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BY WILL NATIONS
Numbers are significant in sports.
They can be seen in stats and box scores. Numerals are found on jerseys, and everybody has their favorite. Numbers are on the scoreboard, signifying wins and losses or how much time is left in the game.
Yet, Maegen Ellis and Mary Campbell Gray are not worried about winning or losing, but rather honoring a fallen friend and classmate.
This season, Ellis, an East Central freshman softball player and a 2013 graduate of Oak Hill Academy, and Gray, an Oak Hill senior softball and tennis player, are donning the No. 27 to memorialize Taylor Dragoo.
Dragoo was tragically killed in a four-wheeler accident this summer. The news was shocking for friends, teammates and coaches. Dragoo was a football player and track athlete for the Raiders. He also enjoyed outdoor activities such as hunting and fishing.
â€śHe was a loving kid,â€ť Oak Hill football and track coach Chris Craven said in an interview following the incident. â€śHe had a big heart. He was a real good kid.â€ť
Ellis had become close friends with Dragoo.
â€śThis past school year, we got really close and talked in between fourth period," she said.
Ellis decided to honor Dragoo by wearing his number. When Gray found out, she wanted to join too.
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