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Ohio quadruplets fall just short of two state basketball titles

Mar 22, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

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Talented basketball-playing quadruplets? Yes please, says any coach in the nation. In Ohio, the four Recker kids led their respective boys’ and girls’ high school teams to the state playoffs, and fell just short of grabbing two titles. The three girls, Amelia, Alivia and Anessa Recker, led Arlington High to their first state championship in basketball. The only boy among the siblings, Thanye Recker (pictured), fell short, losing in the state semifinals to Berlin Hiland, 46-37.

See all of them together in the photo here.

Palm Beach Post:

“They’ve always been in the backyard pounding on each other,” their mother said Wednesday. “I’ve seen them draw blood and hit each other. One would come in the house crying. But at the end of the day, they’ve always had each other’s backs.”

The rivalry among the siblings has taken a backseat their senior year as the four have pulled for one another to get to the state tournament in Columbus. Earlier this season, Amelia scored her 1,000th career point, and three weeks later her brother scored his 1,000th.

Amelia was the state’s Division IV co-player of the year this season, while Thayne was second-team All-Ohio.

If only all four had been born the same gender. What an interesting team Ohio State (or Youngstown State, whatever) would have to look forward to.