How Did We Play the Game?

I wrote my last blog entry at the beginning of the basketball season. In that entry I challenged student athletes and coaches to a high level of sportsmanship and asked them, “How will you play the game?”

Well, how did we play the game? In my assessment we did pretty well.

The cheering team placed runner up in the Downeast Athletic Conference competition, the Eastern Maine Regional competition, and the Maine State Class D competition. The two plaques look great in the school. The Lady Bulldogs Basketball team earned a record of 17-1, won their preliminary game, and earned a spot to play in Bangor. The boy’s basketball team finished the season with a 10-7 record and played a home preliminary game.

More importantly all the teams competed with an exceptional level of sportsmanship and class. It was not a perfect season, but overall I was very pleased with the way our students represented our school and community.

A great example of this level of sportsmanship is based on a conversation I had with the Fort Fairfield coach after their win in Machias. He told me that our team showed a lot of class especially towards the end of the game. He went on to tell me that he has played teams that have taken their frustrations out on his team physically once the game was out of reach.

I thanked him for the compliment, congratulated him and his team, and moved my attention to our team. I thought about our team and their season. Our boys had just lost a chance to go to Bangor. They could have chosen to be rough or chippy. They could have been sore losers. Despite all the frustration and disappointment they chose to do the right thing and be good sports. I saw the same actions from our Lady Bulldogs cheering and basketball teams. Everyone did their best and that’s all anyone can ask.

Some of my proudest moments as a principal have come from watching our students do the right thing. That’s one of the things that keeps me going as a principal. Regardless of the outcomes of games or seasons I appreciate and respect how are teams chose to play the game.

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