AROUND TOWN: Pink Game Aspires For Greater Heights

February 4, 2018 GMT

It is a big number. But aspirations after the 10th annual Pink Night game may be even bigger. Abington Heights and partner North Pocono raised $35,460 for the Foundation for Cancer Care, an organization that helps women afflicted with breast cancer receive health care and other financial assistance. But don’t think anyone is going to settle for raising that number in future games. “Thirty-five thousand? I believe that is the tip of the iceberg,” said Laura Marion, whose daughter, Clair, started in the game for Abington Heights, and who is director of hospice for Allied Services and a volunteer and board member for the Foundation. “I believe we have nowhere to go but bigger. We finally have real awareness and with Fox TV and The Times embracing this and getting the information out there, we can only get better.” As a Wall of Fame basketball player at the University of Scranton, Marion was known for her drive to win. That hasn’t changed even though her days on the court are behind her. “My competitive spirit definitely comes into play when I am talking to the girls and asking them to solicit their sponsors,” Marion said. “You can never settle. That is just part of who I am and I hope I am instilling that in my own children.” Last year’s game raised just over $25,000 and allowed 80 women to receive free mammograms. That’s a far cry from the first game that raised $2,500. But Thursday’s event did much more than any number could show. “Any of these women who have cancer, we’re able to support them,” said Margo Opsasnick, founder and president of the Foundation. “In addition to that, we’re able to reach out to more people in the community with cancer, and help them with, as I always say, what they really need. To help with their electric bills, to help with their grocery bills, to help with co-pays for chemotherapy. “We will be able to touch hundreds more people. The bigger we get, the more needs we realize there are in the community and the more we’re able to answer.” No glitches A pair of area basketball coaches have been able to plan everything around basketball season — so far. North Pocono girls assistant basketball coach Ellen Reagan and her hubby, Larry, who works on Scranton Prep’s boys staff, worked their wedding date around their coaching duties, and are hoping things go just as well for their first child, which is due in early August. Well, it’s sure to be an early conditioning period for both of them. Did you miss it? If you’re a wrestling junkie and you missed last weekend’s MyHOUSE Melee at Wyoming Seminary, shame on you. Tim Pane, owner of the Scott Twp.-based business that supplies wrestling to uniforms from scholastic to Olympic teams, sponsored the event that brought together New Jersey’s Bergen Catholic and Blair Academy, Wyoming Seminary and Montini Catholic of Illinois, the top four teams in the nation according to Intermat Wrestling. Also there were No. 8 St. Edwards of Ohio, and Easton, the six-time PIAA team champion. Seminary’s women’s team also wrestled Team Canada. Make that four Clarks Summit’s Jason Knapp, former sports director at WBRE-TV, headed for PyeongChang late last week, where he will be broadcasting his fourth straight Olympic games. Knapp, play-by-play anchor for Curling Night in America on NBC Sports Network, will be calling the action as the Olympic network plans to air hundreds of hours of matches over 16 days. So grab a broom, a beer and your remote. Contact the writer: mmyers@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100, ext. 5437; @mmyersTT on Twitter