Friday, 15 March 2013 00:00One of the hardest things about sports is that only one team ends the season happily. The San Francisco 49ers won the NFC Championship, but the lasting memory from their season has been a questionable non-call at the end of the Super Bowl, which sealed the victory for the Baltimore Ravens, instead of the extraordinary season they had in getting that far.
Last week, the Massapequa Girls Varsity Basketball team’s fantastic season ended with a heartbreaking loss to Sachem East in the Long Island Class AA Championship. The team was valiant in defeat, battling throughout. Each time that Sachem East would expand their lead and appeared to be putting the game away, Massapequa dug in, rallied, and came back, only to run out of time at the end and falling five points shy of their opponents. I’m sure that the players who will be returning next year will use this a motivating factor to get back to the Long Island Championship and avenge this defeat - just as this year’s team was determined to avenge a loss in last year’s county game, which they successfully did.
However, what should be remembered about this season is how much the team accomplished. The team rolled off 19 consecutive victories and captured the Nassau Class AA title, the first county title in girls basketball for Massapequa since 2006. It was an extraordinary accomplishment. Furthermore, their coach Shari Roessler spoke of how they played as a team and worked together to accomplish the impressive streak, which took the team to a county title.
The team should be proud of all they accomplished and the community should be proud of the girls. They truly are “winners” and should be commended on such a fine season. Congratulations team and thanks for a taking Massapequa on a great run!
- Ron Scaglia