“It is only a game” is a common saying I have heard several times in my life. However, it does not explain the crazy actions and immense passion I experience on the PIT floor for basketball games. These feelings reached a pinnacle point during my freshman year basketball game against our arch-rivals, the Bettendorf Bulldogs. “If we can keep Bear from posting up and scoring, we should be win the game,” my friend Bryce analyzed. I responded, “We will need to shoot the three ball to have a chance, Bettendorf is a really good team”.
Right? ...Guys? Um, ya, sorry we are in the middle of a game right now and it’ll be a while so you should probably go do something. (BOOM BOOM ; sound of bullets and bombs from the video game console) … oh ok, I guess I’ll see you guys at school tomorrow then, right? (desperately) … (giggling) ya whatever’s dude.” Jack Cadder is about as average as a teenager can get, 17 and desperate to fit in with the group in high school that is known as popular.
He had run through the house shouting at the top of his lungs. “HE WOKE UP!” Soda stumbled into the kitchen. I almost dropped the plate of eggs I was holding. A little part of me was afraid he didn’t want to see me. What if was still mad about me hitting him that night he ran away?
Kaleb went to go to lounge in his own room. Konnor’s other brother Kolten and his girlfriend were downstairs in the basement. Mike Merritt, which is Konnor’s father, was in the kitchen, situated on a stool, and also Konnor’s mother was downstairs too. Bang! Konnor had no idea what happened, and scampered to the kitchen to see what the noise was.
I smiled but didn’t move. I looked out at the dance floor at the couples stepping, hopping, and twirling. Sometimes I could barely walk across a room without tripping on the colors in the carpet. I had no idea how I was going to dance gracefully across the floor without making a total fool of myself. “Nervous again?” he asked as if reading my mind.
He made me realise the true significance of resilience. He told me that if I easily gave up on something that I was so passionate about, I would never succeed in any endeavour I would undertake in the future. After that, I took it as a challenge to prove it to my father, my teammates and myself that I was stronger than that. For the next 6 months, I worked very hard to make an impact on the court with my basketball skills. Soon enough, I was one of the main players in the school basketball team.
John’s first day of school started off rough for him. All he wants to do is play basketball and once the season starts he thinks he’ll fit in better. He needed to stay on top of school and was studying at a starbucks. A girl came in and he thought she was very attractive, he went up to her and started a conversation. He asked her to hang out somewhere else some other time.
To most athletes, grades come before basketball. As a freshman in school, my Coach once told me, “If you focus and get your grades up, you’ll find yourself a spot on varsity.” As an athlete you have no choice. Why would you want to skip school but show up to practice? If you go to class daily, focus in class, & do your work, you can be successful. There are people who skip classes because they are boring.
He had to remain focused on his grades in order to play high school basketball. During his sophomore year at Anderson High School, Shawn became better at basketball and wanted to try out for the team. He made the team and met a new friend on the basketball team, and they became really close friends. When practice started Shawn did not have adequate basketball shoes until his coach supplied him with a new pair. Shawn didn 't have the resources for new clothes and shoes, so he had got a job.