Williamston boys’ basketball team plays for larger cause

EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Whatever sport it is there are many teams who just go for the wins and the trophies.

For the Williamston High School boys’ basketball team there was some extra motivation as they entered the high school State Tournament Semi-Finals Friday night.

Friday Williamston High School basketball fans came out not only to cheer on their team but also to support a unifying cause: Bauer strong.

“We’re all connected together and so we’re very supportive of each other,” said Williamston fan Emmalee Russell.

Just over two weeks ago Williamston head coach Jason Bauer learned he had two brain tumors and had to undergo surgery.

Friday night, he stood strong supporting his team as they battled the Henry Ford Trojans at the Breslin Center in the state semi-finals.

“Anytime you can see your own team play, watch them, be on the bench it’s always a great thing,” said Williamston head coach Jason Bauer.

It’s an experience Williamston fans say they will never forget.

“I know the Bauer family and you know they are just a family and I think it was great the way this town stands behind Jason, it was just great,” said Williamston fan Phyllis Gabbert.

And it’s not a one-way street.

Coach Bauer’s recent health scare brought the community together to stand taller than ever before.

“It’s really good for the whole community because we’ve gotten this far. It’s probably been the farthest we’ve gotten in a while,” said Williamston fan Megan McCune.

And while they didn’t score a victory in Friday’s big game, to coach Bauer playing hard and never giving up is winning in his playbook.

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