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.

15 April, 2006

Good Times

Today the Wahluke Eagles overcame the Zillah Bobcats 34-18 in a tough game. But before I continue a little history is needed. A few days before the game, Mr. Martinez were talking about how our boys were getting a little cocky and we were concerned. So a few days later I called Oscar and told him the story that every Sonics fan knows. Namely that the Sonics had the best record one NBA season and faced the lowly Denver Nuggets in the playoffs. Well an overconfident Seattle was outplayed and beaten by the Nuggets who just showed up and did their best.

Well Zillah was the lowest ranked team and we were number one. But today, Zillah played with gusto. They had no quit and put up a great effort. When the game began, Zillah had a 4-0 lead and they were playing solid defense. And their number three was making his shots. So faced with a tough defense and a great shooter, Juan and I looked at the bench and called Freddy (Black, Big Cat, and Black Cat). We told him in English and Spanish stick to number three and become his new best friend. Freddy executed his assignment well and even when thrown to the ground hard, he bounced back with smile, ever so ready to scrap.

When the third quarter began, we had Freddy, Anthony (Fruit Cup, Pelon, My Little Pony), and Oscar (Catfish) doing the full court press and absolutely smothering the Bobcat's inbound pass. My three strongest defenders didn't let them take the ball across the court. Freddy and Oscar put up close to eight points in few minutes. And Tony, even though he did not make any hoops, had his fingerprints on all those points. From that point on we pulled ahead to a commanding lead and never looked back. Freddy finished with four points and Oscar with twelve. And Tony was in the background doing his part to make it happen.

Alan (Big Daddy) finished with eight points, and again he did his job at Center. He got fouled and offense and defense. He got his rebounds and made his shots and showed his character as team player. Gabino (Pickles) had four points, Eduardo had four as well and Christopher two. Caedyn had a shot as did Melchor and Cristian had a look. All the boys did their part.

An extra bonus for me was that my big brother John, his wife Michelle, and my Uncle by marriage Art attended the game as well. John and Art kept score for us and all three cheered and encouraged the boys to do their best. Their support and cheers meant a lot. After the games the boys mentioned that they heard them cheering for them. And since the boys parents don't make the games (Caedyn's parents are the exception), I think they appreciated having vocal fans.

Last week, Juan's brother and sister came as well to keep score and cheer us on as well. Our team is lucky to have a supportive audience. I know Juan and I appreciated their attendance.

As this Spring Season begins, the Wahluke Eagles are off to a good start and after today, all the boys know to respect our opponents and do their best. As always Mr. Martinez and I are proud of the boys and know that when they play together as a team they have chance to win.


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