By Will Willems Sports Editor
---- — The Lebanon and Western Boone tennis teams joined together for a good cause during their annual rivalry match-up Monday afternoon.
The two teams raised money to "Smash Cancer" with the proceeds going to the Boone County Cancer Society.
The night started out with two honorary servers who were cancer survivors and when the teams hit the courts, the girls from both teams wore a "Smash Cancer" shirt of a specific cancer they wanted to recognize.
After the match, a moment of silence was observed for Western Boone's principal, Mr. Raney's family, as his wife is battling cancer. Then the girls released star shaped balloons in a variety of colors to honor all loved ones that have been affected by cancer.
"We are excited that Boone County Cancer Society receives the benefits and that it stays here in the county," Lebanon head coach Lisa Erwin said. "I think it is a neat opportunity that we have two county teams doing it. There are other ladies teams across the state that do it, but I think we are the only two county teams that play each other and are able to give the profits back to a local organization."
Western Boone coach Dustin Cunningham said that the event had special meaning to him.
"It hits me pretty well because my dad passed away with melanoma and my grandmother had lung cancer and lymphoma and all sorts of other cancers," Cunningham said. "This is special to me and the fact that all the girls get involved and their parents get involved and get chance to celebrate their achievements is pretty special."
When it came down to the play on the courts, Lebanon topped Western Boone 3-2, securing second-place in the Sagamore Conference.
Erwin said that the windy conditions made play tough.
"All the girls struggled with the conditions today, Western Boone and Lebanon both," Erwin said. "I think our girls adjusted their games pretty well to the wind. Depending on the way the winds blowing, you can play in no-man's-land up close on one side and on the other side you can hit the ball a lot harder."
Lebanon won all three singles points.
At No. 1 singles, Sarah Curts defeated Kylie Dobbs 6-0, 6-0. At No. 2 singles, Megan Stuteville defeated Alissa Jahn 6-2, 6-4 and at No. 3 singles Kaitlin Wirey topped Meg Kinslow 6-4, 6-3.
For more of this story, read Tuesday's Lebanon Reporter.