Marian playing for teammate who died in 2018

Marian's Jackson Price (10) shoots during the Marian vs. Leo semistate championship boys basketball game Saturday, March 19, 2022 at Northside Gym in Elkhart.

MISHAWAKA — For Marian junior Jackson Price, this playoff run to Saturday’s 3A state title game means more than basketball. 

The past few weeks he has thought more and more about Nolan Gerwels, a childhood friend who died at 14 years old when an indoor basketball backboard fell on him in June 2018.

“I was devastated,” Price recalled about Gerwels’ passing. “On that (AAU team) he was my best friend. When I started AAU he was my guy. I would practice with him. We would stay after and go before. He was my bestie friend when I met him and it was really heartbreaking when I found out he died.”

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