Blue balloons released in Schaghticoke to honor Schoharie crash victims

October 16, 2018 09:23 AM

SCHAGHTICOKE - The Schaghticoke community came together to honor the lives lost in Schoharie. Balloons were released at a soccer game on Monday as the latest tribute for the victims.

The balloon release was part of a girls' soccer game between Hoosic Valley High School and Stillwater High School.


The connection is that the girls on the field used to have their games refereed by one of the victims in the crash, 30-year-old Rachael Cavosie from Waterford.

"She made it fun for us,” said Hoosic Valley Girls Soccer Coach Janelle Stannard about Cavosie. “I always remember she always came with her sunglasses, her big smile and the girls just always had fun. That's what they always kept saying, she was just so fun."

A player from Hoosic Valley sang the national anthem and the girls on the field held 20 balloons, representing the 20 victims in the crash. Then, they released the balloons in their honor.

“I think it's important to let them know that soccer is more than a game,” said Hoosic Valley Girls Soccer Coach Samantha Carlo. “It brings people together and it builds friendships and lasting memories, I mean Rachel we didn't really know her that much personally but she definitely left an impact on our team

The Stillwater team also had a few balloons that their captains released. Cavosie's obituary said she was a sports enthusiast and refereed many basketball, soccer and lacrosse games. She had recently been inducted into the Catholic Central High School Hall of Fame.

One Hoosic Valley player said what made Cavosie so special was not only her passion and love for the game, but that she took the time to teach them the sport.

"I almost got my first yellow card from her,” said sophomore player Elizabeth Rieter. “But she explained to me what I did wrong and not to do it again so it didn't happen again so she didn't give it to me."

Cavosie’s funeral was held Monday in Waterford. To donate to her family’s GoFundMe page, click here.


Emily DeVito

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