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Voss Family Pulls Off Rare State Basketball Daily Double

By Scott Springer, / Photos by Scott Springer, Michael Noyes,

COLUMBUS - On St. Patrick's Day, Angie Voss left the Schottenstein Center in Columbus when Mount Notre Dame had a comfortable lead over Canton McKinley in their Division I state semifinal. On the greenest of days, she saw the greenest of lights.

It was far from a "fair-weather fan" move. Voss got in her car and drove immediately to Wright State's Nutter Center to catch the tail end of Moeller's regional final victory over La Salle that had tipped just an hour after MND's game. It was what a parent does (when possible) to watch their kids.

Mike and Angie Voss originally had adopted the "divide and conquer" theory, with Mike watching senior son Riley and the Crusaders and Angie watching Abby and the Cougars. However, the MND cushion gave Angie a window that she took advantage of, much like her son and daughter do when spotting an open path to the basket.

The Voss family of Milford has an older and younger daughter, but Riley and Abby have the unique distinction of playing in the Division I state tournament in the same season. Abby Voss pulled the double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds in MND's 54-44 win over Toledo Notre Dame March 18. Riley is a 6-foot-5 senior forward who will start for Moeller in their Division I state semifinal game Friday against Pickerington Central.

Mike Voss has coached his kids at various levels, but could never have predicted the events of this March. MND was supposedly a year away from state success and Moeller has had better line-ups but has plodded through an undefeated year.

"We probably thought that it would be really neat to have it happen, but I don't think we ever once thought it would actually come true," he said.