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Poca Stars Play In Memory And Honor Of Their Father

Reported: Mar. 21, 2014 6:09 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 21, 2014 6:45 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Kennie Bass) - If this story was a movie, Noah and Luke Frampton would lead Poca High School to a state basketball championship, all in memory of their dad Bryan, a former Poca star who died Dec.1 after battling cancer. He was only 44.

But it's not a movie. It's real life. Poca lost to Bluefield in the Class Double A semifinals. However, that doesn't lessen their dedication and determination. Sometimes it's not about the destination, it's about the journey.

"Well, Luke and Noah, they're great kids," Allen Osborne, Poca Basketball Coach, said. "Good students and great family support. They're father would have really been proud of them. And, it's hard."

The brothers say the support of their family, teammates and school helped them navigate through the toughest period of their lives.

"It was really, really, really rough when my father passed," Noah Frampton, Poca junior, said. "We were so close to him and he was everything to us. He taught us everything, taught us how to play ball, taught us everything. It was hard when he passed but I had all my teammates, my coaches and my family. And they just supported us and we just strive to win. You know, we got this far but unfortunately we didn't get the win."

"It's just great, you know," Luke Frampton, Poca freshman, said. "I've got a brother and a cousin on this team. We're like, we're all one big family."

Osborne coached Bryan Frampton in the 1980s. Now when he looks out on the court, he's reminded of the man who used to wear No. 34, a jersey his sons alternated wearing this season.

"They come to play every day and they work hard," Osborne said. "They're just like their father, competitors and want to win. Great kids on and off the court. Good students, leaders in our school and community, just great kids."

Poca fell two wins short of a championship. Despite the crushing disappointment, the Framptons have faced a much tougher reality over the past few months. They're already looking forward to next season.

"I definitely think we'll be better next year because we'll continue to work hard," Noah Frampton said. "We're not gonna take this off-season lightly. We'll be even better next year, I believe."

The future does look bright for Poca. The Dots had just three seniors on their roster.



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