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Examiner
  • Fort stars prepare for next step

  • As D'Vante Mosby and Josh Wilson walk from the front office to the locker room at Fort Osage High School, the veteran basketball coach can only grin and shake his head as calls of, “D'Vante! Can you sign my yearbook?” to “Hey D'Vante, good luck tomorrow,” echo throughout the hallways.

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  • As D'Vante Mosby and Josh Wilson walk from the front office to the locker room at Fort Osage High School, the veteran basketball coach can only grin and shake his head as calls of, “D'Vante! Can you sign my yearbook?” to “Hey D'Vante, good luck tomorrow,” echo throughout the hallways.
    Mosby is hosting a Unified Special Olympics Track and Field Meet Saturday morning at Fort Osage – that's right, Mosby is the senior high school basketball player and he is hosting this event for the third straight year – and everyone wants to make sure he knows they have his support.
    “He's quite a kid, when he's not being a knucklehead,” Wilson said, just within earshot of his standout player. “It's like this all the time. Come on, D'Vante, we've got to get to the locker room.”
    Mosby nodded in agreement as he signed a yearbook for a classmate.
    When Wilson and Mosby finally arrive, they are met by Mosby's fellow seniors Austin Regier and Zach Adams, all of whom committed to playing college basketball in recent weeks.
    Mosby and Regier are playing at Wilson's alma mater, William Jewell College, and Adams will play at Central Methodist University.
    “The toughest thing I've ever done as a coach was not influence ‘D’ and Austin to attend Jewell,” Wilson said of the NCAA Division II school in Liberty. “It had to be their decision. I never said a thing, but now that they're going there, I couldn't be happier.
    “My wife and I live in Waldo, and we're thinking about moving to Liberty. Spaghetti dinner every Wednesday!”
    That comment brought a smile from Mosby and earned Wilson a quick bro hug.
    “Everything just seems right about Jewell,” Mosby said. “I love the coaches, they want to win as much as I do, and I want to win a championship close to home so everyone can come up to Jewell and experience it with us.”
    Mosby, Regier and Adams helped lay the foundation for what promises to be a bright basketball future at Fort Osage. With the senior trio starring the past two years, the Indians won back-to-back district titles, a conference crown and a sectional championship that gave the Indians their first state quarterfinal berth.
    “We can't wait to come back to school, look up at that basketball banner and see our teams up there,” said Mosby, who joined Wilson and other members of the Fort Osage student council for a bowling trip with students with special needs Friday afternoon.
    “When you win in high school, like we have the past two years, you want to go to a college that will have success," Regier said. "And that's what D'Vante and I have talked about at Jewell. We think we can help them have a lot of success over the next four years.”
    Page 2 of 2 - While Adams won't be sharing success with his two teammates, he is excited about the prospects at Central Methodist, an NAIA school in Fayette, Mo.
    “When I visited, I knew that's where I wanted to go,” Adams said. “The coaches are like the coaches here at Fort Osage – great guys you can joke around with. I'm really ready for the next challenge. I want to see how my skills match the skills of college players.”
    As Wilson listens to the three players talk about the past four years, he shares the look that often comes when a father watches his sons achieve something special.
    “Any one of these guys could have averaged 15 or 20 points a game, and 10 or 15 rebounds,” Wilson said. “But they didn't care about their personal stats. All they cared about was the team. It was all about the team, and that's why we finally saw the evolution – the success – come to Fort Osage basketball.
    “I'm going to miss them. You can't replace them, but it's sure going to be fun watching them in college.”
    Follow Bill Althaus on Twitter: @AlthausEJC
     
     
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