Sports Spotlight: Underwood Twins

Published: Feb. 19, 2020 at 6:31 PM CST
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The Underwood basketball teams are enjoying solid seasons.

The girls are the number-1 seed from District-10 for the Region tournament while the Boys won for the 15th-time Tuesday night. Good records are not the only thing at ties these squads together. Three sets of basketball-playing twins go in this week's Sports Spotlight.

Underwood, N.D. has a population of 758 people and Underwood High School is set to graduate 13 seniors. Six of those seniors have been tied together since the fourth grade as they are three sets of twins.

"Well, it has always been different because we have been known as the class with the twins. It's nothing big to us but yeah, it is big but it has been really fun," said Taysha Snyder, senior guard.

"You know it has never been any different to us. You know we have always been here and we always say we have three sets of twins, said Kayden Hornberger, senior forward,

"It has been pretty cool because everyone is close with their other twin and having that many in one class is pretty cool," said Parker Christenson, senior center.

"Yeah, it is cool because when you are hanging out with one of them it is like you are hanging out with six other people," said Preston Christenson, senior forward.

Ty and Tasha Synder, Parker and Preston Christanson and Kayden and Mason Hornberger have been competing with each other for as long as they can remember

"It's cool. We are just one big family but you know some families get a little anxious and fight a little bit and we just fight through it and it makes us that much closer," said Ty, senior guard.

And within that family, and like all twins do, they liked to mess with people who didn't know them.

"Oh yeah, whenever we get a new teacher we always try and ask which ones go with who and it is always interesting to see their guesses because they usually don't get it right because neither of us look alike," said Mason Hornberger, senior guard.

Much like most high school seniors, most of these Underwood twins are going to be apart for the first time since the fourth grade when between the six of them they plan to attend five different colleges.

"It is going to be different being apart from the friends we have made but I think it will be good for us," said Preston.

But when the twins leave, the twin legacy won't leave Underwood.

"I have two younger twin sisters so it is cool in our house we have two sets of twins which you don't see very often," said Mason.

"Yeah, I have a boy-girl twins that are around 18 months old. My little girl is kind of a fire cracker like Taysha is and Ty is a little more laid back like my little boy Hudson is," said head boys Basketball Coach Alex Jangula.

The Underwood boys host Grant County Thursday night while the Comet girls face Standings Rock in the Region-5 tournament on Monday in Mandan.

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