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'Pinking out' for breast cancer awareness [Cockeysville]

Towson Times
'Pinking out' for breast cancer awareness

Think Pink was the refrain heard in the Dulaney High School gymnasium on Friday, Feb. 3, when the women's basketball teams took the floor for their annual Pink Out games to raise money for breast cancer awareness. The cheerleading squad, under the direction of Coach Kim Bettencourt, also sponsored the event, which raised almost $2,000 this year for the Susan G. Komen Maryland Foundation.

Since 2009, the annual event has raised just shy of $20,000 and this year's match-up against the squads from George Washington Carver Center for the Arts and Technology resulted in victories for both Dulaney teams. Kylie Barton, a 7th-grader at Cockeysville Middle School, kicked off the evening with a beautiful rendition of the national anthem. The crowd also was treated to special half-time performances by the Dulaney Dance team of Hannah Bostwick, Isabella Hsiao, Lauren Kuda, Keira Levy, Alissia Metcalfe, Mollee Neblett, Jane Peterson, Jenny Peterson and Kate Whatley and cheerleaders Deasia Booker, Alyssa Brown, Sara Comaromi, Anna D'Aleo, Hope Eckhart, Kayla Garrison, Sanaa Haamen, Jasmine Hernandez, Cierra Kearse, HayLee Lawson, Kyra Mahoney, Faith Murphy, Mya Pena and Lacey Wall. All in all, a great night for a terrific cause.

The Pink Out game is not the only way in which the Dulaney basketball program is active in the community, as giving back and team work are stressed by varsity head coach Jessica Szymanski and assistant coach Nicole Barton, along with junior varsity coach Lori Ryan and assistant coach Tanasha Allen. Throughout the season, the squads participate in programs big and small, such as beautifying the school grounds and providing gifts to families in need during the holiday season. Another big event this year was the first ever alumni weekend in honor of Nancy Kelly, a 2011 Dulaney graduate and basketball player who was tragically killed in a car accident by a drunk driver in 2016. Teammates, classmates, friends and family gathered to celebrate Nancy, who was a standout basketball player and student at Dulaney. More than $2,000 was raised and donated to the scholarship fund in her name at Eastern Virginia Medical School, where she was a student.

The junior varsity basket ball team consists of Danielle Basarath, Mackenzie Daly, Audrey Dickens, Mackenzie Erhardt, Jenna Isaacson, Gabby McKnight, Emily Pritchett, Becca Puente, Jen Rivas, Catherine Szalczyk, Tess Valentino and McKenzie Weller; the varsity team's roster includes Brittany Bell, Lily Davison, Mae Dickens, Don'shae Harp, Rachel Krug, Cori Levy, Leah Mexis, Riley McWilliams, Lydia Naughton, Alleshia Pullen and Julia Whatley. Both teams are wrapping up solid seasons with winning records in their conferences. Good luck to the varsity squad as they head onto the Baltimore County playoffs!

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