Saint James football coach Mark Fischer was diagnosed with bone cancer in late September. Six months later, he continues to have the support of the entire Sharks community. The softball team came up with their own unique way of honoring Fischer by hosting a double header against two out of state foes as a fundraiser to help pay medical expenses.
Saint James scored a 7-0 win over Fairfax, Virginia and a 17-1 win over New Castle, Pennsylvania on Monday night to improve to 10-0 on the season. The Sharks abandoned its traditional school colors and wore special burgandy uniforms with Fischer's "Fist Up" logo that symbolizes his fight against cancer. Instead of their own last names, every jersey had Fischer on the back and the team sold rally rags with the Fist Up logo and donated all of the money to the Fischer family.
The Sharks football head man arrived at Finway Field in shorts on a cold and windy day and continues to be amazed by the support of the community. He joked that the Sharks should wear the special uniforms for the rest of the season. "For the kids to take the initiative to do something like this out of the blue, I just found out about it acouple of days ago - I'm floored", Fischer said. "A head football coach is always looking for that ring. Not me man, as long as they'll have me here, I'll stay for the rest of my life."