C-Team Defeats North Knox
From the Desk of Noah Callahan...
The Loogootee C-team opened their season with a 41-29 victory at North Knox. An 18 point second quarter allowed the Lions to jump out to a 15 point lead. Coach Callahan stated, "We started out slow early on but I think that was the excitement of the first game. We rebounded extremely well which was great to see" Jaycobson Wagoner led the balanced scoring attack with 11. Max Christmas had 10, followed by Sheldan Christmas and John Wagoner with 8 each. Nick Bowman and Austin Woody had 2 each. Loogootee finished with 36 rebounds for the game. Nick Bowman (10), Max Christmas (8), Jaycobson Wagoner (7), and Sheldan Christmas with (6) were the leaders for the game.
Nine Tips for Basketball Parents- Installment #2
This is installment #2 of Nine Tips for Basketball Parents. Last week's tips were: #1 Give Your Son the Gift of Failure. #2 Stress The Process Not The Outcome. #3 Avoid Comparisons With Fellow Competitors and Teammates. You can check the archives on this blog if you missed last week's installment. Here are tips 4, 5 , and 6.
#4 Teach Perspective
Americans are sports fans. We spend an inordinate amount of time traveling to watch live sporting events, and we probably spend more time watching them at home on TV. I think due to all of the exposure we have to professional sports and big time college athletics, we often lose perspective of what sports is all about. Salaries are high and with that comes a lot of pressure in the professional and college ranks. That often trickles down to the high school and youth levels. I think we all would benefit by having a little perspective. Winning and losing are not larger than life, and we shouldn’t treat them that way. I’m not saying that the outcome of a game is not important. Anybody who knows me knows that I am as competitive as anyone. In fact, I would go so far to say that I hate losing! But in the end whether you win or lose a game shouldn’t define your value as a person.
#5 Your Son Is Not His Performance- Love Him Unconditionally
The quickest way to damage your relationship with your son is to punish him after a poor performance. Your son needs to know without any reservation, that his self-worth and lovability have nothing to do with his performance on the floor. Kids generally feel bad enough after a game where they didn’t play up to their potential. Often times they feel like they have let down their team, their coach, or their parents. After a rough night on the court even some well-meaning constructive criticism from a parent makes the child feel like he isn’t loved as much by the people who are supposed to love him the most. I think it is important for parents to choose their words and their tone carefully after games in which their son didn’t play up to his potential.
#6 Make Sure Your Son’s Goals Are His Goals
I think it is very important to know whether your son is playing basketball because they enjoy it, or is it to please their parents? If you catch yourself saying things like, “our jump shot is too flat”, or “We really need to start driving the ball to the basket more," when you are really talking specifically about your son- then your son is probably not playing “for himself.” In fact he is probably playing to please you or for your vicarious glory, and that leads to nothing but problems in the long term. It is certainly normal for parents to want their son to be as successful as possible, but parents can't make that happen by pressuring their son to meet their standard of performance. Players must set their own goals and parents need to support them. When the parents expectations on performance level far exceed their son’s, then basketball quits being fun. It’s when a player has his own reasons and his own goals for participating that he grows to love the game and has a much greater chance of achieving his goals. I saw the sign below at a sports training facility. I think it sends a great message to parents who are living vicariously through their children.
Look for the final installment of this 3 part series on Friday, November 27th.
7th Grade Wins North Daviess Tournament
Coach Mark Potts and the 7th grade Lions traveled to North Daviess for a tournament on Saturday and brought home the championship. While final scores and statistics were not available for the first two games, Coach Potts reports that the Lions used the the same balanced scoring attack in game one vs North Daviess that we have been accustomed to seeing out of this group. In game two the Lions beat the Linton Miners. Coach Potts commended the defense of Levi Pendley and the scorying of Silas Bauer and Bryant Eckerle.
Wins in the first two rounds set a up a championship game against rival Barr Reeve. Loogootee led by double figures for much of the second half but settled for a 56-47 championship victory. Silas Bauer had his best game of the year totaling 23 point and 9 rebounds. Pendley hit some cluch free throws down the stretch and finished with 12 points. Jalen Wildman hit several outside shots as he tallied 12 points, his brother Jordan chipped in with 8 points of his own. Coach Potts noted that a key part of the game was when Jace Walton and Seth Blackwell stepped up to the challenge as the Lions had to fight off some foul trouble.
Congratulations to the 7th grade as they remain undefeated on the year.
6th Grade Beats Cedar Crest
The 6th grade traveled to Cedar Crest Elementary to play the undefeated Rangers. Coach Reed reports a tough contetst against a much larger opponent, but the visiting Lions were still able to come away with a 25-23 victory. Luke Nonte had a nice overall game with 8 points 4 steals and 2 assists as did Jacob Bowman with 4 points 5 rebounds and 2 assists. John Whitworth chipped in with 5 points and Tucker Watlton added 4 points.
5th Grade Wins North Daviess Tournament
From the Desk of Jeff Bledsoe....
The 4th/5th grade traveled to North Daviess Saturday morning to play in the Cougar Kickoff tournament. The first game of the tournament was a convincing 53-12 victory over North Daviess. Brandon Bledsoe led a well balanced attack with 12. Isaac Eagle 11, Reis Whitney and Jacob Tedrow both tallied 8, Isaac Waggner 7 and Peyton Bledsoe chipped in 6. Great unselfish team effort with nearly every basket that wasn't off a turnover in backcourt coming off an assist.
The 2nd game of the day put the young lions against the Orleans Bulldogs. Lions raced out to a 32 point halftime lead and won in convincing fashion 55-6. Orleans was held to 3-26 shooting from the field. Peyton Bledsoe led the way with 15 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. Brandon Bledsoe scored 11, Isaac Eagle 9, Jacob Tedrow and Reis Whitney contributed 6.
With 2 wins, that put the Lions in the Championship game against a tough Bloomfield team that has always played us close in the past few seasons. Lucas Brittain once again took the toughest defensive assignment locking down and setting the tone for the game early helping the Lions race out to a 30-6 impressive first half lead. Cardinals were able to find some offense in the 2nd half but it wasn't enough to overcome the first half deficit. Lions came away with a 50-25 win to bring home the Championship. Peyton Bledsoe led lions with 24, Isaac Eagle 9 and Lucas Brittain 8.
The 4th/5th grade lions take pride on defense and making the extra pass to get a high percentage shot. For the weekend, the Lions shot 54% from the field compared to their opponents 23%. The Lions are now 4-0 on the season and travel to White River Valley on Tuesday to take on the Wolverines.
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