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Overcoming autism: Twins honored by Frenship High School

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Andrew and Matthew Reyna Andrew and Matthew Reyna
Andrew and Matthew Reyna with their father Andrew and Matthew Reyna with their father

The Tiger Pit at Frenship High School erupted with cheers in the final minutes of the last game of the season as a duo of dedicated managers stepped foot on the court for the first time ever.

Andrew and Matthew Reyna have been living with autism since they entered school.

The twins have also been the managers for Frenship's freshman basketball team all season, but, for one special game, their roles were reversed.

The brothers did more than just run a few plays though, they sank five 3-pointers in a matter of minutes leaving the stands in a frenzy of elated pride.

But this year didn't start so easy.

The twins lost their father in December and just weeks later, their uncle.

Shannon Beeles, the boy's coach, said he's amazed at the heart of the duo.

"I want to say they lost (their dad) on a Monday," Beele said, "and we had a game Tuesday. They showed up for the game. We said guys you don't have to be here. Be home with your family. And they said no, coach, we need to be here with our other family."

But the Reyna brothers say that there is no other place they find comfort than the basketball court.

"We know that he was watching in heaven and he was really excited for us," Andrew said.

Both say that while the lessons of life can sometimes be messy, the bounce back is more important than when you fall.

"He (our dad) taught me that no matter what hard situation you may be in, you should always just continue to be yourself and do what you love." Matthew said.

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