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Friends School belongs to a sports league that was started a year ago.  It consists of non-traditional schools like ours.  Last year the participants were 4H, a one year residential prep program; Global Outreach, a three year residential vocational/technical school; Cadets, a one year residential program with a somewhat more regimented ‘boot camp’ style program; and us, Friends School.  This year the Youth Hostel asked to join the league. The Youth Hostel is a residential facility that accepts young people at the request of the court.

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We have 4 sporting events each year.  We practice a sport for about 6 weeks and then have a day of round-robin competition where every team plays every other team. Yesterday was the basketball competition.

The Youth Hostel was the host. They have a beautiful new basketball court.  Sylvia asked if it was an outdoor court and of course it is.  I hadn’t thought about it but I don’t even know if there are any indoor courts although there is one here in the city that has a roof over it. It just doesn’t have any walls.

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The team tent with some of our spectators.

At any rate each team played 4 games. The Youth Hostel won all 4 of it’s games and 4H didn’t win any and the other three of us went 2-2.  We have some tie breaker rules which determined that we finished 4th but as far as I’m concerned we tied for second, what do you think?basketball (4 of 10)

The fun part of the day is that we got better each game.  We lost the first game 40-10 and the second game something like 30-20. (4 eight minute running quarters) Then, for whatever reason, Cion caught fire and started hitting shots.  But what was even more remarkable was that as soon as the boys started thinking they had a chance they started playing a really hard nosed scrappy defense. And then, even more unbelievably, they let go of their normal desire to shoot the ball and started feeding it to Cion.  Amazing.

We won the third and fourth games we played. As you sports fans know, there is a whole different feeling to a 2 and 2 record when you lose the first two and win the last two. We were feeling pretty good about ourselves.

basketball (6 of 10)All the teams line up for the awards ceremony while the team places are awarded and then some individual trophies are given out. As you can see, we had the shortest team in the league.  Cion, our shooter, is the shortest guy on our short team but, lo and behold, our Cion was awarded MVP of the tournament.

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It is always a good thing when students like ours, who often hear how worthless they are, actually have some success. I feel blessed.

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From left to right: Jervis, Harrison, Cion, Jaheim, Tyler.


Monday is a holiday. Track and Field practice starts Tuesday.


1 thought on “Basketball

  1. Dear Basketball team, It was wonderful news that you won 2 out of 4 of your games and that you played team work in your last two games.  I live in Indiana where basketball is the favorite sport.  Teamwork is the key to winning and winning is BIG here in Indiana.  Congratulations to Cion for getting the MVP award.  That is terrific!!!! I used to teach at your school and continue to be interested in how you are all doing.  Mr. Dale can tell you about that.  Work really hard on the other three sports you will be playing.  Winning isn’t everything of course.  Learning to play as a team is the most important thing, but winning a few feels pretty good.   Your friend,Florence Peery

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