Monday, June 1, 2009

Mini-Macs Come up Big

There's been a lot of talk this year about the success of our various basketball programs. Our Jr. High boys won the City Parks Championship, our JV Boys won several buzzer beaters and then pulled off an unlikely upset in the BBYO league, our Varsity Girls won the JCC championship, and our Varsity Boys had a dream season, winning three different championships and making it to the Tier Two finals in the Saracheck Invitational Tournament.

Yet, despite all of the truly remarkable success our basketball teams have had this year, I dare say it is our Mini-Macs Baseball team, comprised of students in 1st through 3rd grades, that might rank as our best sports story of the year. When Coach Carr, Coach Roper, and their dedicated assistants started with this group, they looked much like the Bad News Bears. Yet, over the course of just one season they went from struggling to get out of an inning without having the 6 run mercy-rule invoked, to outscoring their opponents 39-1 over their last three games. Their coaches taught them to field and to hit, where to be, where to go, and how to play together as a team. They taught them not to give up and not to get discouraged. They showed them that with hard work, commitment, and a willingness to learn, no challenge is too great and no hurdle is too high to overcome.

Though there are still a few games left to the season, what these boys have accomplished already should make us all quite proud.

For more pictures of the boys in action click here:
Mini Macs Baseball

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