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.

12 November, 2006

Not Our Game

The Wahluke Eagles played a closely contested game this Saturday (11 November) and lost to the Tri City Thunder 46-35.
(The photo to the left shows the team in a time-out during the fourth quarter )

It was our first home game of the season and the boys were eager to put on a show. We started off keeping it close but the height of our opponents was something we could not overcome. Despite a good passing and aggressive defense, we could not make-up for several turn-overs that resulted in Tri City points.

Oscar lead all scorers with 14 points. For the second game in a row, he hit a field goal that pulled us within 1o, but then the Thunder struck and pulled further away. Alan too had a great game scoring 11 points. He was aggressive on both sides of the court. Tony made 4 points shifted well between Point Guard and Forward. Lastly Gabino, Cristian, and Christopher each scored 2. Cristian had a steal as well that lead to an Eagle point.

Dario went scoreless but he is growing into his role each game. Today he aggressively went after boards on offense and defense. He improved his passing and demonstrated better ball control.

When the final buzzer sounded, our team kept their heads held high. We congratulated our opponents and know that we kept it close and fought to the end.

After the game we had a meeting with our sponsor Bill who spoke about the importance of academics. He elicited a promise from the boys to attend college after High School. Juan, Bethany, and I presented the boys academic achievements. Nine of our eleven players in fifth grade are on the Honor Role at school and several of them passed all or part of the WASL.

Juan, Bethany, and I were proud of the boys. The did their best. Next time we meet, we'll be ready and give it our best shot.


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