November 18, 2004

Outdoor Corner

by Chris Feeney

My wife often asks why I insist on publicizing my mishaps and misadventures in my weekly (or every-other week, or whenever I have time to write it) Outdoor Corner. Without blinking an eye, I spout out my Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech about setting aside selfish concerns about my reputation for the good of the public. I must strive to show all you other hunters that youre not alone, as a matter of fact youre actually better off than at least one person, me. My motto is if it can go wrong, it willagain and again and again.

With that said, let me tell you about my deer season thus far.

It actually opened with much promise. I was a bit concerned as I busted a couple of deer while walking into the stand. My worries were short-lived, as I heard several deer moving around just moments after I sat down.

My self-doubt returned when it became light enough to see there were no deer in my general vicinity. I did see a buck chasing several does just yards from where I had parked the truck and walked in. I was a bit worried however, since this spot was close to the road and there had already been a dozen or more vehicles cruising by in a virtual traffic jam.

Finally about 7:00 a.m. I had my first close encounter. A pretty eight pointer wandered in, following a pair of does. They stopped about 15 yards from the stand and played tag for a bit, giving me a fun show for several minutes before finally moving on.

I got my second adrenaline rush about 15 minutes later when I heard the unmistakable approach of a deer behind me. Remarkably I maintained my cool and fought off the urge to turn and look. A rough looking young buck came marching by, just feet away from the base of the ladder. The youngster must have been a fighter turned lover, as the Casanova was obviously looking for a doe, but his broken mess of a rack wasnt going to win him any beauty points with the girls.

It was pretty much Grand Central Station from that point on as I had deer running back and forth in the timber for the next couple of hours.

At about 8:30 a.m. I spotted a big guy. He was following three does. A quick glimpse with the binoculars revealed a big, tall eight pointer that had me reaching for the rifle. By the time I had the sights on him, he was heading behind an old cottonwood tree. I was rubbing my eyes when the big buck came walking in from the other direction. I thought it was a magic tree, before I figured out that this was a different big buck. This guy was an older 10-pointer whose mass quickly changed my mind to put the cross hairs on him.

!@$% cottonwood tree. That big old trunk hid the two guys as they went head-to-head for a little shoving match as their girls looked on. Thats when the shot rang out just down the draw. The bang broke up the fight and started the herd moving. The big boys put on the brave act as they slowly walked out behind the fleeing does.

All I could see was the big eight pointer, so I decided hed do. My finger was coming down on the trigger when the 10-pointer appeared just behind him on the trail. I swung the gun his way when the whole scene blew up. A handful of deer came fleeing from the shooting range and disrupted my shot as they quickly motivated my bucks to also skedaddle.

My hopes werent totally dashed. I could see the big boys lingering in the thick stuff, tantalizing me with the prospect of a quick return. That didnt happen. It may have had something to do with the blaze orange that was walking their way.

What part of a fence do people not understand?

I think maybe I should travel to their residence, walk in the front door, grab some stuff out of the fridge and make myself at home.

I take deer hunting seriously. I put in several hours placing stands, scouting and in general preparation. That all goes up in smoke in seconds because someone ignores the fence, makes the conscious decision to break the law and ruins all my work. And for that they get a fine?

Maybe its time to put some bigger teeth behind the trespass law. Really, isnt it burglary or at least attempted burglary? They are breaking into your farm with the intent of stealing something of value. I bet they would think twice about crossing that fence if they were risking a stiffer fine, faced confiscation of their firearm, or the thought of losing their hunting privileges for a year or two, or they were forced to pay retribution to the persons hunt who they screwed up. Better yet, why not all three. Fine them a couple hundred bucks plus a couple hundred bucks to go to the victim and take their hunting license for a year or two.

Scotland County Commission Meeting Minutes

Thursday, January 12, 2017

PLACE OF MEETING: Scotland County Courthouse Commission Chambers

The meeting was called to order at 8:30 a.m.

PRESENT WERE:  Presiding Commissioner, Duane Ebeling; Eastern District Commissioner, Danette Clatt; Western District Commissioner, David Wiggins; and County Clerk, Batina Dodge.

Commissioner Wiggins moved to approve the consent agenda; seconded by Presiding Commissioner Ebeling. Motion carried 3-0.

