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Student Becomes Basketball Star

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High school senior and member of the local varsity basketball team Matt Thorson had been more of a cheerleader than a player, but all that changed in one very special moment of a very special game.

 

Thorson was born with Down Syndrome, but his condition has never stopped him from reaching his goals. He's been involved with the Finley-Sharon/Hope-Page basketball team since grade school, and he's showed up for every practice and never missed a game since becoming a member of the team his freshman year.

On the varsity team, Thorson has always done more sitting then playing, and he's okay with that, but on February 1st with a 90 seconds left on the clock, Matt was put into the game.

"He missed his first to opportunities, and on his third try from about the middle of the court there -- right about the volley ball attack line -- he let one go and hit nothing but net," coach Rob Ressler recalls with pride. "The crowd went crazy."

Swish! 3 points, the first of Thorson's varsity career. It's a moment neither he nor his teammates nor their fans will ever forget.

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