Oak Ridge Pinks Out, But Last Home Game Leaves Them Blue

The Oak Ridge Lady War Eagles did all they could in trying to derail the 18th state ranked Woodlands Lady Highlanders on Saturday afternoon, but the girls from across the highway were just too much in taking this district contest, 67-45 at the Eagles Nest.

Lady Highlander Kara Evans led a balanced scoring attack with 12 points. Kelsey Lang had 11 to go along with 7 boards.

Oak Ridge’s Brandi Lawson led all scorers with 15 points. Tatiana Jackson had another solid game in pouring in nine points while grabbing a game high 11 rebounds. Nadia Schmidt contributed 9 and 6.

Seeing as this was the last home game for Oak Ridge, the careers of the six Lady War Eagles were celebrated on Pink-out/Senior night… afternoon.

As is now becoming an annual occurrence when these two teams get together at the last home game, a fundraiser for a local charity called Jamie’s Journey was held. Between the two teams, over 650 tee-shirts were sold to help support the charity. In attendance were the founders of this great charity, Janet Baker and her daughter, Sam Togni. Both women spoke before the game and shared their story of Jamie’s Journey. “Jamie” Batruch, the late daughter of Janet and sister of Sam passed away on February 14, 2009 after battling Cancer.

As for the Senior Night portion of this event, it was a great send-off for all six hard working young ladies.

Brandi Lawson will either attend UT or Blinn Junior College. Nadia Schmidt is off to Blinn Junior College. Celeste Rypien will be blessing the University of North Carolina with her presence. Shelby Cage, who was injured in the pre-season, saw her first floor time in this game. She’ll be furthering her education at Texas State in San Marcos. Dani Scibek has a choice between the University of Hawaii or UNC. Christian Beeman is choosing between Rice and UT Dallas.

Oak Ridge (11-14 and 2-9) travels to Lufkin on Tuesday to close out their season as TWHS (23-5 and 10-1) hosts Kingwood.

Comments to Doug Sarant at doug@oakridgenow.com.

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Doug Sarant, Oak Ridge Now

Born and raised in New England, Doug promises he got to Texas as fast as he could. He earned the much needed "piece of paper" from Sam Houston State, proving to himself he could start and finish something. Doug's interests include coaching and playing any sport and still plays lacrosse competitively. He also enjoys going to dinner theaters, though he complains there just aren't enough of them in the area. Doug was brought up in a cultured environment, having suffered through dozens of symphonies and operas with his way too over-educated mother. At the end of the day, Doug is just a dad and husband and claims to be good at both.

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