The minutes from January 11, 2017 were presented. Commissioner Clatt moved to approve the regular session minutes; seconded by Commissioner Wiggins. Motion carried 3-0.

The Commission worked on the 2017 Budget.

Seeing no further business, Presiding Commissioner Ebeling adjourned the meeting at 12:00 p.m.

The Scotland County Commission adjourned to meet in special session on Tuesday, January 17, 2017.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

PLACE OF MEETING: Scotland County Courthouse Commission Chambers

The meeting was called to order at 1:30 p.m.

PRESENT WERE:  Presiding Commissioner, Duane Ebeling; Eastern District Commissioner, Danette Clatt; Western District Commissioner, David Wiggins; and County Clerk, Batina Dodge.

The Commission worked on the 2017 Budget.

Seeing no further business, Presiding Commissioner Ebeling adjourned the meeting at 2:20 p.m.

The Scotland County Commission adjourned to meet in regular session on Wednesday, January 18, 2017.


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

PLACE OF MEETING: Scotland County Courthouse Commission Chambers

The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m.

PRESENT WERE:  Presiding Commissioner: Duane Ebeling; Eastern District Commissioner, Danette Clatt; Western District Commissioner, David Wiggins; and Deputy County Clerk, Nancy McClamroch.

Commissioner Clatt moved to approve the consent agenda; seconded by Commissioner Wiggins. Motion carried 3-0.

Commissioner Wiggins moved to approve the minutes from January 12 and January 17, 2017; seconded by Commissioner Ebeling. Motion carried 3-0.

Ryan Clark, Road and Bridge Supervisor, met with the Commission.

The 2017 Budget was reviewed with the following: Kathy Becraft, Collector; Dana Glasscock, Recorder; Anita Watkins, Circuit Clerk; Jim Ward, Assessor; Patty Freburg, Public Administrator; Kathy Kiddoo, Treasurer; Jim Kigar, Juvenile Officer; Karl DeMarce, Associate Circuit Judge; and Ryan Clark, R&B Supervisor.

Seeing no further business, Presiding Commissioner Ebeling adjourned the meeting at 12:00 p.m.

The Scotland County Commission adjourned to meet in regular session on Thursday, January 19, 2016.

Kit Carson

Kit Carson was an American frontiersman, trapper, soldier, and Indian agent who made an important contribution to the westward expansion of the United States. Born on Christmas Eve, 1809, Christopher “Kit” Carson became one of  the   most famous figures   in  the American West. He grew up on    the Missouri frontier on lands bought from the sons of Daniel Boone. From an early age, Carson knew both the beauty and the danger that this area possessed. He and  his family often feared attacks   on  their cabin from Native Americans. Kits father, a farmer, died in 1818. He did  his best to help out his mother who had 10 children to raise. He gave up his education and worked the family farm. Carson never learned to read, a fact he later tried to hide and was ashamed of. At age 14 Carson moved to Franklin, Missouri, where he served as an apprentice to a saddle maker. In 1826 Carson fled Franklin, and he headed west on the Santa Fe Trail, working as a laborer in a caravan of merchants. Carson became a trapper, covering most of the western states. In 1842, Carson met explorer, John C. Fremont, an officer with the United States Topographical Corps. He was soon hired by Fremont as a guide. Fremont  praised Kit for  his expert help and he accompanied Fremont on two more journey’s and this work made him the most famous of mountain men. Carson became a federal Indian agent for northern New Mexico in  1853, working mainly with   the Utes and the Jicarilla Apaches. With  the outbreak of the Civil War  in  1861, Carson joined  for the Fist New Mexico Volunteer Infantry Regiment. He served as its Colonel  and fought in support of the Union. Named as a brigadier general  in 1865, Carson moved to Colorado after the war. There he became the commander of Fort Garland. During this  time, one  of his accomplishments was negotiating a peace treaty  with the Utes in the area. Kit Carson died May 23, 1868, at Colorado’s Fort Lyon. His dying words were “Doctor, Compadre, adios”.


From Jauflione Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

Ignoring Warnings

This has been one of the warmest winters I can remember. Even though there have been a few cold weeks, for the most part it is as predicted – above normal. Last week and this week have temperature prediction highs in the 60’s and lows in the 40’s. What is normally a dead time for human activity has become an almost springtime event. Not only is it affecting the human world, but all creatures and creation are going about things differently because of the unseasonably warm weather.  In my area the lakes and rivers are already producing crappie and walleye. Fishermen are having success in early January that is usually not had until February. I’ve even seen areas of plants that are showing the ‘green’ of spring.

