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Salem knocks off previously undefeated Waterford Kettering while honoring former coach's legacy

Basketball   | Ben Szilagy

Salem knocks off previously undefeated Waterford Kettering while honoring former coach's legacy

Plymouth — Adversity can take many forms like an undefeated team, a hard pre-season schedule, or even a legendary coach’s death.

Last season, Salem lost its coach of 40 years in Fred Thomann when he died suddenly on Dec 28, 2013 in his home after a heart procedure at the age of 71.

Salem coach Lindsay Klemmer stuck with the program and became the head coach because of not only her bond with Thomann as a player, but as a mentor as well.

“We had so much invested in each other that I wanted to come back,” she said. “These kid have worked so hard to get here. I had nothing but faith in them, even when we lost those games early. That type of adversity will make anyone mentally tough, and that was difference tonight.

“We dedicated this whole season to him, and we