ATCHISON COUNTY KICKIN’ CANCER – And the East Atchison Volleyball Teams joined forces on Thursday, October 6, to raise money for locals fighting cancer. A bake sale and silent auction were held during the games and following the contests, baked goods and a volleyball signed by the volleyball players were auctioned off. The baked goods (pictured at top right, as well as below left held by Casey Martin) sold fast and the volleyball (won by Bryant Hummel, below middle) went for $400. Even the young’uns got in on the auction action with Harper Wood, pictured at bottom left with her sister, Braylyn and father, Garrett, happily winning a container of cupcakes. The volleyball players honored family members and friends whose lives have been touched by cancer by presenting them with flowers. Pictured are Shelby McCartney presenting Jean Stevens with flowers below right and Kilea Cooper giving her grandma, Pam Cooper, a hug and flowers below middle right. Atchison County Kickin’ Cancer members Terry Wooten and Martha McCartney, below middle left, announced who the girls were honoring. It was a fantastic night with the games keeping fans in nail biting suspense (Mason Straub, bottom right), but the Lady Wolves were victorious in their games against Mound City and a lot of money was donated to help those with cancer. A total of $2,111.91 was raised. The auction raised $1,010 and the remaining $1,101.91 was from T-shirts, bake sale, and misc donations. The volleyball girls pictured above include, from left to right: front row – Kilea Cooper, Tacy Mitchell, Madison Lesher, Jesse Graves, Jaelynn Hill, Leslie Bradley, McKenzie Hines, Madison Ohrt, and Shelbey Morris; and back row – Anna Klute, Shelby McCartney, Bella Hurst, Catelyn Prater, Jaycee Graves, Lily Graves, Tawni Martin, Grace Martin, and Alyssa Garrison. (Photos By Megan McAdams and Traci Cooper)