Memorable Night For Hodag Senior

Thursday began like any other day for Rhinelander senior David Pokrandt. David has been the varsity basketball team's manager for the last three seasons, but that Thursday night became a night he will never forget.

"This is something we thought about for awhile, he's so excited and so passionate about basketball." said head coach Derek Lemmens. "He's earned this opportunity."

David is both ADHD and has a cognitive disorder, and on Thursday afternoon a decision was made by head coach Derek Lemmens that would change David's life. The varsity team had the honor of delivering the good news to David that he was now on the roster and suiting up for their game against Tomahawk.

"We took him, and said, hey David you're on the brochure, hes like what really, and we're like yeah you should have a jersey to go along with it, and from then on he was so excited," said senior teammate Nick Wright.

"We told him actually and he's like are you serious..and he said well I gotta go tell my mom and rushed out of the locker room and went to his mom," added teammate Mitchell Reinthaler.

"You've got to be kidding me. Is this really true I'm on the team and he said yes, you're on the team," said David Pokrandt.

It was finally game time and number 32 was suited up and ready to go.

"He was talking to me about warmups and stuff and what he should do and I was telling him what was going on, said senior Sam O' Melia.

With sixty-eight seconds left, Coach Lemmens looked over to David and gave him that go-ahead nod.

"We didn't even have to prep him, Coach Jaeger called him the mad bomber because he's very confident and he works hard on his shot, he takes a lot of shots in practice and he came in and was ready to shoot," said Lemmens.

"That first shot he airballed, but I mean that didn't really matter," said Wright.

"He put it up again and it hit off the rim, I got the rebound and passed it back out to him and swish," added Reinthaler.

"After I made that three, my whole team and the students just went nuts on me. After the buzzer all the students and the team came at me," said Pokrandt.

"The biggest thing he brings is his passion for everything, it makes us appreciate what we have. Life's tough and he shows that it doesn't matter you gotta make the most out of everything," said Coach Lemmens.

When the "Mad Bomber" shoots... it's lights out.


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