Conant (NH) High School’s junior captain, Stephen Record, died in a car crash in December, but was still part of a championship team that won the New Hampshire Class M boys’ basketball title Friday night.
Local news outlet UNIONLEADER.COM mentions that the win locks up a three-peat for the Jaffey high school, as well as a state championship sweep for boys and girls.
Brandon Kear made three steals and scored five points while Kyle Todd and Sean Martin hit key baskets in overtime as the Orioles extended their state-record boys’ basketball winning streak to 63 games.
“This win meant the world to that family and made for the greatest moment of my life,” said Todd, who presented the Record family a championship medallion and basketball netting after the game.
“We wanted to win this for everybody but most of all for Stephen,” said James Peard, who led Conant with an emotional 17 points.
“Stephen put his heart on the floor and so I did too.”
One of the great things about sports is the ability to bring a community togethe, and while a state championship won’t bring back a lost son, or bring his parents any greater comfort next fall when practice starts up without him. But, at least for a moment, hopefully, Ronnie and Lisa Record found a little joy in watching their late son’s team triumphantly play their hearts out in his honor.