|Sunday, March 30, 2003|
|Fine Display Of Sportsmanship|
|Now that the winter sports season has been completed and we've all had a chance to catch our breath, I'd like to comment on a fine display of sportsmanship that I witnessed during one of the boy's basketball tournament games.|
The final score in the game between Verndale and Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig was 103-33. I'm pretty sure it was the most lopsided game that I have ever witnessed.
The outcome of the game was probably decided more than an hour before tip-off, when the "Bug School" arrived with just five players planning to dress. The hope that three more players, including at least one regular, would arrive later never materialized.
Once the game started, everyone in the gym...coaches, fans, broadcasters, even the players themselves...knew that the Pirates would have an easy night of it.
That didn't seem to bother the Silver Eagles.
Their offense looked unpolished. The defensive effort wasn't always there. But they kept playing. And they were smiling.
And the Verndale fans noticed.
Soon the Pirates fans cheered each time the Silver Eagles scored a basket.
By the end of the game, it was the Silver Eagles applauding each time a Verndale player made a free throw or nice play.
It was fun to watch and I wanted to let you know that it did not go unnoticed.
Congratulations to everyone from Verndale and to the kids from Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig that were in the gym that night.
And thank you for a fine display of sportsmanship.
|Tuesday, March 18, 2003|
|Great Week In Moorhead|
|Thank you Concordia College and the teams that made last Thursday and Friday a great two days of boys' basketball!|
Each year since I was a sophmore in high school I made my way to Concordia College in Moorhead, either as a player or as a broadcaster. In the early years for the Disctrict 23 playoffs and then the Region 6 playoffs.
All of that has changed over the years, but last Thursday and Friday all the atmosphere, noise, heat and intensity of the good old days was back...great teams, coaching, individual performances, officiating and fans.
It was great and once again reminded me why everyone who follows high school sports should take the time to get to these sectional games.
Thursday it started when Pelican Rapids beat Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 75-62 in a fast-paced, high-energy game in the 8AA semifinal.
The place was full when Ulen-Hitterdal and Barnesville went toe-to-toe in a 6A game that saw U-H advance with a 71-68 overtime win.
Then the late game saw Park Rapids eliminate Perham 63-59 in double overtime!
What you come to appreciate over the years is the effort. The kids on these six teams would not quit. They played with more intensity and heart than most team could muster in a whole season.
These young men were completely spent at the end of the games...bent over sucking for air, leaning on each other, wondering if it would ever end, but hoping it would go on forever.
The coaches were doing everything they could to help their team and the fans brought an endless supply of energy on to the floor.
It wrapped up Friday when Pelican Rapids beat Park Rapids 69-60.
Hats off to the teams and a great effort by Pelican Rapids and Perham to bring out the best fan base I have seen in years. I was broadcasting from in front of the Perham student section. They were loud, crazy, colorfull, but never out of control...great job!
At the high school level, it does not get much better than the four games at Concordia this week. As a broadcaster, fan and spectator...thanks to everyone for the memories.
|Sunday, March 9, 2003|
|Around The Horn|
|It's been a long time since I've done my part to help the 'COW with an article. It really is a wide open avenue to vent, discuss, shoot your mouth off, or whatever. Kyle allows a pretty wide open forum. In fact think he would like to hear from you if you have time. Write up your thoughts on sports and see if it makes it.|
I just got back from North Carolina and Tennessee. Two places where I had touble understanding the natives, but also two places I would like to return to in the summer to view some of those lush green areas that had not quite turned the corner yet.
While I was away the girls basketball teams played all the way through their semi-finals in section play. Most of the locals struggled to advance. The boys are just getting cranked up.
Kyle did a great job keeping everything on track while I was away. It doesn't surprise me...but after 22 years of doing this stuff, it just seemed odd to be gone right in the middle of the whole thing.
I am excitecd about the Twins! They are playing about .500 ball this spring, but I really think they will be hard charging to the front when the season starts.
It looks like the Wild and the Timberwolves are heading to the playoffs. And it looks like the Gophers' men and women are only as good as the home schedule.
Where has the time gone...and when will it get nice?
When will I learn to speak Tennesseean?
Not much substance this week, but maybe it will get me back on track with a regular article.
Hug a tree...and pierce something.