TOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) — On Friday, the Binghamton High School Varsity Softball team played the final game of their season, taking on the Maine-Endwell Spartans. It was a game the Spartans had looked forward to playing, not only for the competition, but for the meaningful pre-game ceremony.
Before the game, Binghamton Patriots players, standing on the first base line, were approached by Maine-Endwell players, each holding sunflower hair clips. The team has been making hundreds since their spring break, in honor of 16-year-old Harper Stantz. The teen died after she was hit by a driver in Binghamton, who has since been accused of driving under the influence of drugs.
“I think it’s really special that although they didn’t even know her, we can all come together,” said Binghamton senior softball player, Kendra Faughnan.
Most of the Patriots played wearing the bright flowers, each decorated differently with gems. On one petal it says E4H, standing for Everything For Harper.
“Its been tough for the kids, but I think this is something great and special for the kids to come together,” said Binghamton Varsity Softball Head Coach, Michael Pourby.
M-E has been giving them out throughout the community, but Friday was significant, because Stantz was a student at Binghamton High School. Friday, on what would’ve been Harper Stantz’s 17th birthday, she was buried and given a celebration of life.
“They’re doing best they can to try and get through this,” explained Pourby about his athletes. The team played without some players, as some went to honor Stantz on Friday.
Maine-Endwell Softball is not selling the flowers, but instead hoping for donations to the Harper Stantz Memorial Fund.
DONATIONS CAN BE SENT TO:
HARPER STANTZ MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND C/O VISIONS FEDERAL CREDIT UNION 24 McKINLEY AVENUE, ENDICOTT, NY 13760
You can contact the team to get one by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also message the team’s Twitter page, @mevarsitysb.
Sunday is the 1st Harper’s Cleanup. Food, drinks and music will be provided. You’re encouraged to wear yellow and/or tie-dye to clean up the school’s neighborhood.