Ralston Valley volleyball thinking pink

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ARVADA - “Think Pink” has become a movement.

Keeping it moving is the Ralston Valley volleyball team who will promote cancer awareness when they face rival Arvada West Wednesday at Ralston Valley High School.

But this year’s “Think Pink” is much more meaningful for the Mustangs. Last season the team lost its head coach Lisa Nelson who passed away after a hard-fought battle with cancer.

So amongst multiple activities, Nelson will be honored by the volleyball team and the school.

Nelson, the longtime coach of the Mustangs, was beloved in the community and her memory is still very strong at Ralston Valley. The school already honored Nelson by dedicating the volleyball court to her at the beginning of the season.

While “Think Pink” officially recognizes breast cancer, the Mustangs have changed it to recognize all cancer awareness.

Draped in pink, cancer survivors, fighters and all of those in memory will all be recognized at the event.

In addition, there will be a Chinese auction and everyone will have the opportunity to purchase a “Think Pink” T-shirt for $10 dollars.

And if all that wasn’t enough a very important league game between the Mustangs and the Wildcats will take place as well.

Ralston Valley (9-4, 4-1) is fighting for a 5A Jeffco league title sitting just one game behind Lakewood for first place in the standings. The Mustangs have won four straight games for the second time this season and will meet Lakewood next week in what could be for the league championship.

A-West (8-7, 2-3) is no longer in the mix for a league title but they would love to play spoiler to Ralston Valley.   

The Arvada Press has covered the game and event but could not get the story and photos in this week’s edition. Look out next week for full coverage.

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