3-Peat for the Hersey Huskies

The Hersey High School Huskies are the Illinois Special Olympics Basketball Champions for the third year in a row, and man was it a fight to the final second!

First, let me introduce you to the crew. Chris Marques – a man of many names on Facebook, you may know him as: Waterbender, Cuban Missile, Clark Kent Boy, ChicagoBlackhawkpartynation, or CMarq, but he has the wing-span of a falcon. Joel Gomez is so speedy quick, he can be up the court in a flash and he’s CMarq’s right-hand man. Tim Cooley, Edmund Woodbury, Harry Fisher, and Jose Lopez are the glue that keeps this unstoppable team together.

Here’s how it all went down – The Hersey Huskies headed to Bloomington for the Illinois Special Olympics Semi-Final game to take on the Argonauts of Argo High School. The Argonauts gave the Huskies a great game, but Hersey came through with a win 57-41. It was a great team effort, Marques had 34 points (must be the D-Rose Adidas shoes), Gomez had 13, Woodbury had 8, and Fisher had a bucket as well. With the victory, the Huskies advanced to the Championship game.

The Huskies took on the Hope Bulldogs Saturday morning for the gold medal. Let me tell you, it was March Madness. The two teams were a perfect matchup of skill and strength; the game was neck and neck throughout all four quarters. After a tough battle, the Huskies pulled off a remarkable 61-60 win. The last 30 seconds were nail biting.  Hope was up 60-57 and with 13 seconds left on the clock, Marques was fouled on his layup attempt, swished both free throws and the Huskies were down by one. Hope’s inbound pass was picked off by Marques, who passed to Gomez for the game-winning bucket. The crowd went nuts! Marques finished the game with 35 points, Gomez added 24, and Lopez contributed 2.

This weekend’s tournament was a great way for graduating members Chris Marques and Joel Gomez to finish their time with the Huskies.  They will be moving on to a new league.  I can’t wait to see what great chemistry this pair will have in the North West Special Recreation Association next season!

Congratulations Hersey Huskies!!

1 thought on “3-Peat for the Hersey Huskies

  1. Chris I knew you will do it. So you are the Michael Jordan of the family. Congratulations to the rest of your team. Great Job.

    Love and kisses your great-aunt

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