Division champion Thunderbirds are playing for a lost friend
March 4, 2002
Marvin Dale Doney had recently returned from a junior high basketball tournament in Idaho, where he was named the Most Valuable Player. His team had glided through the tournament without a loss.
Like Doney, Nathan Martin, his best friend and teammate, could not get enough of basketball. On that April afternoon in 1998, Martin called Doney to play some hoops on a nearby outdoor court in Hays.
Doney wasn't in the mood.
"I called him 20 minutes before it happened," said Martin, a junior guard on Hays-Lodge Pole boy's basketball team. "I asked him if he wanted to play basketball. He kind of see...