By BRAD KEITH
(February 16, 2016) — The Bart VanKranenburg Memorial Game Night held in January at Lingleville High School raised more than $5,500, an event organizer told The Flash Today by text message late Monday.
“On behalf of the family and friends of Bart VanKranenburg, we would like to thank everyone who supported Bart’s Memorial Game Night,” texted Amy Stoker. “The event was a tremendous success, raising [more than] $5,500 for the BVK Scholarship.”
The Bart VanKranenburg Memorial Scholarship fund was established shortly after the teen’s passing in December, 2014. He was a junior at Lingleville High School and active in many extracurricular activities. An outpouring of support from not just Lingleville but all of Erath County and several surrounding communities including sports rivals and the Erath County Livestock Association ensued, and the scholarship fund has been the go-to for memorials ever since.
“Each year, the senior class [at Lingleville] has the opportunity to write an essay describing how Bart influenced their lives. The chosen student receives a scholarship in Bart’s name,” Stoker texted. “We would love to make the Bart Memorial Game an annual event in remembrance of Bart and help a graduating senior pursue their dreams of higher education.”
Lingleville defeated Gorman in the memorial game, also a district contest. The Cardinals are alone in second place entering Tuesday’s district finale at arch-rival Huckabay, which is one game behind in third. Both Erath County teams have locked up spots in the Region III-A boys basketball playoffs.