Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Good Of The Team


I'm pretty sure my brother , Dave, has more state titles in coaching tennis than any other US high school coach. The total, between his boys' and girls' squads at Wichita Collegiate School, is forty-six if I'm not mistaken. You don't do that without good players. You also don't do that if your kids don't buy into your overall picture for the program. This is from May 11, 2010.

In my classes today, we spoke of how the apostles of Jesus, right after He had blessed them with the giving of the Lord's Supper, were still arguing about who was the greatest among them. He had already washed their feet, a servant's job, but the lesson had not sunk in. We are inundated with reports of celebrities- athletes, politicians, entertainers- who display unbelievable levels of selfishness. My brother, Dave, based on number of high school state championships his teams have won, might be the most decorated prep tennis coach in the country. Below is an article from last weekend's Wichita Eagle website about Dave's teams who display an attitude of humbling yourself for the benefit of the greater good. The Spartans swept their regional tournament last Saturday and will defend their Kansas state title this weekend.

At Collegiate, Team Always Comes First
BY JOANNA CHADWICK/The Wichita EagleWhen Wichita Collegiate coach Dave Hawley split up his Class 3-2-1A defending champion doubles team last season, the reason was simple: the Spartans had a better shot at winning their third team title in four years by separating Miles Dunne and Brandon Somerhalder. For Hawley, the primary emphasis is team. Always has been, always will be. While disappointed at not being able to defend their title, the duo understood. "Everyone is willing to sacrifice for the team," said Dunne, a senior. "It's all about tradition on Collegiate's tennis team. The team picture, that's always the favorite picture."

This season, Hawley put Dunne and Somerhalder back together again, and they will start their postseason trip on Saturday in the 3-2-1A regional at Collegiate. The 3-2-1A state tournament is May 14-15 in Wamego. Hawley has made such team-oriented decisions before. As he tells his players, he made similar moves with his own sons, Ben and Zach, that put their individual success on hold in order to strengthen the team's chances.


Last year Hawley put Dunne in singles, while he teamed Somerhalder with Varoon Bashyakarla. "I didn't have to twist their arms," Hawley said. "I told them from the beginning, 'I'll keep you together, you've earned that right, but I don't think down the road we'll be that dominant as a team.' " Dunne finished fourth in singles, while Somerhalder and Bashyakarla finished second to teammates Wyatt Kesler and Paul Abromeit. It was the third time in four seasons that Collegiate had both doubles teams in the 3-2-1A final. Kesler, a senior, and Abromeit, a junior, are hoping to defend their title. But Dunne and Somerhalder, who defeated Kesler and Abromeit for the 2008 3-2-1A doubles title, want to reclaim it.


No surprise, there's been some serious trash talk between the four players since last May."After we won sophomore year, Miles and I kind of had the bragging rights," said Somerhalder, a senior. "When they won it last year, they've been loving it for the past year. But Miles and I have been saying, it wasn't Miles and I that you beat. It was Varoon and I."


The doubles teams have played once this season, last month at Collegiate's tournament. Dunne and Somerhalder won, but Somerhalder said neither team was at their best because they were disappointed in playing for third place.
"They're getting to where they're hitting their stride and they are anticipating better," Hawley said of Dunne and Somerhalder. 


As for Kesler and Abromeit, they have different styles. While Kesler is consistent, Abromeit tends to come through with the outstanding play.
"Paul is a creator," Hawley said. "He's a really fun kid to watch. He does some things, 'where did that come from?' That's really a gift. Brandon and Miles have that gift. Wyatt's game is built more on steadiness and great hands."
While the conjecture on possibly meeting in the 3-2-1A title match is fun, not one of the players is overlooking future opponents. "Obviously we know there are some good teams out there, so if we want to get that shot at going at each other in the finals, we have to really make sure we don't cruise control or we won't get there," Abromeit said.

Applicable quote of the day:
"I'd just as soon play tennis with the net down.''
Robert Frost


God bless,
Steve
Luke 18:1

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2 comments:

WELCOME TO MY WORLD OF POETRY: said...

I loved the post and I also loved the qoute, thought it quite amusing.

Yvonne.

Fabiana said...

Com certeza a internet sendo usada com sabedoria,é uma frade bençao e uma exelente ferramenta de Deus para nos levar-mos a verdade do seu Amor.
Que o Senhor continue te dando forças nesse trabalho lindo que tem desenvolvido,e que vc persevere sempre.Vou postar uma mensagem hoje em meu blog que fala sobre NAMORO X CORTE. Dpois de uma olhadinha,sei que cada um tem sua maneira de agir e pensar,mas acredito que de alguma maneira Deus permite que o que falemos toque o coraçao de alguem.Que o papai do ceu abençoe voce e toda sua familia.
Um beijo em seu coraçao meu e do papai do ceu pra vc.
Fabiana.