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Gazette Premium Content PREP NOTEBOOK: Refs see success in weeklong campaign to fight cancer

By Kevin Carmody Updated: January 29, 2014 at 10:49 pm

Donations totaling $3,500 have been counted after 50 games at 35 sites in which pink buckets collected funds last week in the annual "Officials vs. Cancer" campaign in the Pikes Peak region.

Ellicott went a step further, donating the entirety of its gate receipt, some $600, to the cause.

"We weren't expecting that," said Gary Montel, the cancer chairman for the Colorado Springs Basketball Officials Association. "We've never had a school do that. Calhan raised $3,000 with its own separate campaign in which they had a raffle. We feel last week was a success."


Palmer to hold concussion awareness night for ex-mate

On Monday, Palmer's hockey team will hold a concussion awareness night for its game against Heritage at Sertich Ice Center.

All kids wearing yellow receive admission for $1, while adults donning yellow will get a $1 discount off a general admission ticket. In addition, the program will be selling yellow shirts and hold a silent auction.

Proceeds will go toward team helmets and concussion awareness at Palmer. In December 2010, three-sport Palmer athlete Sam Hesselberg died suddenly, and it was determined his death was from a head injury in a previous game.

The Terrors hockey team and student council, led by Sam Horning, Mike Wells, DJ Stanec and Alex Gumper are leading the efforts, according to athletic director Robert Framel.


Former St. Mary's baseball assistant takes Dodgers gig

St. Mary's baseball coach Bill Percy will certainly pay extra attention to the happenings during spring training next month through early March. More specifically, at the Dodgers' complex in Glendale, Ariz. Percy's son, Will, recently left his post as assistant at St. Mary's to take a temporary job with the Dodgers, hoping it leads to a full-time front-office spot.

Will recently received a degree in sports management from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla.

"We'll see where this takes him," Bill Percy said. "He loves being on the field and wants to work in a front office."

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