Brutal loss but Southwestern did all of the right things to win the game. They made free throws down the stretch, got timely stops and rebounded the ball well when they needed it. They played a great game.
I hate it for the entire team and coaches. I know they had higher expectations for this yearís team but you canít win them all.
Much love from me always to the coaching staff. Steve Adams, Dennie Webb, Brian Britt, Jeremy Britt and my dude Darryl Adams. Iíll miss you guys and thanks for everything. Iíll always appreciate everything you guys have done and tried to teach Baby J. Love you guys always!
To Bryce Slone, my guy, my dude...keep your head up. Thereís no doubt in my mind that you will be successful in whatever you choose to do in life. Iím grateful to have gotten to know you and your family very well over these last 4 years. You are welcome to travel with us anywhere at anytime. Our doors are always open for you. Iíll miss watching you play but I look forward to seeing what the future holds for you. Love you Bryce!!!
To Will Bramel, Big Willie Style!!!! Your footwork has always been special and I knew that from the first time I watched you play in the 8th grade. Iím so happy that those feet got you to Purdue University to play for Jeff Brohm. Know that my family will be watching you closely and look forward to seeing you out there on Saturday afternoons doing your thing!!! Iím grateful to know you and your family as well and I look forward to seeing what the future holds for you.
To Reese Smith and Grant Hotchkiss...this is your team now and I know the team and program is in good hands with you two as leaders. It has been a true pleasure to watch you both grow from freshmen to sophomores and now juniors. You both have the talent and potential to pick up the pieces and finish the job. I also look forward to watching you both on the track, on the diamond and on the gridiron. You guys are the future and I am glad to have been able to witness the both of you play. Keep shining!
To Baby J, well crap, not the finish that I know you wanted but Son I am so proud of you. Iíve been your biggest fan and your biggest critic and you made me eat all of my words this season. You had an outstanding year this season and I loved every minute of it watching you grow as a player. Iíll always cherish the time we have spent on the courts all throughout the state as you played the one game that you loved. Like I told you, it has been such a fun ride. I knew the day would come where we would embrace after a game and that there would probably be tears shed. Neither of us expected it to be tonight but life happens like that. I know much bigger things are in store for you going forward and I know that you know I am there for you every step of the way. Thank you for all the joy you have given me watching you perform on the basketball court. The memories I have of you on the court are memories I will cherish for forever. This chapter is closed and now it is time for us to make new memories in life. I love you Son. Itís been an amazing ride watching you play.