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‘Battle against Cancer’ here Thursday

Published: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 1:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 7:05 a.m. CDT

The Creston baseball team hosts a special occasion Thursday during the Hawkeye 10 Conference game against state-rated Glenwood.

On the eve of the Relay for Life at Creston High School, coach Steve Birchard’s team is continuing the tradition of their “Battle Against Cancer” event.

“Five years ago Sarah Jannings asked (assistant coach) Gerry Miller if the Creston baseball team would help fill the Relay for Life luminaries with sand and place candles in them,” Birchard said. “The morning of Relay for Life we always practice, and then go over and help with the luminaries. Over the years it has evolved into our team placing the luminaries on the track.”

This year, Birchard said, the team wanted to do even more.

“We’re calling it the ‘battle” against cancer, and the guys have sold team posters for camouflage shirts to wear for the game,” Birchard said. “Relay for Life representative swill be at the game selling luminaries. Evan Taylor (brother of junior Garret Taylor and a cancer survivor) will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.”

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