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.

28 April, 2007

Getting By

Laffy shows his style
The Wahluke Eagles overcame a strong Sunnyside Grizzlies squad winning the their third consecutive game 33-28. The Eagles victory relied on a mix of fast breaks and passes to overcome their opponents and friends.

Before the game, both teams sat in the bleachers chatting about the other teams and all the things that occupy a fifth grade student. The camaraderie continued even as the boys warmed up their coaches shared stories about recruiting players from varying backgrounds and using sports as a vehicle to rescue the boys who stray and build up the virtuous.

Sunnyside's coach recounted how he consistently saw one of his newest players on the streets at night running with some boys who shared a fondness for the gangster life. He stopped his car and invited all of them to come to basketball practice. Several boys came but instead of open gym and crazy shooting they found a set routine with a great deal of running. Only one boy stayed and now this young man is showing signs of athletic prowess.

When the game began, both teams were held scoreless for the first two minutes. Wahluke made a lay-in and staked out an early lead that they never relinquished. Showing their usual mix of shooting, stealing, and rebounding, the Eagles raced ten points ahead and held on as Sunnyside stormed back in the final minutes. One play typifies Eagles ball. On a fast break, Antonio, ball in hand and Eduardo rush to the hoop. Fruit Cup maintains possession but instead of shooting, he dishes the rock to Laffy who makes the lay-in. Tony had the shot but chose his teammate over padding his record. Antonio's increasingly disciplined style of play was evident by his generosity on offense and defensive milestones of 9 rebounds and 6 steals.

Jose continued to show signs of development by scoring a basket as did Librado who had 1 steal and 2 rebounds. Dario too had a great return. His shooting was off but his stellar defense showed with 11 rebounds. Perhaps the best augur of future success was the resurgence of Gabino on offense. Quiet for many games, Gabino showed his prowess with 6 points, 2 rebounds, and 1 steal.

Wahluke played like a team but was hampered by the absence of Alan who hurt his leg playing soccer the night before. Careful readers of this blog may remember that since the suspension of Antonio, the Eagles have been without their full roster. Going back to early February, the Eagles have been without the services of some of their strongest players. We lost Antonio to academic suspension, Eduardo and Dario due to behavioral suspension, and now Alan to injury. It frustrates the coaches and players to set plays and plan strategies around players and the come game time not have them able to play.

Starting on Monday, the Eagles will head back to practice to prepare for their next game. Taking nothing for granted, they will work hard, run, and sweat knowing that winning is a team effort.

Game Statistics Antonio (4 points, 9 rebounds, 6 steals), Christopher (1 rebound), Cristian (1 attempted shot), Dario (11 rebounds), Eduardo (4 points), Gabino (6 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal), Jesus (1 steal), Jose (2 points), Librado (2 rebounds, 1 steal), Oscar (17 points, 3 rebounds)


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