playing with heart




it looks like the Granville boys soccer team has a ways to go against some of the better teams in the Wasaren League.

Cambridge came to town under the lights and committed felonious assault; 7-3 doesn’t really tell the story.

Cambridge seemed to score at will in the first half. Glass half full good news, their second string had to work pretty hard to score.


Not at all trying to be mean; I just think it paints a picture of a team a few years from competing – provided they can keep coaching stability and still keep kids coming out.

The Wasaren is a tough league in pretty much every sport so there isn’t much room to grow as a team while you compete in varsity contests.

It’s hard sometime to get kids to take the field for a program without banners in the rafters but kids are what this program needs – at all levels.

Kids at each level willing to put in the time.

Those guys from Cambridge didn’t learn no-look passes and drops like that this spring or this summer at a camp and certainly not at the end of the summer in the lead up to the regular season.

They learned it three years ago when playing modified or junior varsity; playing with the same guys who didn’t stop coming out because practice was too hard or the team didn’t win every last game.

The Granville team works hard and deserves credit for their performance even and sometimes especially in the games they don’t win for being out there doing it.

One look at the enrollment roster of the school shows that there are many, many kids sitting at home exercising their X-box thumbs – and their butts, but not their increasingly flabby arms and legs.

Plenty of people who were never star athletes come out for three sports each year.

They might not get a lot of glory or starting time, but they play and they get all of those good things that playing sports teaches (teamwork, working with others, etc).

What am I saying? Well, part of it is get out and play.

There is nothing wrong with being a senior bench warmer. People like that contribute too. It’s called role playing, being part of a team.

Quitting, when things don’t go your way or you’re not the star at the position you want is being tolerated more and more it seems.

There’s a life lesson in there somewhere.

How about doing the right thing and working hard are their own rewards?

Ummm…or…hmmm, I don’t know. I’m out of gas.




Your turn on the soapbox.



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