right to work on making improvements.
“We’re really working on our offense, to get all of our offense to contribute, and not just a few because we need everyone to win, we can’t do it without everyone,” Rothove says.
Rothove believes those improvements are sure to come.
“When our coach asks us to get better at something, we do. There hasn’t been a point in the season where we don’t get better at something she asks. We just keep stepping forward and we haven’t taken any huge steps back, so we’re really excited for the rest of the season,” Rothove said.
Rothove’s comments held true this past weekend, as the Wildcats placed 3rd out of 15 teams at the Truman tournament. The girls continue their season tomorrow hosting their senior night against Park Hill.