It may be an unlikely pairing, but it’s all for a great cause.
The Keller and Southlake Carroll wrestling teams will face-off in a dual match on Dec. 19, while the Keller Indianettes are also on the slate to perform, all to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association.
The Beauty and the Beast event will feature wrestling between the two schools just miles apart along FM 1709, while the Keller drill and dance team will perform at intervals before, during and after the 14 dual matches.
A silent auction will also be a part of the evening at Keller starting at 6 p.m. for the Takedown Alzheimer’s event. T-shirt sales will also be available leading up to, and during the evening.
The fundraiser was developed as part of the regular-season dual between the teams and was precipitated by the recent death of the father of Jim Schee, the Keller head wrestling coach.
The concept of combining the wrestling and dance troupe for the fundraiser is being conducted in honor of Schee’s father.
Schee said although it’s still difficult to deal with the loss of his father in May, the benefit will help fight the disease which contributed to his father’s illness. The proceeds will go to the Alzheimer’s Association’s North Central Texas Chapter.
The North Central Texas chapter covers 40 counties, including Tarrant County and is dedicated to helping eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research and to enhance care and support for individuals, their families, and caregivers.
Keller and Carroll will be facing each other in the dual and will then later be tangling with each other in the Class 5A, District 10 tournament late next month.
Keller has had a strong showing in their limited action thus far this season, winning four-of-five duals as they hosted their own six-way dual meet in mid-November.
Keller posted dual wins over Hebron, 37-36; Berkner, 43-27; Grapevine, 40-27 and Marcus, 51-24. The only loss was to long-time wrestling power, Lake Highlands, 42-33.
The Indians’ matches last week with Central and Timber Creek on Thursday and Rockwall on Saturday were canceled due to weather, but they’ll be back in action at Richland on Thursday. This Saturday, they’ll travel to Weatherford for the Outback Invitational tournament.
For more information on the event, contact Schee at 817-744-1688 or firstname.lastname@example.org.