If you came to the game, you saw two communities joined together. Carroll and Busco fans were mixed together in the stands. Carroll and Busco volleyball players were both wearing “Young 4” warm-up shirts and both Carroll and Busco had a Coach Bankson on the team.
Carroll came up with the win in three games 25-18, 25-11, and 25-22, but that didn’t mean the tears weren’t flowing on both sides of the court after the game. The Carroll Chargers presented Chris and Tanya Young with $150 to go towards the Megan Young scholarship fund. They also wore wristbands honoring Megan, which they gave to the Lady Eagles after the game. Busco’s Athletic Director and Head Football Coach, Lee Etzler gave $1.00 of each ticket purchased for Tuesday night’s game to the scholarship fund as well.
“The volleyball community is so small and when something affects one family it affects the entire family, obviously nowhere close to the same degree,” stated Carroll Coach Doug Helsom. “Once again it’s our privilege to be a part of trying to help out in any way we could to honor Megan.”
IFPW’s women’s volleyball coach, Kelley Hartley Hutton, gave Chris and Tanya Young hugs and a blue and white volleyball signed by the IPFW volleyball team. Then Busco’s head volleyball Coach Mark Bankson and the varsity volleyball players presented the Young Family with Megan’s Busco black #4 jersey.
“They’re just a special group, with them coming to us to see what they could do for the Young family,” explained Churubusco Coach Mark Bankson. “They are a class act and they are as talented both on and off the court and tonight shows just what kind of people the Carroll program has.”
It was a bittersweet ending of the regular season for the Lady Eagles. They have had a rough season without Megan but to honor her like this at the end of regular season and all season long is something amazing. These girls should be proud of themselves. They have done one heck of a job playing so far and they have dealt with something that no team should have to. Thank you, to the Lady Eagles’ volleyball team for keeping Megan Young’s memory alive in all of us!
Thursday started the NECC tournament for the Lady Eagles. They hosted the West Noble Chargers. After a rough first match and starting of the second match, the Lady Eagles finally got it together and won in four games 18-25, 25-23, 25-15, and 25-14. Taylor Amber and Alexis Bankson both had 12 kills and Hannah Dodson had 9. Alexis Bankson had 26 assist and 5 serving aces. Danielle Hartman had 22 digs in the win.
Since the Lady Eagles won on Thursday, they headed up to Westview on Saturday to enter the pool play. They faced Central Noble and were defeated 19-25 and 22-25. Next they went against Angola and lost 21-25 and 22-25. In the third game of the day their opponent was the Eastside Blazers. The Lady Eagles were victorious in three games 28-30, 25-14, and 15-13.
For their fourth and last game of the day, they played the home team Westview and won 28-26, 22-25, and 15-12. For the whole day, Taylor Amber had 22 kills and Alexis Bankson had 20. Bankson also had 50 assists and 12 serving aces. Taylor Amber and Taylor Henning each had 8 serving aces as well. Danielle Hartman led the team with 53 digs on the day.
The Busco Lady Eagles finished fifth in the NECC tournament. Their overall record is 15 wins and 18 losses. In the conference, their record is 5 wins and 5 losses.
The Lady Eagles will host the Sectional and will play Central Noble in the second game on Thursday evening. Come out and support your Lady Eagles as they fight for a win over the Central Noble Cougars!