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Woodcreek’s Pink Zone gets bigger and bigger

It isn’t just a basketball game; those young and old — and everyone in pink — have made it an event
By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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The Pink Zone game gets bigger every year — and pinker.

Almost everything was pink for Thursday night’s fifth annual girls basketball game for breast cancer awareness. There were pink balloons stuck in the ceiling of the almost-full Woodcreek gym. The Lady Timberwolves broke out white uniforms trimmed in pink for the event. The Black Mob turned pink for one special night, including one young man in pink socks, hot pink shorts, a pink pullover and pink shades. The band played in pink. Banners were painted on pink paper. Even visiting Granite Bay made its black and green road uniforms look fashionable with every player in pink socks.

They all wore pink so green could be raised. Last year’s event produced more than $4,000 for the Placer Breast Cancer Endowment, “which we were very proud of,” said Kim Hoskinson, an organizer of the event and mother of Woodcreek senior player Fia Hoskinson.

“I hope we match or exceed it,” Kim Hoskinson said. “We’ve had some great donations.”

The event was started five years ago by Barb Tingley, a breast cancer survivor and mother of a former Woodcreek player. Casie Tingley since has graduated, so Hoskinson and the Woodcreek girls basketball boosters are continuing what Barb Tingley started.

The game was played inside the gym, but the event extended outside, where a silent auction was held and shirts and socks were sold. The grandmother of a player made and donated pink scarves. Prizes included a Keurig coffee maker, a current must-have in society, and a basketball signed by popular former Sacramento Kings player Bobby Jackson.

“We had great, great silent auction prizes donated,” Hoskinson said.

And great, great entertainment. Woodcreek junior Katie Martini sung the Martina McBride song “I’m Gonna Love You Through It,” about a woman who learns she has cancer, to the attentive gathering at halftime, just as she did earlier Thursday at a school rally.

“You should have seen the rally with the kids,” said Laura Tyrrell, who represented the Placer Breast Cancer Endowment. “That was out of this world.
They were so supportive. They were so plugged into it. They were listening to what the kids were saying. They were very moved by a video. I was amazed watching these kids, how they have supported this, taken it to heart.”

Contact Bill Poindexter at billp@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at BillP_RsvPT.

THURSDAY NIGHT’S PINK ZONE GAME

Woodcreek 44, Granite Bay 36: Destiny Standifer scored a game-high 16 points to help the host Timberwolves (16-9 overall, 4-4 Sierra Foothill League) beat the Grizzlies (5-19, 0-8). Samantha Gonzalez had 10 points for Woodcreek. Jen Manduca led Granite Bay with 14 points, including eight from the free throw line, and Katrina Reeves scored 12 on four three-pointers.

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See the photo gallery from the game.