BERNARDSVILLE, NJ - One Mountaineer basketball team won and one lost on Saturday at the Team Cambpell Gold Out, but to those in attendance everyone won.
The Bernards High girls team played Union Catholic High School and lost 40-30. The boys team played their final game of the year, defeating Butler 63-46. Zach Walljasper led the boys in scoring with 18 points. Max Berg, Jake Cawley and Mike Isselin all scored in double figures for the boys team.
Both teams were honored to be able to play in Coach Sandy Whelan's third Gold Out game in four years. Gold is the awareness color for Childhood Cancer.
Whelan established the Gold Out game during her tenure as the varsity girls basketball coach at Watchung Hills High School to raise money for Campbell Grace Hoyt, the daughter of close family friends from Bernardsville, the first year Campbell was diagnosed with Anaplastic Ependyoma. Ependyoma is a rare form of childhood cancer that affects the brain and spine.
Last August, Campbell lost her life. The Team Campbell Foundation was created to continue her legacy of love, hope and progress for families affected by Childhood Cancer. All proceeds from the event will be used by the Foundation to further its mission.
"Many of the families of the players on the Bernards High team are close with the Hoyt family," said Coach Whelan. "We have dedicated our season to Campbell and already wear a gold ribbon on our uniforms and gold laces on our basketball shoes. The girls are inspired by Campbell's tremendous courage; she never gave up, so every time we take the court we honor her fight."
Anyone who was unable to attend the game can still make a donation by mailing checks to Team Campbell Foundation, 48 Stevens St., Bernardsville NJ 07924.