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University High School honors Josie and McKenzie at Homecoming

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - 22403718

Students at University High School and Central Valley High stood united Friday night during the homecoming game to honor two classmates killed in a car crash.

On Saturday, 15-year-old Josie Freier and McKenzie Mott died when the car they were in left the roadway and crashed into a tree.  The driver, a fellow classmate, survived the crash.

To honor the girls, football players on both teams all wore "Unite" stickers on their helmets.

Earlier in the day, the U-High girls soccer team played in memory of McKenzie who played forward on the team.  It was the first game for the girls since McKenzie died.  The team won in overtime, 1 to 0.

"It's been a roller coaster of a day and I just told them to go out and play hard and don't look at the score board," said Ken VanSickle, U-High Assistant Principal.

VanSickle said this week has been the most difficult in all his 32 years of teaching.

"So I've been in it a long time and this is one of the hardest things I've had to go through but loving the kids and the community support is what's keeping it going," he added.