Even though this years’ warmth is attributed to La Niña, we are told the last three years have been the warmest three consecutive years for our planet. While many of us have been skeptical about climate change, it looks like it could be true. How much mankind is attributing to it, is still very debatable. The problem is, when change comes so very slow – almost negligible, it is hard to both notice it and want to do something about it. The warnings have been coming for so long and the change has been so small, it’s hard to believe it is going to happen.  So, we just keep on going our own way and doing our own thing. We’ll be fine if it’s not happening. If it is, we may wait until it’s too late to do anything about it.

For centuries now, pastors, preachers, laypeople, and theologians have been warning us of the day that Jesus will return. Much like the skepticism of climate change, many people ignore these warnings and continue as if things will go on as it is forever. It seems to them since the warnings have been coming for so long and the change has been so slight, there is no need to think the future will be any dissimilar. What is different about this scenario is this. One writer of the Bible (Peter) predicted this denial!  He said, “I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires. They will say, “What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.” (2Pet 3:3-4 NLT)  See it? They too believed what was predicted about Jesus’ return would never happen. And many people still do. Let me give you another one. Do you believe Jesus will return this next year? Do you believe He will return in the next month or week? What about the next hour? Do you believe He will return in the next hour? No one does!

“You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” ~ Jesus (Matt 24:44 NIV)

Gary Miller

Outdoor Truths Ministries

Try Not to Fall for the ‘Fools Gold’ of Believing You are Better Than Others 

Mediocrity hits us from all sides of life.  Name the topic of your moment and take note as to how much playing-life-safe while walking down the middle of the road is your lifestyle.  Our spiritual side has been knocked for a loop over this trend which seems so natural and is so acceptable.  This takes no thought, no Bible reading, no prayer, no serving.  To merely exist by what we deem our best behavior (well, most of the time, we tell ourselves) is a popular trend that does not offer inner life for us, but outer disgust with others.

I reference lost and saved as conditions of our eternal souls.  Such is profoundly a matter of deep importance for to live in mediocrity is never where Jesus lived.  Neither will it prove of value to our own lifestyle.  Such is a fake front that we, somehow, try to convince ourselves is the place to be.

To believe that one is fairly lost has a bit of baggage clinging to us.  From this we seem to admit that, okay, there are some things we get wrong here and there; but we aren’t like those who blatantly live in sin.  We regard ourselves as no saints; but not like them.

Jesus destroyed such self-centered efforts at our self-induced need to somehow come out on top of the one next to us….that we don’t like.  This method allows that because we can always, in our way of thinking, find those who are worse; much worse indeed.

What immediately follows this rerouting of our blatant sinfulness by denying that we are THAT bad, is a very mediocre confidence that we are saved.  This develops a HOPE SO; but not a certainty that Heaven will call our names.  As a matter of fact, these are pretty sure that He won’t; but we refuse to drop the ax that we so enjoy filing to batter someone(s) we know.

So what’s the answer?  Mediocrity is no way to live in the church; bossed by our moods and pushed by our preferences.  The answer is found in be in the truthful extremes of both.  We are very lost; each of us.  The ugliness of the Cross does not indicate that Jesus is paying for parking tickets.  No, he’s covering for something extreme…. ike my/your terrible sinfulness.

Salvation, then, becomes a different matter of the heart.  When we are covered at the very worst about us, we are able to believe that we will receive the very best for us.  And, again I stress, this isn’t just about the Judgment Day; but this is about how we live among one another now.

Axes to grind?  Bless your heart.  You don’t get the self-picture do you?  I didn’t for the longest time for I was operating from the FAIRLY LOST/SORTA SAVED position that routine religion supplies.  But it won’t cut it for us.  This is no way to live…for it isn’t real living.  Walking in comparison is Fools Gold of the heart.  Surrendering our personal awfuls for His cleanliness is hitting life in target center.

We are right with God because Jesus’ righteousness was transferred to our accounts…as the greatest gift.  Dare to remove the wrappings and enjoy!

All 11 Lady Tigers Score in 85-21 Win Over Marion County

Eleven players suited up for the Scotland County Lady Tigers on Monday night in the opening round of the North Shelby Tournament, and all 11 girls got into the scorebook as the #1 seeded SCR-I squad dispatched Marion County 85-23.

