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Sheldon fans get chance to repay Cherokee player's sportsmanship

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

What goes around, comes around.

In a column last week, the Pilot-Tribune related the story of Dillon Moye, a Cherokee High School JV basketball player who stunned local sports fans when he passed the ball at the end of a game in Sheldon to an opposing Sheldon player. The Sheldon player, who seldom got into a game and had not scored all season, had been put in for the closing moments of the game, and Sheldon's desperate attempts to get the player a shot had failed, until Dillon whirled around and fired the ball to him at the opposite end of the court under Sheldon's basket.

The Sheldon player got his basket, the crowd went wild, and e-mails poured into the Cherokee School giving thanks for the surprising act of good sportsmanship.

But the story did not end there, according to a Cherokee Chronicle Times report. Last Thursday, Cherokee and Sheldon met again, this time in the second-round Class 2A District Tournament. This time it was Moye's turn to ride the bench.

The junior JV player also suits up for varsity games, but doesn't see a lot of playing time, not unlike the Sheldon player he had helped out earlier. Late in the game, the chant went up, "We want Dillon! We want Dillon!" - from the Sheldon side.

Cherokee Coach Trent Coombs heard them, and Dillon Moye went into the game.

In the closing seconds, Dillon got the ball and launched a three-pointer that ripped the net just before the horn. The crowd - both Cherokee and Sheldon fans, went bananas again.

For the record, Sheldon defeated Cherokee 54-43 to end the Braves' season, but not without a unique set of memories that will last a lot longer than anyone will remember the scores.

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