Truckee basketball | Boys’ team manager steals show on senior night
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The biggest winner between the North Tahoe and Truckee basketball teams Friday night was neither the host Wolverines nor their longtime rivals from Dollar Hill.
On senior farewell, it was Zac Trim, the Truckee boysand#8217; team manager, who stole the show with the most memorable senior performance.
and#8220;I felt good out there, yeah,and#8221; said Zac, still fired up as he knelt beside a water cooler for a drink, fresh off his 15-0 win against a North Tahoe team that exemplified good sportsmanship. and#8220;That was pretty cool.and#8221;
North Tahoe coach Dan Rosenfield and the Lakers agreed to participate in a five-minute contest featuring Zac, an ardent Truckee basketball supporter who has Down syndrome, before the start of their game. Coach Matt Bryant and Whittell did the same earlier in the season.
Zac knew just what to do.
With teammates passing him the ball at every opportunity, the senior wearing 13 drove to the hoop with conviction and hoisted double-handed three-point shots that found nothing but net and#8212; sending the large home crowd into a frenzy with every bucket made.
and#8220;It means the world to Zac. And the kids from North Tahoe did a great job and were very gracious for allowing that,and#8221; said Truckee coach Angelo Tenorio. and#8220;Itand#8217;s something heand#8217;ll never forget. It was a lot of fun.and#8221;
and#8220;Everyone loved it,and#8221; Rosenfield said. and#8220;I loved it, the kids loved it, the parents, everyone. I hope this can bring the kids closer together.and#8221;
But Zac was not done.
With his Wolverines safely ahead in the fourth quarter of the varsity boysand#8217; game, Tenorio inserted him into the lineup for the final two minutes. To great anticipation from the crowd, Zac misfired on a couple of long-range shots, the last of which he scolded himself for as he trotted back to the defensive end of the floor.
and#8220;That was just awesome,and#8221; said Zacand#8217;s mother, Noel. and#8220;Heand#8217;s had a love for basketball since he was an infant. That made him feel very special, especially being his senior year. And all of us were so impressed with the North Tahoe team.and#8221;
Zac didnand#8217;t score 15 points in five minutes by chance. Noel Trim said her son always has had a passion for the game. He plays every day, practicing his shot on a hoop in his neighborhood cul-de-sac.
and#8220;Heand#8217;s always been talented, and heand#8217;s got that great long shot,and#8221; his mother said, adding that Zac enjoys watching (and helping coach) his younger brother on the Truckee freshman team. and#8220;He likes to sit with the coach and help out. He loves it.and#8221;
The evening in the spotlight Friday left Zac floating on and#8220;cloud nine,and#8221; his mother said. But on a more fundamental level, Truckee basketball holds more meaning to him than a few minutes of playing time ever could, she said.
For the past two years he has been a part of the Truckee boysand#8217; program, helping out as team manager for the JV squad before moving up to varsity this season, and through his involvement he has developed close friendships with the players. Their kindness is not lost on the Trim family.
and#8220;The kids on the team are just amazing with him,and#8221; said Zacand#8217;s mother. and#8220;They care about him, they talk to him in school and they want to see him succeed. I think just being around them is great because that group of kids is just so fantastic with him. It goes beyond the basketball court, which is really an awesome thing.and#8221;
Local parent and photographer Hans Baumann helped put in perspective how a gym full of people could so enjoyably rally behind one kid.
and#8220;People who know Zac know he has a heart about a mile wide,and#8221; he said.