|My "Bleach Boys" surprised Gma Jan at the recent Lyons Ranch bull sale!|
My boys are juniors at the little school in our town and they play basketball. Now, remember we are one of the smallest schools in Kansas. We will graduate about 20 kids this year and we need everyone who can dribble a basketball to go out for the team. In small towns, no one gets cut from the team! We beg the foreign exchange students to play sports. This year our high school girls team started out with 8 girls playing--and we lost one player near the end of the season. So the 7 girls left played their hearts out with very little rest time during games and ended the season as the Sub-State Runners-Up! We were very proud of them.
But for the first time in 12 years and only the second time in the history of our little town, the boys team won Sub-State and qualified to play in the State 1A, Division 2 Boys Basketball Tournament at Hays, Ks. The only other team to play at state began a crazy tradition that the current team embraced--bleaching their hair! Every one of the players, managers, and stats keepers bleached their hair WHITE! My boys were once very blonde, but this is crazy white!
Now, I've been asked if the team is just cocky, or arrogant, or if they are making a statement to the officials or something. NOTHING like that! It is merely about team unity and tradition. They are honoring the original team by following their tradition, as well as churning up excitement for the games. This team is a group of small town kids who are proud of their accomplishments and are excited about doing something that very few of the teams from our little town were able to do.
There are a large number of former Huskie teams who deserved a chance at a state tournament and a number of kids who are truly envious of this team. That is totally understandable. I think their coach said it best at the community pep rally the other night. I'll paraphrase since I didn't write it down.
He said, talent will win you a few games, but it is chemistry that will help you go all the way. And we have CHEMISTRY!
You know, everything has to "click" to have a state-bound team. Talent, chemistry, luck and even atmosphere and fan support--but most importantly, the boys must be focused on the game. I'm sure our boys will do well, and I am proud of them for being in the top 8 teams in the state for their small school division. I'm even more proud of them for their sportsmanship and team-attitude.
Go Huskies, and don't worry...the cattle will still be fed and chores done. But we have a lot of jobs waiting for you Blythe Boys when the tournament is over. Focus now, and enjoy it. Once in a lifetime memories--that is what it is all about!
UPDATE: The Huskies ended up 3rd place in State and very proud to have been competing at that level! The teams at the State Tournament were all awesome and only 8 teams get to qualify for State. What an honor and privilege to be one of those 8 teams. I'm proud of our boys and their teamwork, sportsmanship and heart...as well as their talent. It was such a thrill to see our boys on the court in the Kansas High School State Basketball Tournament, for 1A, Division 2 schools. Great job, Boys!!