Former Nevada softball player Jayme King, who died from cancer in June, was honored Saturday prior to the Nevada-San Jose State football game.
King, a standout athlete at Fernley High School, was 24 when she died after enduring three battles with cancer.
During the game, players wore a “JK” on the back of their helmets to honor King.
A Fernley native, King was a multi-sport star at Fernley High School who played both volleyball and softball in one season at Shasta Junior College.
She transferred to Nevada in 2010-11 and played for the Wolf Pack in 2011, starting 36 games in her first year with the softball program.
Fallon graduate Sara Parsons played with King ont he Nevada team and also played against her when Fernley and Fallon faced each other on the field of competition. Michelle Beach finished her season at Nevada before King played, but she also took part in the ceremony.
In 2011 she was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare bone cancer, in her knee. She underwent chemotherapy and then surgery, followed by another round of chemotherapy and, in 2012, doctors told her that her cancer was in remission. The cancer returned in 2013 and King endured another round of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant
She was honored with Jayme King Day in 2014, a celebration surrounding a Wolf Pack softball game that drew thousands to Hixson Park. Nevada wore teal uniforms — her favorite color — to honor her. Among other festivities, she was presented with a framed jersey by her coaches and teammates.