Wildcats Shave After Successful "Movember"

The Wichita Falls Wildcats joined the nationwide "

" movement last month, and their fuzzy faces helped raise a league-high total for charity!

They finished the month having raised $3,048 to support mens' health awareness and research, and Monday they visited SportClips in Wichita Falls to remove the month-old lip sweaters.

"Usually, none of us shave anyway. So, a free shave is something we can't really deny," said forward Rudy Junda. "And it's for a good cause. A lot of us have pretty bad facial hair, so I think we're doing the community a favor by growing it out, and then also doing them a favor by getting rid of it."

Even assistant coach Nick Harper allowed himself to be talked into losing his trademark goatee, which he'd had since taking joining the team last year.

The Wildcats easily outdistanced the second-place Movember-participating team, the Odessa Jackalopes who raised $448. They also edged out the Johnstown (PA) Tomahawks, who raised $2,486.69 for their own local foundation, not affiliated with Movember.

Junda took a piecemeal approach to losing his facial hair, stopping for a while with just a mustache that didn't exactly give the impression of a veteran firefighter.

"I would like to get rid of this mustache, because I want people to take me seriously," Junda said.

The Wildcats will hit the road this weekend to Hidalgo, Texas for two games with the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees. They'll be back home Wednesday, Dec. 11th for a single game against the Lone Star Brahmas.