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Avon keeps Nick Watson in mind

The late Nick Watson’s number 7 jersey hangs in Avon’s dugout during the Avon vs Monomoy Division 4 tournament. Watson, who overcame cancer twice, was killed in a car crash.
The late Nick Watson’s number 7 jersey hangs in Avon’s dugout during the Avon vs Monomoy Division 4 tournament. Watson, who overcame cancer twice, was killed in a car crash. Photos by Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

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AVON — It was a simple gesture, really, one that could have easily gone unnoticed by anyone in attendance. But for the members of the Avon High baseball team, it held immeasurable meaning.

The Panthers huddled at the end of their dugout, just a few feet away from No. 7 black-and-orange hanging on the fence, minutes before their Division 4 South quarterfinal against Monomoy.

“One, two, three,” they counted in unison. “Watson!”

It has not quite been two years since Nick Watson, their teammate and friend, received a clean bill of health after beating Hodgkin’s lymphoma — twice — and even less since he was killed in a car accident.

But in all 44 games since, the Panthers have done what they can to keep Watson’s memory, and his family, a part of the team.

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