This time of year always gets me. It is March and the madness is sure to ensue. Actually, it has already started. With the majority of my nearing five years here at the 9 spent in spent in ice arenas, my love for the sport of hockey has grown but basketball is still my passion.
March is most certainly going to bring its share of surprises and to a point those have already started. The Gopher faithful at Williams Arena stormed the court after their team upset number one Indiana. For me, the NCAA tournament is great, but I am a self-diagnosed high school sports geek so I get a couple week jump on the madness. I watch the movie Hoosiers about 100 times this time of year and get goosebumps every time.
I love it when a lower seed pulls the upset and in the first week of playoff action we have one. Shakopee throttled the third seeded Eden Prairie Eagles 62-40 and as needed picked up huge games from Haley Zerr, Taylor Koenen and Emily Horsmann. In the interest of full disclosure, I am beyond happy for the Sabers. I coach Emily during the AAU season and her game and her confidence have grown in the past two years of playing varsity basketball. They will have a tough test Saturday against Edina.
Living in Maple Grove, I have a pretty well-known fondness for the Crimson. I first met and started working with girls hoops head coach Mark Cook almost ten years ago. Mark is one of the greatest guys I know and has a great basketball mind. Win or lose, his girls always give everything they have and will again when his Crimson begin their post season journey tonight against Champlin Park. Senior guard Angie Davison is 36 points shy of 1,000 for her career. Having watched Angie come up through the Osseo-Maple Grove Association and knowing her and her family for years, there is no one player that I am more happy for than Angie.
Live in your moment and remember the journey
The postseason journey is filled with so many little moments that at the time are simply looked over. We look at the scoreboard to see the final score and if the team we cheer for has just one more point than the opponent we win. When looking back, we might remember who you played in your final game, we might even remember the score. What we will remember always, are those same little moments that we took for granted.
As parents we shuttle our kids to and from practice and games hundreds of times. We watch as our kids grow physically, mentally and emotionally. We soak in their passion for a truly great game and love our position as their number one fans. We blink and suddenly the player who jumped up and down after making a basket while smiling and waving to parents on the sideline is playing in their final games ever.
So, as the journey begins remember tomorrow is not promised. Live in your moment and remember the journey.