WJ soccer shoots for the cure

Messenger photo by Pat Donahue

West Jefferson sophomore Mollie King takes a shot at the goal during an Aug. 21 match-up with Hamilton Township. The Lady Riders came out on top with King scoring the game’s only goal. King also scored West Jefferson’s two goals in a 5-2 loss to Southeastern on Aug. 18.

“I’m all for doing something other than just playing the game—something that might captivate the interest of the girls and the parents,” said Coach John Starr about the West Jefferson girls’ soccer team’s participation in “Shoot for the Cure.”


The Roughriders are one of a dozen central Ohio teams taking part in the fundraiser to benefit the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research. West Jefferson’s “Shoot for the Cure” night is set for 5:30 p.m. Sept. 15, their home game against Triad.

The Ohio High School Athletics Association has given participating teams the go-ahead to wear special pink shirts during fundraising games. West Jefferson also is selling shirts to fans as a way of raising money for the cause. The shirts are $10 each ($12 for shirts with numbers) and come in sizes from youth small to adult 2X. To receive the shirts in time for the Sept. 15 game, orders should be placed by Sept. 2. E-mail orders to Starr at starr322@columbus.rr.com.

“I’ve already gotten an order from our athletic director (Rich Haskins) who is getting shirts for himself, his wife and their two kids,” Starr said.

The Lady Blue Aces soccer team at Granville Exempted Village Schools is organizing “Shoot for the Cure.” The district is located 30 miles east of Columbus and is a member of the Mid-State League, along with West Jefferson.

This past spring, a member of Granville’s team participated in a similar fundraiser through Columbus Blast, a travel soccer team. She presented the idea to her school coach and teammates. They ran with it, sending an invitation to  all central Ohio teams to take part.

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