A win for Claire: Warriors return to the court

8:24 AM, Dec 20, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA - A win for the Arapahoe High School basketball team Thursday was dedicated to shooting victim Claire Davis.

Students were chanting, "That's for Claire!" after the Warriors defeated Aurora Central 56 to 38.

"We know that we have a job to do when we step on that hardwood," team captain Corbin Atwell said. "We don't play just for ourselves; we play for the entire community of Arapahoe High School."

Dozens of Warriors fans crowded the stands at Rock Canyon High School in Littleton for the Rock Canyon Winter Shootout. Students said it was the first organized school event since Friday's violence.

"It's the first basketball game since the shooting, so we all wanted to be here to support our team and support our Warriors," Arapahoe HS student Mason Ismart said.

There was a moment of silence before the game, then a return to a winter tradition with the Warrior spirit stronger than ever.

"It's one of the best feelings, being back together with my family," student Riley Dechiro said.

Fans chanted and cheered in the stands as the Warriors kept the lead on the court. Multiple donation jars for Davis were filled with cash by the game's end.

"Any time we give change [for tickets], almost everyone puts it in the jar," said Blake Kortum, a Rock Canyon basketball player who helped man the door.

After a surreal week, Arapahoe students said being back together and back to typical school activities was much needed.

"We are a good strong community, Arapahoe High School," Atwell said. "We will pull through. We will move on."

The Warriors play again Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Rock Canyon High School.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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