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Opposing Coaches Marry After Hoops Game

February 11, 2004

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ The opposing coaches returned to the court for a celebration after a high school basketball game Tuesday night, but nobody was cutting down any nets. With their players and fans looking on, the coaches had something more meaningful to celebrate as they began their new life together as husband and wife.

Aletha Penn, coach of the Center High School girls team, was married to Steve Cassity, just after his Hickman Mills team beat hers 65-60.

``Basketball brought us together,″ said the bride. ``I don’t know. It just seemed natural for us.″

She and Cassity met at a basketball camp, and kept in touch through the sport. She spent some time in New York working in fashion design, while he was in Wichita as an assistant coach at Wichita State University.

Eventually, Penn came back to Kansas City to coach at Center, and Cassity said he called her ``to ask about a couple of her players.″

``Let’s be honest here,″ said Penn. ``I don’t think he was interested in my players.″

The two fell in love, and Cassity got a job coaching at Hickman Mills. He proposed to her at one of her basketball practices, showing up in the Yellowjacket mascot outfit. He ran up to her, knelt down, took off the costume’s head and popped the question.

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