Boone Bartlome was able to use his arms and shoulders to move a towel across a table during physical therapy Thursday, Kuna High football coach Lee Leslie said.
Bartlome, a junior wide receiver who broke his neck during a state quarterfinal game last Friday, was moved out of the intensive care unit at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center on Wednesday. He has been upgraded from critical to serious condition, Leslie said.
Leslie and Boise State coach Chris Petersen visited Bartlome on Thursday afternoon and witnessed Bartlome move the towel.
Coach Pete and I just stood there not making a noise, Leslie said. We were like, OK, atta kid, Boone.
Bishop Kelly and Skyview plan to honor Bartlome during their respective state semifinal games Friday.
At the request of Bartlomes father, BK coach Tim Brennan has arranged for a prayer before their game against Century at Pocatellos Holt Arena.
Skyview, which hosts Jerome in Nampa, will have a moment for reflection before their game, and Kuna players Spencer Trautman and Daniel Durrant will attend with Bartlomes No. 2 jersey.
The Hawks also plan to set up a donation bucket, with the proceeds going to the Bartlome family.
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