Selinsgrove, Shikellamy Play Make-Up Game, Remember Classmate Killed
SELINSGROVE — A make-up football game was held in Snyder County Monday night, with Shikellamy High facing off against Selinsgrove Area.
The game was postponed Friday, after four Shikellamy students were injured in a rollover wreck.
Over the weekend, one of those teenagers died.
As the Selinsgrove Area High School Seals took the field against the Shikellamy Braves, many students in the stand were happy to take their mind off the tragic event that has unfolded.
This game was supposed to be played Friday night but was postponed after four Shikellamy High School students crashed on Route 304 near New Berlin Friday morning.
One of those teenagers, Travis Tillett, died Saturday night.
“When someone`s really young and they die like that, it`s always tragic,” said Shikellamy senior Robert Zimmerman.
Investigators say the students were on their way to the SUN Tech Vocational School Friday morning, when the SUV they were riding in crashed, rolling several times.
Two students remain hospitalized; the fourth was treated and released.
Zimmerman and fellow senior John Rohrbach go to Tech and saw the crash.
“We were right behind it, so we saw it all happen,” said Rohrbach. “It was scary. Everyone at Tech was all zoned out because it was such a scary thing to see.”
The two schools are known for their rivalry but in light of this tragedy, at this game, students at Selinsgrove say their hearts and thoughts are with Shikellamy.
“We support them completely and totally, like we`re rivals but it`s horrible, if somebody`s dies that`s just horrendous, period,” said Selinsgrove senior Kealy Howell.
“I feel bad for the family, my heart goes out to them, I have a few friends who go there so,” said Selinsgrove senior Charly Page. “And I know how it feels to lose a family member personally so my heart goes out to them.”
Many students here say it`s comforting to be at the game and just being with each other.
“When we did take that day to postpone the game, we all respected the fact that a tragedy happened and it did draw us all together and that`s what we do. We`re a school, we look after each other,” said Shikellamy senior Johnny Rico.
Before the game was played, the crowd was asked to take a moment of silence for Travis Tillett.
State police in Milton say the crash in Union County remains under investigation.