Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Bragging on my Boy!

The basketball season has come to an end for Lititz Christian School (LCS) and with it came a school history first. For the very first time in the history of LCS, the boys’ varsity basketball team made it to the District Playoffs. In fact, all four varsity sports teams from LCS have made district playoffs this school year including the girls’ volleyball team; the boys’ soccer team; and both the guys and girls basketball teams! Well done, Eagles!

My son, Jonathan, started on the basketball team this year as a sophomore. The entire team had a superb year, winning first place in our division of the CCAC conference. But since my particular interest was really on my son, I only kept track of statistics for him. I was very proud of the year he had. Here are some highlights not counting the opening tournament at Mt Calvary for which I have no statistics:

Jonathan scored 122 points this season.

Jonathan averaged 6.4 points per game including the post-season.

Jonathan scored over half of those points (69 to be exact) from beyond the 3-point arch

Jonathan sank 23 shots from 3-point land over the season.

Jonathan scored double digits in 5 different games

Jonathan scored 10 points in the CCAC semi-final playoff game.

Jonathan’s high game for the season was a 23-point performance against Hershey Christian.

Jonathan hit four shots from beyond the 3-point arch in three different games.

There also were those tough times like in the final regular season game at Berks Christian when Jonathan drove the lane with just seconds remaining and LCS down by 1 point, drawing the foul and sending him to the free throw line for two shots. He needed to make just one to tie the game and send it to overtime or both to ensure the victory. In that hostile environment with the Berks crowd making some serious noise, he missed the first shot. After the Berks coach called a time-out, he also missed the second one. Those times build character and they did for Jonathan. It was the very next game, the playoff game against heavily favored Lancaster Christian, that Jonathan scored 10 points.

At the end of that Lancaster Christian game I was standing with Jonathan when Coach Simpson came up to congratulate him on a great game and to talk about all they had to build on for the next season. I loved Jonathan’s response…“That’s great coach, can we stop on the way home to eat?” Hey, some things are more important than basketball.

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