It was certainly disappointing that the Archbold boys basketball team had its hopes for a state championship derailed in the district semifinals, Thursday, March 7.
Everyone likes to win. In winning, there are lessons to be learned. Hard work pays off. Talent without coaching is talent left undeveloped. Teamwork is the key to success. Commitment and dedication are not meaningless buzzwords.
The Blue Streaks were certainly no strangers to winning this year. They finished their regular season undefeated– the first undefeated season for an AHS boys varsity basketball team since the 1995-96 season.
AHS athletic teams are not strangers to achievement. Appearances in district and regional competitions are not unusual. Trips to state are not uncommon, with occasional state championships coming back to Archbold.
While losing is disappointing, there are also lessons to be learned.
The most important lesson is if you’ve put in the work, if you have played with everything you have, if you have done the best you can and given everything you’ve got, yet still have been bested, then there is no shame.
Few will ever reach the ranks of college sports, and even fewer turn professional. But the lessons learned at any level– hard work, teamwork, dedication, commitment– are far more valuable.