Wahluke Eagles

This blog describes the joys of coaching an AAU basketball team from Mattawa, WA. Our team and town is roughly 90% Mexican. The blog celebrates and describes life in a central Washington town through the eyes of the players and their coaches.

Location: Mattawa, Washington, United States

I work as a School Psychologist in the Wahluke School District. When I am not coaching I enjoy fishing, reading, and riding my bike.

08 February, 2006

Ready Set Go

The two game loosing streak is frustrating everybody. So we stepped up to four practices a week. Yesterday we scrimmaged four on four in the High School. The boys loved playing on the same floor that they see their local heroes battle on.

We told the boys to put on the pressure and seize poor passes. As the game went on, the tempers began to flare. Oscar and Tony took turn getting mad at each other as each tried to out fox the other. At the end of the scrimmage, there were a few tears but the boys held it together. When we debriefed, I think they started to see the reason behind the game. They're good shooters and great defenders but need to work on withstanding a tough opponent.

Today at practice, the boys did the 3 on 2 drill and did it to perfection. Defense was crisp and the passes exact. We ended the day by having them play against the third grade team. This team has some strong players so the game was a good test. We made a few mistakes but the boys held it together.

Afterwards they watched Mr. Martinez and I play a pick-up game against the Elementary School staff. We lost but the boys had fun watching the adults play their game. I drove them home. In the car we listened to rap and acted goofy. Freddy, relaxed and smiling said, "I feel good about our next game and I think we can win."


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