Dillon Moye, a member of Cherokee Washington High School's basketball team, displayed a great sense of sportsmanship near the end of his team's JV boys game with Sheldon Tuesday night at Sheldon.
Late in the game, Sheldon had inserted a player who sees very little playing time but continues to go out for basketball year after year. The player, Matt Krogman, had not scored all season and Sheldon's coaches and players wanted the boy to possibly score in their final game of the season.
After he missed his first two shots by wide margins, Sheldon players positioned the young man at their offensive end of the court, while the other four players played defense. When they got a rebound at Cherokee's end, a Sheldon player traveled while getting the ball up court. The next time the Orabs rebounded, they threw a long pass to Krogman and he fumbled it out-of-bounds.
With less than 20 seconds left in the game, Cherokee passed and dribbled the ball around for a bit, and then Moye, with five seconds or less left on the clock, turned and passed the ball downcourt to the Sheldon player, who took it "to the hoop" for a lay-up at the buzzer.
According to all reports, the crowd at the game "went nuts." Things got so loud, in fact, that Cherokee varsity coach Trent Coombs came out of the locker room to see what was going on. There were also a lot of tears (of joy) shed throughout the crowd and the two teams. The Sheldon player was hoisted onto some teammates' shoulders.
After the game, the Cherokee team stopped by a fast-food restaurant in Sheldon, and several Sheldon residents came up to Moye and patted him on the back and thanked him.
The Cherokee school received several e-mails the following day, including one from Sheldon athletic director Larry Smit to Cherokee Superintendent John Chalstrom, who was at a meeting in Des Moines, and missed the game.
Smit described the incident to Chalstrom, and concluded by saying, "I just want to express our gratitude to #33 (Moye), on showing great maturity and being a class act. This speaks volumes of the young man, your Cherokee basketball program, and your school system. The Cherokee community and school district can be very proud of the way your students act and represent you."
On Friday, Washington High School principal Larry Hunecke said he continues to receive e-mails from Sheldon fans lauding Moye, the Braves, the school, and the community.
For the record, Sheldon won the JV contest 63-45. Moye scored 10 points and Krogman two in a game that will long be fondly remembered in both communities.