WRAPPING THINGS UP...
Winter high school sports are quickly wrapping up - and frankly I’m not ready for them to end. With Mother Nature playing havoc with the NorthState weather, none of us are quite ready to brave the elements for softball, baseball, track & field events... as much as we all enjoy watching young athletes excel at these Springtime sports.
Although it could be entertaining to watch baseball players hit the diamond with waders and rubber duckies tied to their belts. However, never in the past has the talent of knowing how to swim been a prerequisite for playing baseball - or softball, for that matter. Would kinda be interesting to see how many pitcher’s could swim to their positions using either the backstroke or butterfly stroke. Ahhhh, memories of Olympics past just invaded dreams of baseball/softball. High schools would be looking to transform Water Polo athletes into baseball players rather quickly.
• Congratulations to our three local league champion teams. Not every close-knit area can boast of that many titles in the same year. It’s been fun to watch you - and all our local team - play hoops this winter, and wish the five local squads the best of luck in the win-or-go-home post season tournament starting this week. Just for everyone’s information, the top two teams finishing in our local Division 6 playoff brackets will go on to the Nor-Cal Regional State Tournament following the section event. For the newly minted D-7 teams, the season end’s with the championship section game.
• The Burney Raider boys varsity team may not have won many games this year, but they won my heart for their perseverance and stamina. They played every game on their schedule with determination - never giving up as they battled through tournaments, pre-season games and conference contests. It’s easy to show up for tedious practices when you’re winning, but quite another task to run through drills week after week when you’ve been on the losing end of tilts.
So Here’s a tip-of-the-hat to the Raider B-Ball team - you’ve shown true grit and character throghout a tough year.
• You never want to see a prep athletes relegated to the sidelines with an injury - but it unfortunately happens. Take the case of a couple local prep youngsters who had an injury keep them sidelined.
For Burney senior Kaden Tiran, the season was a bust for him to start, following a broken ankle suffered halfway through the football season. The mishap kept him sidelined from the start of basketball season up until the final week, when he was finally able to don the Raider uniform and race up and down the court for the final two games of the year. It was a long, disappointing wait for someone who loves the game, but he got his shot and actually led Burney in scoring in their final game last Friday - 15 points against the league champion Chester Volcanoes.
The story of Fall River senior Cameron ‘Cam’ Cunningham is a mirror image of Tiran’s tale of woe. Cam sailed through more than half the basketball season for the Fall River Bulldogs, helping them to amass an undefeated year until he went down with a knee injury. The same thing happened last year as a junior. He underwent surgery and fought his way back to start this season on the hardwood. This year’s injury is to his other knee, and he knows from experience just what he faces in the near future.
But here’s what ties these two young athletes together in this injury saga.... both didn’t give up, nor did they abandon their team. Tiran spent the entire time he was sidelined showing up game after game, keeping stat’s for his coach and encouraging his team right up until he was able to come back into action. Cunningham can also be seen at every Bulldog game, giving what he can to promote his team and encourage his teammates.
If nothing else, these two who were hit with such disappointment this winter, they didn’t slack off from being part of the team.
Congrats on your loyalty!
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