Lady soccer teams come together to honor the life of a fierce competitor


GRAFTON—The Grafton Lady Bearcat soccer team hit McKinney Field Thursday night to take on Polar Bears of West Fairmont, and during the matchup, the life and memory of a Weir High Soccer player was honored.

“Both the boys’ and girls’ soccer teams dedicated their games in the memory of Madison Crowe, a sophomore soccer player from Weir High School, who was murdered in her home,” said Becky Lake. “The coaching staff and players learned of her passing and wanted to do something special during their games to honor her life and love of the sport.”

15-year-old Madison Renee “Flo” Crowe was described as a vibrant, precious, loveable girl, who fostered the love of soccer early in her life. She quickly became known as a fierce competitor, who let nothing deter her from strengthening her skills.

Starting in on U8 Rec and travel teams with the Tri-State United Soccer League, she worked hard through the years, earning her a spot on the Weir High School Soccer Team.

It was on the field that she first earned the nickname Mad-Flo which then transformed into Flo Crowe. To her friends, family, classmates and fellow competitors, she was simply Flo.

Her hardworking determination was evident on the soccer fields. While she was a fierce competitor, Flo, by nature, could at times be a little quirky and clumsy tripping over the air, but this did not limit her success on-field, as she was known to always put forth extra effort daily and was noted as being the hardest worker on the field.

Crowe not only excelled on the field but in the classroom, as well. Even though she loved creative writing, she had hopes of one day becoming an accomplished physical therapist.

To honor her life and dedication to soccer, the Grafton High School Lady Bearcat Soccer team reached out to their opponent, asking that they join in remembering Crowe.

During the evening, time was set aside for attendees to learn a little about Crowe, before a moment of silence was held.

“Tonight, the Lady Polar Bears, the Lady Bearcats and all of us pay tribute and dedicate this match to Madison Crowe, number 2 of the Lady Red Riders of Weir,” echoed throughout the stands at McKinney Field. “Let us all be reminded and remember how precious life is and to be thankful for each day we have, living each day to its fullest and playing this game that we love.”

Guests were asked to wear red and black in an effort to show solidarity for the family and friends of Crowe, and team members made signs and held balloons in her memory.

Between the evening’s soccer match, both teams met on the field in prayer for Crowe, asking God to lift her up, cover her loved ones in peace and comfort and give them strength during their time of grief.

“We also passed donation buckets during both of the games, with all proceeds being given to the Madison Crowe Memorial Fund,” said Lake. “I am very touched to report that we were able to raise $500. The whole evening was very nice. It was amazing to see such kindness in this crazy, messed up world.”

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