Despite a dense fog outside that made travel difficult for spectators, SCR-I cut right to the point, jumping out to a 17-0 lead. Calesse Bair and Maddie Brassfield sank three-pointers on SCR-I’s first two possessions. Abi Feeney scored on the fast break and Ashleigh Creek cleaned up SCR-I’s first miss, with an offensive rebound and put back. Chelsea Wood scored on the fast break to extend the lead to 12-0 and force a Marion County timeout at the 5:48 mark of the first period.

Brassfield and Bair each connected from behind the arc again and Madie Bondurant came off the bench to sink a three-pointer. Creek closed out the first period onslaught with a three-point play to put SCR-I ahead 28-3.

Bair poured in eight quick points to start the second period as the lead grew to 40-5 with 5:17 left in the first half.

Nova Cline came off the bench and scored a pair of field goals in the paint. Julie Long sank a jumper and Sadie Davis drilled a three-pointer as the lead grew to 54-11 at the break.

Bair closed out a big night, scoring 10 points in the third period, including her fourth three-pointer of the contest.

Long and Cline continued their solid efforts off the bench, each scoring a third period field goal. Abby Blessing and Kaylyn Anders also got into the score book with field goals as the lead grew to 78-17.

Wood closed out her best scoring performance of the year with a pair of field goals to start the fourth period as the varsity got in a couple more minutes on the court before coach Cory Shultz went back to the junior varsity squad to close out the 85-23 victory.

Scotland County improved to 11-1 and advances to play South Shelby in the semifinals. Bair led the way with 24 points and Wood finished with 18. Creek hit double digits for the second straight game, finishing with 13.

Bible Grove Native Wins Heart of Texas Championship Title

Philip Padget recently competed in the Heart of Texas Championship held in Waco, TX. He is pictured here with the roping partner he drew for the team roping event. He competed with over 270 other teams in his division and won the Championship title.

by Andrea Brassfield

Philip Padget, Bible Grove, MO native and 1997 Scotland County R-1 graduate, recently won a championship title at the annual Heart of Texas Championships held in Waco, Texas January 6-8, 2017.

This United States Team Roping Championship (USTRC) is set up in different divisions from open to number eight.  Upon entering, each roper is assigned a number based on their skill set.  The sum of your number and your partner’s number cannot be higher than the number of Roping you’re entering.  For this event, Philip won the number Eight and his class had a little over 270 teams competing.

Upon asking Philip, to give me some background information about his rodeo experiences, he very humbly admits he has won 28 belt buckles, though “not all of these are for first place and not many give cash prizes.”  Therefore, he added, “That being said, I am very far in the hole (LOL) but anybody that owns a horse and says that they have made money are complete liars!”

Philip started riding at about the age of two and says he had amazing parents that always made sure he had a quality horse to ride.  He didn’t start roping until he was around 18 years old.  His first roping experience was at the Coffey Arena in Downing, MO.  He fondly gives credit to three men, Mike Grey, Les McCarty, and JL Newland, who were his influences and helped him learn this rodeo sport. “These men and the way they played the sport will always be stuck in my mind,” says Philip, “and I was hooked.”  “But my greatest influence, even though he never competed in an arena, would have to have been my father, one of the best cowboys that ever threw a leg over a horse.”

During his time as a student at SCR-1, more than 20 years ago, Philip was very active in FFA and he gives credit to FFA Advisor, Bill Cottrell who helped him out with equine studies so he could better familiarize himself with these animals.

Philip says he tried to play basketball and football, but once again humbly declares, “I was a horrible athlete. Thank you, Dave Shalley, for understanding!”

A few years after graduation, Philip joined the United States Air Force and was stationed at Peterson Field in Colorado Springs.  He has moved all around the country, but eventually settled in Texas about 10 years ago.  He lives in Tyler, Texas and owns a small roofing and construction company while also working for another company as the sales manager/project manager.

Philip keeps very busy roping, attending events most weekends.  He followed his last win with a competition in Oklahoma City on January 15th and plans to compete in Hamilton, Texas this weekend, January 21st.  He tries to jackpot every weekend at a roping event somewhere.  After all, “This is Texas,” he says, “you can rope every day if you want to.”  Philip practices three to four times a week.  And as far as his future goals go, he has already accomplished one by making the shoot-out in Oklahoma City in October.  His next goal is to make the World Series Finale in Las Vegas in December.

