Rival high school lends helping hand

Apr 14, 2016 1:21 PM by News Staff

A North State high school softball team recently found itself on the losing end after thieves stole more than $2000 worth of concessions out of its Snack Shack.

The girls on the Durham High School softball team came back from spring break to find their Snack Shack had been broken into.

Now, a few weeks later, one of their biggest rivals has offered to donate proceeds from their snack sales to help out.

When the girls on the Durham High School softball team left for spring break, one of the last things they expected was to have one of its only sources of income nearly destroyed.

“They literally broke the security door off and kicked in the door frame and broke the deadbolt off and got in the back and stole everything except for the microwave and crock pot,” said Durham High School Softball Head Coach Bryan Glover.

More than $2000 in concessions was taken from the team's Snack Shack. That’s money the team depends on to help fund its season.

“It’s very important, we raise anywhere from a thousand to fifteen hundred bucks for our program,” Glover said. “It’s a lot of money to support because we don't get a lot of school funding so every bit of money that we earn helps my kids go to tournaments get gear that kind of stuff.”

And when the girls on the Biggs High School softball team heard what happened to Durham they decided to help out.

“Parents that were friends with each other spread the word to us and we just came up with the idea of donating somehow,” said Michelle Schleef, Biggs’ head coach.

That donation is coming in from the wolverines' own Snack Shack where Thursday’s game against Durham was moved.

Schleef said the game was moved to Biggs so Durham can benefit from a full concession stand and get back some of the money that was lost.

“We were going to play over there but when we told them we could donate some of our proceeds to them they decided to come here,” Schleef said.

Schleef said the Durham coaching staff is using the situation to teach its student-athletes a lesson in life.

“We try to get our girls to understand that if that happened to us we would want somebody to help us,” she said. “Their neighbors about 30 minutes away. It was something that we felt like we needed to do.”

And according to some of the players on the team, the lesson is being learned.

“It makes me feel like we're coming together as a team to help this team in need,” said Taylor Atteberry, an infielder at Biggs.

“But if that ever happened we would hope somebody would do the same for us. and i mean it's better to give then to take,” said Savannah Rogers, Biggs High pitcher.

Thursday's game gets under way at 4 p.m. at the softball field at Biggs High School.

Aside from the regular concessions, Schleef says some of Biggs’ parents will also be selling baked goods for Durham.


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