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"I’m just going to keep putting one foot in front of the other," he said. "I’ll experience life. But this will definitely be a piece to the puzzle."
It is a piece that not only Parsons recognizes as immeasurable.
Utah boys’ basketball scoring list
1. Gary Hill, Gunnison Valley, 1959-1963 » 2,283
2. Randy Reid, Spanish Fork, 1986-1989 » 2,191
3. Kurt Miller, Ben Lomond, 1983-1987 » 2,153
4. Mike Maxwell, Highland, 1975-1979 » 2,098
5. Race Parsons, South Sevier, 2010-2013 » 2,093
6. Robbie Reid, Spanish Fork, 1990-1993 » 2,032
7. Ryan Cuff, Richfield, 1986-1990 » 1,970
8. Jimmy Soto, South and Judge, 1985-1989 » 1,945
9. Kalen Parsons, Green River, 1997-2001 » 1,910
10. Sloan Sweat, Wendover, 1996-2000 » 1,844
Following the win over Emery County, Spartans fans came in droves. They peeked around corners, introduced themselves and congratulated him on all the good battles over the years. They told him they’d miss seeing him play, even if it was performances like his 36-point effort that cost them the game. Some hugged him, consoling him as he continued to cry.
Once Rhet Parsons was informed of that, the tears began to well up even more. He placed his hand on the white brick wall outside the locker room at the prospect it would become an emotional stabilizer.
"He’s a humble kid," he said about his son. "We’ve got a bad gene from me: we’re pretty emotional … but that’s part of the game."
For the second time in 12 hours, Rhet Parsons walked off the court with his son. Once after a loss, the other after a win.
Basketball is a way of life in the Parsons family, and as this era closes, another one soon will begin, but not before the years dedicated to himself and his team and his family and his friends are analyzed properly by Race Parsons.
There were the highest of highs. State titles. Game-winning shots. Bus rides. Wins and losses. There were smiles and there were cries of joy and of pain.
"The things I learned out there are things I’ll take home forever," Race Parsons said. "They’re a part of my heart and a part of me."
Neither Rhet nor Race Parsons could subdue the poignancy of the moment and neither could hold back their tears.
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