Maddi Pariser - Sports Editor, '12


There’s only 15 seconds left in the fourth quarter and your team is down by two.You step up to the free throw line and strategically place your feet. You give the ball a couple of dribbles and take the shot. Swoosh! The first one goes in. Nothing but net. You gear up for the second shot.

The silence in the crowd is so intense that every audience member can hear your heart thump. The ball leaves your fingertips in slow motion and you hold your follow through. It’s in the perfect position; it looks like it’s headed in, but its short! The ball hits the front of the rim, bounces out and your team loses the game.


That has got to be the worst feeling ever. I cannot imagine letting my entire team down, and not to mention disappointing all my family and friends in the stands. Luckily, I have never been in this exact predicament but I started to think about what would happen if I were. At first I thought that all my teammates would hate my guts, but then I thought a little more.


Recently, I have been a little down on my luck. Senior year got off to a rocky start and things didn’t go exactly as I had planned. At the end of a rough day I drag myself to sixth period, but as soon as I get there I am welcomed by my hilarious teammates who truly care about me and know how to make me smile. The more I thought about it the more I realized what a truly great support system I have.


Between teammates, good friends, family and the journalism crew I have people by my side that I can vent to 24/7. In life you will come across the occasional person who turns out not to be the genuine friend that you thought they were. However, don’t get too caught up in this. There are so many other quality people around you that you may miss out on if you obsess on those who have hurt you.


In fact, one day you may want to go back to those people who taught you some of life’s hardest lessons and say thanks. Without them, you would have never been able to appreciate everything that your friends and family have given you. I know now that there is nothing I can’t get through without my teammates by my side. •