Another PH Tourney in the books! I was so proud of our girls and boys this past weekend, on so many levels. First - the results! Did you see how many BD teams made it to the championship games? WOW! So many great memories for our community, families, and most importantly, our players. Bittersweet, too! 8th grade boys and girls completing their final PH tourney. We wish them the best of luck in high school and can't wait to watch their next years at the high school level. Both 8th grade teams made it to championship game, battling all too familar opponents. Our 8th grade boys had a very exciting victory over Waupun. What a great way to "retire" at their last home tourney. Our 8th grade girls battled hard against a great Hortonville team - a team they have played many times in their PH years. We had a first place finish by our 6th grade girls and 6th grade boys! 3rd grade girls, 4th grade boys, 5th grade girls, 7th grade girls, 7th grade boys and 8th grade girls all took 2nd! That is AWESOME!
I want to share another story with you. I will never forget this year's 3rd grade girls championship game. Both teams had seen me sitting with the trophies by the court before their game started. Each team came up to see the trophies, so excited, telling me stories about how they got to the championship game and how cool the trophies were. Each team telling me they were going to go home with the trophy. Both teams battled so hard. I peeked in during the middle of the game to see how it was going. One of the little Appleton girls gave me a little wave and huge smile while she was on the court playing because, of course, I was the trophy lady! And..... we all know, there is only one team that can take home the trophy. Our little Beaver Dam girls were so sad. When I went to give them their medals, they gave ME hugs! We did a "BREAKDOWN!" and within seconds all faces were happy again, showing off their medals. How sweet are they? Then I went to hand out trophies to the winners, Appleton. Even though I was still so sad for our Beaver Dam girls, these little girls were so excited about the trophies and so grateful, it made me remember the bigger part of basketball. I hope we all take moments to step back and remember these wonderful moments we are seeing, not just the call we thought the ref made wrong, a coach's decision we might not understand, a passionate parent in the stand caught up in the game. It goes by so fast and there will be so many, many games for our kids. Remember to step back and see the whole picture. Traveling sports are tough. We spend a lot of time in a competitive environment. Don't forget to see the sweet moments too.
A few more things, we have the BEST varsity coaches. I write this every year but it continues to amaze me. Those coaches know almost every single player by name, and we have a lot of kids playing Postively Hoops! They watched our kids play and cheered them on. I cannot begin to tell you how many communities do not have the high school level support our youth program has - it is no wonder we have such great success in our youth program. Thank you Coach Ladron and Coach Chase.
Thank you to our Board Members, who work 15 hours a day during these weekends. Who have to use vacation from their "real" jobs to coordinate these tournament (and recover from these events!). Desi Jimenez and Jil Czarnecki, our Tournament Directors, work weeks ahead of time coordinating volunteer schedules, food and all the other items that make our tournaments the best. This is a very tough job. Thank you to Matt Wilke who coordianted all the teams (and there were A LOT of them this year) and bracketed them all out between 3 schools in two days. Please take time to THANK them because it is often a very thankless job!
Now, lets sit back and enjoy the last weeks of the season. State is coming up and I can't wait to report back on what is sure to be, a very sucessful run at State! We have 1st place titles to protect at 6th and 7th grade girls divisions as well as other teams ready to take the title this year! If you get a chance, stop by and support our teams - this is a great chance to watch some awesome basketball!
March 29 & 30 - 8th grade boys (Stevens Point); 7th grade boys (LaCrosse); 5th grade boys (Kimberly & Appleton) and 5th grade girls (Merril and Wausau West)
April 5 & 6 - 8th grade girls (Stevens Point), 6th grade girls (Appleton & Neenah)
April 12 & 13 - 6th grade boys (DePere) and 7th grade girls (Wausau)