“ Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” –Theodore Roosevelt
For the record…I know there are worse things in life than losing a game, but sometimes the pain that comes with the loss conceals what those are. There is no doubt that we all felt the pain of our team’s loss on Monday. For most of us, it was not until Wednesday that we could talk about it without tearing up. Thank goodness, as each new day dawns, it seems to get a little easier to discuss. While I acknowledge that a win was what we all wanted and that is part of the reason we had a record attendance of 1374 in our gymnasium that evening, I also know the fans were there for more than just to witness another win. Our bleachers were filled with fans who wanted to watch a great game played by talented young men who conduct themselves with dignity and class. They wanted their young children to see great role models who understand what true team work and an unselfish attitude can accomplish. The fans wanted to see young men who respect their coaches and stand up for their fellow teammates when they exit the basketball court and give them a clap for a job well done.
For me, I will always remember the fans wearing blue standing and cheering louder than ever before for this team they are so proud to be associated with. I will remember the cheerleaders and dance team bringing the crowd to their feet as they led the fans in a side line cheer and performed for a sellout crowd. I will remember our student section never sitting down for one moment as they cheered and clapped for their peers. I will always remember our coaches and players standing in the traditional line to shake the hands of the Perry County players even though they were filled with sadness. I will remember the fans of our opponents coming up to me and telling me what a great school we have and what a pleasure it was to play where the team and fans were a class act.
The 2011 Cougars of Clarksville Academy made us very proud in their run for a repeat State Championship in 2011! The commendations and awards our Cougars received were many including an unprecedented occurrence of two twin brothers being named finalists for Mr. Basketball! I wouldn’t take anything for being a part of that experience and I am honored that you were there by my side to witness another grand moment of our school’s history.