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  • Monday, October 19, 2015 12:52 AM

    Before the Major League Baseball playoffs began, Chicago Cub pitcher Jon Lester was reflecting on the youth of his teammates when he said that the playoffs is nothing that can be explained, they have to be experienced. Now the Cubs will have their chance to do so.

    In all high school sports, you have your playoffs in the form of state tournaments. Like most sporting events, the favorites are usually the ones that have performed the best during the regular season. However, state tournaments wipe the slate clean for every team, good or bad. It's a fresh start.

    Don't predetermine your expected outcome based on your regular season record. Upsets and the unexpected seem to happen more than you think. So go into every game believing you have a chance to win, regardless of what happened in previous games or past history. It took the Cubs over 100 years to clinch a playoff berth on their home field. Hopefully you experience a big moment during your high school career!

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  • Sunday, September 27, 2015 11:38 PM

         I read an article recently about a volleyball coach and her approach to her team about practice.

         She stated to her players that they probably tell people all the time, "I have to go to practice, it's a requirement." You rarely tell people, "I get to go to volleyball practice. It's an opportunity."

         What a difference in attitude! How you view something can make a significant improvement in your approach and the results you might get. Regardless of your sport, and whether you are in season or not, why not look at every practice as an opportunity? By doing so, you may find yourself having more fun and getting better results!

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  • Thursday, September 17, 2015 12:09 AM
        This past week a Texas high school and two of its football players were involved in an ugly exchange with a football referee.  In short, the ref was blindsided and was intentionally run over and attacked by the two players.

         As a student-athlete, you know that emotions run high when you are competing and trying to win. However, there is never a time to justify bad behavior. Regardless of the circumstance, never lose your cool and composure. 

         Part of competing fairly means respecting all of those involved, the officials; coaches, teammates, opponents, and the fans. It's a fact that only one team can win, but everyone loses when bad behavior and bad decision making becomes the headlines!

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  • Thursday, October 16, 2014 7:38 PM
    At most sporting events, the national anthem is played before the start of the game. How do you show your respect for the flag and our great country?

    Do you stand at attention? Do you put your hand on your heart? Before your sporting event, does your coach or team captain encourage the team to do something uniformly?

    Recently, while watching the Indianapolis Colts game, I noticed quarterback Andrew Luck, hand on heart, singing the anthem as it was being played.

    Positive role models are alive and well. Remember, others will be watching you! 
  • Friday, April 04, 2014 10:00 PM
    Have you been on the winning side or the losing side of an upset win or loss this school year? There's joy if you pull the upset, but disappointment if you are on the receiving end.

    On any given day, even the best teams are vulnerable and can be beaten. It happens in every sport at every level of play. Regardless of preparation and effort, there are times when it just isn't your day. 

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