First Posted: 6/7/2009
The high school athletic season is finally over. After East Surry clinched its second consecutive 1A softball title Saturday afternoon in Raleigh, there are no more area prep sports on tap for three months.
Undoubtedly 2008-2009, as a whole, has been one of the most successful single years for area high school sports in recent memory.
While visiting the different fields and functions across the county, I know that one thing is certain: people are emotional and proud of their sports.
I think this is a good thing.
Surry County teams and crowds are definitely known wherever they go for their class (overall) and sportsmanship, if not their size and fervor
The stories of the kids and teams who sweat and bleed are the stories a community.
While commenting after Saturdays game, East Surry coach Derrick Hill remarked how in tough economic times people use athletics as a way to cope.
Being cynical is easy, but the fact remains true, sports are in their finest hour, meant to uplift.
Losing is painful and winning can breed jealousy, but the sense of community which these events bring is undeniably valuable.
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This county should be proud of not only the athletic accomplishments of these young people, but highlight the positive examples they set, because sports would not be uplifting if not for the face of youth.
There are examples in every sport, which may never be noted but by a few, that help build a healthy and strong society.
Because success in athletics like life, takes faith.
Faith in oneself and others.
If young people (and all of us) believe in themselves more than they believe in fate or consign to failure, things can look up.
Like Chase Smith of the Mount Airy football team. Smiths father passed away during the middle of the season. Smith played the after his father died game, as a tribute to his dad, and scored a touchdown along the way.
Or like Paige Honeycutt, whos mother lost her battle with leukemia shortly after Paige and the Cardinals won a state championship this Saturday.
Honeycutt, persevered through the season and the playoffs with the thought of her mother and came out a winner and a better person.
These athletic achievements are small solaces in the face of real world problems, but if Chase Smith and Paige Honeycutt can overcome those obstacles, what can Chase Smith, Paige Honeycutt or any of us NOT overcome? Nobody is perfect but actions speak louder than words and from what I have seen, in this area those who set strong examples, like those two high school seniors, outnumber the ones who dont.
We shouldnt dwell on the negatives of a generation or of youth. We should uplift the good attributes and realize that we can learn from anything. Sports is no different.
So take advice from those who bring us so much joy by playing the games and believe in yourself and others. Because the most vulgar four letter words is cant.