Last night, I posted a story about the big weekend facing the Sidney boys basketball team.
With news of Sidney High School math teacher Sherry Arnold's death, basketball seems inconsequential right now. The girls basketball team from Sidney was scheduled to be in Yellowstone County for games against Laurel and Billings Central on Friday and Saturday. Those games have been postponed.
The boys team was slated to take on Laurel and Central in their home gym. Friday's game with Laurel has been postponed. But the game against Central is set to tip at its regularly scheduled time of 4 p.m.
At a time when tragedy strikes a community, it's hard to know how to go about everyday life. Often times - through thoughts, prayers, and support - it can bring out the best in people.
Sidney senior Ryan Sullivan recently posted on his Twitter account: "The amount of support we are getting out here is phenomenal. Thank you everyone for your prayers and your thoughts."
I can only imagine that that support will grow on Saturday. Sporting events have a way of uniting a community and - in events like this - uniting two communities.
Two teams will step onto the Sidney basketball court Saturday afternoon, but basketball won't be the foremost focus. It will be a distraction. A support group. A rallying point.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and community.