2003-2004 basketball season was truly a season to remember
for a lot of reasons. First, it was the first team state
championship in school history, and second, it couldn't
of happened to a greater more deserving group of young
men. I know how proud all the parents and community members
were of our accomplishments, but possibly more important
was the way the team represented the school and community
off the court as well. I received many compliments on
our team especially how easy we were to cheer for because
of the way we conducted ourselves.
It was obvious
during elementary and junior high for most of these
guys that being a good team was not enough; they wanted
to be great. The determination during the title run
along with the unbelievable dedication were inspiring
to all of us. Many of these guys dedicated themselves
above and beyond what normal teams do. Lifting weights
and working on jumping in the summer months, early
in the morning, coming to open gyms, and playing in
tournaments and camps each June were all instrumental
in our success. I think, looking back, some of our
guys averaged about an hour everyday after practice
working on their game. That is truly amazing and certainly
should be motivation for younger players who want to
reach that level.
are fortunate enough to win a championship, many many
things have to come together at the right time. I have
said over and over this group loved to play evidenced
by their many hours outside formal practice time. They
played extremely well together, and they didn't like
to lose. Put all those ingredients together, and it
made for a truly unbelievable "team". This
team was not only very coachable but rose up to every
challenge the coaches presented. I can't emphasize
enough how great it was to work with these young men.
They did what was asked of them without reservation
and without hesitation continuously. It was also a
huge factor that every player accepted his role and
was ready when their opportunity came for greatness.
All great teams have talented ball players but what
separates the truly great teams are the aforementioned
qualities and we had those this year.
I know this
championship will be something each and every one of
us remembers for a lifetime. We created a bond with
each other that will make for friendships and memories
forever. I also hope all our players can draw on all
the things that allowed us to be a great team and apply
them to their life after high school."