It's been a mighty struggle for the Wausau East Lumberjack Football team for the last three years. Just 3 wins in that time and many of the games have been blow-outs including last night's Wausau Log game. The Wausau West Warriors were dominant in becoming playoff eligible with a 49-7 win. But it's the 7 that I'm going to write about today. An outside observer may ask themselves why a high school boy would subject himself to the rigors and time commitment of high school football if there is seemingly very little success to hang his helmet on? Case in point, Terrell Pollard of Wausau East. Pollard is a senior wide reciever who rarely saw the field. He was one of the reserves who helped prepare his teammates during the week with the realization that he probably would not play on Friday night. He's a part of the team that former East coach Jack Synold called the base of the iceberg. His point was the tip of the iceberg(starters) were not the only strentgh of a team. The unseen base of the iceberg gave it it's strentgh and made it a dangerous thing. Well, late in the game last night Pollard got his chance. With the Lumberjacks down big, they moved the ball down the field and had it inside the West 20 yard line. EAst coach Tom McCormack and offensive coordinator Paul Dimka had already called senior Sheldon Wendler's number most of the night giving him a nice send-off in his final game...but this time they called a pass and Terrell Pollard got free in the endzone...QB Cole Nelson got him the ball...and Pollard had a memory that will last the rest of his life. A struggling team cannot always be measured by wins and losses. Just the fact that Pollard and the other reserves have stuck it out when it would have been very easy to quit during three years of little success...is success itself. Coaches will tell you to enjoy the journey...which is sometimes hard for a high school athlete to understand...but I gaurantee you that 20 years from now it won't be the losses that will be remembered...it will be the times in the locker room or on the bus...it will be sweating through two-a-days in August...it will be the anticipation of lacing them up on Friday with the hope that the coach will call your number. And for that one moment when all the hard work becomes worth it.
The Football playoff pairings will be announced later this morning. i'll post them when they become available.
The fall season is winding down. Boys soccer sectional play saw Wausau Newman win a thriller in a shootout with Stevens Point Pacelli. the Wausau West Warrior Girls Volleyball team beat Rhinelander setting up a good matchup with Number 1 seed Wausau East Saturday night at the EAst gym. West had a 2 game lead in their last match with the Lumberjacks so don't count Cathy Newton's crew out . The D-1 Cross Country sectional is this afternoon at Nine Mile beginnig at 4pm. It's a loaded field and should be a great race for both the boys and girls.
Songs of the Day (from My Ipod)
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road-Elton John (1973) during the mid 70's Elton John was at the peak of his creative powers and this Lp was one of the masterpieces of his career. Of course he didnt take himself that seriously as this video shows.
Goodnight Saigon-Billy Joel (1982) Joel has been touring with John for the last few years but back in the early 80's he released an Lp called "The Nylon Curtain which explored some serious topics including the plight of Vietnam vets. This tune explored some of what happened over there.