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Azusa Pacific - La Verne Game Cancelled

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October 22, 2002
Gary Pine
AZUSA, Calif. – The Azusa Pacific University-University of La Verne football game, scheduled to be played this Saturday (Oct.26) in Azusa, has been cancelled. In light of the circumstances surrounding La Verne quarterback Rollie Dykstra, who suffered a severe injury in last Saturday’s game vs. University of Redlands, officials from La Verne requested that this week’s game with Azusa Pacific not be played. Dykstra remains in critical condition at Pomona Valley Medical Center.

“We certainly understand the situation La Verne is dealing with this week and are in agreement with their decision to not play the game,” said Azusa Pacific director of athletics Bill Odell. “Our prayers continue to be for the Dykstra family and the extended community at the University of La Verne.”

Saturday’s game was to be the 38th meeting between the neighboring institutions, which are just 11 miles from each other along the foothill corridor of the San Gabriel Mountains.

"We want to express our gratitude to everyone at Azusa Pacific University for understanding the emotions we are going through at the present time,” said University of La Verne Athletics Director Jim Paschal. “The administrators at Azusa Pacific have been very supportive of our situation. Unfortunately, our players and coaching staff are not yet ready to participate in a competitive event at this time." The game will not be rescheduled for later this season.