By Nick Bradley, website editor
“Before the school was built, I drilled the foundation test holes,” said Ed Hess, who was honored at the Oct. 8 girls volleyball match at Saegertown High School. A long time Saegertown resident and grandfather of players Haley and Courtney, Hess survived pancreatic cancer, and the community came together to celebrate his life and raise funds for the Yolanda Barco Cancer Center.
Before the match with Cambridge Springs, the Lady Panthers gathered with Hess for a ribbon-shaped photo to kick off the evening. Then Hess’s story was shared before the national anthem, and he was applauded by the crowd. Over $1000 was raised through a silent auction, 50/50 ticket raffle, and bake sale.
Both Saegertown, and Cambridge Springs came into the match with similar attitudes about the event, but one could only leave with a win. Unfortunately, the Saegertown ladies lost in three sets to Cambridge Springs. Prior to the contest, junior defensive specialist Brittany Sample said, “I look forward playing with my team and supporting the cure for prostate cancer.” Kayla Parkin, Cambridge Springs senior and varsity outside hitter, added, “I’m looking forward to participating in a game that’s more than ourselves.” In an interview after the event, Mr. Hess wanted to share one piece of advice: “Have a check up. It is very important.”