We are squeezing as much life out of the gym as we can. We didn't forecast this. I wish I could say I was brilliant enough to have predicted another first, but I did not expect this. For the first time in our school's 150 year history, we are sending both the boys and girls basketball teams to the District Championships! For the first time both teams have qualified for the State Tournament!
The credit goes to our student-athletes and coaches. As Hatch shared during his retirement speech, "OES student-athletes are over-achievers." Both our boys and girls programs have established themselves as tough, physical defensive minded teams that love to compete. When you watch our girls, take a second to look into the stands. You will see the boys cheering away. Every time a 3 pointer is launched the boys are the first ones out of their seats with their hands in the air. During the boys game you will see the see the girls leave the bleachers and do push-ups after every trey or made foul shot. Coach Kirk and Coach Dawson stress, "One Program." Their enthusiasm is infectious and their classmates are next to them in the stands cheering away. The one thing that stands out to me this season is seeing all of the parents of non-basketball players who come to the games. One program, one school, one community.
My fifth grade son and his buddies don't know any better. He assumes that during every basketball game the bleachers will be packed, the dunk ball courts will be filled with the next wave of Aardvarks, and the boys and the girls will head to the Championship game.
See you at Wilson High School Saturday night. Boys tip-off at 6:00PM against De la Salle North. After the game the All League teams will be recognized. Then it is the girls who will take the floor. They also face De La Salle North. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. Let's celebrate our student-athletes and show De La Salle and the rest of the Lewis and Clark League how proud we are of our basketball program.