It doesn’t sound like his roping legacy will stop here either.  “With the help of their amazing mothers, I am raising two future national finals qualifiers…Mason Padget and Pace Padget,” states this proud father.

Finally, as far as his horse goes, Philip describes 13 year old Tex whom he purchased from a boys ranch in New Mexico, as an amazing animal.  “Although we’ve had our ups and downs, he is an absolute athlete and I’m very lucky to have him!”

After visiting with Philip, I suspect in the 20 years since graduating from SCR-1, he has learned that life has a way of moving us to unexpected places and into great adventures; some that live up to our dreams and goals, others that require flexibility and compromise, and even some that might feel a little like being thrown from a horse…leaving us to stand back up, dust off, and try again!

When I first contacted Philip about his win in Waco, telling him we would like to feature him in an article, his response was, “Wow, I’m flattered!  And would absolutely be interested!  My heart is still in Memphis, Missouri!”  His sentiment reminded me of the lyrics from a song by Mark Patterson, “I leave the hills that I have known, the woods and meadows I have roamed.  The journey calls and I must go, but I will never be far from home.”

From all of us “back home” we wish you and Tex the best of luck in all your future roping endeavors!!

Two Area Men Seriously Hurt in Early-Morning Crash

Two area men suffered serious injuries in an early-morning accident in Scotland County on Friday, January 13th at 6:25 a.m.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Noel K. Meier, 58 of Kahoka, was westbound on Highway 136, one mile west of Highway A, in a 2001 Dodge Dakota when the vehicle impacted the tow unit of a eastbound 2014 Peterbuilt semi that was eastbound and trying to make a left hand turn. The semi was driven by Charles G. Cook, 36, of Keokuk, IA.

Meier and a passenger in his vehicle, Delbert E. Hoage, 65, of Keokuk, IA, sustained serious injuries in the crash. They were both flown from the scene by Air Evac Helicopter and transported to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL.

Cook was uninjured in the crash. His vehicle sustained moderate damage while the Meier vehicle was totaled. Both were removed from the scene by Lakeside Towing of Memphis.

The Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office, Scotland County Ambulance, Gorin Fire and Rescue and Air Evac.

WWII Vet wife’s letter needs to find its way home…

WWII Vet wife’s letter needs to find its way home…

April 27, 1945 Mrs. Vernon Priche; (could be misspelled due to original letter hand written); wrote a letter requesting information about how her husband was wounded, treated and died. He was a soldier in Europe, and a friend of my deceased father, Donald Minster.

I found her letter in my father’s old letters. If there is anyone who knows any relative that may desire the letter, I will be happy to forward it.

The address was; 351 East Madison St., Memphis, MO… in April 1945!

I hate to have someone’s family treasure undiscovered.

Thank God for soldiers and wives like this, so I can enjoy my freedom!


Alan Minster

1861 Selby Circle, Camarillo, CA 93010

At Halfway Mark, SCR-I Expenditures at $2.79 Million

The Scotland County R-I Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, January 12, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.  President Trinity Davis called the meeting to order with six members present.

Superintendent Ryan Bergeson presented a financial report for the district, which recently reached the halfway mark of the fiscal year.

Year-to-date revenues are $2,331,017.41 and expenditures are $2,793,651.66.  The year-to-date deficit is $462,634.25 compared to $440,152.92 at this time last year.

“The deficit will correct itself with the receipt of local taxes received in January,” Bergeson told the board.

Future Projects

The board voted 6-0 to set a special board meeting for January 18 at 7:00 a.m. in the Elementary Art Room to discuss future capital projects and other upgrades for the district.

Building Trades

The board voted 6-0 to accept the low bid proposal of $7,727.00 from Ketchum Heating, Cooling and Electrical for the 2016-17 Building Trades Furnace and Central Air Units including all duct work, thermostat, thermostat wiring, gas line installation, and vent covers.

Update Budget

The board voted 6-0 to amend the budget as presented to reflect a projected ending balance of $18,974.97.  The budget was amended to reflect the current revenues, expenditures, and projections for this fiscal year.

