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November 7, 2013

Barr-Reeve shines through triumph and tragedy

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“This team, school and town have come together for Megan and her family. We just told Megan when she was ready to come back she would be welcomed with open arms.”

DeCoursey said that after the accident, the team’s approach to what was important changed.

“In the beginning of the year, our motto was ‘ONE.’ These seniors remember that we were one game, one point away from going to state. It was to remind us that one point can make all the difference,” DeCoursey said.

“However, after the accident, it became something very different. ONE now stands for one family and one community. That is what we are, win or lose.”

And it has not just been Megan Wagler who has received the support of her friends, neighbors and teammates. Brandon’s brother,Jacob, a sixth grader, recently got to spend time with Indiana University basketball coach Tom Crean. When the Hoosiers opened the year with the Hoosier Hysteria celebration, Mike DeCoursey made sure Jacob was in the front row. Crean spent about 20 minutes in the office with Jacob, gave him a tour of the locker room area and presented him with an athlete’s Bible.

One of the ways Brandon’s memory is kept in the forefront of the team and the fans is with the green hair ribbons that the girls wear.

“If you see green, it is for Brandon and his family. It started with a lot of his friends that he played sports with wearing those green wristbands and it is just something that we have adopted too,” said DeCoursey.

Although Megan will not dress for Saturday’s match, she will be with the team as the Vikings attempt to bring home a state title. She will be backing her teammates — the same way the Barr-Reeve community has stood behind her.

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