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Feb 25, 2014 9:13 PM by Casey Conlon - Q2 Sports

Laurel's Kraft warms hearts with magical night

LAUREL - Seth Kraft has watched varsity basketball for most of his life.

Saturday night the Laurel senior met a moment he wasn't convinced would ever arrive: he played his first varsity game.

The moment not only warmed local hearts, but also drew national attention from FoxSports1, Bleacher Report and USA Today among others.

Laurel coach Pat Hansen told Seth, a boys basketball student-manager and student-coach for four years, to suit up against Billings Senior for his high school debut. Not only did Seth deliver to an animated home crowd, the 4-foot-1 player scored his first career basket in the win sending fans on both sides into a frenzy.

And it just happened to be his birthday.

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