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Eustace youths show sports teamwork
By Misty Bevill Moore
Special to The Monitor
KEMPThe Magic recently brought home the first-place trophy for the third- and fourth-grade teams, following the conclusion of the week-long Kemp Area Sports Association end-of-season tournament.
The Magic went undefeated until the area championship game, when the Eustace Bulldogs beat them by one point with a last-second shot.
Because it was a double-elimination tournament, the teams faced off again, just 10 minutes later.
The second game was just as exciting as the first and ended in a tie. This put the game into a two-minute overtime.
The overtime was filled with nervous anticipation, as the score stayed within one point, back and forth. Just before the buzzer sounded, the Magic scored a shot, putting them in the lead by one and giving them the win.
Both teams and their coaches showed what real team competition was about. The boys gave 110 percent, even when they were behind on the scoreboard. They exemplified what good sportsmanship should look like.
If a player was injured, all of the boys on the court came to check on the injured player, regardless of what color their jerseys were. They smiled, they had fun, they encouraged their teammates (and the opposing team), and they put on a good show.
The boys on these two teams did not play this way by accident. Both teams had amazing coaches who apparently not only taught their boys basketball skills, but how to be respected, well-mannered young men.
Kemps Magic was coached by Rusty Clamon and Eustaces Bulldogs was coached by Casey Herring. It was obvious to everyone at the game that these coaches cared not only about the game, but also about each kid on their team.
Of course, these boys had to have had some good parenting as well. In fact, Coach Herring made the comment to Coach Clamon that the Magic had first-class parents.
All of the parents in the stands were cheering for both teams, regardless of who they originally came to watch. When a player was injured, people ran to get ice, water, or whatever was needed, whether it was a player for their team or not.
This was very nice to witness, when lately all you see or hear about is parents ruining their childs game by causing a scene or getting thrown out.
Everyone attending the game left with more than just the enjoyment of watching a good basketball game. We all left with a sense of awe, pride, and hope.
We were in awe by the way that the boys played and their discipline on the court. We were proud that these young men represented our cities, our schools and us.
These boys also showed us there is hope in the future of sports. When so many professional athletes are not living role-model lives, its nice to see the up-and-coming athletes are living and playing by the examples of their coaches and parents, not the professionals they see on TV.
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