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Beto O.
Democrat TX 16

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  • Sportsmanship on Display in El Paso High School Basketball Rivalry

    by Representative Beto O'Rourke

    Posted on 2013-03-04

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    O'ROURKE asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Mr. O'ROURKE. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to Mitchell Marcus, Jonathon Montanez, and the Franklin and Coronado High School basketball teams in El Paso, Texas.

    Few teams have a more contentious rivalry than these two schools, who compete to claim the title: Pride of the Westside. So it was a hometown sports miracle when these rivals came together last month to support Mitchell Marcus, a special-needs student who was the Coronado basketball team manager.

    With 90 seconds left in the season's final game, Coach Peter Morales put Mitchell in the game to fulfill his dream of making a basket. However, after a few missed shots, Mitchell's opportunity seemed lost. But with seconds left in the game, rival Franklin player Jonathon Montanez passed the ball to Mitchell, and he scored the final basket as the clock hit zero. Fans stormed the court to carry Mitchell on their shoulders, chanting his name.

    It is a moment now famous in El Paso and around the world because it shows that character and compassion can transcend even the bitterest rivalries.


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