After following the Schuyler wrestling and boys and girls basketball teams this winter, here is what stood out to me.
Gold star fans
I know that I often complain that the sports fans of Schuyler Central need to come out in larger numbers and then get off their hands and do some clapping and cheering. This year I had no complaints. As a matter of fact, the sports fans of SCHS deserve a huge, shining gold star. Even in defeat, fans made a lot of noise and more importantly yelled out comments of encouragement and praise. Even though there were still many empty seats on the Schuyler side of the gymnasium the attendance was noticeably improved this year. Kudos to you, fans of Schuyler athletics. Let’s keep it going this spring and into what promises to be a very exciting fall sports season in 2018.
Dance camp for every home game
One of the highlights of the home basketball season was the dance camp that the high school dance squad hosted for the younger students of the district. Not only did over 45 students participate in the event, the gym swelled with excited parents throughout the evening. Granted, the building cleared out rapidly after the halftime entertainment ended, but it certainly provided an exciting evening up until that point. Kudos to the dance squad and their sponsor for keeping this annual event going. It truly benefits the high school in so many ways.
When a win is more than a win
The wrestling team had another outstanding season. They finished near the top in all of the tournaments they attended this season and they were one of the top Class B dual teams in the state of Nebraska. The icing on the cake for this wrestling season was the team championship they earned at their own Schuyler Invitational in January. It is always a fantastic feeling to earn that championship trophy but it takes on special meaning when you accomplish the feat in front of your home crowd. A 20th place finish at the state meet and a 6th place finish at the dual meet probably weren’t what the team had hoped for, but they will be back next season stronger than ever.
Records don't tell the whole story
I have never been one of those people who sees a lot of moral victories in defeat. A loss is a loss whether it be by one point or 101 points. But this was a season that I thoroughly enjoyed when it came to following both the boys and girls basketball teams. I am sure there are many people looking at the 3-19 record for the girls and the 5-17 record for the boys and wondering, “what happened?” Sadly, those people won’t understand what injuries can do, what inexperience can do, what illness can do, etc. I was so very impressed with the positive attitude that both head boys coach Lyndon Beebe and head girls coach Kadeyn Johnson maintained throughout their seasons. I am sure that they had hoped for more wins but they never gave up and, as a result, their players responded by playing their hearts out until the final buzzer of their final games. What I saw was very positive and impressive, coaches.