Marion Harding "Shot" Creates Brotherhood, Friendship Between Teammates


Off a quiet road on the outskirts of Marysville sibling rivalry takes center court.

It's something Colton Green, 17, who shares a bedroom with his brother, Baylor, knows a little something about.

But beyond competition there's compassion; it's why Colton's father, Kevin, is having a proud father moment.

"Very proud," he said. "It's a very proud moment for a parent."

A moment that had everything to do with Marion Harding High School senior, Zach Slone.

"I love what I do for them," Slone said. "[I] love everything that I can do for them."

Since seventh grade, Slone has been the basketball team's manager with responsibilities including filling the water bottles and recording the games.

"He's just honestly another teammate to us," senior Jesse Ansley said. "We love him, we mess around with him, he shoots with us...he's just a part of the team to us."

Then, a couple weeks ago, on senior night, Slone really became part of the team.

"I get goose bumps when we talk about it," Marion Harding High School Coach, Don Worstell said. "It was a special night and I think it will be special for me forever."

Worstell told his team if they got a big enough lead on Fairbanks High School, Slone would be coming in the game. And, with about a minute left in the game, with a 25 point lead, Slone got his chance to fulfill a lifelong dream.

"It just kind of looked like he was in the zone," teammate Tyler Longstreth said. "You could see the excitement on his face."

"He was zoned in, but he was just absolutely excited," Ansley said.

"I'm thinking 'Sweet, I get to go in'," Zach Slone said, a shy grin spreading ear-to-ear.

Slone made two baskets in less than a minute. His mother, Cheryl was overcome with pride.

"I can't tell you how that felt," she said. "My heart was just overjoyed."

But perhaps the most memorable part of his one minute of fame were the final seconds when a player from Fairbanks High School gets the rebound from Slone's missed shot and immediately passes it back to him allowing Slone to shoot and score just before the game's final buzzer.

"For him to sacrifice that at the end...their own chance of rebounding and taking it back down the court, to give Zach another was just great," Ansley said. "It was a great experience."

An experience given by that Fairbanks player. Number 3. Or, as he's known off that quiet road on the outskirts of Marysville: Colton Green.

"I just felt like it was the right thing to do," Green said. 

At 17, Green knows all about the importance of sharing.

"Yeah," he said. "Everything."

Afterall, how could he not when his family is as large as it is.

"We have two biological children," Colton's father, Kevin, said. "We have 30 adopted children."

A big family learning even bigger values.

"It's life," Colton said. "One thing can mean so much to one person."

And what means the most to Zach Slone is family.

"Hundred percent, absolutely," he said. "It's a group full of brothers."

Brothers to him that now include Green.

"I'm really glad that he's a part of it in every single way," he said. "I'm happy for him. I wish them luck the rest of the season."

Green already has 31 siblings. But, on the hardwood, he says there's always room for one more brother.