Wednesday, September 20, 2000

Games canceled after student dies

The Associated Press

        MURRAY — Murray High School has canceled football homecoming festivities and several soccer games after the death of a student.

        Mallary France, a 16-year-old junior, was killed in an automobile crash Saturday night in Murray. Her car was struck head-on by a pickup truck at a railroad crossing.

        Miss France was an all-region soccer player who played on Murray's team for five years and was the captain for two. She also played varsity basketball.

        “It's been a very somber day here,” Murray athletics director Dave Carr said. “Mallary was a highly visible student because of her success as a soccer player and basketball player, and a lot of the kids knew her well.”

        Tuesday's varsity soccer doubleheader has been postponed and will be rescheduled. The girls' varsity matches against Paducah Tilghman on Saturday and Caldwell County on Monday have been postponed and may be rescheduled.

        The boys will resume their schedule on Saturday at Owensboro Apollo and the girls on Sept. 28 at home against Fort Campbell.

        Friday's home football game against Ballard Memorial will be played, but homecoming festivities will take place at a later date.

        “The emotional state of our players is a big concern,” Murray girls' soccer coach Chris Hays said. “She's (France) part of a big junior class on our team that has been playing together for so long, so the ties run a little deeper than just a friend.”


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