Hustlin' Owls and Olympians

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Tue, January 31 2012 at 5:23 PM, Updated: Tue, January 31 2012 at 5:42 PM

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You didn't have to enjoy basketball to enjoy a special game at OIT Monday night...

Special Olympian Bradi Dowell says she'd been looking forward to the game all year long.

"Yes!  I'm very excited to see my friends again, and my favorite number, 33 - Alex Zerbach."

In  a game so big it took two courts, the OIT Hustlin' Owl men and women took on the Special Olympians - and as OIT Men's basketball coach Danny Miles notes, the Olympians were more than game:  "Boy, you know they beat us 33 years in a row.  They just seem to make the big plays down the stretch."

OIT player Kyle Waits says the Owls have learned a few things from the Special Olympians...

"They have a lot of fun, is the main thing.  And when you're having fun on the court, that leads to success - which is relative with our team as well."

And what to the Special Olympians have when it comes time to get on the court?  Olympian Rainn Parker says "Guts, and courage, and spirit."

Lady Owl Aundrea Albright notes that the Olympians are also some of the Owl's biggest fans:  "Oh, they're always here every home game.  They're a big support group for us, always there behind our bench, yelling for us."

In the end, the Olympians beat the Owls by 73 to 72. 

But Bradi Dowell says neither team really lost...

"Both teams are going all the way."

Monday's game with the Olympians was a non-conference contest.  The Owls hope to rebound Saturday night when they play Southern Oregon University.  The women's game starts at 5:30, followed by the men at 7:30.

About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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