A pair of brothers with a sincere passion for basketball.
The Kvalvog brothers.
Teammates, classmates and the Park Christian family gathered Tuesday night at the Park Christian campus to remember Zach and Connor Kvalvog after the two passed earlier in the morning in a fatal car accident near Fergus Falls.
The gym that passionate Falcon crowds fill all winter long was once again full Tuesday night on a warm summer night.
A community grieving the loss of Zach, a senior and three sport stand out athlete.
Along with his younger brother Connor who told his head coach at the end of last season, he wanted to steal his big brother's starting spot at point guard.
Stories shared Tuesday night tell of brothers who motivated each other. Worked hard together.
Now they leave their team and family far too soon; but, with each other.
"Half way through last year we promoted Connor from just a JV player to being able to sit on our varsity bench. The smile that was on his face," Park Christian head boys' basketball coach Josh Lee recalls through tears. "I've never seen him smile so big."
Lee shared stories of both boys with the community Tuesday night, along with many others who knew the boys personally.
ERV INNIGER -"Zach was my leader without a doubt," coaching great Erv Inniger shares. Inniger returned to the coaching scene in 2013 to take the top job with Park Christian. He would lead the team to their first ever Minnesota High School state tournament berth.
"Beth you came to a number of games, but you know that he was a captain as a sophomore and that's almost unheard of," Inniger shares. "And that's voted by his teammates so you know what kind of leader he was. He was the kind that made the people around him better. We would have never made it to state without his leadership."
Zach had dreams of playing basketball for Minnesota State University-Moorhead.