Tragedy keeps Higman off field |

Tragedy keeps Higman off field

Gary Kank

Like many Americans, South Tahoe High soccer standout Diana Higman spent most of Tuesday afternoon trying to make sense of the devastating images being broadcast from the East Coast. Soccer was the farthest thing from her mind.

“I’m still at a loss for words,” the senior left winger said from the sidelines as she watched her teammates compete against Wooster Tuesday. “I can’t even comprehend what happened today.”

In an admirable act of respect for the victims and families that suffered loss during the terrorist acts, Higman decided to sit out Tuesday’s contest.

“It might not seem like a big deal to some,” she said. “But those people gave so much (on the planes and in the buildings) and they were so brave I felt like I wanted to take something significant to me and give it up to them as a sign of respect.”

Even with the tragedy and tension surrounding Tuesday’s terrorist attacks, both South Shore carried on with athletic competitions. However, they were very thorough and cautious in their decision to continue.

“We called Washoe (school district) and looked for direction from our district as well,” South Tahoe Athletic Director Don Borges said. “We wanted to make sure that we were on the right page and doing the right thing. Everybody said keep going forward so we did.”

Borges went on to say that the dreadful events that took place during the day obviously far outweighed any athletic event, but he also thought the teams should move forward.

“We looked at the news report and they said to keep things in as much status quo as you can,” he said. “We’re not disrespecting the loss of life. We realize this is truly a catastrophic event, but things have to go on.”

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