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Simmons Focused on Winning

Simmons Focused on Winning

SYLVA, N.C. – Jackson Simmons won't soon forget the tears flowing from teammate and best friend Al DeGraffenreid's face on March 6, 2010.

Smoky Mountain High School's 57-53 loss in the NCHSAA 2-A Western Regional Final was the last game Simmons would play with DeGraffenreid. It's also the last time the Mustangs lost a game. Nearly a year – and a verbal commitment to North Carolina -- later, Simmons has used his friend's tears and his team's loss as motivation for everything he does. "It was tough, we got within one game of the...

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