No big games, I was still struggling to get minutes, and at points I thought about quitting. Then high school came around. For the first time i began to get recognized. I made the JV team my freshman year and got a couple minutes. So, when sophomore year came around I was prepared for a season of a lot of minutes and a lot of basketball.
I wanted to play like him, live like him, and succeed like him. But, my love for this new game came in immediate conflict with my other love, basketball. My dad had played basketball for his entire young life and his whole high school career. I have heard countless stories of basketball from my dad, stories of triple doubles and overtime wins, and I wanted to have those experiences for myself. I joined my first basketball team at seven years old, and I played in leagues ever since.
It was my first day of tryouts I was in seventh grade. I have played basketball before the but that day my passion for the game actually came out that day. I was so nervous my heart was beating out of my chest and I was shaking like a leaf on a tree about to fall off. We ran most of the try out I was so exhausted sweat was dripping of my face and I was gasping for air every time I stopped for just a moment. My body was telling me to give up and quit but my heart was telling me give it all that I had left.
The doctors at the hospital was able to get him in good shape for him to go home with his parents. Kobe Bryant is the son of the old time basketball legend, Joe Bryant also known as jellybean Bryant. Joe Bryant was all about basketball and loved the game. When Kobe was 5 months old his father had won the NBA finals and brought home the big trophy, ring and all the money he had won for taking the NBA finals home and working hard to get that win. Kobe was the child of a star almost the crowd
My Story Hearing my future coach blowing his whistle and yelling for us to bring it in for our first varsity practice, I could feel my heart begin to race. Going to a school and joining the varsity team as a freshman with 7 D1 athletes on it and one of the best coaches in the country, one could say I was a tad bit nervous. Looking around in the huddle of teammates and coaches, I knew I had picked the right high school because the group of people surrounding me was going to make me a better basketball player. Having both perspectives of my coach giving me critical feedback of my play and my teammates encouraging me to never give up and keep working hard, I learned that it would be challenging, but if I kept my heart to it, I could reach some
About two years ago I was a recreational dancer and all I wanted was to go onto the competitive team. Every class I would work so hard and push my limits so that I could be flexible enough for the competition. Audition day came and I made it onto the team. But a couple weeks later I found out that the dance studio closed. I was so bummed out, and I thought that I would never have that opportunity again.
I wanted to play like him, live like him, and succeed like him. But, my love for this new game came in immediate conflict with my other love. My dad had played basketball for his entire young life and his whole high school career. I have heard countless stories of basketball from my dad, stories of triple doubles and overtime wins, and I wanted to have those experiences for myself. Naturally, his love for the game of basketball trickled down
My scores at practice were on the rise, so I was excited to shoot at the tournament at the end of the week. It was the night before the tournament and I was shooting really good compared to what I had been shooting. Moe was at practice that same night to see how I was doing with the new techniques. He said that I should be ready for for the tournament. So we got to the tournament and it was an hour before we had to shoot.
It was game day today. My teammates and I had a game against our rivalry high school Alta and we were pumped because we have beaten them every year since 2014. This year felt like we would keep that streak up and in motion. They had 6 really tall players while we only had 2. It made us all nervous for a while until we seemed to get over it.
My freshman year of high school Coach Specht was the assistant soccer coach. At tryouts he told me that I would have a bright future as a player and could possibly play varsity as a freshman. Throughout the year, I keep putting in the time and finally half way through the season, I got my chance to play my first varsity game. This showed me that he really believed in my skill, to put a freshman in against mostly juniors and seniors. Not many coaches will risk putting someone that young on the field.
After that season I was more motivated than I have ever been. I was determined to go all out for my first varsity season. I convinced my dad to sign me up for a gym membership. At first, I wasn’t taking it that seriously, I would go around 3 times a week. But later on I got myself a partner to train with me and we pushed each other to our limits.
I went to the gym and inquired about a job application and the process began. They were delighted to have me and told me I could work birthday parties and open gyms. Every sliver of money earned went towards that dance team, and I finished paying it off just a couple months after the season ended. Once I got a job sophomore year, I learned how to balance my life really well. The experience made me grow up quicker than others.
It also doesn’t help that her uncle, who was recently evicted from his apartment, is staying in her room which makes it harder for Kendall to focus. Kendall attended basketball practice for a couple weeks, and before she knew it, her first game of the season was right around the corner. As she became more and more excited for the game, she lost her focus. In Math, her first class of the day, Kendall didn’t acknowledge that her teacher, Ms. Crigler, was speaking. As Kendall talked to her best friend, Ivy, about their first game, she began to slightly infuriate Ms. Crigler.
“Why can’t we get into our freaking offense! ?” This is all I really remember from Coach McKendrick at halftime last year against Niles North in what was a tough night for our basketball team. Prior to this, we beat New Trier at home and then went on the road and beat the pre-season unanimous vote to win conference, Highland Park, in our first conference game. Before the New Trier game, our game plan was simple: we were smaller, but faster, so we were going to run the court and make this is a fast pace game. We executed our gameplan, and we won.
It seems like so long ago, yet it was only two years ago. I remember our last day of volleyball tryouts when we found out that we both made varsity; It was a day that i’ll always remember. Bailey went first and then I followed right after her. When it was my turn, the head volleyball coach told me I scored really well during our tryouts and that she wanted me to play on her varsity team along with Bailey. I was beyond excited and I remember all I wanted to do was get up and scream, but I played it cool and just went with a big smile.