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NH high school hoops player overcomes disease in a big way

NORTH SUTTON - The Hillsboro-Deering junior varsity team had their last game of the season Friday night. One player, a freshman under four feet tall has made a huge impact on not just his teammates but his competition as well.

"They cheer for him and they jump up when he gets a basket in," said Jessie Wilmottof her son Tristan.

Tristan is a 3-foot-5 basketball player who's spent his whole life overcoming the challenges of Mulibrey Nanism, a form of dwarfism. Doctors said he wouldn't live past age 5. Tristan and his mother used to spend three months a year in the hospital for treatments but now he's a part of his first team almost 15 years old.

"It's a story that I can use to teach other kids lessons that I couldn't teach without him," said Andrew Jones, the JV head coach for Hillsboro-Deering High School.

"Obviously I've learned from him too. To be able to come back from some of that stuff is crazy."

The athletic director for his high school wanted him to play and after convincing his mom to let him he's now finishing his first year of team sports.

"They like me, they like hanging out with me and they're glad I'm on the team," Tristan said.

Tristian may be the smallest on the team but he isn't one to hold back on the court.

"He's always trying to steal," said his mother. "I know at practice he's stealing and show boating."

Tristan finished the season with 14 points and said he plans to become a professional basketball player. His spirit and spunk is contagious, inspiring his teammates everyday.

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