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Wellington Daily News - Wellington, KS
  • Column: It matters if you win or lose

  • Some people say it doesn’t matter whether you win or not, but how you play the game. I would say it does matter, and that is the reason games are played - because they matter to someone. The thing to realize is, there is nothing “wrong” with losing. If you played your hardest, did your best, and still lost, that is nothing to hang your head about.
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  • Kudos to our local Sumner County high school basketball teams. Three area teams made it through substate last week and will be playing in the state tournament later this week. There were other teams - like Wellington - that battled hard but lost and saw their season end.
    Some people say it doesn’t matter whether you win or not, but how you play the game. I would say it does matter, and that is the reason games are played - because they matter to someone.
    The thing to realize is, there is nothing “wrong” with losing. If you played your hardest, did your best, and still lost, that is nothing to hang your head about.
    One of the things you learn in sports is how to win with grace and how to lose with class. I think all our area teams did just that at various substate tournaments last weekend.
    There is an old movie where a martial arts guru says to his student “if you cannot defeat your enemy, you must die well.” That is the ultimate lesson in sports, because you do not always win.
    Preparation and talent are great, and they help you win, but you still have to have a little bit of luck along the way. You never know how the ball will bounce.
    Last Saturday, while the Wellington girls were in a battle with Mulvane and the first half was about to end, a last-second shot by the Crusaders went in after bouncing a couple times on the rim.
    It was ruled that the ball hit one of the supporting poles, and was therefore out of bounds, so the shot was no good.
    Correct call by the referee.
    The difference there was an inch or two and the shooter had no control over the bounce.
    But that shot might have given the team just a little more energy in the second half, or momentum if it had counted.
    The Crusaders came up on the short end of the scoreboard, but it’s hard to say they lost.
    They had been beaten handilly by Mulvane twice. On paper at least, Mulvane was a big favorite. But  with three minutes left in the game they were tied, and it came down to who hit their shots.
    Just as the first half ended with a lucky break for Mulvane, they also got fortunate bounces down the stretch at the end and that was the difference.
    It was a great effort by the Wellington team, and they deserve a thumbs up for that effort.
    James Jordan is editor at the Wellington News. He can be reached at www.wellingtondailynews.com
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