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April 20, 2024

By Fred Liggett

An event that every player along with many family and friends look forward to every season is the annual Pink Out game. A tradition now going strong for 12 years where a pair of LSR7 girls soccer teams play a rivalry game with a theme to raise money for cancer research and organizations. On Monday, Apr. 15 it was LS North Broncos turn to host the game where LS West Titans provided the opposition.

On the field the host Broncos won the game 2-0 but off the field the event according to LS North head coach Ryan Kelley “went real well.” Kelley was pleased to see the Broncos “partner with West and work with them.” Kelley adds how fun it is to see the athletes “get excited about the event and see students come together which is awesome to see.” In the past this annual game raised funds for the Susan B. Komen Foundation among others. This year’s event raised money for the Lee Summit-based Fight Dirty foundation.

Another item different this year from past years was the players wrote the name of someone they knew affected by cancer on signs. The players then held up the signs during a pre-game ceremony. These signs were used in place of the usual balloon release.

Once the whistle blew to start play on the field it didn’t take long for the Broncos to put something on the scoreboard. In the seventh minute a goal by Jacky Siegmeier put them up 1-0. The Broncos would double that lead in the second half thanks to a goal from Presli Houk. Coach Kelley admitted the Broncos in the first half “didn’t play our best but found a way to be successful.” The second half Kelley feels they “showed a lot of toughness.”

The win improved the LS North record to 8-2 on the season, for LS West the loss dropped their mark to 5-6. Both teams are likely to see each other again thanks to being in the same district. The district tournament this year will be played just down the road at Lee’s Summit High School starting on Saturday, May 11. For now both the Broncos and Titans can feel good about playing the game they love and raising some needed funds for a worthy cause.