“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times… it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness…” wrote Dickens in “A Tale of Two Cities.” It’s also an apt description of the Lady Eagles’ state tournament run this past week.
Seymour played two hard fought games against the best teams in the state, they faced two Miss Basketball finalist in a row, twice they were the general consensus underdog in the game, and twice they gave everything they had and left it all on the court.
What a difference a day makes; Thursday the girls were ecstatic and literally shaking with excitement after downing Livingston Academy. Friday’s post-game press conference was subdued and heart wrenching – they were silent and shocked. They believed they would win, and for a different bounce of the ball they might have.
Though seniors Danielle Wolfe, Rachel Ketron and Shandan Notgrass will be missed next season, the nucleus of a final-four team remains. This team was led by juniors, who had never been to the state tournament before, playing against teams which are experienced, with numerous visits to the TSSAA finals. Next season can be a different story for the Lady Eagles. They won’t sneak up on anybody and they may not be looked at as the underdog.
Regardless of next season’s promise, this team went as far as any Lady Eagles team ever has. They played hard, they played through adversity, and they always played like they knew they would win. They played their way into a community’s heart and made us proud.
Thank you girls for giving us a great and exciting season.
Seymour was picked to lose its last five tournament games, but instead upended the brackets and went 3-2. During that stretch they played all three finalists for Tennessee’s AA Miss Basketball; Katrina Beechboard of Livingston Academy and Laura Hall of Oliver Springs. Both lost to Seymour, while Kendall Cavin of Westview High scored most of her points at the foul line in her team’s defeat of Seymour. Perhaps the TSSAA should call Coach Moore and let the Lady Eagles decide this year’s Miss AA Basketball.
Get Ready for Spring Fantasies
The time is drawing close. The hum of the modem and clicking of the mouse should alert you that as we prepare for the start of Major League baseball that thousands of fans are preparing their fantasy baseball teams and forming their leagues for another summer of computer fun.
Much like the rampant fantasy football, fantasy baseball allows players to form leagues based on anything from a circle of friends to unknown folks around the country who get randomly placed by a web site. Drafting and managing a fantasy team can be a managerial dream for some, with involvement ranging from weekly interest to daily fanatacism.
There are a variety of sites to choose from this spring. But to rank them in ease of use: