We received an interesting email from the Felt High School boys and girls basketball coach, Zac Underwood, as he prepared his girls team for Thursday night’s playoff game against Lomega, and the tale of how two communities roughly 300 miles apart are strongly united this week.
Here’s some of what Underwood had to say about the meaning of this unique playoff game:
Lomega’s basketball history is well documented, but this is the first time in 10 years the Felt girls have won their district. This is also the first time since the 80s that Felt and Lomega have met. Lomega won in overtime in the state tournament. The mother of one of our leading scorers was on that team.
Further, and more interesting I believe, is the recent history linking these two communities that are about 300 miles apart. My wife (Lori Wilczek) played 1992-1995 for Lomega — which won one state title and was runner-up three times. Her younger brother played on the boys state title team in 2001. There were many other Wilczeks that had a hand in many other state titles and state tournament appearances over the years.
My wife contracted a very aggressive form of lymphoma last February and passed away in October. Both communities gave selflessly of their time and resources to help our family through the six-month battle, and both continue to show their support even today. Our two sons lived with families in Felt to finish the school year last year, and they spent most of the summer with my wife’s family in Lomega.
The ribbon color for lymphoma is lime green. Both communities created and purchased many lime green shirts, sweat tops, hoodies, ect., to show support for Lori and used them as fundraisers for our family while my wife and I lived in Dallas as she received treatment. Our basketball teams in Felt have incorporated lime green into their jerseys, socks, shoes, warm-ups, ect. While both Felt and Lomega will wear blue and white jerseys Thursday night, many in the stands from both communities plan on wearing lime green in remembrance.
I thought the communities involved should be recognized and thanked.
And so they should, Zac. Thank you for sharing.