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Brother and sister playing for state titles with Bishop Kearney

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This is a big weekend for the Bishop Kearney basketball teams, as the boys and girls look to secure a state title. The boys face Troy of Section II while the girls face Ausable Valley of Section VII. Both semi-final games are on Saturday.

This weekend's state basketball playoffs hold a greater meaning for one family at Bishop Kearney.

Jwan Smith is a senior guard for the Kings boys' basketball team, which is making a return trip to Glens Falls, while younger sister and freshman Arianne Smith will take the court with the Kearney girls squad in Troy.

"I'm very excited. It's my first time going to states so I'm kind of nervous and excited. It's been a lot of hard work but it's been a fun process. It's been very fun but I'm excited," Arianne said.

"I told her to enjoy the moment. It's the first time in school history that both boys and girls have been here, so just enjoy the moment and go out there and play it like it's a normal game and pull off the win," said Jwan.

Both see significant playing time and as expected, their styles mirror each other. Big brother sees a lot of himself in his little sister.

"Her drive. She wants to win. Her defensive effort, she wants to get the ball to help her team score and then try and help get a score at the other end," Jwan said.

"He teaches me things that he knows and since he's older, he has more experience with basketball so he teaches me about the game a lot," said Arianne.

That both brother and sister play their semi-final games at the same time at different sites on Saturday is the toughest part for mom and dad.

"Her mother is going to go to her game. I'm going to go to Jwan's game because I've been following him all his career," said Norm Smith. "What were going to do is, we'll be texting back and forth, scores, who's doing what and what they're doing. That's how I'll keep track of her game. I really hate to miss her game."

If things work out and the Kings advance, the family will get to see both championship games on Sunday.

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