Editor’s Note: Trotwood-Madison meets Columbus South in the Division II boys basketball final this afternoon at the Schottenstein Center. As part of Dayton Sports Huddle’s mission to tell the stories of current and former high school, college, and pro schools and programs, athletes, coaches and personalities, we are featuring columns representing schools across the Miami Valley. This is a column written by former Trotwood-Madison High School and Mississippi State football standout Aaron Lumpkin, who is deeply involved in youth sports in his hometown.
By Aaron Lumpkin
It’s Championship Saturday in Trotwood.
Today it feels different from in years’ past, and it isn’t because of familiarity. You have kids playing in the championship and in their last game for the Rams that we as a community have watched grow from the time they were babies literally.
The soft-spoken Justin Stephens always been giant in size and impact, but reserved in how he goes about his business. He is an outstanding student and embodies the kind of character we all want our kids to strive to have. He will go on to play tight end for the University of Toledo. He has represented #ramnation well.
Terrance Gates has always been a high energy guy that gives us that spark. We all complain when he doesn’t come in the game when we think he should but never once does he complain. He’s the example of a true teammate.
Malachi Matthews has been a shot maker and major part of our programs success since he showed up at Trotwood as a freshman. He went from being a shooter to being a competitor on defense and that’s why we are watching his last game in the finals today.
In Trotwood, we all remember that tragic day like it was yesterday. We watch Boo Davis fly high in junior high while Chris Wright did the same thing in high school. No one could believe he was gone. We all shed tears. But there was always this little guy sitting on Trotwood-Madison’s bench with a warm up on that was a little too big. He was the same kid you often saw attached to Boo whenever you saw the Davis family anywhere. That kid is Amari Davis, Trotwood-Madison’s all-time leading scorer and someone we have enjoyed watch become the best basketball player in Ohio, but more importantly a model student and master of carrying on his brother’s legacy.
Thank you seniors. All Hail To Madison! Beat Columbus South!