“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”
— Theodore Roosevelt
The hallowed gymnasiums of our area have fallen silent this week.
With losses by all three area teams in various sectional championship games Saturday night — Northridge falling to Warsaw in the Class 4A finals at North Side Gym in Elkhart; NorthWood losing to Tippecanoe Valley in the Class 3A finals at Wawasee; and Westview dropping the Class 2A final to LaVille on its home floor — the curtain has come down on another basketball season here in the Goshen News’ coverage area.
The end of the season is always bittersweet for a team — especially when it comes before you were ready for it to.
But sectional time here in Indiana always brings an upset or two.
Concord, for example, came into the postseason with momentum, just one loss on the season, and prospects for a long run in the state tournament.
Northridge, on the other hand, had an up-and-down season under first-year coach Ronnie Thomas. The Raiders entered the Class 4A sectional tournament with a losing overall record at 9-11.
And it was the Raiders who ended up playing for the chance to cut down the nets in Elkhart.