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.

06 March, 2007

Power to the Little People

The Wahluke Eagles finished the Winter season with their second and worse loosing record of 1-5 by falling to the East Valley Mules 42-29. Despite the loss, the coaches and players remain optimistic as the pieces of the puzzle are fitting into place.

The Eagles played well against a team that was huge. Big D would only be an Average D and Alan would relinquish Big Daddy for the less inspiring honorific Middle Brother and Buttercup the mascot had they been on the Mules. These boys were tall. The Mules took off and drove the ball into a weak defense. Despite a good effort from Chris, the Mules put the ball in the hoop.

The Eagles were hampered by several factors. Fruit Cup was not available as he was suspended for three games. Oscar played but was sick and thus he could not play for long stretches of time. And Laffy experienced the pressure of helping lead the team for the first time and that effected his play. This perfect storm of pressure transferred to the boys on the floor and for awhile we looked out of our league. However as is to be expected, the Eagles awoke and hit their stride in the fourth quarter.

Oscar and Laffy began by exerting a punishing full court press that lead to bad passes. Alan intercepted, passed, and scored. And the Eagles scored and closed the gap. But when the game ended before we could comeback.

As rewarding as the comeback was other players contributed in promising ways. Cristian scored three points and Jose had two as both players scored for the first time this year. Librado had two steals. And perhaps the best augur for future success was Dario at the free throw line. He had two shots and swished the first snapping the net. That first shot energized the bench. Juan began shouting out promises to reward Dario with burritos and I stared in amazement. Dario, appearing impervious to the bedlam, promptly swished the second as well. Then he ran back to play defense with a smile on his face as his teammates cheered.

It is painful to have two loosing season in a row but Juan predicted this scenario last August. However the pieces are in place and as the season changes we remain hopeful for a harvest of hoopsters.

Alan (6 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals); Cristian (3 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal); Dario (4 oints, 3 rebounds, 3 steals); Gabino (2 steals); Jose (2 points); Eduardo (6 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals); Oscar (8 points, 2 steals); Librado (2 rebounds, 1 steal)


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