It was the type of moment that makes sports so special.

With less than 30 seconds left in the District 4, Class AA final, Loyalsock coach Ron Insinger called timeout and inserted Dan Timons into the game.

Timons is autistic, but it hasn't stopped him from being a key member of a district championship basketball team this year.

"He's on our team, he's a team member, he gets in at the end of the game and he has been an inspiration for the players," Insinger said.

On Saturday he entered in the biggest game of most high school players' lives, the district final.

Loyalsock got the ball to Timons, but his shot came up short, the Lancers got the rebound and got it back to Timons, who missed a putback.

That's where Wellsboro showed the kind of sportsmanship that makes high school athletics so special.

Wellsboro freshman Dawson Prough came down with the rebound and quickly passed it to Timons for a layup to finish the scoring in the game.

"It was a class act for them to allow that to happen," Insinger said of the moment.

For Loyalsock's players, Timons is a player that motivates them and watching him have a moment like that is something they won't soon forget.

"The idea that they did that, I really appreciate that," Loyalsock's Omar Little said. "Dan is an important member of this team. He's an inspiration to us. He's an inspiration to me.

"It was great what they did. Wellsboro showed that they really cared about him. It was a really great moment."

For Prough, it was one rebound in what will likely be a career full of them.

One pass among many he will make in his lifetime.

It was just two points among the 57 that Loyalsock scored in the game.

Looking at the final stats it's easy to overlook two points.

It's a final line that reads Timons: 1 minute, 1-3, 2 points.

It's two points that both Timons and the Loyalsock players will always remember.

"It's a moment he will never forget," Insinger said.


Brian Fees is the sports editor at The Daily & Sunday Review. Contact him at