Still MIGHTY Posted December 21, 2010 Share Posted December 21, 2010 As a young'n, I played soccer, baseball, and basketball. Played baseball until I had to repeat machine pitch, after failing at tryouts for the next level. I felt dumb not being good enough to move up, so I quit baseball. Played soccer for a while, until I really got into basketball. And I quit basketball when I was cut during freshman basketball camp. Based on the team, I was good enough to make the team, but you could tell that the coach had already picked favorites by the 2nd practice. He took his favorite kids to one court and had the rest of us scrimmage and do shooting games on the other court with no coaches.In high school, I played football all four years, I was on the varsity team for 3 years. I never started on the varsity level though, even though all I did was work harder than any kid on the team all week. I just never grew. I was always trained to be an offensive lineman, but I hit my growth spurts early, so I was passed up. I also never got faster, so I couldn't have moved on to tightend or fullback or anything like that. And of course I could tell I was always being passed over for favorites or for the big members of the booster club. The coaches wouldn't say it, but if you looked at the lineup and compared it to the donor names, it always lined up. My only football glory came in my junior season as the JV went undefeated and took the first outright JV title and first undefeated JV season in the school's history. And on varsity, I got to play a pretty big part in breaking out school's 19-game losing streak my sophomore year. But not an exciting football career.Lacrosse was different. Me and my buddies basically started up the lacrosse team. We created the club and organized the members for the very first club lacrosse team my freshman year. I was learning to play goalie, but we had a guy that had played on other club teams and was pretty decent. He quit the day before our very first game, and I never looked back. We had a great struggle with the school board and district board getting lacrosse to be a school sport, and that was a pretty fierce battle between the players/parents and the AD/principal/school board, but we eventually broke through. The team wasn't great, but I progressively got better, and the summer between my junior and senior years I actually got to go back east for a big lacrosse camp back in Massachusetts. They said that I was by far the best west coast goalie they had had at the camp and they said I was the 3rd best goalie overall at the camp. So my confidence and skills went up greatly. We were routinely beaten by 10 goals the first three years, but the fourth year, the group of us that had all began to learn the game finally came together and went 12-7 that senior year. We upset the #10 team in California in overtime, we finished in the top 25 in California, but we missed out on the playoffs because of a weird system. We would have made the playoffs the following year. I was also voted the team MVP for the season, which was the highest sports award I've ever gotten. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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