The LEAP Student Blog
Michael Larson | Everett HS: "FAMILY"
The sound of Coach Lewellen’s whistle filled my ears. “Baseline!”
I could hear the grunts and moans of my teammates growing continuously louder as the whistles became more frequent. “Down and back...ready... Tweet!”
I would say that this pretty much sums up my life during the basketball season, but to be honest it was a lot more than just running down-and-backs for me.
Basketball is hard work, there isn’t any smooth sailing involved.The basketball season consists of either practices or games for 2 hours 6 days a week for about 3 months straight. Keeping up with school and basketball is no easy task, it takes a lot of commitment and discipline.
Basketball is mentally and physically draining. You have to remember plays, play good defense, think of how to stop the ball as well as think of every way possible to get that ball in the hoop more times than the other team. All of this takes a lot of hard work to become good. When your best friends all play on the same team and all push each other to be the best they can be you can really get something special.
I’ve known most of the guys on my team since I was in elementary school. The first time I ever played basketball was in third grade. I was on a parks and rec. team, we were called the Lakers. Ever since then I had played with most of the same guys and now playing with them in High School is more fun than I could’ve ever imagined. Yeah, we don’t win that much, Everett is more of just a .500 avg team, but it’s rare for at least all I’ve seen to find a team more close and tight knit than my Everett Seagulls; the only other word I can think to describe it, is family.
There’s nothing that makes you better friends than leaving blood, sweat, and tears on the court together. The group of guys that I had been blessed to play basketball with are incredible. The motivation and competitiveness that we all had created an atmosphere where winning seemed like an achievable dream, but most importantly basketball showed me the importance of friendship. To play the game with your best friends is pretty much living the dream, doing what you love with who you love, it doesn't get much better than that.