The relationship with Meghan and her close friends has spanned much of the last 18 years for Knepp. The four seniors plus 2013 graduate Larynda Keith — North Daviess’ all-time assists leader — formed a group of close friends that has gone from tee ball to varsity basketball. The relationship of Meghan and her friends as it related to Knepp throughout his life has made all the success on the basketball court even more enjoyable. It’s the end of an era, but that’s not such a bad thing.
“Meghan would have a birthday party and those kids were here at my house,” Knepp said. “They would be here for slumber parties and when they played tee ball, they were either on Meghan’s team or playing against her. They all just grew up together and it’s tough knowing that this chapter is coming to a close. As a coach and as a parent, I’m really looking forward to the next chapter for these kids. You learn a lot in sports — it prepares you for life in general. When you lose the way we lost early on, it builds up something inside of you and then you start feeling the success from the hard work and you’ve earned it. I’m really looking forward to the next chapter for these kids. Very sad that this one would close, but I think these kids are going to be special.”