Sunday, March 8, 2009

State Champs!

This was a big basketball weekend! Johnny's 9th grade team won the State Championship! There are many different levels (they were in the 2nd level) and for their level - they won! Yippee!! It is bittersweet- I haven't been to as many games as usual because of the girls so I was so happy to be able to be at 4 of the 6 games!

It is the end of an era for us - we have been in traveling basketball for 15 years(and 5 kids later) - yep, 15 consecutive years! Jim has coached in some capacity for 13 of the 15 years. He started as head coach and then moved to assistant coach and then to assistant to the assistant- the last 2 years he opted out due to family and work commitments. He is an awesome coach and honestly the best I have seen, every player improves and is more self confident when he is the coach- he lets the kids play basketball and doesn't constantly tell them what to do. In fact he has been accused of being too low key (by his own son!)! (But honestly- they won a lot, too!)

Johnny played awesome- he is a great team player! It is so fun to watch him play! Now that b-ball is done he will move onto soccer! Next year he will be in 10th grade and will most likely play high school basketball- no more tournament weekends BUT we probably will have busy Tuesdays and Friday evenings- we will see what the future brings! He is an easy kid to watch because he always gives 100%- I never feel like I need to say "you can try harder".

Thank you Jesus for the fun we have had and for the lessons we have learned!


Lori said...

What a great win! Congratulations!

Having a great coach is SO important, not just one who can lead a team to win...but one who can make each player improve and leave them feeling good about themselves. I wish Jim would come coach our HS team next year! :) I'm not so crazy about the one we have.

a Tonggu Momma said...

That is huge! Congratulations! My daddy was a basketball coach for many years.

Laura L. said...

Congratulations to Johnny! That's so wonderful.
Congratulations to Mom and Dad too. I know you are his biggest fans and such wonderful parents.