David Crockett dedicates senior night to captain recovering after car crash

A Tri-Cities high school student is still in the hospital almost one week after a car crash.

It happened last Wednesday on North State of Franklin Road in Johnson City.

A tractor-trailer slid through an intersection hitting several cars, and leaving several people with serious injuries.

David Crockett Senior Patience Stroupe is one of those people still recovering from that crash.

She’s quite an athlete, the captain of the lady pioneer soccer team which held its senior night on Monday.

We were there as family and friends rallied to include their team leader, and make sure she was a part of the big game.

As the David Crockett girls soccer team prepared for a big match up on the field, parents helped prepare by hanging posters on the sidelines.

It was senior night, a night where every single senior on the team is honored at half time.

But one senior couldn’t be there.

On this night, she was in a nearby hospital.

Head coach Tori Head couldn’t quite believe it when she first got the call.

“Once I could hear the tears in my players voice is when it hit me,” said Head.

The coach and the team knew they had to stay strong.

“Its going to make us play better, and were going to play harder for her,” said Caitlyn Rodefer.

“We are going to play this game for her, and its all for her,” said Lauren Maddux.

“She told her nurses she had a game tonight she needed to be at, they needed to let her go,” said Head.

Serious injuries meant she wouldn’t be able to attend the game, so her coach thought why not bring the game to her.

With the help of a team parent, and a good cell connection, Patience Stroupe witnessed more than a game.

“We miss Patience, she plays a vital role on the team, we wanted her to know we are thinking about her, we wanted the audience to know we were thinking about her, because we love her,” said Misty Cross.

Patience was able to see the true meaning of the word team.

At Monday nights game, the away team also recognized Patience Stroupe as she continues to recover.

The Sullivan Central girls soccer team wore ribbons as they warmed up for the game and afterwards passed them on to each member of the David Crockett Pioneers.

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