If anyone in the Beavercreek school system is asked to name the three Jacksons, you wouldn’t get a blank stare. From a young age, these three have been intertwined somehow. Either in sports or just close personal relationships, they have been together. Now, as seniors, Jackson Tedder, Jackson Hansen, and Jackson Back are winding down their basketball season and looking forward to parting ways for college.
“It’ll be tough to part with them, because we pretty much hangout every weekend,” Beavercreek basketball player, Jackson Back said. “I hope we’re able to stay in touch through college.”
What makes these three young men exceptionally special, aside from their first name? It’s the way they’re able to bring the basketball team together so they all give their best. “We practice really hard and during games, we are very competitive. We just haven’t been able to pull through like we should. But, we’re a great team,” Beavercreek basketball player, Jackson Hansen said. “We work really hard every day in practice and in every game.”
Over their high school basketball career, there have been injuries, disappointments, celebrations and challenges. But, it has been rewarding. From freshman year, the Jackson’s have played basketball head to head or together in one way or another – whether it be in different schools and being rivals or as a team- their relationship strengthened once together in High School. A respect for each other developed and a strong bond grew. “That first year playing basketball together at the High School was amazing. We were really a good team. I think we only lost two or three games that year,” Beavercreek basketball player, Jackson Tedder said. “We were the top lead scorers.”
This year was a different story and different outcome. One of the Jackson’s was on the injured list most of the season. He is just now coming back to the game. Tedder injured his ankle during warm-ups and 10 minutes before a game. During warm-ups, two balls became caught-up on the basketball net. Tedder and another teammate jumped up to try to tap the balls to dislodge them. As Tedder’s feet came back to the court, his foot twisted in an unnatural manner, causing a major sprain. Most importantly, his injury kept him from playing and practicing with the team. He’s completed physical therapy and has been cleared to begin the game, now that it is winding down to a close.
Hansen wasn’t cleared to play this season either until May due to a concussion he suffered while playing football last fall.
Even though the Beavercreek basketball team has had to compete with some key players being unable to play, this year still brought memorable moments for the three Jacksons. Hansen recalled a game where Back shot a ball from half-court and he (Hansen) was right under the basket waiting for the ball. The time clock displayed two seconds left of the half. Hansen snatched the ball and made the needed shot as the buzzer sounded. It was an exciting rush of adrenaline for him.
Early in the season, Tedder recalled a time at the end of the second half of the game. They were down by two points. He had an open lane to the basket but only seconds left until the shot clock was to buzz. Instead of running it up to get the needed two points, he went for the three points and made it as the buzzer sounded.
“We competed with Wayne. We lost by 12, but we were down by 7 with 2 minutes to go. It was a really close game with the number one ranking team in the state,” Tedder said. “We’ve been a strong competitor with all the teams we’ve played this year, but we just haven’t been able to finish them out on the top.”
As like most seniors, they’re looking for a place to fill their dreams for the following school year. Hansen signed with the University of Virginia to play baseball. Back signed with Coker College in South Carolina to also play baseball. Tanner hasn’t decided at this time, but is looking to head west to pursue his dream of being a football punter. He’s already been offered a spot on Ashland University’s team, but since he has family in Idaho and Utah, he wanted to head more towards that area.