Rest East Nicole - #NicoleNeverGiveUP
Thank You to those families who have donated to the Comets Alum Giving 2017 - we are so very grateful.
Update July, 2017 - it is with great sadness that we let all know that Nicole has lost her fight with cancer.
Update June 27, 2017 - thank you to all who donated to Nicole Fight. Nicole latest prognosis is not the best news. Please pray for her family and in particular are 2 beautiful daughters. We were able to make a generous donation towards Nicole Medical Expenses.. THANK YOU and please pray for this amazing woman and her family
Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. Unfortunately we have received bad news. On Friday we discovered that Nicole's cancer has spread to her liver, the bone mets have grown, and she very likely has metastatic disease in the lining of her brain. Her oncologist on Friday suggested she has less than 6 months and there are really no other treatments that will help stop the cancer, although we suspect her time with us is much shorter. We had her admitted for symptom control this weekend and palliative care is helping. She will be started on Hospice tomorrow morning. She is extremely tired, and we are focusing on, as best we can, keeping her comfortable and giving her the best quality of time we can. We did tell the girls last night that we can't beat the cancer and "mommy is going to heaven." Nicole did an amazing job of, of course, leading the talk and carrying everyone through it. They are doing as well as can be expected during these times and seem to do better when we remain upbeat around them. We are taking things day by day, hour by hour. We will need continued support and help, however at any given time it can be difficult in the chaos of this awful disease to know what. If you are nearby and available, please feel free to leave on here your availability in the coming weeks, what you might be able to help with, and your number and if I need something I promise I will call. And lastly, if Nicole hasn't gotten back to you, it's due to this disease. She appreciates your messages and love, but doesn't have the ability right now to respond to everyone. Thank you.
The COMETS are a non-profit girls basketball club started in the mid 1980's by Renee Pierangeli and John Gallagher. The club continued to grow under long time NBA referee Joey Crawford, current Notre Dame coach Linda Genther, her husband, long time coach at Cardinal O'Hara Chris Genther and Carroll head coach Renie Shields. The main objective that began back then, has continued through today.
The COMETS strive to provide quality basketball instruction and superior competition for females from ages 9 to 17. These young ladies compete against teams from around the country, and continue to thrive at college exposure events and Nationals. Since the very beginning, the COMETS have created a reputation for fielding groups of hard-working, fun-loving, highly competitive and really talented teams.
Currently the COMETS boast 40+ girls playing college basketball, and over 300 former players receiving college scholarships. Our priority continues to be development through instruction and EXPOSURE by participating in the MAJOR College Viewing tournaments. Our instruction comes from the best coaches in the area.
The 2017 version of the COMETS promises to be no different!
John McFadden - former Rutgers player and coach, asst coach Cherokee High School/HOF Cardinal O'Hara
Joe Genther - coach @Sts. Simon and Jude)
Art Dreger - coach @Monsignor Bonner
Kyle Meakim - coach @St. Bernadette
Nate Andrisani - coach @St. Anastasia
Renie Shields - coach @Arch Carroll High/SJU-Atlantic 10 HOF
Linda Genther - coach @Notre Dame Academy/ Rider HOF
Chris Genther - coach @Cardinal O'Hara High
Joe Crawford - Director of NBA officiating
Mike Pearson - Coach@St. MAx (Arch champions)
Matt Githens - coach @Cardinal O'Hara High
Ky McNichol - coach @Springfield High High
Kacy McNichol - coach @Harriton High High
Chris Gardler - coach @Marple Newtown High/Gardler clinics
Erin Shields - coach @Carroll High /former SJU player
Leah Shumoski - coach @Upper Merion High
Kate Rinaldi - coach @Upper Merion High
Erin Peterson - former player @Cabrini Hall of Famer
Mark Lange - coach @St. Anastasia School
Chris Santori - coach @Norristown High
Allison Weiss - coach @Strath Haven High
Annie Till - coach @St. Anastasia/former LaSalle player
Chris D'Ambrosio - coach @St. Francis
Maureen Rullo - Former player Drexel University
Jen MacNeill - Former player Drexel University
Shana Foody - Springfield HOF
Bridget Borgese - former player @Dickinson
Chuck Hammond - former college coach/AD Goldey-Beacom