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Indians have goals in mind

| November 27, 2013

COSHOCTON – The 2013-14 version of the Hopewell Indians basketball team embodies the Special Olympics’ Athlete Oath, which states: “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

With nearly 40 players out for the team, Hopewell will send two separate teams onto the court, one of which will consist of those in the adult ages with a competitive focus and the other which will be for school-age athletes and will focus more on fundamentals and instruction.

“As a team we strive to obtain positive attitudes, hard work and dedication,” said head coach Devin Rivera. “Our goal this year is to win state finals while growing together as a team.”

Members of the team include Desmond A, Alex A Lindsey A, Rusty B, Scott B, Sammy B, Jalen B, Kyle B, Brandon C, Shawn D, Brian D, Kenrick F, Nolland F, Troy G, Zach G, Tim G, Hugh H, Kaden J, Kaylea J, Richard K, Brayden M, Skylar M, Steven M, Susie M, Nick M, Andy M, Christopher M, Coalton M, Dakota M, Tommy M, Karl M, Josh N, Austin S, Tanner S, Kody S, Allen W, Faith W, Seth W and Jacob Y.

Special Olympics players can begin at 8-years-old and many of the players will have an opportunity to compete in basketball individual skills competitions.

The Indians open the season by hosting Belmont County on Dec. 10.

The schedule also includes games against Muskingum, Tuscarawas, Holmes, Guernsey, Pickerington and Stepping Stone.

The Indians have had a penchant for success in the postseason as well as the area tournament, which will be held March 1-2, with the sectional March 8-9, and state March 21-22 at Bowling Green State University.

Assisting Rivera are Macy Patterson, Devin Smith, Adam Fitch, Eric Davis, Jamie Duling and Chris McElroy.

“Win or lose, our priorities are to have fun, learn fundamentals and make memories,” Rivera added.

Category: Adult, High School, Sports

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