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Boys Basketball: After mother’s death, teammates and father put St. Rita’s Treston Forbes back on right path

St. Rita's TrestForbes | Vincent D. Johnson/For Sun-Times Media

St. Rita's Treston Forbes | Vincent D. Johnson/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: February 12, 2014 11:43PM



Treston Forbes’ life was at a crossroads two years ago.

The death of his mother, Wanda Forbes, from cancer sent Forbes into an emotional tailspin.

That’s not uncommon. Losing a parent — Forbes was a sophomore at St. Rita at the time of his mother’s death — is one of the most emotional experiences of any person’s life, much less a still impressionable teenager.

“I started failing some of my classes after my mother had passed,” said Forbes, a Beverly resident. “I was really struggling.”

Struggling so much, in fact, that St. Rita coach Gary DeCesare suspended Forbes from the basketball team.

“It was one of the hardest things I ever had to do,” DeCesare recalled. “But I knew I had to do it for the long run, for his future.”

The tough love approach, along with the support of Forbes’s father, Tim Conner, eventually put Treston back on the right path. It did take time, though.

“Understandably, Treston went into a deep funk,” DeCesare said. “We spent a lot of time with him to get back on track. He had a great support system with his father and teammates.”

Forbes recalled a heart-to-heart talk he shared with his father that really hit home.

“My dad really helped me out a lot,” Forbes said. “He lost his grandmother when he was 18 and his grandfather. He had to grow up and go through things and try to be strong. He told me that’s what I had to do. I started to buckle down, do my homework and stay focused.”

Now a senior, Forbes is one of the Mustangs most valuable players. The 6-foot-1 guard is averaging approximately nine points per game. His contributions, however, can’t be measured solely on putting the ball in the basket. His ability and willingness to do the little things necessary to achieve positive results do not go unnoticed.

“He does a lot of things that don’t show up in numbers,” DeCesare said. “He’s having a great senior year.”

Forbes star not only shines on the hardwood. He’s a rising star in track too. He finished fifth in state in the 200 dash in 2013 and is hoping to improve upon that place this spring.

His ability to excel in two sports and improved standing in the classroom should open up doors to college basketball, and track & field programs.

“I don’t know what I want to do in college,” said Forbes of hoops or running. “After basketball, I’ll see what happens in track and go from there.”

The one thing Forbes is certain of is that his mother is leading him down a successful path in life.

“I believe she’s guiding me in a positive direction,” he said. “Her death has taught me to live every day like it’s your last, to have fun and make good decisions. Don’t take anything for granted.”



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