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Basketball star with local ties tells kids to press toward goals


December 6, 2017

STUDENTS RESPOND as Jesse LeBeau distributes some swag before he got started with his presentation Monday morning at Sweet Home Junior High.

Jesse LeBeau knows how to handle kids – and basketballs.

Which isn't surprising, considering he does both frequently.

LeBeau, who's starred in TV commercials and is a regular on the street ball circuit, appearing under the name "Spin Cycle" in nationally televised games on Fox Sports Net against the best players in world, is in Sweet Home this week to talk to local students and visit with his old baseball coach.

"This is incredible," said Randy Claussen, who coached LeBeau as a 10-year-old in Ketchikan, Alaska in 1995-96. Claussen and his wife Carla were in the Sweet Home Junior High gy...

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