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.

30 April, 2006

A Little Short

The Wahluke Eagles came up short against the Wapato Lil Cubs on Saturday loosing 27-30. The boys hung in there the whole game. They did well on defense and never gave up. Also we started strong against a good team and kept it up the whole game.

Our undoing was a giant of a kid who could get the ball in the paint and bounce it off the glass. We couldn't stop him and that cost us the game. We shut down their fast break with superb defense from Oscar and Freddy. Tony and Gabino did their part roaming looking for a steal and Alan did what he could in the paint.

Tony (Fruit Cup, Pelon, My Little Pony, and a host of other names) fouled out and at the end not having him on the floor kept us from making a three point to tie. As frustrating as the loss was, Juan and I are proud of the boys.

Facing a tough team, we hung in there the whole way. At the games end, a rare thing occurred. Freddy (Black Cat, Black) sat on the bench and cried. The loss hurt him. Freddy played his heart out and did everything he could to keep us in the game. This same kid frustrates Juan and I because in practice we can't tell if he cares but today he showed us that he does. He left it all on the court.

All we told him and Oscar was to leave the court with their heads held high because they played like champions. Our boys played and made a statement. The Eagles showed that they belong with the top AAU teams. Our boys played like champions. And our boys will learn from our loss and be ready next time.

¬°Justia por los campesinos!


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