Building Liberty: Winning Despite Adversity

This is the latest in a series of blog posts written by Chip Sodemann, Head Boys Basketball Coach at Wentzville Liberty High School. The team is playing at the varsity level for the first time in 2014-15. Click here to see previous Building Liberty blog posts

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Facing adversity

One of the best parts about the game of basketball is that it teaches life lessons. I feel that as a coach, if I am only teaching the X’s and O’s, then I am missing out on what high school athletics is really all about. It is a guarantee that at some point throughout the season, you are going to face adversity. The message we are always talking about is how do you handle your adversity? As a player, you have two choices. Choice #1, you can let it affect you negatively and cause you to lose your focus. Choice #2, you can learn to accept adversity, work harder and know that you will learn from it to be a better player and a better person for having gone through that adversity.

As a young, inexperienced team, we have faced our share of adversity so far. Off the court we have faced injury, sickness and family situations which have caused different players to miss time. Very rarely have we been able to practice with 10 guys. After starting the season with three tough losses against quality varsity teams, we rebounded and beat two quality JV teams in St. Charles and St. Charles West. The aspect of the game that we have had to learn and adjust to the most has been the strength and speed of Varsity players.

On Saturday, at the GAC/Suburban shootout, it finally happened! We held off a late comeback from Northwest Cedar-Hill to win our first Varsity game in program history 58-52! Brian Jones, one of our starting forwards, sprained his ankle late in the game and will miss some time as he gets healthy.

After starting the season 0-3, we head into Christmas break with a 3-3 record. With no holiday tournament on our schedule this season, we will have a few practice days to sharpen our skills and make a few necessary changes to adjust to our new personnel. We are excited to see what the new year brings as we continue to climb the mountain! Happy Holidays from Liberty! Oskie.

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