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This Blaine sixth-grader hits two buzzer beaters and gets on ESPN

Watch this Blaine 12-year-old hit two halfcourt shots for his AAU team

Carson Lehnert, a 12-year-old from Blaine, Wash., hit halfcourt shots at the buzzer – twice – in games against Stanwood and Anacortes on Saturday, Jan. 21 while playing for his AAU basketball team. Carson's feat was aired on ESPN's SportsCenter wh
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Carson Lehnert, a 12-year-old from Blaine, Wash., hit halfcourt shots at the buzzer – twice – in games against Stanwood and Anacortes on Saturday, Jan. 21 while playing for his AAU basketball team. Carson's feat was aired on ESPN's SportsCenter wh

It’s not every day a 12-year-old from Blaine makes it on SportsCenter’s Top 10, a daily highlight reel on ESPN.

But that’s what happened to Carson Lehnert of Blaine, who hit halfcourt shots at the buzzer – twice – against Stanwood and Anacortes on Saturday while playing for his AAU basketball team.

His father, Robert, a Blaine teacher and middle school basketball coach, tagged ESPN and some Seattle TV stations on Twitter. Carson’s incredible shots were on TV the next day.

“I was up late watching ESPN Monday night when the SCTop10 came on,” Robert Lehnert said in an email. “I watched thinking there was no way it would be on since I hadn’t heard anything from ESPN, but I was WRONG. I ran and got my wife out of bed to see it, and then we did the rewind and record. I told Carson about it the next morning.”

Carson has been playing basketball since he was a toddler, according to his dad, and first started playing organized basketball in a kindergarten-third grade league for Blaine Boys & Girls Club. He practices the halfcourt shots from time to time.

Carson Lehnert’s first name, the date of his feat and a photo credit were corrected Jan. 26, 2017.

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