Year in Review: Scotty's story: Born to be a Demon

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The little brother of legendary Golden player, Brad Lubkeman, Scotty was born with Down syndrome. He was also born with a love for his brother and basketball.

"He basically idolized his big brother is probably the biggest thing," Steve Lubkeman, Scotty's father, said. "You know, whatever he did, Scotty wanted to do."

What Brad became was a star player for the Golden High School Demons.

"Oh, he was a great player," Ryan Stokes, a senior on the varsity team, said. "He was a great Demon player, a scrappy player."

While Brad played, Scotty watched and acted as an un-official manager.

"Scotty was just always a fixture in our program because of Brad," John Anderson, the head basketball coach, said.

Brad's memories of basketball and Scotty are one in the same.

"You know, I've played 100 games, and as long as I can remember, he's been on the side lines watching," Brad said. "I can't remember playing a basketball game that Scott wasn't at. He's been there as long as I have."

Brad graduated in 2007 and moved on to Colorado State University. The dream of following in his brother's footsteps continued for Scotty.

This year, it led to him to Golden High School as a freshman. It also led to the moment when Scotty would want to fulfill his dream and play for the Demon basketball team.

His family worried whether the dream would be realized.

"I guess I kind of envisioned this probably ending when he got into the high school situation, that he would be a manager or probably be involved in some way, but I really didn't envision him as a player," Steve said.

Anderson had a different vision.

"That's not what Scotty dreamed about on the sideline. He'd done that, he'd been a manager," he said.

In the eyes of the coach, Scotty deserved more.

"I don't believe in: it's somebody's time unless you earn it," Anderson said. "Scott Lubkeman has earned it."

Not the tallest or the fastest player on the team, Scotty brings something to the team you cannot teach.

"Everybody kind of comes together around Scotty. He really brings us together," Nolan Holmes, a freshman teammate of Scotty, said.

His positive attitude and work ethic personify to teammates what it means to be a Golden High School Demon.

"I think he understands what Golden basketball is about," Keaton Kille, a junior on the varsity team, said.

Scotty fills an important role. He practices hard, supports his teammates and is prepared to contribute when he gets the chance to play. His effort is not lost on his teammates.

"He tries every time he goes out on the court," Kellen Kyger, a freshman teammate of Scotty's, said.

The preparation and practice is paying off. During one game against Alameda High School, Scotty got into the game late and scored the last four points. He hit a shot from just inside the 3-point line and seconds later made a layup.

The reaction of his teammates tells the story of Scotty's importance to this team.

"I was just so excited," Nolan Holmes said. "He scores it and he doesn't care about anything. He's just happy that he made the basket and so was everybody else, even the other team."

Scotty's involvement in the Demon basketball program is a dream come true for him. His coach says it is the program that has benefited the most.

"What he probably gets is half as much as we get," Anderson said. "A kid like Scotty makes everybody understand what sports is all about."

Scotty and his freshman team finished a successful season with a winning record. In the eyes of Anderson, this was just the beginning for Scotty.

"The dream is not to score a basket in a freshman game. The complete dream is that he's going to play varsity some day and score. But this was just another first step in achieving that goal," he said.

With a shy but undeniable smile, Scotty Lubkeman puts his season into words: "I'm happy."

(KUSA-TV © 2010 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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