DENISE CONNOLLY: Brethren students display high level of sportsmanship

TO THE EDITOR:

I know there are those among us who bemoan the lack of manners and respect in young people today — what with the loud, provocative music popular today as well as the trash-talking celebrity athletes many kids worship.

I am sure our parents said the same thing about our generation. I, however, do not share those concerns.

Neither would you if you attended the girls district finals basketball game last Friday night at Mesick. If you were there, you would have seen a demonstration of how respectful and gracious young people can be.

I am talking about the Brethren student body that sat exuberantly cheering, waving hand-made signs and shouting encouragements to the Lady Bobcats. The team themselves showed admirable courage and great sportsmanship, giving a hand up to opposing players several times during the game.

What makes these students even more gracious is what they did not do. The Bobcat fans did not hurl insults at the opposing players when they were taking free throws. They did not boo the refs when they made a call against a Bobcat player. And they most certainly did not try to humiliate and call out opposing players. That would have been very unsportsmanlike behavior indeed, a true testament to the class, intelligence and respect of Coach Riggs and teachers at Brethren.

The next time you begin to worry about the next generation, why don’t you head to Brethren High School for a basketball game? The student body could show you a thing or two about sportsmanship.

Denise Connolly

Dublin

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