As Sam Sees It

The first few paragraphs of this column are my attempt to say “thank you” to some of the people who have made my job easier or maybe even possible.

There would have been little or no coverage of the wrestling team without the much appreciated help of Judy Prosser. Last year, the same could be said for that sport, but the helpers were Debbie Martinez and Pauline Hernandez. Loy Engelhardt has been vital to my coverage of basketball this season. Art Griffith is a coach, but he goes beyond what anyone should expect and what most do in helping both I and Engelhardt cover the Winslow High School teams.

Keeping abreast of the local sports scene was not an easy task even when I was not hampered by the special boot (Bledsoe boot) that the podiatrist has prescribed for me. The good will and assistance of coaches and others involved with our local sports teams is necessary if the job is to be done. That need was amplified when my mobility was suddenly decreased significantly.

Wrestling season is over now and fans of the sport are looking forward to next season. The Winslow team placed second in the 3A North Region, but came away from the state meet with little success. Fans, however, should remember the difficulties this team had to overcome. One of the best wrestlers on the team was senior Chris Nelson. Chris’ season ended just prior to the regional meet with the death of his father. The chances are that his presence would have meant another regional champion and a high placement in state. This short-handed team laid the foundation for success in the future. The two highest finishers in the state meet, after all, were freshmen.

There has been a plethora of positive feedback during the years that I have written the sports pages for The Winslow Mail. It definitely makes the effort worth-while when it results in the type of favorable comments that have been received over the years. It also helps when my readers make suggestions as to how the coverage could improve. Your suggestions are taken seriously and are implemented when practical.

Saturday will be a big day for Winslow sports fans regardless of whether either of our high school teams is playing for a state championship. At the time of writing, that was a very good possibility and, hopefully, still is.

State championship teams from 1979 will be honored. That was the only time in its history that Winslow High School has won a state championship in both boys’ and girls’ basketball. Sources indicate that most of the players from both squads will be in attendance along with the coaches.

In addition, Winslow’s Isaac Bonds will be honored between the championship games on the 40th anniversary of his setting the still standing individual scoring record for a season. Again, sources have indicated that many of the WHS players who played with Bonds during his high school career will be at the event.

Let’s make Winslow a ghost town and show our appreciation for the Bulldogs of today and of yesteryear. Turn out in force and support our heroes and heroines.

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