ROCKLAND — For a few years, Laurie Dewhurst invested effort and time to help East Bridgewater Excessive athletics — whilst a few of her children grew up and graduated from collaborating within the applications themselves.
So Tuesday night time, practically one yr since Dewhurst misplaced a four-year bout with breast most cancers, the West/East Bridgewater boys hockey crew opted to do its half in repaying the favor by internet hosting the “Staff Dewey Tribute Sport” in opposition to Pembroke at Rockland Ice Rink.
“As a result of she was such a particular particular person to the neighborhood, the applications on the colleges, they’ve carried out a lot. The hockey crew felt if we had been going to do an endowment sport, which we had been enthusiastic about doing, let’s do it for a superb purpose and a superb trigger,” W.E.B. head coach Mike D’Errico mentioned. “And what higher purpose than an incredible particular person like that?”
With gamers carrying pink accents (the colour of breast most cancers consciousness) on their uniforms and hardly a seat to be discovered within the bleachers, the neighborhood help was felt all all through the Vikings’ 3-2 loss, although the endowment sport does not rely in direction of both crew’s official report.
Dewhurst, a Bridgewater native, constructed a repute by working the snack shacks on the Vikings’ baseball, soccer and basketball video games. Final week, the indoor concession stand at East Bridgewater Excessive was renamed in her honor. Her oldest son, Luke, 24, mentioned that she would even attend sporting occasions when remedy permitted earlier than her passing on Jan. 12. She was 51.
“She volunteered at any time when she might,” Luke Dewhurst mentioned. “It undoubtedly confirmed us a giant sense of pleasure and toughness. She would go to sporting occasions when she was virtually too drained to stand up some days. She would put that first. It’s exhausting to look at that and never have a way of pleasure.”
Previous to sport time Tuesday night time in Rockland, the hockey crew gifted the Dewhurst household a plaque and adorned sport puck. Her husband, Jeff, joined their 5 kids (Luke; Brett, 22; Sydney, 20; Grady, 16; and Austin, 14) front-and-center for the acceptance.
“It’s simply an superior tribute,” mentioned Jeff Dewhurst. “It makes me really feel glad (about) the help the city offers and the way a lot they appreciated every thing she did.”
“It means a ton,” Luke Dewhurst agreed. “All through your entire time my mother had most cancers and we had been doing the therapies, the neighborhood actually rallied collectively. They had been bringing us meals, honoring us on the video games. It simply made issues simpler for our total household.”
The hockey gamers noticed Dewhurst’s impression first-hand.
“She was at all times on the video games,” mentioned senior ahead Anthony Patete, who performed soccer together with her second-youngest son, Grady, rising up. “It was at all times enjoyable to see her. She was all about sports activities. An ideal townie, she was every thing. She was an incredible particular person to be round.”
“Seeing the quantity of those who confirmed out for her, to help our crew and the entire trigger the sport was round, it was wonderful,” junior Christian Bates mentioned.
All proceeds from Tuesday night time’s sport went to the Rise Above Basis, an Massachusetts-based group that’s devoted to offering kids in foster care with enriching actions, alternatives and experiences. For years, Dewhurst additionally participated within the East Bridgewater Excessive HUGS program, which helped purchase Christmas presents for youths in want.
“It was an incredible turnout for an distinctive woman,” Pembroke head coach Chris Googins mentioned of the night time. “It was a gorgeous tribute. All of the dedications previous to the sport had been very honest, essential for the neighborhood.”
Pembroke comes out on high
The sport did not have an effect on both crew’s win-loss totals, however the Vikings nonetheless wished to seize a win to seal the tribute night time.
Pembroke’s Brendan Abban had different concepts.
Abban broke a 2-2 stalemate with a objective within the crease after the Titans claimed a faceoff win and proceeded to get two beauty on the web. Neither had been cashed in, however a 3rd probability was corralled by junior ahead Brendan Perry, who made a shovel cross proper in entrance for Abban to report his second objective of the night time — the dagger with 2:54 to play.
“(Abban) is the epitome of a rink rat,” Googins mentioned. “He loves the sport. He is on the rink earlier than the coaches. He stays later. I believe it has develop into very infectious along with his teammates and he is a junior. Fortuitously, we’ll have him for a pair years. He is been nothing however a gentleman and a superb chief. That is why, as a junior, he is an assistant captain.”
After a scoreless opening interval, W.E.B. took a 2-1 lead within the second as senior Brett Anderson received a faceoff within the offensive zone and recorded his fourth objective of the season on assists from Patete (5 objectives, 7 assists this season) and senior Kyle MacDonald (three assists this yr).
The trio is the core of the crew’s seven seniors, collectively able to construct off the crew’s 2021-22 marketing campaign that featured a 10-8-3 remaining report (after a 1-5-1 begin) and a visit to the Div. 4 state match. This season’s 3-1 begin is already an encouraging signal of enchancment.
“This group got here again,” mentioned D’Errico. “They’re hungry. The youthful children taking part in and getting ice time, they’re simply as hungry. They know what’s at stake. They know that in the event that they wish to get into the match this yr, they have to begin early and sometimes. Though this wasn’t a ‘standings sport’ that kind of effort goes to get them the place they wish to go this yr. I am actually pleased with the best way they battled tonight.
“That was most likely our greatest effort of the season.”