Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Wed, February 12 2014 at 4:08 PM, Updated: Wed, February 12 2014 at 9:00 PM
Klamath Falls, Ore. -- Oregon Tech men's and women's basketball teams had some 'special' Olympic moments Tuesday night.
None of Coach Danny Miles 1000+ wins have come against the Special Olympians...
"This is about 40 years, so we're zero and 40 right now." Noted Coach Miles. "We played them close."
The Special Olympians have a lot of respect for Coach Miles...
"And what do you think of Coach Miles as a coach?" We asked Special Olympian Joe Huitt...
"I like him."
"He's awesome, he's cool." Adds Special Olympian Sandra Hernandez. "That's why we like doing this with his team every year."
And the Oregon Tech players have a lot of respect for the Special Olympians...
"They hustle, they've got a lot of energy and spirit." Says Lady Owl Kassi Conditt. "I guess that's all it takes."
"Oh, they just play really good team basketball." Adds O.I.T. men's basketball player Austen Flint. "They hustle really hard - they just seem to have our number every year."
The Special Olympians continued their winning streak...winning by the same score as last year.
"Yeah, 73 to 72." Said Coach Miles. "Every year."
But then, sometimes a good lesson in respect, sportsmanship, and how to have fun is even more important than winning.
Tuesday night's game was a non-conference game.
The Owls home to get back on the winning track at home this Saturday night against Southern Oregon University.
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.