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Jesse Johnston gets a lift from Hawley High School seniors, from left, Devon Pekas, Zach Filler, Brandon Sellin, Jacob Crompton and Logan Stoa. Johnston, who has Down syndrome can usually be found watching each game from the Nuggets bench. David Samson / The Forum

19-year-old providing Hawley a boost from the bench

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The Hawley boys basketball team has a secret weapon. His shoes barely scrape the court from his seat on the Nuggets bench, where he has been for the past six seasons with this current group of seniors. He's a 19-year-old senior, and he isn't on the roster nor has he played a minute, yet he is the last one to speak to the team before games and the first one out of the locker room after games.


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