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Xan Rose Overcomes The Odds To Make First Varsity Basket

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Xan Rose has overcome a lot to earn a spot on St. Maries' Varsity basketball team and it all paid off. Xan Rose has overcome a lot to earn a spot on St. Maries' Varsity basketball team and it all paid off.
ST. MARIES, Idaho - For friends and family of Xan Rose, a chance to see the young man score in a high school varsity basketball game was only be a dream for most of his life.

The 19-year-old was born with Trisomy 9P, a chromosomal disorder similar to Down Syndrome. It stunted his growth, and his mental capacity will likely peak at early adolescence.

“Obviously as a father you have these visions of grandeur,” Luke Rose, Xan's father, said. “That your son will be captain of a football team, and all-league basketball.” 

Xan would have to fight for everything he got, in the classroom and on the basketball court.

“He wanted to be able to go out there and shoot baskets with the other kids,” Jennifer Mason, Xan's mother, said.

Xan's coordination issues kept him from stardom, but his work ethic earned him a spot on the St. Maries Junior Varsity basketball team his junior year.

“Xan represents everything we want out of an athlete,” St. Maries coach Chris Asbury said. “He has an incredible work ethic regardless of playing time,” Coach Asbury said.

He played a handful of minutes as a JV player, but when his senior season rolled around he had one goal, play varsity basketball.

"Xan felt he was a senior, and it was his time to make the team,” Luke Rose said.

On February 6, 2015, in front of an unknowing crowd, St. Maries Varsity Basketball team suited up for a game against rival Kellogg, and Xan Rose was in the starting line-up. 

That's when something amazing happened. Xan took the court, where his teammates pointed him to the offensive key. At the tip, both teams allowed St. Maries to pass the ball up to Xan for a shot. From 14-feet-away, Xan rose up and made his first basket as a varsity player and the packed crowd went crazy.

“I knew it was good as soon as he took it,” Coach Asbury said.

“God is great,” Jennifer Mason said, wiping tears from her eyes.  

But Xan's next move may have said more about his character than the basket. As he heads down the court, he plugs his ears to mute the roaring crowd.

“He doesn't want special attention,” Jennifer Mason said. “He wants to just be part of the group. I think that's what this is about, is Xan getting to be included. It's one of those moments you remember forever."

Watch the raw footage of Xan's shot in the video below, KHQ's Gabe Cohen share's Xan's story in the video above.

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