Dacota Motter wins state for his dad

Published: Feb. 25, 2017 at 11:36 PM CST
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Dacota Motter had never won a state championship. It was something that the El Dorado senior and his dad talked about often. This weekend was his final chance at a state title and then tragedy struck.

One day before the start of the state tournament, Dacota's dad died of cancer. It was a heartbreaking loss that almost kept Dacota out of the tournament.

His coach Wesley Reynolds told him he'd support whatever decision he made but Dacota hadn't accomplished his and his dad's goal.

"This kid has been working for so long and so hard to achieve this one goal that he and his dad had chased for so long," Reynolds said.

Today Dacota finally achieved it, winning his first state title and immediately pointing to the sky before hugging his coach.

"Just a relief, to have a win and get a state title for once," Motter said. "I've been working on it for four years now, putting in all the time and work and it came out how I wanted it to."

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