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Yes Way, Jose: Bowie H.S. Student Has Special Needs, Special Story

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 09:47 PM CDT

There is a garden at Bowie High School that is dedicated to the fallen members of the Bulldog family. 19-year old Jose Velasco, Jr. deserves credit for keeping the flowers, and thus the memories, alive. But this plot is not the only story for which Jose will be remembered.

At the age of three, Velasco, Jr. was diagnosed with PPD-NOS, a form of Autism. But the challenges associated with his condition did not keep him from joining the Bowie High wrestling team.

"My four years is like a process of trial and error," admitted Jose.

Early on, it was almost all error.

"It was really painful to watch," said Deya Velasco, Jose's mother.

Jose lost every single match as a freshman. His parents and coaches thought he might be better off as the team's student-manager, rather than a competitor. In response to that proposal, Jose registered his first take down.

"I still remember it vividly," said Jose Velasco, Sr. "He said, 'you guys don't get it. I want to be a wrestler."

Velasco never missed a practice. Never made an excuse. Never was treated differently than his teammates.

"He actually puts in more work than most guys here," said Bowie High School head wrestling coach Spike Fogle.

As a sophomore, Jose finally won a match.

"It felt like I was invincible," exclaimed Jose, Jr.

"He just came and hugged his dad who was right there," said Coach Fogle.

"It was incredibly special," admitted Jose, Sr. "You see somebody being committed to something and staying true. In the end, he deserves the credit. It was only him and the mat."

That was one of just two victories that year. The following season, Jose won his first medal. This year, as a senior - albeit on the JV, Velasco placed third in the district meet.

"I especially want to thank Coach Fogle, and all of my coaches, for helping in my wrestling career," said Jose, Jr.

"He may thank me, but I thank him," shared Fogle. "I am extremely honored to have met Jose Velasco, let alone coach him."

But Jose's influence at Bowie extends well beyond the mat. Upon noticing that the school's memorial garden was wilting, Velasco chose to install a rainwater harvesting system as his Eagle Scout project.

"When he gets motivated to do something, it amazes me how dedicated he can be," said Deya.

Thanks to help from his scout troop, AISD and the City of Austin, Jose achieved his goal.

"I think he's a very courageous person with a big heart," said Jose, Sr.

"My parents say I have a learning disability, but to me it's no road block," said Jose, Jr.

Velasco cemented his legacy by providing a water source for a withering garden. But watching him bloom, despite special needs, has been the most rewarding growth at Bowie High.Yes Way, Jose: Bowie H.S. Student Has Special Needs, Special Story


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Scores & Schedules

April 19, 2014 07:15 GMT

AP-Updated scores, upcoming schedules

MLB

Friday's Games

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Toronto 3, Cleveland 2

L.A. Angels 11, Detroit 6

Baltimore 8, Boston 4

Tampa Bay 11, N.Y. Yankees 5

Texas 12, Chicago White Sox 0

Kansas City 5, Minnesota 0

Oakland 11, Houston 3

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Cincinnati 4, Chicago Cubs 1

Milwaukee 5, Pittsburgh 3

Washington 3, St. Louis 1

Atlanta 6, N.Y. Mets 0

Colorado 12, Philadelphia 1

Arizona Diamondbacks 4, L.A. Dodgers 2, 12 innings

San Diego 2, San Francisco 1

INTERLEAGUE

Miami 8, Seattle 4

Saturday's Games

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Toronto (Buehrle 3-0) at Cleveland (Kluber 1-1), 1:05 p.m.

L.A. Angels (C.Wilson 2-1) at Detroit (Scherzer 0-1), 1:08 p.m.

Baltimore (B.Norris 0-1) at Boston (Doubront 1-2), 1:35 p.m.

Minnesota (Correia 0-1) at Kansas City (B.Chen 0-1), 2:10 p.m.

Houston (Oberholtzer 0-3) at Oakland (Kazmir 2-0), 4:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees (Nova 2-1) at Tampa Bay (Archer 1-1), 7:10 p.m.

Chicago White Sox (Quintana 1-0) at Texas (Lewis 0-1), 8:05 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

St. Louis (Lynn 3-0) at Washington (Zimmermann 1-0), 1:05 p.m.

Cincinnati (Cingrani 1-1) at Chicago Cubs (E.Jackson 0-1), 2:20 p.m.

Milwaukee (Garza 0-2) at Pittsburgh (W.Rodriguez 0-2), 7:05 p.m.

Atlanta (E.Santana 1-0) at N.Y. Mets (Colon 1-2), 7:10 p.m.

Arizona (Bolsinger 0-0) at L.A. Dodgers (Haren 2-0), 8:10 p.m.

Philadelphia (K.Kendrick 0-1) at Colorado (Lyles 2-0), 8:10 p.m.

San Francisco (Hudson 2-0) at San Diego (Stults 0-2), 8:40 p.m.

INTERLEAGUE

Seattle (Elias 1-1) at Miami (H.Alvarez 0-2), 7:10 p.m.

NBA PLAYOFFS

Friday

No games scheduled

Saturday's Games

Game 1, NBA Conference Quarterfinals

Brooklyn at Toronto, 12:30 p.m.

Golden State at L.A. Clippers, 3:30 p.m.

Atlanta at Indiana, 7 p.m.

Memphis at Oklahoma City, 9:30 p.m.

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS

Friday's Games

Detroit 1, Boston 0

(Red Wings lead series 1-0)

Montreal 4, Tampa Bay 1

(Canadiens lead series 2-0)

Anaheim 3, Minnesota 2

(Ducks lead series 2-0)

Saturday's Games

Chicago at St. Louis, 3 p.m.

(Blues lead series 1-0)

Columbus at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

(Penguins lead series 1-0)

Minnesota at Colorado, 9:30 p.m.

(Avalanche lead series 1-0)

MLS

Friday

No games scheduled

Saturday's Games

Houston at Philadelphia, 4 p.m.

New England at Chicago, 4 p.m.

San Jose at Colorado, 6 p.m.

Los Angeles at Vancouver, 7 p.m.

D.C. United at Columbus, 7:30 p.m.

Toronto FC at FC Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Montreal at Sporting Kansas City, 8:30 p.m.

Portland at Real Salt Lake, 9:30 p.m.

Seattle FC at Chivas USA, 10:30 p.m.

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