I was beaming as we ran over to the sidelines and shook the other team’s hand, wished the good luck, and congratulated them on making it this far. Looking back, it was my team’s work ethic that caused us to win the game. For weeks and months we had been practicing extra, working our hardest in practices. I gave up free time after school, on the weekends to try to be successful. I had such a hard shot because of all the work I had been doing.
While waiting for my competitions to start, I practiced with my coaches and thought to myself, “I can do this, I can do this, I can do this,” hopefully trying to increase my confidence. Finally, it was my turn to go the competition with butterflies in my stomach, and a big burden on me. My partner Justin, a ninth grader, approached me and said, “Don’t worry we got this, just focus and you’ll be all right.” As we were done with our test, it was our turn to show our Hovercraft. I powered it up, and I could feel the strong air pushing against my face from the blazing force our hovercraft went. The hovercraft passed the finish line and got a good time of 0.9 seconds.
Now let 's start from the beginning. My whole family, besides my sister, were driving to lakeridge high school to play in the league tournament. This was my first year of competitive basketball and we were the sixth seed, which was the lowest seed to get a chance in the championship. We knew we had to bring our A game because we were playing the best team in the league who had only one loss... to us. They had beaten us before but we had beaten them too.
The years of practice and determination came down to this moment. August 17th, 2014. First day of pre-season and the nerves were on high. I tried to be the best in every drill we had. Always perfect each movement like I was in a game.
By the third week, we began ball handling. This intimidated me because at first I couldn't even hold the ball in my hand and thought it was impossible to only use one hand for catching and shooting it. Although after one week I'd caught on and before I knew it the teams first game was happening. The coach didn't play me for the first two quarters of the game and it was only experienced players, but when the third quarter began he called my name and said to go in. It's hard to explain, but I felt fear and happiness at the same time when this happened.
Katie and Lexie said, “Good job, that was an awesome hit, Nat!” At the end of the game, the score was 3-1 so we had won. The whole team was so excited because we had gotten 1st! We lined up on the foul lines so we could receive our medals. The medals said 1st place on them with blue ribbons. The parents were all on the field taking pictures and congratulating
My coach helped me and made me better at the sport. My coach helped me when I broke my arm, when I got out of my cast he was helping me get back right for the season. It was the last game and we were facing the hawks, this the day I came back we was in lay up lines. It was time to start the game so we get the tip I was running point guard, we did the pick and roll and scored the first bucket. Then it was 4 seconds left i was running
Our whole track team always did a free ten minute run around the school first at the beginning of practice, and then did some stretches and exercises together, and went off into “splits” if we had a field event to practice in. During some track meets I would always worry that in the events I would compete in, I would be dead last. I always feared the everyone- is- looking-at-me-because-I’m-dead-last experience during a race. But, in almost all my events, I always finished mostly first and sometimes second. Even though I was quite short and still am now, I was still always faster than some other competitors that I ran against all my events.
During the Denver tournament I realized I was starting to like it. Exploring Denver was one of the best times I have ever had with the team, it was truly amazing. After a few months I realized I really did enjoy Debate, and I was really good at it. I was really glad I ended up It giving it a try. Over the last three years Debate has become one of the most important things in my life.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.--In Saturday 's win over Morgan State, Daxter Miles Jr. tallied a career-high 32 points on 12-of-15 shooting. He had three assists, two rebounds and one steal in West Virginia 's 111-48 win over the Bears. Earlier in the week the senior racked up 20 points against American. In both games, Miles looked locked in, especially with his teammate and friend Jevon Carter. "Me and Jevon do whatever our coaches need us to do," Miles said.