Rivals raise money for families of Box Elder teens killed in dirt bike crash

Friday , January 12, 2018 - 4:38 PM

PATRICK CARR, Standard-Examiner Staff

Late last month, the Box Elder High community was shocked after two teenagers were killed in a dirt bike crash and a third was sent to a hospital.

On Wednesday, Jan. 10, the Bear River High community showed its support to the families of the boys. Fans at Wednesday night’s wrestling matchup between Bear River and Box Elder raised $945 in a fundraiser during the match, donating it to the families of the three teenagers involved in the crash, BRHS principal Kristi Capener said.

Wyatt Ellertson, 15, and Caden Ellertson, 14, were killed in the crash that also sent a 16-year-old to the hospital.

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Capener said the fundraiser in Garland was the idea of a Bear River wrestling coach. The coach took the idea to the wrestling team, which supported it. Capener added the Mountain Crest High community previously donated money to Bear River for a Make-A-Wish fundraiser last month.

Student government members from both schools spoke at the event and went around the stands collecting donations or money for a fleece blanket raffle. Bear River athletic director Van Park praised both sets of students and the fans for participating in the fundraiser.

“It shows that kids can come together and schools can come together and there’s a lot of good people out there. They realize it's not a sporting event that’s most important,” Park said.

Jesse Roberts, the student government advisor and a teacher at Box Elder High, was complimentary of the Bear River community for putting on the fundraiser after the tragic event.

“It was their idea to do something for students of an opposing rival school, so it shows you their character,” Roberts said.

You can reach prep sports reporter Patrick Carr at pcarr@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @patrickcarr_ or like him on Facebook at Facebook.com/patrickcarr17.

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