Why do sports capture the attention of so many of us? What is it about competition that motivates and fascinates us? If you are like me, perhaps you grew up playing a sport or two, or more! For me, sports were seasonal, and my parents were supportive and generous to provide the forum for me to play soccer, golf, hockey, crew and others throughout my youth and into my young adult life. Now, as Headmaster of JRHS, I prioritize and value the opportunity we have as a small school to offer athletic competition for students who have grown up on the field or court.
Here we are in mid-February, which means the basketball season will soon near the end. The season began in middle November with games starting in early December. With just a few games left, our coaches are prepping the teams for the big crescendo of tournament weekend in middle March. We have faced excellent opponents this year, including St. Marie’s, Laconia Christian, Trinity Christian, Tri City Christian, Tabernacle, South Merrimack as well as some recreational and tournament teams.
A year of the Basketball team offers students valuable life skills. Athletics offers students unique skill building within a competitive environment, perhaps something they will enjoy well into adult life. As a member of a team, the athlete grows in respect, honor, sportsmanship, teamwork and leadership. Athletes are always growing in fitness, strength, and coordination. The athlete must learn to play under pressure, even when the score is not favorable. The player is motivated to win and seeks victory on and off the floor. Fairness and judgement are curated, as the athlete comes under the authority of coaches and referees. Great athletes are always growing, always pushing boundaries. At the core, competition on the court simulates the great cosmic battle between good and evil, albeit just four 8-minute quarters at a time.
Go Sentinels – Finish Strong!
“Material possessions, winning scores, and great reputations are meaningless in the eyes of the Lord, because He knows what we really are and that is all that matters. Never make excuses. Your friends don’t need them, and your foes won’t believe them.” John Wooden, coach UCLA Basketball 1948-1975