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Lady Hawks & Bella Thoennes receive support from Ocean Springs
By Joseph W. Gex, II
Sep 5, 2017, 18:53

The volleyball season is in full swing and teams are getting to their division schedule now. In the very recent past, Hancock junior middle blocker Bella Thoennes received tragic news that her sister was involved in a very bad motorcycle accident. During the week of the Gulf Coast Kickoff Classic held on Saturday, August 26th, Bella flew to Florida to be with her family during this difficult time. During the tournament, the Hancock program found out that Thoennes' sister had passed away.
The Lady Hawks fell against Ocean Springs that day and the team was extremely emotional after the loss.
The Lady Greyhounds tried to console many of the Players following the game as they were not aware of what had happened outside the court.
The two teams were set to play each other on Tuesday of last week and Ocean Springs decided to do something special for a player whom they did not know but they knew was hurting badly.
When Hancock arrived with Bella Thoennes and the team, a banner welcoming Hancock and expressing support for Bella's tragic loss was hanging for all to see signed by the Lady Greyhounds.
The Hancock Lady Hawks (9-4) is currently ranked #5 in the state and picked up the win on the court on Tuesday against Ocean Springs.
The Lady Hawks won 25-20, 24-26, 25-15 and 25-22.
Madison Ladner tallied 24 kills, six aces, five blocks and 13 assists while Maleah Austin added seven kills and six digs.
Karrington Perkins contributed four kills, three blocks and 11 digs. Destiny Hariel had seven aces and eight digs.
Amanda Kay Shubert had a big night with six kills, 10 aces, 10 digs and 29 assists.
Following the game which Thoennes did not play in, the Lady Greyhounds presented a special gift to Thoennes in support of her mourning the loss of her sister.
Hancock head coach Rick Rechtien commented, "When we arrived at Ocean Springs last night, August 29th, for our regular scheduled match, the locker room had a big banner hanging inside showing support for Bella from the Ocean Springs players. At the conclusion of the match the Ocean Springs players had a gift for Bella and presented it to her with their whole team and ours present.
In these days of all the negative press and publicity constantly in our faces, I want to thank Ocean Springs - their players, coaches and fans - for their incredible act of kindness toward someone they donít even know. It was a tremendously emotional moment for all of us. I have always respected Ocean Springs for their competitive spirit and we have always been treated well by the players and fans, but on this night, they went beyond the norm to make a special young lady realize that she doesnít have to walk through this journey alone. Our team, coaches and fans were very blessed by Ocean Springs. The Ocean Springs school district, administration and staff should be very proud of the young ladies that represent them."
The OLA Crescents are currently ranked #2 in Mississippi and picked up a victory over Resurrection on Thursday, August 31st 25-18, 25-18 and 25-18.
Rebecca Walk had 15 kills, three aces, three blocks and four digs while Emma Funk added 26 kills, six blocks and 14 digs. Margaret White had eight kills and Lizzy Mirandy had nine digs. Hannah Gest tallied 39 assists and six aces.
The Bay High Lady Tigers (2-8, 0-1) fell to Hattiesburg 22-25, 22-25 and 20-25 in division action on Tuesday of last week. Game details were not available.
In upcoming action, Bay High will host Long Beach on Thursday, September 7th and travel to Sumrall on Tuesday, September 12th. The Lady Hawks travel to Saraland today and host Biloxi on Thursday. The Crescents travel to Sacred Heart in Hattiesburg on Wednesday, September 13th and host Lumberton on Thursday, September 14th. See you at the games!


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