Amazing Grace

By Will Johnson, Sports Editor
Posted 6/2/21

Recently diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Dutchgirl freshman basketball player Grace Abell and her family have benefited greatly from the Owensville community and the surrounding …

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Amazing Grace

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Recently diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Dutchgirl freshman basketball player Grace Abell and her family have benefited greatly from the Owensville community and the surrounding area.

Prior to the Memorial Day holiday weekend, a free throw shoot-a-thon was held Friday morning in the Owensville High School main gymnasium.

When all was said and done, 4,100 free throws were shot with every make benefiting the Abell family.

Once all of the pledges and donations were figured, a total of $38,119.91 was deposited into the family’s cancer fund to help them with medical bills and transportation costs association with travel to and from doctor appointments.

Other teams and organizations got involved with the cause.

Elsberry High School held a hat day prior to the end of their school year with proceeds going directly to the Abell family.

Dutchgirl head basketball coach Ryan Flanagan is originally from the Elsberry area and his parents helped with that endeavor.

St. Francis Borgia’s Lady Knight basketball team also contributed to the cause.

Started by Kaitlyn Patke, her and the rest of the Lady Knights were able to collect $600 to donate to the Abell family.

“It’s just awesome to see people come together when someone is in need,” Flanagan said. “I’m thankful that we’re able to help the family of one of our own players as much as we have.”

Dutchgirl basketball players and coaches that shot free throws prior to and during the event were Anna Finley (96), Camryn Caldwell (87), Coach Hannah Koppelmann (85), Emma Daniels (84), Ali Daniels (80), Ella Gehlert (75), Anya Binkhoelter (74), Kate Blankenship (74), Kyla Hendrix (73), Audrey Quilacio (73), Coach Terra Heidle (73), Kate Angell (72), Katelyn Landolt (72), Elizabeth Adams (71), Mckenna Edwards (69), Coach Ryan Flanagan (68), Brynn Wright (66), Rachel Koepke (66), Keira Hendrix (65), Kiana Guerrero (61), Madi Lewis (61), Emily Krause (58), Clara Julius (58), Landry Watson (57), Anna Skornia (56), Kaydin Carr (56), Kerrigan Griffin (55), Emma Wehmeyer (55), Kinsey Doerr (54), Lainey Moss (54), Lily Barker (50), Hannah Gehlert (50), Cailin Floyd (47), McKenzy Echols 42), Lainey Branson (42), Addison Wright (41), Jenna Breedlove (40), Rylee Dare (40), Ceecee Clancy (39), Bailee Dare (38) and Cameron Ryerson (24).

Future Dutchgirls also shooting free throws included Cambell Schulte (70), Shae Abernathy (60), Kabren Kelley (33), Ava Schulte (31) and Abbey Quilacio (24).

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