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Diane Fisher-Katz: Some homes root for both teams in local hoop contests

To the editor:

Anyone who knows me knows I am an avid (read: fanatic) basketball appreciator. I love all facets of the game and have allowed myself to invest too much energy in local teams (UMass, Northampton High School) even while I enjoy pickup games most Tuesday nights at JFK Middle School.

It is a particularly poignant moment in my home. My life partner is a teacher at Chicopee High School and my best friends have daughters who play basketball for Northampton High School’s girl’s side. On Saturday night at 5:45, Northampton and Chicopee’s girls’ teams face off in the western MA finals.

How exciting. I wouldn’t miss it for the world. Except I will miss it. My partner, a remarkable woman on many levels, is hosting a fundraising dinner at our home for a student of hers who is in a dire medical state. I am her sous chef, planned long before this face-off between the two high schools was established. “Go,” she said. “No,” I said. And oddly, I meant it.

“Go Northampton!” “Go Chicopee!” Go cheer on one team or the other (or in our home, both).

But more importantly, and without a scintilla of doubt, I will stay home, gladly cheering the pleasure of knowing this dinner may not be a buzzer beater in this student’s life but it will keep her off the bench for a little longer in the final quarter of her journey.

Diane Fisher-Katz


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