Maine Games Holds Third Annual HS Tourney
CUMBERLAND, Maine (Sept. 20, 2009) — The Maine Games held its third annual high school volleyball tournament at Greely High School on Sept. 19. The event was supported by the ALS Association of Northern New England, the Portland North Volleyball Club, and the Maine Volleyball Project.
Falmouth High School surprised six-time defending state champion Greely High School in a five-set match to claim the gold medal in the varsity division, and Cape Elizabeth took home the bronze. The results were exactly the same in the junior varsity division as well.
The event was a fund raiser for the ALS Association of Northern New England, in the name of Greely assistant volleyball coach, Dr. Bruce Churchill, who in 2007, was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), or Lou Gehrig's Disease. Churchill, an OBGYN, from Cumberland, has been an assistant coach for the past nine years, and continues to coach this season.
"We were very honored to have Bruce agree to attach his name to this tournament which we hope to make an annual event to raise funds for research to find a cure for this disease," said Maine Games executive director, Jeff Scully.
Players from the various teams collected pledges based on the total number of points their teams scored during the tournament. The total amount raised has yet to be determined, but it is estimated that the final number will be near $2,000.
"The play was very competitive and exciting in both the varsity and junior varsity divisions," Scully said. "But the players, coaches, and spectators never lost sight of the real reason for the event, and that was to raise awareness and funds to help find a cure."