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Peninsula sportsmanship shows class greater than the game

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on Feb. 1, 2013 at 11:37 am with No Comments »
February 1, 2013 11:37 am

No trip to the doctor’s office is a hoot.

Last Friday, three days after Auburn Mountainview senior guard Aly Carr slumped to the floor in pain during a girls’ basketball game against Bonney Lake – the teenager got the news she expected: She had torn a ligament in her left knee, ending her season – and high school career.

Considering that this was coach Chris Carr’s final season on the bench, father and daughter commiserated together.

Aly Carr
Aly Carr

It was about an hour after that, while in the car, Chris Carr received an uplifting text message on his phone. It was from the coach of the Lions’ next opponent – Steve Jacobson.

What Jacobson wrote not only lifted the Carrs’ mood, it made them very emotional.

“I showed Aly,” Chris Carr said, “and she teared up.”

As a show of goodwill and respect for the player and the program, Jacobson suggested the two teams orchestrate the opening-game tip so Aly Carr could not only be on the court for her final home game, she got to handle the basketball first.

And that is what happened Saturday night. The tip went to her in the backcourt. She took two dribbles when play was stopped. She was immediately hugged by teammates before going to the bench – her left knee protected by a black-colored brace.

Many times, Chris Carr offered Jacobson his appreciation for the selfless gesture.

“I wasn’t necessarily surprised by his reaction – that was his daughter,” Jacobson said. “I think he was pretty emotional, too … because it was his last home game as well.”

Jacobson has two daughters of his own – ages 6 and 3. He said when he came up with the idea, he didn’t “necessarily look at it from a father’s perspective, but as the right thing to do.”

“It was the right thing to do for a kid who spends that much time on something they love,” Jacobson said.

Auburn Mountainview won the game, 46-32.

But the Seahawks won a good share of fans – the Carrs included.

“The big thing for me, it showed there are still classy people out there,” Chris Carr said, “and that winning isn’t the whole thing.”

Aly Carr will have surgery Feb. 8, and faces a nine-month rehabilitation schedule. She will miss the state girls’ golf championships for which she was already qualified in the spring.

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