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Siouxland Proud: West Point-Beemer student makes half court shot; featured on national news

For as long as his family can remember, James Meiergerd has loved basketball

WEST POINT, Neb. - An 18 year old from Northeast Nebraska is feeling the love from his entire town -- and beyond.

James Meiergerd from West Point made national news Thursday night on ABC World News with David Muir.

Meet James Meiergerd from West Point, Nebraska. He has down syndrome. And for as long as he and his family can remember he has loved basketball. 

So much so that his West Point-Beemer High School basketball team, the Cadets, has made him an honorary member. There he is in the official team photo. Proudly wearing his uniform. 

Often practicing with the team--dribbling, passing, shooting. It's up. It's good. 

So it came as no surprise on game day -- during halftime -- James wanted to show his home crowd his new shot. He's been practicing it for weeks. 

His back to the basket. From half court. The crowd roars. Celebrating with his best friend, Manny.

A community on its feet. 

And now, the whole team sending us a message. 

Teammate James Streeter says, "James has been an inspiration to everyone on this team and our community and growing up, i couldn't imaging basketball without him."

Greg Johnson says, "He brings the team together. He's awesome to watch. He really is the heart and soul of this basketball team."

And tonight the heart and soul of that team surrounded - 
And still celebrating. 

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