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.

21 May, 2006

Caedyn's Shot

When Caedyn joined the team this Fall, Juan and I wanted him to work on inside shots off the glass. We drilled him to take the ball inside. But every recess, every shoot around in practice, and almost every scrimmage, he would take the ball about 3 feet inside the arc and to the right of the hoop and send it. The coaches (okay just me), would yell, "No Caedyn that's not your shot." He didn't listen.

So now it's the last game of the season and we are going against the Sunnyside Grizzlies Ramirez. Both teams lost to Wapato and both teams are fighting for second place. The lead seesaws between the two teams. We started slow on defense and Sunnyside had some big boys who could drive the ball in the paint and off the glass.

At this point I should mention that we are playing at the Mabton High School Gym. This gym was the sight of one of our greatest games ever. Flashback to 12 November 2005. The Wahluke Eagles are playing the Mabton Vikings in a show down of the undefeateds. Mabton is playing great and our boys are fighting hard for every possession. There are 20 second in the game and Mabton is up by one. Oscar has the ball, Christopher and Tony are at the low post but covered, Gabino stands ready to take a shot, and all of a sudden Freddy breaks free of his defender at the top of the key, Oscar makes a perfect pass, Freddy catches, aims, and sinks the shot. Wahluke wins 30-29. Now here we are again and there sitting on the bench is Freddy. At this point, Juan and I frustrated with him because he misses a lot of practice but then like George Steinbrener and Billy Martin, Juan and I send for Freddy. In goes the Big Cat smiling and ready to scrap. Sure enough next Sunnyside possession there's a loose ball and Freddy hits the ground, comes up with the ball and a smile on his face.

As the second quarter progresses each possession is critical. Neither team can open up a commanding lead and its like the Mabton game all over again fighting for respectability. Oscar bring up the ball and sees Caedyn standing there a few feet inside the arc to the right of the hoop. He's open so Oscar makes the pass. Caedyn gets the ball, I think he dribbles a little and then he shoots, the ball goes up and it's a swish. Later in the quarter its the same scenario and again he makes the swish. When the game ends the final score is 26-24 Wahluke wins.

After the game, Juan and I were talking to Caedyn's parents. We told them how we tried to get Caedyn to take inside shots but he wouldn't listen and he was right. His four points helped get us the win. Freddy and Caedyn both finished with four points. Alan and Gabino each had three and Oscar finished with twelve.

The Wahuke Eagles finished the year 14-4. We won our division once and finished second twice. We entered in the lowest division and hope to end up next year in the top one. We don't plan to sit our laurels. Next week we'll have try-outs and practices during the summer. We plan to raise money and hopefully buy some warm-ups. And beyond our dreams lays the AAU championships in Orlando Florida.


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