It’s not always for the right reasons, but sometimes it is.
It’s not always about suspensions and recruiting violations and temporary restraining orders. Sometimes it’s just about competing, and responding to adversity and opportunity, and picking your teammates up.
When sports is at its best it’s about sacrifice and it’s about resiliency and it’s about the fine line between — and the rock ’n’ roll combination of — patience and explosiveness.
It’s about putting in the work, and making adjustments, and winning and losing together.
It’s about the team.
There were 59 teams competing in the Dallas Middle School Matchup tournament this weekend, grouped into three regions. The Parkhill 7th grade boys won their region by going 5–0 over the weekend, including a 14–1 victory in the Championship Game, which ended close to 12 hours after their first Sunday game started.
Dean Balo contributed, and Lawson Black contributed, and Coady Christopher contributed, and Braden Cox contributed, and Evan Fisher contributed, and Jake Lehman contributed, and Max Newberg contributed, and Spencer Ochel contributed, and Garrett Schroeder contributed, and Tate Smart contributed, and Caden Varner contributed. They played for each other, and they played well.
They played ball this weekend and it was for the right reasons and I will bet you right now they’re gonna remember this one when they’re whatever age the rest of us are.
It was about the kids, and that fires me up. That’s sports at its best.