The Copiah Academy softball team in Gallman, Miss., will not play for its fifth consecutive state title because the team’s first tournament game was scheduled to conflict with the funeral of the school’s star quarterback who died in a car accident this week.
Jarious “Jay” Holloway was killed when his car struck a tree on his way to school on Tuesday. His funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday.
The team, coach Terry Bauer and athletic director Paul Anderson decided that the school will forfeit its game in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools event and instead attend the funeral.
“Jay was our friend, and our classmate,” senior Cassidy Brown told WMC Action News 5. “And we knew that our hearts and our minds were not going to be on the game. And we wanted to be there to support his family and honor him.”
Said Bauer: “This is much bigger than a game or a championship. The decision by these young ladies, they’re champions to me. Just as well as hoisting a trophy or a medallion, this is true character of a champion.”