Union City and Minco will square off in a pair of basketball games Friday night, but neither school’s colors are expected to be dominant in the stands.
Instead, officials at both schools are hoping fans will wear lime green T-shirts in support of a woman who has served both schools.
Jeanne Minton is battling lymphoma. She worked as an elementary principal at Minco for years before moving north a few miles on U.S. 81 to the Union City district.
Union City Superintendent Todd Carel called Minton his right-hand man.
“It’s been tough not having her here,” Carel said. “She’ll pop in every now and then in between treatments. The kids and all of us love her.”
Minton serves as Dean of Students for Union City. She’s been in the position for more than a decade.
Carel said Minton has been through four rounds of chemo treatment and has two more scheduled. Doctors found a tumor “about the size of a grapefruit” behind her heart, Carel said. Surgery was not an option.
Carel served as high school principal at Minco while Minton was there. And current Minco Superintendent Kevin Sims was an elementary principal there at the same time.
“We all worked together and we all know everyone at both schools,” he said.
The funds raised from the T-shirt sales will go to Minton to help with her medical expenses. Carel said Minton is 53 and lives in Mustang. Game tipoff is at 6:30 p.m. in Minco.