High school basketball coached sidelined with brain tumors

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This wasn’t the way Williamston High School basketball coach Jason Bauer wanted to spend the playoffs.

But the discovery of three brain tumors forced the coach to go to a clinic – and then the hospital – to get two of those tumors removed.

The third will be treated through radiation.

Several people, including assistant coach Tom Lewis, told 6 Sports Director Fred Heumann that Bauer, who had been experiencing migraine headaches, went to a clinic on Wednesday to get checked out. He ended up in the hospital where today, doctors took two of those tumors out.

The players didn’t know much about it until the coach missed Wednesday night’s semifinal against Lansing Sexton High School.

Lewis coached the Hornets to a win and will lead the team on Friday night against Lansing Catholic.

Lewis says he talked to Bauer before the surgery today, and that Bauer wants his team to play on.

“Spirits were great,” said Lewis. “You know Jason’s a pretty low-key guy and he’s just seemed really confident. He was in really good spirits – had a ton of family and friends around him – so he’s in good shape going in.”

“Coach really wanted to win a district championship so we just, we have more motivation now to go out and get one,” said Williamston senior guard Riley Lewis.

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