Mosley volleyball finds home away from home

SANTA ROSA BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Helpers are everywhere.

As the aftermath in Hurricane Michael continues to bring out the best in individuals, it's doing the same for the high school sports community as a whole.

Even though the South Walton volleyball team has the 5A playoffs coming up later this week, they're helping Mosley continue their season by sharing the gym.

The home of the Seahawks is temporarily the home of the Dolphins, with Redfern Gym currently out of commission due to extensive storm damage.

Mosley is district champion, which means they host the regional quarterfinals Wednesday against Suwanee, at South Walton.

Coach Michelle Mask's teams have come so close to making the state final four in recent seasons. Breaking through and adding a banner is a goal they've had all year.

Another goal they've added this week is perhaps more important: making the most of their time together as a team and family.

"This is two hours that my girls don't have to think about all the tragedy," Mask said. "Once they return home, some of them still don't have electricity. Some of them still don't have water. Some of them are missing parts of their roof."

It's another case where sports don't really matter in the conventional sense of wins and losses...but they do matter on a far deeper level.

"It's hard to ask the girls to come here, but they all wanted to come here. It was their decision to continue to play, so we decided, you know what, we're going to finish what we started. I think we just try to forget what we have to go back to for two hours and enjoy the practice together."

The Dolphins "host" Suwanee at 7 p.m. Wednesday night.

They're not the only team improvising to continue their season. District rival Arnold has been practicing outdoors at nearby Gulf Beach Baptist Church, readying for a road match on the same night at Wakulla.

1A-3 champion Blountstown is also missing the comforts of home. The Tigers are borrowing Altha's gym to practice and will play on the road at Freeport Tuesday at 2:15.