Jackson Willoughby shoots as Conner Kreutziger tries to block the shot during a three-on-three game. Willoughby and Kreutziger both were standout PAHS Marlin basketball players. Willoughby graduated in 2015. Kreutziger got his diploma in 2021. Staff photos by Michelle Parker
A scholarship fundraiser in memory of Victoria Solarek, who was killed, along with her parents in an auto accident in North Carolina in July, raised about ‘10 grand’ ($10,000) on Sunday, Nov. 20, according to organizer Christine Kreutziger. ‘This community is amazing,’ she said. Solarek was a PAHS graduate and a Lady Marlin basketball player. Participants and spectators wore T-shirts bearing Solarek’s name on the front and her basketball jersey number, 23, on the back.
The event, held at Port Aransas High School, drew 18 cornhole teams and 18 basketball teams, she said.
Jered Clark, left, watches as Brody Milina makes a throw during a cornhole tournament that was part of the Victoria Solarek Scholarship fundraiser on Sunday, Nov. 20. The event raised about “10 grand,” according to organizer Christine Kreutziger, and drew 18 teams for basketball and another 18 teams for cornhole.
Family members of Solarek were among folks who attended the event. From left are Ben Solarek, his brother Josh Solarek and Josh’s fiance, Taylor Lesh, seen meeting Port Aransas Mayor Wendy Moore. Moore, a Port Aransas High School graduate and former Lady Marlin basketball player, played in some of the three-on-three basketball games that were a big part of the fundraiser. Ben lives in Summerville, SC. Josh Taylor lives in Lusby, Md.
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