(by Brian Murphy of the Idaho Statesman)

Basketball always held a special place in the Nebeker household in Melba. It was a family event, a way of bonding, the sport of choice for John and Kelly’s three children.

In the spring of 2007, it became much more for Joey, the youngest of the Nebeker children. The court became a place of peace, a welcome distraction for a seventh-grader dealing with an unimaginable loss.

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