An Ace for the Cure

Scoring multiple points for the Downey team, Kimberly Schnars, 11, takes part in the fourth annual Dig Pink volleyball game in the Downey High School gym. “I feel honored to be in the presence of breast cancer survivors and I know that when I leave, I made a difference,” Schnars said.

Fatima Yataco, Business Manager

Cross-town rivals the Warren Bears and the Lady Vikes came together on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 6 p.m., in Downey’s gym; not only did the girls play volleyball but they also celebrated life at the annual Dig Pink game.

The gym was filled with pink shirts, enthusiastic fans, and supporters of Breast Cancer awareness. The night kicked off with Dawn Rentrop, a representative from West Coast Liaison and a breast cancer survivor, congratulating Downey High School for being the number one school in the nation to raise money for breast cancer awareness.

“You’ve got two heated rivals that are coming together for such an important cause,” Rentrop said. “What these two schools are doing is just awesome.”

Immediately following Rentrop’s brief speech and slideshow of last year’s fundraiser, the game began. The rivalry was present on the court and among the audience at all times. Both teams were fighting for the win and constantly had scores that were close together. Both schools grew wild when their team was a couple points away from taking the lead.

By game two, the Lady Vikes were leading the way by having won both sets; game one’s score was 25-23 and game two was 25-21. After game two, there was a five-minute interval in which ten breast cancer survivors were honored. Some of these survivors were either related to DHS students or alumni. Each survivor was called to the middle of the court and given roses to congratulate them for winning their battle.

“For some of them, it’s scary to come out in a crowd that’s so big and knowing that they are willing to do that is just priceless,” Coach Sims said. “That’s why we do the whole thing.”

The final score of game three was 24-18, giving DHS the win. It made the home side roar in approval of the final score.

“It’s not all about volleyball tonight, it’s about bringing the community together to congratulate them and just celebrate the survivors,” Kimberly Schnars said.

The night’s primary focus was not just volleyball, but it was also on breast cancer awareness. Both schools put their differences aside and came together for the cause.