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High school baseball: Wright City team helps tornado victims in Little Axe

The Lumberjax, who remain in limbo waiting for a Supreme Court ruling in their case against the OSSAA, spent Friday helping in Little Axe, dropping off a trailer full of supplies and then helping victims delve through what remains of their home in search of valuables.
by Jacob Unruh Published: May 26, 2013
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photo - Members of the Wright City baseball team help out in Little Axe on Friday, May 24, 2013. PHOTO BY JACOB UNRUH, THE OKLAHOMAN KOD
Members of the Wright City baseball team help out in Little Axe on Friday, May 24, 2013. PHOTO BY JACOB UNRUH, THE OKLAHOMAN KOD

— When Wright City coach Kyle Butler asked the members of the baseball team if they wanted to help with the tornado relief, none hesitated to raise their hands.

“It's not about Wright City right now,” Butler said. “We're just trying to help these people up here and they were a big part of it. (The school and community) donated a lot of things … and I think it says a lot for our state the way that they've come together in supporting the city of Moore the way they have.”

The Lumberjax, who remain in limbo waiting for a Supreme Court ruling in their case against the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association, spent Friday helping in Little Axe, dropping off a trailer full of supplies and then helping victims delve through what remains of their home in search of valuables.

It was a devastating scene for many of the players, but it also brought back some memories for one.

“It's definitely a humbling experience,” Wright City senior Devin Ward said. “I lived here during the May 3 tornado and that was pretty devastating and this looking the same. It's just heartbreaking to see people's homes like this.”

But for one owner, George Beers, it was a blessing to receive the help.

Beers said he had back surgery last week and is unable to do much with the cleanup. His mobile home is completely lost and he lost one of his dogs, but his wife and three kids are OK.

“It just made us all happy,” Beers said about the Lumberjax helping. “They pulled a bunch of stuff that we thought was gone. It's fantastic.”

by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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