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Bellingham teen and parents enjoy NBA game in Minneapolis

The Urcuyo family of Bellingham enjoyed their free visit to a Minnesota Timberwolves NBA game, and young Connor Urcuyo showed off his Timberwolves knowledge against a Minneapolis radio personality who didn’t see it coming.

In March, Connor, a Squalicum High School junior, mailed a handwritten letter to each of the 30 NBA teams asking for a reply about why he should become a fan of their team. A longtime basketball fan, Connor has missed his favorite Seattle Sonics ever since they left the Northwest for Oklahoma City in 2008.

After he heard about a fan who sent a letter to every NFL team, Connor wrote a letter, complete with a drawing of the team’s logo, to each NBA franchise. Only the Timberwolves replied, and the team also sent Connor an autographed NBA basketball.

Then the team offered to fly the family, Connor and his parents, Martin and Gina Urcuyo, to the April 3 game between the Timberwolves and the Orlando Magic. They enjoyed courtside seats, visited the team’s practice facility and met the players.

While there, Connor was interviewed for a straightforward sports story on KARE-TV, a Gannett station in Minneapolis.

He also was interviewed by WFTC-TV, the area’s Fox station. During that interview, Tony Fly, a Minneapolis radio personality full of assurance about his knowledge of all things related to the Timberwolves, met his match in Connor during a quick, on-the-air contest.

Connor Urcuyo in Minneapolis

• Watch Connor sweep a Timberwolves trivia quiz against a Twin Cities radio personality.

• Watch Connor on Minneapolis TV news during pre-game coverage.

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