Scorpion Scholar Athletes

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Tobin Bechtel

This Saturday, our varsity boys and girls basketball teams have their first official games of the season.  I hope many of you will consider coming to cheer them on at the Neil Road Recreation Center - girls at 1:30 followed by boys at 3:00 PM. Both teams have put in the practice and persistence to develop a winning spirit. The boys have won two pre-season tournaments and journeyed to San Diego to compete with with teams in divisions of 2,000+ student schools. 

On Wednesday, our MS Girls Volleyball squads swept both sets versus Lake Tahoe School. Even with only two practices leading up to this match, both teams demonstrated great spirit and collaboration which led to the winning points. The way our teams play would make it difficult to name a ‘most valuable player’ as all our students, in my mind, intrinsically know as Peyton Manning puts it, “The most valuable player is the one that makes the most players valuable.”

I believe Sage Ridge truly supports the development of scholar athletes. Our teams are continually becoming more competitive and our coaches are building programs that are being noticed across the NIAA (our state sporting agency). More importantly, our students are being competitive with integrity, courage and respect. I know from personal experience and over twenty years of coaching how the commitment required in participating in sports develops focus, flexibility, and fortitude. The popular word for this is grit. And grit is important in life - our opportunities for students to learn in so many settings helps them develop a deeper belief in themselves - on and off the court, in and out of the classroom. I hope that Michael Jordan’s observation resonates with all our students, “Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”

Come on out and support our Scorpions!

For Basketball, Skiing, or Volleyball events please check out our Athletics calendar.

PS - Hope you are considering reading Under Pressure, by Lisa Damour Ph.D. for our next Parent Book Club in March.


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