Let me rewind a little. A little over a month ago I decided to coach a ball team. My kids have not shown any interest in playing basketball until recently. I, of course, would have loved for them to play considering I love the game, but I didn't want to push them to do it. I was thrilled when they starting talking about playing, and I was on it immediately. I didn't instantly think I wanted to coach though because I had given that up once I became pregnant with Sadie, but I did check in to them playing. Then, the more I thought about it the more it made sense for me to just coach. If they were going to play, I was going to be there, so it just made sense to coach and Rich claimed his title as assistant coach. hehe! I loved coaching years ago and if I was willing to do it then why wouldn't I do it for my own kids. Plus, it would ease their nervousness if Mommy was their coach ;)
Thank you Alex (and his mommy) for the flowers. Those kind of gestures are never forgotten.
Now with all of that being said...
I think back to the days, you know...the good ole' days, and a big part of my life WAS playing basketball. I'm sure that is shocking to lots of you, but it is true. I grew up with an older brother and lots of boys hanging out at our house playing basketball in the back yard. Being four years younger than my brother, I looked up to him and wanted to be doing anything he was doing. I can't say the feeling was mutual. In his eyes, I guess I was considered a pest. Pest or not, I was a part of most games in the back yard. It was just what you did back then. If we weren't playing ball, we were riding our dirt bikes. Haha! Anyways, just last year our high school contacted the team I played on in high school to come back so they could recognize our accomplishments. Wow! It had been a long time since I had walked out on that court. It brought back a lot of memories and reminded me how much I loved the game. We were being recognized because we are the only team from a team sport that has ever went to the state tournament from our school. It was great to see everyone and below was the intro we received as we went out on the court.
"Ladies and Gentlemen we would like you to welcome back on to the court the 1990-91 Lady Cougars basketball team. This year marks the 20th year anniversary of their trip to Murfreesboro for the state tournament. In our schools 35 year history, this is the only team from a team sport that has ever made it to the state tournament. We would now like to introduce the coaches and players from that team:
Head Coach: Sherry Chapman
Assistant Coach: Brent Peel
Freshman: Meredith Malicoat
Sophomore: Kim Derry
Juniors: Becky Hudson (that's me)
Seniors: Charlotte Tibbs
Their accomplishments during that season include:
· 25-4 Record
· Ranked 8th in state AP poll
· 20 game winning streak
· 1st place in district regular season with
12-0 District Record
· District Tournament Champs- only in school history
· 2nd Place in Region Tournament
· Defeated Science Hill in Sub-state game
· Lost in 1st round of state tournament to eventual champ and nationally ranked Shelbyville High School"