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Broadneck Shows Camaraderie With Rival Team

The front of the shirts reads: “Always Remember Tracy #15,” and the back reads, “One County, One Rival, One Heart.”

Broadneck High School lacrosse players wore shirts with the message, “One County, One Rival, One Heart," in the wake of the death of a Severna Park High School student.

’s girls lacrosse team showed up at a lacrosse game on Thursday wearing T-shirts bearing a message of support for

The idea for the T-shirts came from Broadneck High School (BHS) lacrosse player Blair Bernhardt, who played with Vander Kolk when she was younger. Bernhardt said her idea spread among the team, and within two days, they  had the shirts made.

The front of the shirts reads: “Always Remember Tracy #15,” and the back reads, “One County, One Rival, One Heart.”

BHS lacrosse team captain Anna Haley said Bernhardt’s idea struck a chord with the team, and everyone agreed with the plan.

“Four of our sophomores were particularly affected by Tracy's death, because they played club with her and her sister," Haley said. "These girls had played together since sixth grade. And even though we're fierce competitors on the field, we're still all friends."

Head Coach Karen Tengwall said the girls came to her with the idea fully formed, and she was all for it.

"It's a small community, and we believe that when one team faces such tragedy, we are all affected, and are all one," Tengwall said.

Haley said that when they ordered the shirts, the company rushed the order on behalf of the girls’ positive message.

Haley said those first moments showing up at their rivals’ game wearing the shirts were a little awkward. But that feeling soon turned into genuine affection as the message sunk in.

“We're bred to be rivals of Severna Park,” Haley said. “And sure we all say that, but when you see us together like this, we're all really just friends, and we support each other. I think it created a good, a loving atmosphere."

Kate Hite May 22, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Thank you for highlighting this story. In a world of media that only wants to present bad news, this type of story should be highlighted. I had contacted the Capital and WBAL to see if they would pick it up, but go no response. Kudos to you for showing the rivalries only go so far, and humanity goes much farther.
Jon M. May 22, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Hats off to the Broadneck girls.... That's PURE CLASS!
L May 22, 2012 at 08:15 PM
*Haley, not Hailey
D. Frank Smith (Editor) May 22, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Okay, thanks for that!
Carrie May 22, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Classy girls showing class. Thanks for putting pride back in Broadneck!
Anita Merson May 23, 2012 at 12:21 PM
This is truly amazing and again Mr. Smith thanks for such a wonderful story!!!
Debbie Farrell May 23, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Way to go Broadneck girls...very compassionate!
Jan Harrison May 23, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Well done, girls, well done.

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