Memory Lane: A Reflection of JV Basketball by T.J. Linas
Written By: T.J. Linas
P.K. Yonge is a hard place to be a young baller. I remember back when I played freshman baseball in my middle school years. It was a fun time. It gave me everything a sport should: exercise, friendship, an excuse to not do homework, the whole works.
Although, as fun as it was, our team was awful.
We were mostly sixth and seventh graders, playing actual freshmen and sophomores. Not a very good matchup. Losing was a tradition, and we were very good at keeping that tradition alive--going winless in both of the seasons that I played.
Yet, as bad as we were, all of us knew it was worth it. We learned countless lessons, like it was like a Sesame Street episode every Tuesday and Thursday night. Losing taught us that winning is important, but shouldn’t the reason you play sports. Playing older kids taught us that there will always be someone better than you, faster than you and stronger than you. But, that doesn’t mean that it’s not worth trying.
I thought this trend of playing-up grade and skill levels was only in baseball, until I saw our junior varsity basketball team. All of our teams are young with only one senior in the entire program, but our JV team gets the worst of it.
With a roster of mainly seventh and eighth graders, playing teams who are between ninth and eleventh grade, it’s never going to be an easy road. But, to see these young men learning learning the same things I learned, having just as much fun, and winning while they’re at it, it’s a great thing.
Watching them play Vanguard this past Tuesday night was amazing. Vanguard's starting point guard was a junior with a beard and what looked like a wedding ring on, and we fought the entire game. At one point, we came back from being down 18 points to get within three.
Even though we ended up taking a loss, our team is filled with young blood and raw talents that are on the verge of being stars. That’s all you can ask for in a JV team. Give them two years of training with our coaches and assistants, it’ll be hard to stop the Wave on the court.