Basketball is a bond shared by the families of Nick Schmidt
and Luke Hennessy
However, the sport also will keep them apart today, providing a rare twist to March Madness.
As reported by the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
, Schmidt and Hennessy will be competing for Olean (N.Y.)
in the NYSPHSAA Class B semifinals Friday night, but they won't have two of their biggest supporters in the stands.
That's because Schmidt's dad, Mark Schmidt, and Hennessy's stepfather, Jim Crowley, have some important basketball matters to attend to of their own - the NCAA tournament.
Schmidt is the head men's basketball coach at St. Bonaventure, and the 14th-seeded Bonnies are in Nashville, Tenn., to meet No. 3 Florida State today. Meanwhile, the St. Bonaventure women's team is guided by Crowley. The Bonnies play in Tallahassee, Fla., on Sunday in their tournament opener.
"It's difficult, it's part of this crazy business that I'm in," Mark Schmidt told the newspaper. "My wife is staying home. He'll be in my thoughts."
The boys know the situation isn't ideal, but they seemingly understand.
"He's still in my head, when I'm playing basketball every day, so I know ... he looks out for me," Nick Schmidt told the newspaper.
Said Hennessy: "I feel like I have a lot of things to do. I've got to get ready for my game, I've got to watch the guys game, watch the girls game, a lot of things to do now."