(1-30-21) Both schools, Wapakoneta and Bath, are in the same league and both are located near each other just off of I-75.

For students at Wapakoneta on the evening of January 16th they lost a beloved classmate, Layla Yoakam (17), in a single-car crash.

In her obituary

Layla was a special young lady, a caring and thoughtful individual who was always there for a shoulder to lean on, a helping hand to someone in need, or a timely smile to bright one’s day. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Last night during the pre-game introductions of the Western Buckeye League boys basketball game Bath students and players paid their respects to their rivals.

It was a special moment that was caught on Twitter by Lima Tv’s Tyler Seggerman, Bath students honored Layla with a ‘black out’ in her memory, while each Bath player who was introduced gave a Wapakoneta cheerleader a rose in Layla’s honor.

It was a special night as two rival schools shared the grief of a fellow student gone to soon. It was a lesson that we can all learn from…last night was an example we all need to follow.

For another Wapakoneta student…Katelyn Rose (16) of Wapakoneta who was seriously injured in the crash she continues to try and heal from that night.

A Go Fund Me account has been set-up to help with medical expenses-

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