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A Kind Of Christmas Story

By Dave Trembley On December - 24 - 2009

A Kind of Christmas Story

On Christmas Eve, a kind of story from 2009 that is about sports, but also really about overcoming obstacles. It happened in February of this year in a small community in the rural province of New Brunswick, Canada.  The sports part of the story was that a small high school basketball team, the Bathurst High School Phantoms won the New Brunswick Provincial Basketball Championship, handily defeating the Campobello Vikings 82-50 before an estimated crowd of 1500 fans in the University of New Brunswick gym.

It might be well enough to leave at that, to say “good for the high school basketball team winning their Provincial Championship.” But then, so what?  None of us have ever heard of this team, let alone the school, or even Bathurst, New Brunswick.

What made this one single game noteworthy for sports fans (perhaps anywhere) was that the victory marked the tipping point of a small,otherwise forgettable school’s determination to overcome a devastating tragedy. In doing so, they showed the collective power of will, cour...

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