With the regular season winding down, Outside the Huddle reached out to a handful of area senior boys basketball players. These players have spent 3-4 years on the varsity level. We asked them to tell us, in their own words, what they’d do different if they could go back to the start of their varsity careers, reminisce about their legacy and look forward to their final prep postseason. This is one such story:
IF I COULD GO BACK
If I could go back and tell myself anything as a first time varsity player, it would be mainly just to enjoy the experience. The crowd, the student section, the long bus rides with the team; these are all things that get taken for granted. Being blessed with four years of varsity experience, I have been able to take part in so many memorable moments. Even if my role was just a player on the scout team, I got to make memories that very few do.
Whether I was cheering on the bench or just subbing in for minimal minutes at times, it was easy to get frustrated. I wish I had savored those moments more because in a short while they will just be memories. If I could go back to freshman year and tell myself to just keep working and enjoy the process more, my experience would be even better. There is just nothing better than the atmosphere high school basketball brings, especially in Indiana. So to waste some of that time by being frustrated about playing time is silly because it will eventually be earned with a sound work ethic and positive attitude.
I hope to leave a legacy of passion and energy for Heritage basketball. I’m in the position I am today because of my intensity and competitiveness, which I attribute a large majority of my successes to. Even in practice, I play with a tenacity that sometimes frustrates opponents. This would also frustrate my teammates at times. Nothing gives me more joy however than being able to compete against them everyday at practice.
The best way to love your teammates and to make them better is to compete against them. So I hope that they realize the intensity and energy makes them better as well and that’s my way of showing them that I care about them as my teammates. In my time at Heritage, we have prided ourselves on being sound defensively and while it may be boring at times, I still enjoyed the grit and intensity it required. So as I leave, I hope my legacy will be how I approached every day with intensity and energy.
MY FINAL POSTSEASON
Obviously I hope that we are able to win some games in the postseason, but I mainly look forward to competing. Our record this year has not been what we wanted it to be and there have been games where we came up just short. There have been stretches during games where we hit our shots and play stout defense, which has allowed us to play with some really good teams in stints.
If we are able to do these things for a full 32 minutes, we could be competitive with almost anybody. And being competitive, especially during the playoffs, is always fun because this is an experience that I won’t ever have again; to be playing in front of a big crowd with large student sections. There is just something about a packed arena and a competitive game that is electrifying and is one of the best feelings. High school hoops in Indiana is just unmatched by anything else, from whole towns showing their support for the team, to the great area coverage by journalists like Bounce.
– Parker Tracey, Heritage Class of 2020