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Farwell Wrestling Returns After Absence
FARWELL – During the 2017-2018 season, the Farwell wrestling team was nonexistent, a disappointment after winning three straight district titles the years prior. This was due to not being able to fill the coaching position that was left vacant after Ty Lentovich resigned from his head coaching position.
When newly named athletic director, Michael Groulx came to the school in August, he knew that the team needed to be able to compete this year. “I heard from them how big it is to the community so my goal is to create opportunities and try to find a way to bring wrestling back,” said Groulx. After trying for a few months, a break through in the search finally happened.
“Nobody was applying, nobody was applying and then boom somebody reached out to me. Markus contacted me himself and said hey I would love to come back to Farwell and help and give back to a program who gave me so much as a youth,” added Groulx.
Markus Wilkes wrestled at Farwell from 2002-2006, and jumped at the opportunity to come back and help get the program going again. “It was a bigger purpose, I came back because there was a sense of community here when I grew up you know, we’d go to wrestling meets and you’d have the parents show up and do potlucks, things like that and everyone knew everyone. It kind of helped me out in life and made me go from somewhere I don’t know where I would’ve ended up with peer pressure and all that stuff to being an individual. It prepared me for that future,” said Wilkes. Wilkes is back and helping the students on the team have the same opportunities that he did.
“Last year I really missed it so it’s really good to get back on the mat again. I’m thankful he came back and wanted to coach us,” said senior Jaylen Thrush. The Eagles are back in action on Dec. 8.
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Farwell's Crawford Returns to Sidelines After Beating Cancer
FARWELL – After months of fighting cancer, one Farwell student is now cancer free. That student is senior Harley Crawford.
“I went into the doctors just thinking it was something minor, but finding out I had a blood cot, and a mass about the size of a football in my chest, but as of Nov. 6, I got the news that I’m cancer free and so I’m really excited about that,” said Crawford.
One of the biggest disappointments during her diagnosis and treatment of a rare form of Lymphoma was having to step away from the thing she loves most, sports. “It was definitely 75 percent of why I wanted to get back. Obviously I wanted to beat it but for me, sports is everything,” said Crawford.
Basketball season just began for the Eagles of Farwell, but right now Crawford is unable to get out on the court and play officially. “She’s actually played with us and scrimmaged with us a few times. She’s done really well and we’re just waiting for her to get healthy and back out on the court,” said head coach Gordie Risbridger. Currently, she’s waiting on a second opinion about whether or not to do a procedure on her blood clot. If she gets the procedure, she won’t be able to play this year, but if there is no surgery, she’ll be back out on the court. “It’s up in the air but it is possible,” said Coach Risbridger.
The possibility of her playing is exciting not just for Crawford, but for her teammates who have supported her the whole way and are more like family. “We’ve been family for so long, most of us played the same three sports year round. Some of us play travel ball together so as we’ve grown up, we’ve just gotten more and more like family. It’s great, it’s wonderful. I’m so just so thankful for all their support and everything like that,” said Crawford.
The Eagles next game is Dec. 6 at Charlton Heston Academy at 7 p.m.
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