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Substate basketball: Aplington-Pakersburg wins emotional recreation over NICL rival Denver – WCF Courier

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Thomas also thought about Tom Teeple, the beloved longtime Parkersburg barber, who passed away this past year due to COVID.

“He brought me right here for East vs. West games as a little kid,” Thomas recalled. “I think of him tonight and I think of our alumni, the guys who had gotten us here before. I’ve gotten so many texts from former players saying, ‘Coach I hope they get to experience what we did.’ It’s program-wide and I get to drive the ship.”

For a Denver team that starts four seniors, this marked the end of an incredible run. Besh finished with five 3-pointers and 24 points and Kyler Matthias added 14 points.

Open gyms that were once vacant now draw 30 youth thanks in large part to Denver’s successful senior class and the flashy up-tempo style they’ve played.

“I’m proud of what our seniors have done throughout their career,” Kyle Matthias said. “They’ve really helped change our culture and program in our school. I’m thankful for everything they’ve done on and off the court.

“Having a son, I told Kyler in the locker room, I thank God for the opportunity to have those times with him, not just in games but in the gym. I’ve loved that.”

The Denver coach now is rooting for the Falcons to make a run a state.

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