Isaac Wagler shares special bond with Kendall Murphy's family

Barr-Reeve senior playing for his late coach and friend

Posted: Mar. 20, 2019 6:41 PM

This Saturday the Barr-Reeve boys basketball team will try to bring home the programs second state title. The Vikings face Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian in the 1A state championship game.

For the last two years this group has been playing for Kendall Murphy, Murphy was tragically killed in November of 2017. The volunteer firefighter was out on run helping someone when he died in accident. Murphy was close to the current group of Barr-Reeve seniors, especially Isaac Wagler. The senior was good friends with his former coach and mentor. Over the last two years Wagler has honored Murphy, with his name and firefighter number on his shoes and the tape on his wrist.

One thing that made the Murphy-Wagler friendship so special, was the fact Kendall use to text Isaac before every Barr-Reeve game. After Kendall's passing, his dad Dwayne found out about it and kept up the tradition. Over the last two years Dwayne has texted Isaac before every Barr-Reeve game.

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