SNEADS, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) It's expensive to keep a winning streak alive.
Sneads volleyball raised more than $4,000 for trip to State this week
The Sneads volleyball team leaves for Fort Myers on Thursday morning as six-time defending 1A state champions, aiming to tie the FHSAA record Friday against Newberry for most consecutive championships in any class (seven).
To help defray the costs of yet another impressive postseason run, the team hosted a bake sale Tuesday and Wednesday outside McDaniel's Piggly Wiggly in Sneads.
"We have many different girls do different things. We had some of the girls cook the muffins and brownies and we had hot chocolate out here the other night," senior Kazia Gainer said.
Fans and passersby aplenty turned out to support the girls, expressing support for an incredible run dating back to
2013 under coach Sheila Roberts.
"I put one post on Facebook about the bake sale," second year head coach Heather Edge recalled, "and it seems like people up north are asking 'how can they donate, how can they help?' They're sending money through cash app, or Venmo or Paypal. They're sending checks, businesses from all over, who don't have kids that even go to our school anymore are just willing to help and send in checks and donations. The community support is never ending."
Especially coming off a semifinal road trip to Baker, fundraising is crucial.
"When you win state semi's you only have three days to prepare for such a long trip. Even though we fundraise at the beginning of the season with sponsorship signs and what not, a lot of those funds get used for tournaments and camps throughout the season. So when we reach this point of the year, we're really kind of scraping for funds because it is quite a drive."
Edge says this week's efforts at the bake sale and beyond are responsible for sending approximately $4,000 towards the program. If all goes according to plan, the money will also be used towards a reward beyond gas money...
"Hopefully we have to purchase rings after the trip," Edge added. "This community is so good at chipping in and supporting us financially."
Sneads plays Newberry at 2:30 ET Friday.
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