- Associated Press - Monday, May 11, 2015

STRASBURG, Ill. (AP) - Audience members were in hysterics as they watched players of all sorts play basketball while riding donkeys at Stewardson-Strasburg High School gymnasium Saturday.

They erupted in laughter as players struggled to navigate an animal that is often known for its stubborn behavior.

“The donkey tells how well you’re going to do,” Austin Rincker said, a player for the school’s FFA team. He said that luckily his donkey was fairly obedient.

“Mine was good too,” Rincker’s teammate Jill Conder said. “But it’s fun to watch the ones that aren’t.”

The donkeys sent players sailing off their backs to the hardwood floor and often refused to run where the players wanted.

Each player had to stay with their donkey at all times. They could be off the donkey to chase a loose ball but could only shoot when atop their donkey.

“It took a lot of pulling,” said Rincker, who often had to force the donkey into the direction he wanted.

“It was much more of a workout than I thought it was going to be,” Conder added.

Rincker said his team’s strategy was to have a designated person collecting rebounds while off their donkey’s back then the rebounder could dish the ball to teammates already seated on their donkeys to shoot the ball.

The plan worked. The FFA team won the championship game. The other teams consisted of a faculty team, a community team, and a student/alumni team.


Source: Effingham Daily News, https://bit.ly/1PJ2b4Q


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