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May 27, 2013

Southmoore athletes, coaches work through tragedy

Despite loss of homes, SaberCats looking to future



“I started crying and slowly started walking up to my house. My friend, Darius Joseph, who also lives with us, tried to come up and hug me, but I was just real angry and real sad. I kind of shook him off. He let me cry it off.”

Southmoore girls basketball coach Brittany Kannady-Sayes also lost her home.

Kannady-Sayes had been with her team locked in the equipment room during the tornado. After it passed, they started to get reports of the damage.

“One of the other basketball coaches got word that it hit the Moore Medical Center and the Warren Theater,” Kannady- Sayes said. “I said, ‘That’s my house.’ I told coach Frazier to not let the team out of that room until the administration said they could go. But I had to go home because I don’t know where my husband is and my two dogs. I had this feeling that everything was gone.”

Kannady-Sayes’ feeling was correct. After maneuvering through streets that were cluttered with debris, light poles and wires, she made it from Santa Fe Avenue to Fourth Street.

“I actually got lost because there was still debris flying everywhere through the sky,” Kannady-Sayes said. “I live on Kings Manor and one side of it was all gone.

“I got lost trying to find my street. Then got lost trying to find my house. There were no walls standing on the street. I got out of my car and I saw my husband holding one of my dogs in the middle of the street trying to wave me down. Our other dog started yelping and came out of the rubble somehow.”

For SaberCat senior wide receiver Jalen Adams, his father’s house was pulverized in the tornado and left him struggling to grasp the tornado’s destruction

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