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.

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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.

11 December, 2007

The Russian's Cut

Above- The Eagles leave a time out
The Wahluke Eagles closed their fall season with a loss against the Wapato Lil Cubs on Saturday. The final score was 28-41. Our opponents are a good team and when we've played them in the past, we froze up and reacted to their game. This game was different.

Our boys played well. Our shots didn't fall. We staked out an early 2-0 lead and the first half of the first quarter, it was a scoreless game. The Eagles went in there and hustled, cut, passed, shot, and well the ball didn't cooperate.

At times we pulled in close. Oscar drove the ball like a seasoned NASCAR driver and found the open lanes. He went up and shot. Again at times, it just didn't fall but he never quit. Jose boxed out and made the most of his minutes.

At one point the Eagles had Collin and Jesus playing up top at point guard. The opposing coach told his players, "See who they have in there, drive the ball." The Eagles saw who we put in, two boy who wanted to play and do their best.

Later that night at the High School game, the boys' elementary PE teacher asked how our game went today. The boys spoke about how hard they played and that they never gave up. They mentioned that they tried their best and of course had fun. The teacher asked what the score was and seemed a bit surprised when the boys mentioned that we lost.

In the Eagles' book this game was a victory. Our team went out there, played, and did their best. While the ball didn't fall our way, we never gave up. We walked away ready to play another day.

Click on the title to see the final league standings. Alan (5 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal), Antonio (1 rebound, 2 steals), Christopher (1 rebound, 1 steal), Dario (2 points, 13 rebounds), Eduardo (2 points), Jesus (1 steal), Libardo (1 point, 4 rebounds), Oscar (16 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals)

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