Two Hastings fathers and their sons share love for basketball
At Adams Central, the Patriots are in the midst of one of their best seasons in years. Head Coach Zac Foster has his team as the one seed in Class C1.
One of his best players happens to be his son, Cam. For both, the success they've had together has been great on the court but it does not always mean it is been easy off it.
"It's one of those at times and I think any coach would tell you that it tests your relationship a little bit because you kind of get upset with each other but that's part of it and I think you grow through that," Zac said.
"Ever since I was born, I've been in the gym and he's been my coach for awhile," Cam said. "It's tough, he's always pushing me and just to see this pay off, 24-1. Hopefully just get three more big ones."
If you go right down the street, it's the same thing for Lance and Connor Creech at Hastings High. Like the Fosters, basketball is ingrained in the Creech family.
"It's been a life, it's been something that these boys have grown up with. When they were real little and I was coaching at Hastings College, you know there wasn't a lot of dad and boy time," Lance said. "I was on the road so much. That was the biggest decision for me to step away from that scenario, seven years ago, to be a better dad and to spend more times with my kids.
In his final season at Hastings, Connor has helped the Tigers clinch a State Tournament berth for the first time since 2004, and getting to share that moment with his dad is something both will always remember.
"It means everything. I wouldn't have it any other way," Connor said. "There have been some long nights that I didn't really want to come home but it's been special and to do it with him I wouldn't really trade it for anything."
"It's given us a lot of quality time together as a father and a son, memories that you know that you can never take back and nobody can ever change those moments for us," Lance said.
Both Hastings and Adams Central play in the Boys State Tournament in Lincoln on Thursday, March 12.