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Teen sinks winning basket in late friend's honor

Teen Sinks Winning Basket in Late Friend's Honor

Each member of the Bishop McGuinness boys' basketball team was instructed to write a name on a basketball before playing a game against their arch rivals, Mount Airy High School. The name was meant to be someone to whom each player was dedicating the game.

'No one took it more seriously than junior guard Spencer Wilson -- he picked his friend, Josh Rominger,' CBS reports.

Wilson and Rominger had one thing in common: they both had cancer. CBS says Wilson spent five years fighting cancer - twice. Wilson, 17, is the only one who lived. Rominger, 18, died nine months ago.

Doctors told Wilson he only had a 7% chance of beating cancer, but he did. Wilson decided to dedicate this game to his late best friend in honor of his memory.

The game was emotional and very close. Near the end of the game, during overtime, Mount Airy was up 82-81. The final seconds were ticking by, and the game was almost over. Then, the ball landed in Wilson's hands ...

'He took a few dribbles and fired off a 50-foot running jumper that banked in as time expired. The final: Bishop McGuinness 84, Mount Airy 82,' the Winston-Salem Journal reports.

WFMY showed that beautiful moment.'With two seconds left and down by a point, Bishop McGuinness needed a miracle. When Mount Airy missed a chance to go up by two, junior Spencer Wilson decided to give it a shot - a half court shot.'

Before the game, Wilson decided to write to Rominger's mom to let her know he'd dedicated the game to her son. The coach said the names on the ball were meant to symbolize that the game was for something bigger than themselves.

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Ray and Carmen January 28 2014 at 10:04 PM

This is a school that I would be honored to have sent my son too,. If there is one thing the youth of today need in their curriculum it would be subject related or extra credit assignments that teach them that YES there are many things in life more important than they are. I hope that each member of the team was able to take in and digest their wise coaches object lesson. Too many kids today are brought up by their parents to have an unwarrented sense of self importance. There needs to be thought provoking assignments liberally mixed in with all of the core material that students must pass. Teaching our children the importance of saying your sorry if your wrong sacrificing your place in a line when you see somebody else who could use it more, learning that losing is okay, in fact it is a part of life. If the children of today could honestly learn even these three traits The United States would once again start to stand out as a beacon of hope.

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tas1260 Ray and Carmen January 28 2014 at 10:58 PM

I agree. A wonderful lesson to learn. It keeps the focus on something besides oneself.
We are fairly new to Utah and we are not LDS. The school's here encourage and give credit (not credit hours for graduation but credit as in a grade) for community service. Helping the elderly, your parents make dinner....they do big pushes for the Food Bank, collecting clothes for the homeless, collecting for homeless pets....many, many different things. I really like that about the school system here. It becomes a 'norm' for them to do for others. To see that we are all different socioeconomically. (In our case that we aren't the only ones 'without') :) Also that you don't have to be wealthy to have a good life.

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bmagee5087 January 28 2014 at 11:55 AM


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Wonder Woman January 28 2014 at 11:39 AM

What an inspirational story , stay strong and God Bless you :)

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Tyler January 28 2014 at 11:16 AM

your friend is and always be with you all the way. go far in like god will be with you.
a pert of life is good and bad.

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Patrick January 28 2014 at 11:07 AM


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fastshirley January 28 2014 at 10:38 AM

You are an inspiration for all of us!!!! God Bless you!!!

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slk1818 January 28 2014 at 10:35 AM

What a wonderful and meaningful story. Who says "Miracles Do Not Happen Everyday"... You just have to keep your eyes, ears and hearts open and be there for the moment.

May Josh's memory always be for a blessing...

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oneguyfrompa January 28 2014 at 10:33 AM

What a heart renching story. It almost seems like an impossible dream come true, to honor a close friend brought together by a terrible health problem. God bless both of the boys.

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Barbara January 28 2014 at 10:06 AM

what an awesome story... Spencer Wilson.. what a great friend you are.. and Im sure that Josh is looking down and you with a big smile saying Thanks.. Love you man...

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Erin January 28 2014 at 12:33 PM

My son's name is Spencer and HIS best friend's name is Josh. Thankfully, they are both healthy and very much alive. Reading this gave me even greater vibes than it would have normally. Very inspiring story!

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