‘It was incredible:’ Team manager with disability beats the buzzer

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RICHMOND, Va (WRIC) – A high school senior at Trinity Episcopal School made a buzzer-beating, once-in-a-lifetime shot Friday night after never playing in a basketball game before.

“It was incredible … one of the best moments of my entire life,” said Bobby Oldfield, who was on top of the world after shooting a three-pointer in the final seconds of a big game against Prep League leader St. Anne’s Belfield from Charlottesville

“To see him have his moment in the sun and to see his classmates and peers cheering for him, that’s something I’ll never forget,” said head basketball coach Richard Hamlin.

Oldfield, who has served as a team manager for Trinity athletics for most of his high school career, traded towels and Gatorade for a jersey and the ball on the school’s senior night.

“He just has so much passion for sports,” Coach Hamlin said.

Oldfield battles a degenerative muscle disease that often keeps him on the sidelines, but to his friends, he’s always been part of the team.

“He just loves Trinity athletics and Trinity in general,” said one of his friends, Annie Snead. “He always tries to make it a better place.”

On senior night, Oldfield found himself at the center of it all.

“He’s been practicing and shooting with me, he’s so excited to be out here tonight,” Snead said. “I just love Bobby.”

Snead and others chanted for their friend before he finally took the court.

“This is his senior portrait so we cut it out, put in on a stick,” she said, holding up a handmade sign for Oldfield. “We’ve been holding it up all night.”

The Trinity Titans pulled out a 10-point upset victory Friday night, one that Oldfield put his fingerprints on with his last-second bucket. But Oldfield will tell you that he’s been winning for a long time.

“I just have the best friends in the entire world,” he said.

Oldfield heads to William and Mary this fall, where he said he hopes to get involved in the athletic department as soon as he gets there.Copyright 2016 WRIC. All rights reserved.

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