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Vashon basketball players turning heads on and off the court

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – The Vashon High School boys’ basketball team is as impressive in the classroom as they are on the court.

Head Coach Tony Irons, who is the son of legendary former Vashon coach Floyd Irons, has helped majority of his team achieve a GPA of 3.0 or above.

“Ever since he became my coach, I just took it more serious. He would tell me that I have to become a leader and I have the highest grades on the team, make sure I’m doing all my work and make sure I’m in the classroom,” said Daniel Farris, a junior at Vashon.

Last year, students at the school walked out of the building complaining about poor learning conditions.

The current basketball players are helping to revamp the school and team.

“One graduate from high school which is a definite, that’s something that’s going to happen and after you graduate from high school, our job is to put them in a situation to go into college to try to get as much of it paid for as possible, if that’s an academic scholarship whatever that may be,” Irons said.

Following a 10 year absence, the team won the state basketball tournament last month.

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