On February 23th, students, teachers, and administration showed up at the baseball field to run a 5k honoring Coach Gunther, who passed away last year. The majority of people were there to run, but there were also people who walked, and those who just watched the ceremony revealing our new sign.
30 minutes before the run, everything was being set up. There was a booth selling t-shirts, a booth for receiving running numbers, and a table full of food for afterward. Participants were preparing for the 5k. By the time the run began, at 9, there was a huge turnout, with at least 300 people there in total. The runners were sent off with loud music and many cheers.
Half an hour later, runners were finishing the race, and they had a group of cheerleaders at the finish line to cheer them on. KRQE News showed up to cover the event, and especially those finishing the 5k.
By the time all of the runners had finished the race, it was time for the dedication to begin. Participants gathered in the bleachers facing the field to listen to the dedication and speeches. Mrs. Meyers spoke first, thanking “each and every one of you for being here”. She thanked several people, including Sherry Gunther, Coach Sebastian, Coach Maestas and David Nelly. She talked about Coach Gunther’s kindness and compassion before handing the microphone to Eric Kneele. Kneele, a friend and former student of Coach Gunther, talked about his legacy. “You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live.”
Several others spoke, including Coach Chris Eaton, Raven Anderson, Mr. Weems and Kathy Browning, Mr. D’anza, and finally, Sherry Gunther. “I cannot describe the pain the last two years have brought”, she said in her heart wrenching speech. “I love you, John Gunther, and I always will.”
After the speeches and the dedication of the field to Mr. Gunther, everyone at the event conjugated in front of the field to witness the unveiling of the new sign. The sign, which reads, “John D. Gunther Field- Matadors Baseball” was unveiled, to the excitement of the attendees. After that, the family took pictures in front of the sign, and the event concluded.