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Kent: Remembering a softball catcher

Warner Robins High School’s Demonette softball team will be playing the annual Jane Gore memorial softball game on Wednesday at the school’s softball field. The game is played in memory of Jane, a member of the Warner Robins High School softball team who after graduating in 2004 was killed in a car accident. She had signed to play softball at Middle Georgia College and was enrolled at the time of her death.

The game is always held near the anniversary of her death; this year it will be on the day she died.

According to Ricky Ivester, president of the Demonette Dugout Club, a scholarship is given every year to a senior from the softball team in Jane’s memory. A stone memorial is in place at the softball field and her jersey number was retired.

“Her death really made an impact,” Ivester said. “She was a great kid, very lovable.”

At the game, a short memorial service is held prior to the first pitch, with a former teammate or coach of Jane’s making comments.

Richard Aaron coached Jane in travel ball and said that she started playing softball in Little League.

“Most of the players now didn’t know her,” Aaron said. “But she was what it is all about. She enjoyed the competition but left it all on the field. She was a quiet leader and was the best catcher I have ever seen. ... She’s a good inspiration for them and many of them strive for that scholarship every year.”

Game time is 5:55 p.m.; the memorial activities will start at 5:30.

FUNDRAISERS, DISCOUNTS CARDS BACK AS SCHOOL STARTS

With school back in session, the fundraisers that help keep programs such as band and cheer afloat arrive.

Several schools are offering discount cards for sale. These cards are the size of a credit card and have numerous discounts for local businesses on them. Programs currently selling discount cards include Houston County High School Air Force Junior ROTC (To purchase, email Judy.Jackson@hcbe.net) and Northside Middle School Band (to purchase a card, email laura.iovine@hcbe.net.)

The Warner Robins High School band will be hosting an end-of-summer mattress sale fundraiser. All sizes and styles -- pillow-top, latex, memory foam, etc -- are available and all items are new with factory warranties. Mattresses purchased can be delivered and credit or debit cards and checks will be accepted. The mattress sale will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 20 in the Warner Robins High School gym. For more details, email acatheycfs@gmail.com.

My friend Kim Stewart is heading up Northside High School’s Cancer Awareness T-shirt sale. All proceeds with go to Jay’s Hope, Relay for Life and Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. The shirts are $12 each and feature a Dr. Seuss theme -- “I do not like cancer here, I do not like cancer there, I do not like cancer anywhere.” For more information or to get an order form, you can email Kim at kimberly. stewart@hcbe.net.

Contact Alline Kent at 478-396-2467 or allinekent@cox.net.

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