ALS takes life of former Wilson basketball star Tyron Manlove
Former Wilson High School basketball star Tyron Manlove died Jan. 30.
Manlove, who scored 1,944 points for the recently renamed Wilson High in the mid-1990s, died at age 42 after battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) also known as Lou Gehrig's disease for several years. He left behind two sons — Jaiden, 13, and Tatum, 9.
Before he was diagnosed with ALS in 2018, friends and family said he worked as an instructional assistant and basketball coach at Woodburn High School and also helped coach youth basketball teams.
Manlove stood out at an early age.
Jack Bertell, who coached Manlove in high school, said his main strength was his athleticism. Bertell said Manlove showed up as a freshman wanting the opportunity to make the varsity team, and did just that.
"His expectations were high and he met them," Bertell said.
Offensively, the 6-foot-4 Manlove could play any position on the court, and his defense got better every season, Bertell said.
"He never really played a position," Bertell said. "We liked to have him on the move."
During Manlove's four seasons at Wilson High, recently renamed Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School, the Trojans came up short in the state tournament.
In 1995, the Trojans lost to Portland Interscholastic League rival Jefferson High School in the semifinals. In 1996, Manlove's senior year, they lost by two points in the quarterfinals to South Salem, the eventual state champion.
Manlove started his college career at Oregon, but transferred to Colorado where he played one season.
Growing up, Manlove and his cousins dominated pick-up basketball games in the neighborhood around Northeast 10th Avenue and Jarrett Street, according to Manlove's stepfather K.J. Adams.
It seemed natural for Manlove to end up working in a coaching capacity.
"His desire was to help the young kids," Adams said.
A GoFundMe effort has been established to help support Manlove's children.
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