Our View: Field of competition
The buzzer has sounded.
The last race has come and gone.
The high school winter sports season has come to an end.
What can we take from it?
More than a trip to the Sweet 16 for the girls basketball team.
More than a trip to the playoffs for the boys basketball team.
More than yet another state trip for the wrestling squad.
And more than a state championship performance by Kelsey Conci on the girls swim team.
As with all teams - fall, winter and spring - and their respective seasons, we can take more from what happened on the field of competition than what the final standings show.
From the girls hoops team, we have a model of consistency.
They are constantly the class of the Western Slope.
Year in and year out, the team is a machine, and goes about playing basketball the right way.
From the boys team, you see that never say die attitude. This is a team that didn't put a mark in the win column for nearly a dozen games.
From there, the young men learned to win, making it all the way to the playoffs - a feat not many would have thought possible considering how the season started.
From the wrestling team, we take away perseverance. Like the boys basketball team, the wrestling team started slow.
To be honest, it was a rebuilding year, but that was not entirely the case. The Bulldogs were able to reload and send five youths to state.
This is a young team is poised for bigger things next year.
From the swim team, we see that great things can come from small numbers. Despite having a small squad, team members consistently improved on their strokes and dropped times throughout the season.
In the end, the Bulldogs even produced a state champion.
But more than any of that, we can take away this: Win, lose or draw, these youths were competing, doing what they can to make their team and themselves better.
Many were accomplished on the field and accomplished in the classroom - the true definition of student athlete.
It's the lessons they learn on the field - from overcoming obstacles to learning sportsmanship - that they can take with them into real life.
So, from the Editorial Board to the students who also are athletes, we say to you good job.
There is much to learn from sports, and much we can learn from watching those go about it the right way.