Hard to believe it’s been one year to the day (Jan. 22) that the Valley lost a beloved coaching and teaching institution in Notre Dame football/girls soccer/science teacher Scot Bemis to lung cancer at age 45.
In some ways it feels like yesterday. In some ways it feels like three lifetimes ago.
To commemorate, many of the school’s football players, girls soccer players, teachers, friends and staff went to the cemetery on Monday. Longtime friend and current Notre Dame football/girls soccer Gary Gregory put together a 7 a.m. mass on Tuesday morning for anyone who wanted to partake.
He estimated a couple hundred people attended.
Later Tuesday evening, his girls soccer team will tangle with Cactus Shadows on Tuesday night for the second time in four days, and, at No. 10, in need of a win to seal the Saints’ chances of making the Division II playoffs.
Within it might come a glance with players and fellow assistants on the field tonight, likely early in the second half of the 6 p.m. match, an acknowledgement of the exact moment when Bemis was lost.
“Even with all his hoopla (when diagnosed with cancer in September 2012) and passing away everything must go on,” Gregory said. “That’s what he was about.”
Mark Heller is the East Valley Tribune sports editor. He can be reached at email@example.com or (480) 898-6576.