Supporting Their Heroes


February 15, 2023

Dan Stevens

All the effort was worth it, as Jake Zeal, went out of his way after the pre-game warmup, to come over and give the boys a hand slap before going back to his team's huddle.

While the varsity Panthers were warming up for their game against Stockton, my attention was caught by a pair of little boys, Layne Richardson and Graham Schubert, who had moved down to the front row of the bleachers.

With excited looks and eyes wide open, they were pointing to the various players as they went through their layup lines, when the thought got into their heads ... "Maybe we can get a hand slap from them."

With hands outstretched, they called out to the players by name, and within seconds Ayden Packard took a few extra steps over and gave each a slap on the hands as he then t...

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