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A fond farewell to the Okies I met

I arrived a few minutes late — as usual.

With a trip to Chattanooga for additional basketball interviews still on the docket later that day, I showed up at the end of the Elgin girls basketball practice one February afternoon in 2018 fully unaware of a simplistic moment that would take my breath away.

Only a few months old, Elgin coach Brett Tahah’s (now the athletic director and head girls basketball coach at Frontier) newborn son, Maddox, smiled softly while grasping my pinky finger tightly with his small, yet warm and tender hands.

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