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The Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Defeat

March 16, 2009 - Chuck Hunt
What a week of sports we had last week. First, Buc wrestlers Jake Lee and Mat Wilner take medals at the State Wrestling Meet. Then the Buc boys basketball team is shocked in the first round of the sub-section tournament. It was shocking as the No. 1 seed was defeated by the No. 8 seed. Of course, that very same scenario had happened a week earlier in the girls tourney, as the No. 1 seed WEM Bucs lost to the No. 8 seed. Wednesday was a classic game. The underdog Giants just kept hanging around and staying close. They also played with some pretty high intensity - something that always is key to any game. Of course, the fact that the Giants couldn't seem to miss a shot, especially the 3-point shot, also made a huge difference. It was a stunning finish, both to a game, and to a season. The agony of defeat was totally evident on the faces of BEA players, coaches and fans. The Buc boys quit guarding the Giant ball handlers for the final ticks of the clock, and the Giants just dribbled away the final seconds. We found it strange to see the next night that the Giants lost, and their star guard - who had 25 points against the Bucs, including five threes – only mustered nine points in that next game. The thrill of victory was to come just two nights later. The Buccaneer girls team was facing some stiff opposition in the finals of the section, going against NRHEG. The Panthers had defeated the Bucs earlier in the season and had only one loss all year, to Waseca. But no matter. The Buccaneers were on a roll, and they were there to play, and play hard. It was exciting from the opening minute to the final seconds. Thrilling hardly is a strong enough word for what happened. When I got home from Mankato, sleep was impossible. I was too keyed up. On Saturday I visited with Coach Al Cue. He also said sleep was impossible Friday night. He stayed up all night. "But it is always better to win and be tired than lose and be crabby," he said. I remember going to one of the first girls games this year. A couple of guys leaving after the game said something like, "Whoa, its going to be a long season." They were right, it is a long season. Long, because it is extended into more games with a trip to the state tournament. Bet that is not what they meant. Congrats to the girls, and best of luck at state. No matter what happens, we are all proud of you.


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