FOrT WAYNE – Findlay Arlingtons Recker quadruplets – three of them at least – will return to the city where their basketball careers began.
Three of Scott and Diedre Reckers four kids – son Thayne and daughters Amelia and Alivia – will be part of Team Ohio in todays 20th annual Nancy Rehm/Border Wars Classic, sponsored by The Journal Gazette and McDonalds.
Along with a third daughter, Anessa, the four began playing competitive basketball at Fort Waynes Spiece Fieldhouse years ago, and their prep careers will culminate at the all-star games at Saint Francis.
We are excited about playing over there, and Thayne might be the first boy from (Arlington) to play in it, Scott said. Diedre played college basketball, while Scott played in high school but played baseball in college.
They have always been around basketball, Scott said. The kids just took to basketball at an early age.
It has been quite a season, and career, for the quadruplets.
The girls all played on a Division IV state championship team, while Thaynes team advanced to the state semifinals.
The college March madness had nothing on our month of madness, Scott said. It was crazy, but it was great. The community got behind both teams.
They just fed off each other. Every time the girls would get a big win, the boys would turn around and get a big win.
Neither program had previously gone that far in the state tournament. Arlington is a small, rural school in northwest Ohio with a senior class this year of 55.
The Reckers have been an active family in our school and community, Arlington boys coach Jason Vermillion said. The success that each have enjoyed throughout their career has been a reflection of their hard work and determination to be the best they can be. They are unselfish athletes who want the best for each other and their teammates.
Both Amelia and Thayne went over 1,000 points in their career, and Amelia was named the Division IV co-Player of the Year. Thayne was second-team All-Ohio.
Thayne and Amelia were first-team All-District 8, while Alivia was a second-team selection.
Thayne (16.9 points, 9.1 rebounds this season) is a 6-foot-4 forward, while Amelia (18.5 points, 7.8 rebounds) and Alivia (10.5 points, 4.0 assists) are 5-9 guard/forwards.
They have always pushed each other, Scott said of the quadruplets. When it came to playing in the driveway, it could get pretty intense even though it was boys and girls. They wouldnt back down, and he wouldnt let up on them.
Possibly three of the four, who turn 19 next month, will have their college careers in the Hoosier state as well.
Amelia is headed to play for Huntington, Alivia at Trine and Thayne has made visits to Trine and Huntington.
Anessa, who is not playing in the all-star game, is going to Bluffton (Ohio) University as a student only.