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by: AnthonyP On  Sunday, February 22, 2009

Bathurst High School Basketball Team Triumph After TragedyTotal Pro Sports – In Fredericton, New Brunswick Canada on Saturday, the Bathurst High School Basketball won the Provincial AA Championship a year after a highway crash killed seven of their players.

A year this past January a total of 8 people which included seven players and the wife of the former Bathurst High School coach perished.  Their van swerved into the path of a transport truck in poor highway conditions as they traveled back from a road game.

Playing heavy hearts, Bathurst High School defeated the Campobello Vikings 82-50.

“We did the impossible pretty much,” Bathurst basketball player Alex Robichaud told CTV Atlantic.”

“It really has been joyful to watch and experience this,” John McLaughlin, superintendent of the Bathurst School District, told CTV Newsnet.

“They lost some pretty good friends and I’m sure they were playing for them.” [CTV]

The lone returning player from last years squad and crash survivor Bradd Arseneau scored 25 points, won the game MVP and wore the number 7 in honor of his late friend Nathan Cleland.

Peggy O’Neil-Arseneau told The Canadian Press, “I’ve never seen him play any better.”

“The joy . . . and the love in this room is just overwhelming,” she told CTV Atlantic during the game. [CTV]

A story book ending, you can guarantee the players who perished in the accident were on the court that day watching over their team.  Congratulations Bathurst High School you deserve it!!




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