Our view: To find real winners, look past scoreboard

March 17, 2010 at 5:04 p.m.
Updated March 17, 2010 at 10:18 p.m.

"If you put your effort and concentration into playing to your potential, to be the best that you can be, I don't care what the scoreboard says at the end of the game, in my book we're gonna be winners."

- Coach Norman Dale (played by Gene Hackman) in the movie "Hoosiers."

We don't care what the scoreboard said after the final seconds ticked away in Hallettsville's historic run at a basketball title, a 72-56 loss to Ponder.

In our book, just like Norman Dale told his team in the movie "Hoosiers," the Brahmas are winners.

The Hallettsville boys basketball team made its first appearance at a Class 2A state tournament last week, uniting the town with a season that ended with a 36-2 record.

The semifinal loss to Ponder, which eventually won its third state championship, was tough for the boys, but it does buoy optimism for next year.

"We return seven of our top nine, the nucleus for sure," coach Rich Dozier told the Advocate after the game. "We'll be excited, motivated and their summer plans and their preseason plans will all be focused around coming back so they can have this experience again."

The team seemed to unite the town, too. The Brahmas grew accustomed to having a large fan base at every game.

"What's really been cool is the support of the community," Hallettsville coach Rich Dozier said after a recent game. "It's an in credible amount of people who are showing up for the kids and showing them they appreciate their style of play."

This team, this season, made history for its school and community with its semifinal appearance. This same group of winners should only be better next season, when the boys put this experience to use and go after that first state title.

But even if they fall short again, they're still winners in our book.

This article reflects the views of the Advocate editorial board.



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