Huskies football team honors Cancer Warriors

Coach Matt Hennesy Pawhuska High School
Members of the Pawhuska Huskies football team show off their special Pink Out jerseys, bearing the names of individuals who have beaten cancer or are fighting it. A full list of team members, their jersey numbers and the people they honored is as follows: A.J. Soliano, 1, Sharon Corley; Cade McNeil, 2, Chase Sellers; Lane Cosby, 3, Grandma B; Dalton Hurd, 4, Laura Corley; Cody Starr, 5, Blue Starr IV; J.T. Waddle, 7, Kellie Waddle; R.J. McCann, 8, Milton Cunningham; Bryce Drummond, 9, Nan Drummond; Hunter Reed, 10, Beau Vest; Kevin Davis, 11, Shantia Davis; Tell Richardson, 13, Grandpa Wayne; Evan Frye, 15, Joyce Cackler; Cooper Kyler, 17, Papa Jim; Todd Drummond, 18, Chuck Drummond; Tre Harper, 20, Nana; Hunter Hurd, 21, Sheila Sweeden; Easton Kirk, 22, Sharon McKinney; Tyrel Richardson, 23, Elliott Meyerding; John Reed, 24, Rebecca Brand; Jack Long, 28, Erwin Mounts; Gov Camargo, 35, Heather Sjodin; Marco Castillo, 40, Tio Lalo; Jesse Carr, 50, Jody Carr; Blaine Sweeden, 51, Irene Mayfield; Tanner Kyler, 53, Delbert Kyler; Ryan Henley, 55, Coach Duke Atterberry; Gabe Letzkus, 56, Robbie Brafford Sr.; Nathan Deatherage, 58, Steve Eggers; Tristian McCartney, 60, Grandma T; Hagen McGuire, 66, Marjo Hagen; Jamyson Gibbs, 68, Juanita Fields; Devon Bighorse, 69, Bill Miller; Lesharo Wildcat, 71, Dana Daylight; Connor Easley, 72, Grandpa Roger; Dylan Doyal, 75, Virda Crenshaw; David Cochrane, 80, Noah Rye; Mason Gilkey, 81, Melissa Terrell; Donnie Mundy, 83, Jim Ledford; Trevor Hendrix, 88, Ron Pittman; and Jamar Goff, 99, Jimmy Pogue. Photo courtesy of Pawhuska Huskies Football

On Oct 24, the Pawhuska Huskie football team honored Cancer Warriors by wearing commemorative jerseys that had names of someone who has beaten cancer or is currently battling cancer on the back of their jerseys.

The idea is to give student-athletes a way to give back to the community while honoring someone that has fought or is fighting a much bigger battle than a football game.

The jerseys are auctioned off and all the money raised is presented to a local family. This year’s recipient is Coach Duke Atterberry, a member of the Pawhuska coaching staff, who is currently battling cancer. Coach Atterberry is teaching the true meaning of toughness by getting chemo and still showing up to coach every day.

Duke is a true inspiration to these boys and this community. Typically, the jerseys are bid on during the game, but because of the terrible weather during the Oct. 24 game, the jerseys will be displayed and available to bid on at the Nov. 8 Pawnee game which will likely also be for the district championship between two unbeaten teams.

Coach Atterberry and his family will be presented with the check before Pawhuska’s first playoff game.