High School Basketball

Pioneers rally around sick teammate, raising funds for family

The Nooksack Valley boys’ basketball team is rallying behind freshman teammate Ruben Bosscher after he was diagnosed with Leukemia on Thursday, Jan. 28. He started chemotherapy treatments in Seattle on Sunday, Jan. 31.

In support of their teammate, Nooksack Valley used its game against Lynden Christian on Saturday, Jan. 30, as an opportunity to raise money for the Bosscher family and its medical expenses.

“It’s been amazing to see the Everson community, as well as the surrounding communities come to the Bosschers’ aid,” Nooksack Valley coach Chris Scrimsher said in a phone interview. “It’s been fun to be a part of and amazing to see our community respond.”

The Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association also noticed, as the Pioneers were selected the team of the week in the state, according to a release on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

The Pioneers are not done in their efforts to try helping the family and their teammate, though.

The team is assisting in a campaign to sell “Ballin for Bosscher” T-shirts, Scrimsher said, where all proceeds would go to the family. The shirts, which cost $20, are being pre-sold at the Nooksack Valley Athletic Club Facebook page. Donations also are being accepted, Scrimsher said.

The Pioneers are scheduled to host Blaine on Thursday, Feb. 4, and Scrimsher said that the Borderites already have ordered shirts, and both teams plan to use them as warmups before the game. Shirts also should be available at the game.

Bosscher has not appeared in any games at the varsity level this year, but his cousin, Aaron Bosscher, is a senior guard on the varsity squad.

Ruben Bosscher’s illness came on quickly, Scrimsher said, as Nooksack Valley played games at Meridian on Tuesday, Jan. 26, and the freshman stuck around until the end of the varsity game, even though he wasn’t feeling well. That night he developed a lot of pain, Scrimsher said, and on Wednesday, Jan. 27, he was transported to Children’s Hospital in Seattle.

“I know not everyone knows who Ruben is, but he’s a young man that probably has the biggest heart in him,” Scrimsher said. “We miss him, and we know he’s going to fight.”