web analytics
August 21, 2014 / 25 Av, 5774
Israel at War: Operation Protective Edge
 
 
At a Glance
Judaism
Sponsored Post
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat (L) visits the JewishPress.com booth at The Event. And the Winners of the JewishPress.com Raffle Are…

Congratulations to all the winners of the JewishPress.com raffle at The Event



The Breakfast Of Champions (Part IV)

Teller-Rabbi-Hanoch

Monona Grove was headed to “State” and the Silver Eagle fans went insane. The coming games would not be played in monotonous high school gyms erected in the 1950s. They were off to the University of Wisconsin’s colossal Kohl Center where they would play before a crowd of 12,000. The games would be broadcast to a statewide television audience of millions, as a battery of newspapers and stations would be begging for interviews. The Kohl Center was just a short drive from Monona, technically in the same city.

The thieves must have had a field day that afternoon in Monona, for all of the district’s residents crowded into the Kohl Center to root for their team. If there ever was a home-court advantage, Monona Grove possessed it.

They had come so far in one year and no one wanted to miss out on what was hoped to be one of Monona’s greatest celebrations. An unfavorable outcome barely occurred to anyone, certainly not after the upset over Portage.

Monona Grove’s first competition in the State sectional finals was against evenly matched New London, a team with similar height and wingspan. To defend against New London’s excellent shooters, Monona Grove implemented its signature 3-2 zone defense with their big man Andy Witte on the top of the key and the other two towers at the sides of the basket.

On the wings were the guards who were only 5’10” but very quick and good rebounders. The idea of keeping Witte at the furthest point was to block 3-point attempts. The New London team oozed experience and they entered the arena with swagger and strut. The team had tremendous firepower and skill, and they were well coached.

Although a relative rookie to coaching, Dan Zweifel gave motivational speeches like a seasoned pro. Before this game he unleashed a masterpiece. Aware of the distraction of performing before over 17,000 fans, he had to make sure that his players remembered that they were high school kids, not NBA stars.

You can’t lose your poise, he stressed, for once you get nervous you take quick shots and forfeit the ball. He reviewed their strategy and which New London players they needed to stop. Zweifel then threw in, not atypically, the value of sportsmanship.

“It was a long, uphill climb to get here; let’s not lose altitude because of behavior or statements unbecoming of a sportsman. There is no ‘I’ in ‘team,’ ” he said with a wink. “Go show them what you can do!”

The teams took to the court and an even battle ensued in the scoring-rich first quarter. This sent the commentators into a frenzy predicting how the shooting from the field and 3-point range would tally in the second quarter. Alas, the quarter was virtually scoreless, but this still did not diminish the commentator’s commentary.

For an entire quarter both teams continued shooting at a staggeringly inept pace. New London’s only salvation and second-half hope was that while its second quarter percentage was laughable, Monona Grove’s was abysmal. Coach Zweifel had his work cut out for him to refocus his players.

Within the initial minutes of the third quarter it was apparent that the coach had done his job. The Silver Eagles had regained their rhythm and even when things did not go exactly as planned, they were still making things happen. For each bucket Zweifel leaped up and punched the air, a sign of how important these points were.

Still, the lead was traded back and forth until late in the fourth quarter. At this point the score was tied and the players began to best understand their opponents. Whoever could best capitalize on what they had gleaned would be the winner.

With three minutes to go, Scott Bashinsky from the Silver Eagles cut from the box to the elbow and retrieved a pass. Witte spun off his defender and went under the basket for a hi-low. Bashinsky went high; Witte went low, perfectly positioned to receive a high lob pass that he was able to convert into a lay-up, incurring a defensive foul in the process. Witte sunk the free throw putting his team up by three. Before New London had its chance, Monona was on the offense again and Witte sunk a 3-pointer in what appeared to be an exclamation point to the win.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “The Breakfast Of Champions (Part IV)”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Israeli Air Force jets.
Shin Bet Confirms: 3 Top Hamas Military Leaders Dead
Latest Judaism Stories
Azrielli Tower - Shema Yisrael

A bit of (non-Jewish) history can help us understand this week’s Torah portion: In the early 1500s, the Catholic church was being fundamentally challenged by movements which claimed it had monopolized religious power and used to enrich the church and its officials. The most radical of these movements were a particular sect of Anabaptists. Anabaptists […]

Leff-081514

“When a mother plays with her child there is an acute awareness of the child. But even when the mother works at a job or is distracted by some other activity, there is a natural, latent awareness of her child’s existence.

Business-Halacha-logo

“Guess what?” Benzion exclaimed when he returned home. “I just won an identical Mishnah Berurah in the avos u’banim raffle.”

The-Shmuz

While it’s clear to you and to me that a 14,000-pound creature can easily break away from the light ropes holding it, the reality is that it cannot.

An Outcast
‘He Shall Dwell Outside His Tent’
(Moed Katan 7b)

Question: The Gemara in Berachot states that the sages authored our prayers. Does that mean we didn’t pray beforehand?

Menachem
Via Email

Based on the opinion of the Ramban, the Territorial School believes that leaving any territory of the Land of Israel in the possession of non-Jews is a violation of a biblical mandate.

“But they told me to come in today,” she said. They gave me this date months ago. It’s not my fault if it’s the wrong day.”

Tosafos there takes issue with Rashi’s view that the letters that are formed in the knots of the tefillin are considered part of the name of Hashem.

Blind obedience is not a virtue in Judaism. God wants us to understand the laws He has commanded us

What does Hashem want of us? That we should protect each other and the awesome heritage He gave us.

Israel is the only place where we have the potential to fulfill our mandate as the chosen people.

The innkeeper smiled and replied, “Why do you think we are dancing? We are dancing because G-d destroyed the Bais HaMikdash!”

One of the manifestations of the immature person is a sense of entitlement.

More Articles from Rabbi Hanoch Teller
Teller-Rabbi-Hanoch-NEW

The enormity of Hiram’s accomplishments crazed him and deluded him into self-deification.

Rabbi Hanoch Teller

Thinking about how much we can do in comparison to what we have done serves as a corrective against pride and arrogance.

Separating fun from happiness can liberate, regarding (a) time, (b) money and (c) jealousy.

People expectantly go through their lives awaiting the event that will make them happy.

If you expect more, you will be less grateful; if you expect less, you will be more grateful.

So goes the story about a man in the silly town of Chelm who visited a public bathhouse and found himself in a terrible predicament. Without the distinction of clothing, everyone looked alike. “Among all these men who look alike,” he said to himself, “how will I ever know which one is me?” He solved his dilemma by tying a red string around his big toe.

In the campaign to rob a consumer of any sense of contentedness, which translates into sales, strategy is often focused on confusing need with want and the illusion of being dissatisfied.

“I never said I have nothing to complain about,” she intoned with an expression that belied her age. “I just don’t see the wisdom of protesting. I am fine and I am being adequately nourished.” And with that she went back to her cereal.

    Latest Poll

    Do you think the FAA ban on US flights to Israel is political?






    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/judaism/jewish-columns/chodesh-tov/the-breakfast-of-champions-part-iv/2013/08/29/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: