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TAKING THE FIELD FOR A TRIBUTE TO CASEY
SoVaNow.com / March 23, 2017Before the Halifax County High School girls varsity soccer team took the field last night, members of the Comet program paused to pray, shed tears and pay tribute to their late teammate and friend, Casey Nicole Pulliam.
The occasion was a memorial game for the 17-year-old who died in late December in an automobile crash on Bethel Road along with her friend and another outstanding Comet student-athlete, Olivia Noblin.
Casey, an avid soccer and basketball player, was a leader of the girls soccer program and had a positive influence on those who knew her, said jayvee girls soccer coach Candace Baskervill, who spoke briefly to a large gathering of family members and friends in the community prior to the varsity contest.
“I thanked them [the family] for allowing our soccer program to be a part of Casey’s life, thanked them for sharing her with us,” said Baskervill.”We got a lot of giggles, a lot of good (memories) out of that.
“Casey personally taught me a lot, and she taught the girls a lot. She was a fantastic leader and I wanted to thank them for sharing her with us,” she said.
Baskervill spoke during a ceremony held between her game and the varsity contest against Patrick County.
Both of Casey’s parents were on hand for the ceremony, and both were presented with portraits of their late daughter. As emotions spilled over, Casey’s teammates and friends offered consoling hugs, the pain of the girls’ deaths still raw.
Efforts continue to raise funds for a memorial scholarship in Pulliam’s name.
More than $600 has been raised for the scholarship fund, from the sale of t-shirts, raffle tickets, decals and through donations. The scholarship will be awarded in Casey’s memory to senior girl athletes who show leadership and scholarship abilities as members of the Comet sports program. A similar scholarship effort has been organized in memory of Olivia Noblin, Casey’s close friend and standout softball player.
Sid Young, the head coach for the varsity girls, also said a few words about a student he called “a special young lady.
“Hopefully, this lets the family know she was appreciated, and is missed.”
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