Ohio quadruplets nearly win boys and girls hoops titles for same school

Cameron Smith
March 23, 2012

When parents have quadruplets, there's a good chance that at least one of them will become a talented athlete. It would seem less likely that all four would turn out star turns together, in the same sport.

Arlington senior Thayne Recker — AP/The Courier, Kent Tarbox
Arlington senior Thayne Recker — AP/The Courier, Kent Tarbox

Amazingly, that's precisely what happened in Arlington, Ohio, where the Recker quadruplets just concluded their high school careers at Arlington (Ohio) High with a girls basketball state title and an appearance in the boys basketball semifinals. Fittingly, both squads were power by Reckers.

As reported by the Associated Press John Seewer (and brought to Prep Rally's attention by Off the Bench) the three Recker daughters -- Amelia, Anessa and Alivia -- piloted Arlington to the Ohio Division IV girls basketball title, the first in school history. In the process, Amelia Recker earned co-Division IV player of the year honors.

The lone male Recker's run was nearly as impressive. Thayne Recker was a second-team All-Ohio selection, leading his team in scoring all season long in a run which lasted until the Division IV semifinals, where Arlington fell to Berlin (Ohio) Hilliard, 47-36.

While the internal sibling rivalry and competitiveness between the Reckers may have helped push all four toward their eventual success, the entire family put it to the side for a final campaign in which all four brothers and sisters actively rooted each other on.

"I was more nervous for him listening on the radio, and even during the whole tournament, than I was before my games," Alivia Recker told the AP of her brother's contests.

Now that all four are done, Deidre and Scott Recker can look back on a final campaign when familial rivalry finally took a back seat, even if future Thanksgivings could become a bit tougher for Thayne, who is the only of the four brothers and sisters who won't graduate with a title to his credit.

"On the outside there's that rivalry there, but deep down they're all really pulling for each other," their father, Scott Recker, said before Thursday's outcome. "The girls are probably more excited than anybody that the boys made it."

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