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U-High vs. Central Valley: Playing For Josie, McKenzie And Preston

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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

It was an emotional night at University High School in Spokane Valley Thursday. Just a few days after the tragic loss of two of their classmates, the school was finally able to enjoy something together.

In the University High School gym the Titans played volleyball against their rival, the Central Valley Bears.

Like any other match, the teams scored, coaches coached, and fans cheered, but it meant so much more.  

This is the first sporting event since the tragic events of last Saturday night.

U-High students Josie Freier and McKenzie Mott were killed in a car crash Saturday that also sent the driver, 16-year-old Preston Maher to the hospital.

Since Monday, students have been trying to deal with that tremendous loss. Thursday was a chance to return to some feeling of normalcy.

A moment of silence was held to remember everyone before the match and players wore shirts that said "Play For Kenzie, Live Like Josie and Pray For Preston."

Assistant Principal Ken Van Sickle has said throughout this difficult week the community has been unbelievable.  He says the school has received support from Spokane all the way to the Tri-Cities. People have been dropping off thousands of toys to donate to the Toys for Titans drive in memory of the students.

All of this is helping a Spokane Valley school heal.    

Thursday night, the healing process began with some good news finally: the Titans came from two sets down to win their match.

Friday the school is holding an assembly to honor their classmates.  

         


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