Cavs to honor former player
Friday, September 27, 2013
Hollis Brookline High School girls volleyball coach Becky Balfour still has flashbacks to a happy go-lucky teenager with a big smile and infectious personality.
Friday, after the junior varsity match (5 p.m.) and prior to the Cavaliers’ varsity match (6 p.m.) against Bedford at HBHS, Balfour will once again have to face the reality that one of her favorite students and players, Kendall Van Schoick, is no longer here in person. The team will honor Van Schoick by retiring his No. 13 and officially announcing a legacy scholarship that the Van Schoick family has set up in Kendall’s name.
Van Schoick was a student at the University of Northwestern Ohio, where he was studying high-performance automotive after graduating from HBHS in 2011. He died in a car accident Aug. 16 in Pepperell, Mass.
He visited his Alma Mater just prior to the fatal crash. It’s a visit Balfour can’t get out of her head.
“He came right in here, bouncing across the floor for a big old hug with a big smile on his face,” she said. “Even to this day, I can’t think of him without seeing that smile and a little twinkle in his eyes.”
Friday will be another hard day for Balfour, who spoke at his funeral. She quickly points out that his spirit lives on at the high school, and in hearts throughout the community.
That’s something senior tri-captain Jessica Ciarcia says is true in her household. Her older brother, Mark, was best friends with Van Schoick. He was over at their house so much that they consider him a part of their family. She can’t wait for Friday night’s festivities.
“I’m happy because my parents are going, and Kendall’s parents are going,” Ciarcia said. “So they are definitely going to sit together. It’s going to be good to get everyone together and see everyone celebrate his life in a more positive way because he loved volleyball.”
The entire team will be wearing special shirts Friday to honor Van Schoick’s memory. A memory that Ciarcia believes people will always treasure.
“When it first happened, obviously everyone was completely shocked and didn’t know how to respond,” Ciarcia said. “But I think now, with more time, we’re realizing that he impacted our lives so much that we can now celebrate it and appreciate what we do have and the life we have.”
Donations to the scholarship fund will be collected at the door, as well as, from concessions. Those who wish to send donations can mail them to: Kendall Van Schoick Scholarship Fund, PO Box 104, Brookline, NH, 03033.