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Varsity softball continues their winning streak in memory of Jim Liggett

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Varsity softball continues their winning streak in memory of Jim Liggett

Senior captain and pitcher for the varsity team, Mailey McLemore, holds a bouquet of flowers for Jim Liggett's wife, Charlene Liggett.

Senior captain and pitcher for the varsity team, Mailey McLemore, holds a bouquet of flowers for Jim Liggett's wife, Charlene Liggett.

Kimberly Mitchell

Senior captain and pitcher for the varsity team, Mailey McLemore, holds a bouquet of flowers for Jim Liggett's wife, Charlene Liggett.

Kimberly Mitchell

Kimberly Mitchell

Senior captain and pitcher for the varsity team, Mailey McLemore, holds a bouquet of flowers for Jim Liggett's wife, Charlene Liggett.

Kimberly Mitchell, Staff Writer

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Less than a year ago, Jim Liggett, a beloved coach, teacher, and friend of many, passed away due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

In a ceremony held before their game against Woodside High School on March 28, the varsity softball team that he dedicated 41 years to dedicated their season to him.

Tying their hair back with red ALS awareness colored ribbons, the team stood united as various coworkers and friends of their former coach spoke at the pregame ceremony.

Marco Giuliacci, the current coach of varsity softball, was one of the first to speak at the memorial.

“Jim was a good person all around and cared so much about his players,” Giuliacci said. “I’m so proud to be running this program now from a guy who built probably the best softball program that’s ever been built in the state.”

While his state record of 1,009 wins and 26 league championships will continue to live on in the record books, many of those who knew him say that the influence he had on them will remain with them for life.

Even those who play against Carlmont, such as Alexa Daines, the varsity coach for Woodside, knew Liggett.

“I met him in eighth grade after he invited me to come play with the team. I was in the process of choosing between Carlmont and another school but after talking to him and seeing how he coached, I felt an instant connection that really solidified my desire to play [for Carlmont],” Daines said. “It was something very special to be playing for the ‘Home of the Champions’ and honestly, it’s the truth. Some of the best softball in the state came from him and it’s all thanks to the culture of excellence and winning tradition he established.”

Following the ceremony, the game began, and with crowds still recalling memories of Liggett, the Scots dominated the field.

Senior pitcher and captain of Carlmont’s team, Mailey McLemore, dominated on the mound with strong pitching throughout the afternoon. She stayed confident and believed that being able to play in the game was a great honor for her and her teammates.

“I think we are playing a good game and having everyone out here for [Liggett] helps a lot,” McLemore said during the sixth inning.

The Scots dominated with both a strong defense and offense. Within each inning, Carlmont plated runs while Woodside struggled to complete plays. It wasn’t until the sixth inning that Woodside scored, and by that point, it was too late. The game ended 9-1 in the Scots’ favor.

Even without Liggett on the field, the girls continued their winning tradition and honored his legacy.

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  1. Pam Rhodarmer on April 2nd, 2018 3:13 am

    My mother was diagnosed with ALS in May 2014. Her doctor put her on riluzole, letting her know there was no cure but the medication might provide her a few more months of delayed symptoms. ALS progresses at different rates and affects different body parts first. My mother, being 80 at the time, fell into a category of what they call “fast progression” (older female). Her arms weakened first, then her hands, her mouth, and throat, and finally her lungs. Throughout her two-and-a-half-year ordeal, she was able to walk with assistance. All the while she continued to take the riluzole. If it bought my mother any time, we will never know. Her neurologist told us that if she couldn’t afford it, there was no real need to take it. She lost touch with reality. Suspecting it was the medication I took her off the riluzole (with the doctor’s knowledge) and started her on the ALS natural herbal formula we ordered from GREEN HOUSE HERBAL CLINIC, We spoke to few people who used the treatment here in Canada and they all gave a positive response, her symptoms totally declined over a 7 weeks use of the Green House ALS disease natural herbal formula. She is now almost 83 and doing very well, the disease is totally reversed! (Visit their website www . Greenhouseherbalclinic . com) I am thankful to nature, herbs are truly gift from God. I will keep sharing more awareness, Share with friends!!

  2. Theresa Christensen on April 14th, 2018 2:20 am

    My ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) symptoms started out with a “foot drop” on my right foot. From there my right leg lost all muscle tone and after a while the entire right leg muscles were gone. Also my fingers and thumbs “contract” at times. Left arm was losing muscle tone too.The neurologist. started me on Riluzole , to reduce symptoms and slow down progression but I could not tolerate them for long due to severe side effects. I decided to adopt a more natural approach and started on ALS Disease Natural formula from THE HERBAL GARDENS, the ALS natural formula immensely helped my condition, it reversed my ALS. my slurred speech. And then the inability to eat without getting choked, strangled, and coughing. and others gradually disappeared. Visit THE HERBAL GARDENS via their official web-site ww w. Theherbalgardens. org. This ALS treatment has improved the quality of my life greatly, Since the procedure I enjoy walking the dog for my daily exercise. DON’T GIVE UP HOPE!!!

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