Gannon women’s basketball coach Jim Brunelli guided the Knights to a tough 64-53 decision over Seton Hill Saturday, but was caught up in the emotion of the theme of the game as well in the seventh Pink Zone Game at the Hammermill Center. The previous six games had raised around $85,000 in the fight against breast cancer, and the proceeds pushed the total close to $100,000.
At Edinboro, it was Fighting Scots Fighting Cancer in the PSAC doubleheader at McComb Fieldhouse, and four-year center Samantha Blazetic, who overcame thyroid cancer in high school and still undergoes testing, was honored by former teammates and her No. 44 jersey encased in glass.
With his team wearing the tradition pink uniforms, Brunelli concluded his postgame interview talking about cause.
“Hopefully, you got shots of the crowd,” he said. “It’s amazing. There’s a lot of emotion, because everybody on our team, including our coaching staff, has somebody battling cancer or who has had someone who went through it. ‘That’s what this game is all about. And I’m going to get choked up here a little bit, because that’s the emotion for what this game is. We’re trying to raise money, we’re trying to give back, do the right thing. And on top of it all, we have to go out and perform at the highest level. That’s tough to do if you’re a 40-year-old man, and it’s tough to do if you’re a 22-year-old young lady.
Blazetic, the 6-3 all-time shot blocker in Lady Scots history who concluded her career in 2012-13, was honored at halftime during Edinboro’s 89-80 win over Pitt-Johnstown Saturday. Associate Athletic Director Todd Jay and honorary captain Donna Thompson presented ‘Blaze’ with the framed jersey, and she was joined by former teammates and former Edinboro players.: Kelsey (Conklin) Agresti’; Kiara ‘Kiki’ Brown, Renee Brown, Kerry Connolly, Micki Cerchiaro, Samantha (Reimer) Faler, Mandie Iorfido, Sara Bishop Jay, Kelly Lewis, Raven Metz, Courtney (Thompson) Nagle. Casey (Heller) O’Shea, Dawn Page and Suzanne (Petruska) Senz.
– Bob Jarzomski