Despite tornado, Franklin team competing in Little Dribblers tournament near Lubbock

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LEVELLAND, Tex. (KBTX)- “It sat down and took a swath out of the south side.”

Last Saturday an F-3 tornado tore through the city of Franklin.

55 homes were destroyed, three of which belonged to players on the Franklin Little Dribblers team.

Coach Michael Brewer sat down with the players to see if they still wanted travel to the Lubbock area this weekend to compete in the national tournament.

“Every one of them said they wanted to come, and that they thought it would be good for them,” Brewer said.

Good, country kids. That is how Brewer describes his team. Great players who want to represent their community, despite the heartbreak back home.

Brewer said it is important that they are able to play this weekend.

“You know, to get out of that and just kind of have a few days away from it and kind of catch your breath and then go back and be ready to deal with it,” Brewer said.

Brewer said Little Dribblers is a huge deal to the Franklin community.

They have hosted the national tournament five times.

“You make such good friends, and like whenever the tornado hit, we had several little dribbler communities reach out and say you know, we’ve got equipment, we’re on our way,” Brewer said.

Brewer said there is a lot of work to be done when they get back, but they have a great community and they will manage.

“That’s what I’m proud of,” Brewer said. “They’re great kids, and I love being around them.”