Maize soccer team commemorates late Eagles
Senior night for the Maize boys soccer team was more than a celebration Tuesday night, it turned into a memorial.
Two former Eagles died seven years ago as innocent victims to drunk driving. One of them, Kyle, played on this team a decade ago and has a special connection to their current goalkeeper: he dated his sister. Both Kyle and Kaden's sister Kylie died in the crash.
"I think he would be happy, glad that we were celebrating and honoring him for this," said Kaden Jobe, senior goalkeeper. "I'm just sad right now, I miss him to the world so it just upsets me. I wish he could be here, him and my sister."
He had trouble speaking about his sister Kylie, but Jobe said he was playing in her memory.
Kylie also left an impact on Maize head coach Jay Holmes.
"Actually, I coached Kylie Jobe all four years of her high school here at maize high school," he said through tears.
The Eagles joined by opponents derby, released balloons for Kyle's birthday and for the couple's memory.
"You know, it's a special night because it would have been Kyle's 28th birthday and that's why we're doing this memorial tonight," Holmes said. "Kyle's mom asked us to do in honor of Kyle and Kylie, and also for these young women and men to realize how important the decisions that they make truly are, outside the lines, outside the soccer field."
Kylie's mother Barbie Jobe hosts the annual Run 2 Believe 5K event to raise money and awareness for driving under the influence.