Friday, March 18, 2005
Boys Varsity Basketball wraps up a great season
In my ten years of coaching, I have never worked with a finer group of young men. These young men epitomize teamwork and sportsmanship. They represented our school with pride and dignity and made me proud to be their coach.
With only five returning veterans, we once again built our boys varsity basketball team from the ground up. We focused on the fundamentals of the game and the importance of teamwork. Eighth graders, returning veterans and captains Ben Verrill, Grant McCandless, Max Herman and Jesse Pearlman led by example and demonstrated great leadership on and off the court. Also representing the eighth grade were Jaimee Mattson, Erik Bjornson, Sean LaLiberte, Andy Feiner and Brett Mahoney, new to our team this year. Mattson, Bjornson and LaLiberte were tenacious on defense and strong on the boards while Feiner and Mahoney brought good ball-handling to the team. Our seventh graders included returning veteran Kevin Clarke, Evan Scarlett, Dylan Benkley, Zak Swanson, Zander Ansara, Eric DeBruzzi and Phil Lavely. Clarke, Ansara and Scarlett showed strong ball-handling skills as they served as point guard pushing the ball up the court and setting up the offense. DeBruzzi's aggressive defense disrupted the opponent's ability to get the ball inside. Benkley and Swanson did a wonderful job as shooting guards and keeping the offense moving. Phil Lavely's speed and endurance were very effective on defense.
Over the course of the season, the players developed individual skills and the individual players developed into a team. Win or lose, they showed up to practice the next day with enthusiasm and a passion for the game.
Thanks to the dedicated parents who followed and supported us all season. While we will sorely miss our eighth graders, we look forward to next year.
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