January 24, 2014, 7: 31 PM
Just outside Greensboro, N.C., Bishop McGuinness boys’ basketball team is coming off what may be the most remarkable game in school history.
“I still can’t believe that even happened,” one player says.
“I felt like there was no one who could stop us,” says another.
“I will remember this game for the rest of my life,” a third player says.
The game was against their archrivals, Mount Airy High School, but to fully appreciate what happened here, you first need to know how Coach Josh Thompson prepared them for this night.
It all started a few days earlier with an old ball and a gold Sharpie. Coach Thompson told each player to pick someone to dedicate the game to — could be an uncle, a grandpa, one kid picked his parents. They all joined the exercise, but safe to say no one took it more seriously than junior guard Spencer Wilson. He picked his friend Josh Rominger.
“Josh’s passion for life really drew me towards him,” Spencer says.
Spencer and Josh were two great friends with one lousy thing in common: they both had cancer. The difference was Spencer beat his, and Josh didn’t. He died nine months ago.
Before the game, Spencer wrote a letter to Josh’s mom, explaining what they were doing and why he would be playing for Josh.
“His joy illuminated the room, and it was always apparent to me that he was special,” Spencer wrote. “Just wanted to let you know the impact your son has on my life still to this day. I will never forget him. Play for Josh.”
“I read it and cried,” says Josh’s mom, Denna Rominger. “They just had that bond. Nobody else knew how Josh felt except for Spencer.” …
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