This season did not go the way anyone would have expected. It was a bumpy road that ended with a loss to Frederick High in the first round of the playoffs. The season taught me that without proper preparation, one cannot expect success. Success does not happen overnight; it comes with blood, sweat, and tears endured in the offseason. I did not properly prepare for my junior season mainly due to the chance factor that I would not be medically cleared to play much like my sophomore year. I spent about a month preparing for the season and with the lack of training, I did not play as well as I know I could have with loads of hard work and dedication. Regardless, I was awarded the Minds in Motion Award for my grades and the Coach’s Award for following the moral ideals my coach looks for in his players. It is my hope that with proper preparation this summer that I will be able to compete at a higher level my senior season. I am now fully aware that my self-confidence will be built through repetitions and not entitlement. I am looking forward to seeing new faces in the gym next season.
I would also like to use this blog as an opportunity to educate my younger readers. Please remember that you are always one injury away from never playing the sport you love ever again. Make sure to stay on top of your grades because a strong education will lead you to numerous job opportunities in the future. Also, keep in mind that whatever you do, if you want to be successful, you have to put in the time necessary to become that way. Try your best at whatever you do no matter the given circumstances and eventually, you will succeed.
“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” -Colin Powell