Observe School Board Recognition Week

The week of January 22 – 28 is School Board Recognition Week.  Board members were presented a certificate from the Missouri School Board Association, a proclamation from Governor Nixon, and invited to the elementary carry in luncheon on Friday, January 20.

February Meeting

The next regular board meeting will be Thursday, February 9th at 6:30 p.m. in the Elementary Art Room.

Consent Agenda 

The board voted 6-0 to approve the following items on the consent agenda:

December 8, 2016 Minutes

Approve MSBA Policy Maintenance Agreement

Updated Sub List

Update District Health Services and District Testing Procedural Evaluation Plan

Approve Extended Holiday

Approve Overnight Request

Approve LJ Hart and Co. Underwriting Agreement

Executive Session

The board entered into executive session and the following items were approved 6-0:

Approve December 8, 2016 closed session minutes.

Offer Jennifer Tinkle the 7 hour food service position in the elementary school.

Approve Superintendent Bergeson’s Evaluation.

Move to extend Superintendent Bergeson’s contract through 2019-20.

The meeting adjourned at 9:32 p.m.

Are we entitled to never have to lose?

What if we did away with declaring a winner and a loser in a competition and just gave everyone participation medals?

I vote no on that motion, but it sure seems like that is where we are headed as a society. Instead of recognizing people who work hard and excel at something, it seems like we would rather drag them down and draw them back to the rest of the crowd so that no one feels inferior.

This internal debate arrived in my mind last night at a basketball game as I listened to the crowd react to a lopsided game, which is often what you experience in a varsity basketball tournament when the #1 seeded team takes on the #8 team.

Scotland County’s state ranked girls defeated Marion County 85-19. (For the record I looked back to when Marion County won the state championship back in 2010-11 season. They posted victories like 83-16, 67-13 and 69-19.)

I’ve been on the 19 point-side of that mountain before, and yes it sucks. But after I got over the frustration, I had to ask myself what should have been done differently? I came to the conclusion, I could either get better, or I could get used to it. Sometimes in life you are going to run into a superior opponent. Tip your hat and get ready for the next challenge.

Is it really fair to ask the better team to not play so hard? “Look I know you worked really hard to be this good, but we didn’t, so could you please waste all of your efforts to make yourselves better players, and not showcase your talents to the college scouts in the crowd so that we don’t look so bad?”

Before you say that the coach should play the bench more, let me remind you this is a varsity tournament. There is a junior varsity season for the younger kids. The varsity kids do not get to travel to all the junior varsity games and play extra minutes if the competition level dictates it. These seniors only have so many minutes left in their high school careers. They didn’t make the schedule. They have no control over the competition. They deserve to be able to play, not because they are entitled to it because they are seniors, but because they have put in the time and the effort to be the best players on their team.

Sure you can argue that the better team should back off, and not try so hard. But you have to stop and ask yourselves why we are here in the first place? Do you get any better by only giving 50%. In a tournament, you are trying to win all three games to claim the championship and a plaque for the trophy case. Over the season, you are trying to get better and possibly be able to hoist the conference championship banner, or claim a district title and make it into the state playoffs.

If your best players are only getting to play half a game because everyone else is so worried about beating someone too bad, it can only make it that much more difficult to achieve your goal.

On game nights, there is no practice. So kids are getting their conditioning in via the game, meaning they need to run. If they only play half the game, they are going to be out of shape when they need to be able to play an entire game.

If you are asking them to hold back, and not play so hard, the same thing can happen. When the time comes for them to make a good play, will they be able to, as before they weren’t allowed to try because it might create too large a margin of victory.

Before you send the lynch mob my way – I’m not encouraging calling timeouts late to try to reach 100 points, or demanding the full-court press all 32 minutes. I’m only suggesting that people cut these kids a little slack. They aren’t out their trying to rub it in the face of their opponents. They are simply working to produce the best basketball play possible for every second they have left to be on the court together.

When did we become so entitled?

If one person excels at the workplace, should they be told to slow down, and not work so hard so that everyone else has a chance at the promotion?

How about in the classroom? Do we need to force the top students to the back of the room to play video games, watch movies or sleep instead of paying attention in class and completing their assignments? That way no one makes the honor roll.

Should we move the kindergarteners into calculus and physics classes to bring down the competition level to boost the self esteem of the lower achieving high school students by giving them someone that they can do better than?

No? Then why should the basketball court be any different? I say do your best and forget the rest!

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