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In act of sportsmanship, Byrd allows S. Lee player to score

Published: 2011-02-20 11:21:51
Updated: 2011-02-20 11:21:51

Feb 20, 2011

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An unheralded but significant event occurred recently in a men's varsity basketball game between two N.C. High School Athletic Association member schools, Fayetteville Douglas Byrd and Southern Lee.

It was Senior Night at Southern Lee as Byrd came to visit, and Southern Lee had a substantial lead in the final minute. That is when coach Gaston Collins of Southern Lee inserted senior Bubba Anderson, a student whom he had taken under his wing a few years ago and had installed as team manager. Bubba was eligible, so he suited up for Senior Night and finally got in with about a minute to go.

Southern Lee made every effort to let him score, and although Douglas Byrd continued to compete, the Eagle players did not try to block Bubba's shots when they realized what was going on.

Southern Lee principal Jan Tart wrote a congratulatory note to Byrd principal Dan Krumanocker, stating in part, "when your boys realized what was going on, they stood there and let our team feed him (Bubba) rebounds until he made one (a basket). It took four attempts, but Bubba scored.

"It was a great night for Bubba, one he will never forget. Your varsity boys basketball team helped make that possible. Thank you so very much."

Congratulations to Bubba and to his coach for their efforts, but also congratulations to Douglas Byrd High School for their spirit of sportsmanship.

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Regardless of what those teams records are, I can assure you they are winners.
February 21, 2011 3:21 p.m.
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True sportsmanship through actions and not just words. Congratulations and well done to Bubba, both schools and the young men on both teams!
February 21, 2011 2:21 p.m.
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Both teams need to be praised for their sportsmanship. Job well done we need more blessings like this one in our athletes (youth, school sports,college and pros)
February 21, 2011 1:21 p.m.
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It's nice to know there are still some decent Children left in the world! They deserve congratulations for their not being so selish, and letting the player score a basket.
February 21, 2011 12:33 p.m.
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I read this yesterday and watched the video. Considering that Douglas Byrd was behind in the game, I'm surprised that the entire team backed off to allow him to shoot. I guess I'm doubting that there are 5 decent players on a team that would purposely ease up. Cudos to the Douglas Byrd team. They have a quality coach and quality players with their head screwed on right. They can't be praised enough. Because it would be rare for this to happen unless it was prearranged. Players want to compete and play hard to the final buzzer. Again, CUDOS to Douglas Byrd. And Cudos to the Southern Lee coach for giving this player some gametime.
February 21, 2011 12:22 p.m.
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My daughter is afflicted with Down Syndrome. I am pleasantly surprised by the way strangers handle her. There's always a bonehead or one who stares here are there, but overall there are a lot of very good people in this world, including these coaches, players, and fans.
Z Man
February 21, 2011 12:17 p.m.
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We all have memories from things that made an impression on us from High School. This is something that everyone at Douglas Byrd should be proud of.
February 21, 2011 11:53 a.m.
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Congrats to Bubba. and hats off to the Byrd players and coaches. Lessons learned by all involved. What a GREAT story!
February 21, 2011 7:54 a.m.
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Bubba, you ROCK!
February 20, 2011 11:57 p.m.
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As a professor of special education this makes me proud of my high school alma mater F.Douglas Byrd HS...what a special way to end a special senior's night. Bless All Involved.
February 20, 2011 7:01 p.m.
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