The Tallmadge wheelchair basketball team celebrated senior night in style with a lopsided 44-6 victory over Jackson Wednesday at James O. Maddox Court.
The Blue Devils, who finished 12-3 during the regular season, honored seniors Isaiah Johnson, Brennan Heavilin and Rory Murphy before the game.
Heavilin led Tallmadge with 14 points and eight rebounds and Johnson finished with 12 points and 10 assists.
The third member of the trio contributed, as well. Murphy scored six points for the Blue Devils.
"Senior night is always special and it was no different [Wednesday]," Tallmadge head coach Thomas Linder said. "These three players started this program and [Wednesday] was the culmination of that journey.
"We have one goal left, which is to win the state tournament title, and these three seniors are ready to start the stretch drive toward a possible title. I have been blessed with the opportunity to coach these outstanding student athletes and consider myself lucky to have been given a chance to work with them.
"Rory, Brennan and Isaiah will forever be the face of Tallmadge wheelchair basketball and they have set the bar very high for those who will follow them."
The Blue Devils outscored the Polar Bears 38-4 in the final three quarters. Ben James and Kayden Ramser each scored four points and Emma Allen and Courtney Kirsch had two points apiece for Tallmadge.
"We have a definite age and experience advantage on Jackson and that showed [Wednesday]," Linder said. "They have three really young kids that are going to rule this league in the future and I love to watch them play."
The Blue Devils also brought back an old friend who got the program going three years ago.
"We brought back Coach Lauren Stone, who had the insight, the drive and the passion to start this program three seasons ago, so she could share in the final regular season game of our seniors careers," Linder said. "It was such an incredible night from start to finish."
Tallmadge is scheduled to host the state tournament March 7. The Blue Devils are the top seed behind defending state champion Wooster.
"We will begin in earnest next week as we prepare for the state tournament," Linder said.