Archive for Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Letter: A magical season

November 7, 2007

To the Editor:

To the 2007 Basehor-Linwood boys soccer team:

As I was driving home from the game tonight, I thought about what I would like to say to each and every one of you. I know you are hurting physically and emotionally right now. I am still feeling a bit down myself. It was a tough loss for you, your coaches, your parents and your fellow students. But through your frustration, I hope you get a chance to look at the bigger picture.

I have followed the game of soccer for 40 years. I fell in love with it when I was your age. I have seen World Cup matches, MLS Cups, and even high school state championship games. What I saw tonight was right up there at the top. It was truly a wonderful experience. Although the result was not what we wanted it to be, you have every reason in the world to be proud of what you accomplished, not only tonight, but all season. You were the best side tonight, but the better side doesn't always win. You were the fittest side tonight and that is a tribute to all of the hard work you put in during the summer, pre-season, and at practice.

But more importantly, you honored "The Beautiful Game." What you did this year will have an impact for years to come. You have brought pride and honor to Basehor-Linwood High School. Students that never followed soccer came out to watch you play. People that don't get soccer, now get it. You delivered that to them. The love that you have for the game was demonstrated tonight by your play and never-give-up attitude. Hopefully that attitude will cross over to others and someday your children.

I finally want to say that I am extremely proud of each and every one of you. It has been an honor to watch you play the game I love so dearly. Don't let this one game diminish your passion and commitment to the game of soccer. You have now created a legacy in your community that others will have to work harder to achieve. As you grow older you will look back on tonight and will still feel a twinge of disappointment. But what you accomplished tonight was far greater than you may ever know.

God Bless you all and best of luck in the future.

Mark Naster


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