February 24, 2013

Steve Solloway: An assist from the community

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The Hancock girls, from left, Sarah, Sydney and CeCe, leap onto the court Saturday as Lake Region completes its victory against York in Western Class B.

John Ewing/Staff Photographer

I have always believed the private schools elevate the quality of the game and the quality of the experience. But I hear the other side where a community's pride in its sons and daughters overrides other emotions.

"I never thought my girls should attend another school," said Kevin Hancock, father to Sydney, a Lake Region senior. Older sister Abby graduated a couple of years ago. Sarah and CeCe are a sophomore and freshman. There dad is Matt Hancock.

"We understand what basketball means," said Sydney Hancock, the backboard net draped around her neck.

"I've heard the stories about my father and uncle. You feel all this support."

Wilberg understands. He won't hear individual voices when he plays. No athlete can listen and play at the same time effectively. But he knows who he represents and it's not just his school.

Glenn Todd walks into businesses in York and its neighboring towns. With or without his son, Aaron. At this time of year, friends and strangers approach with congratulations or offerings of good luck.

Things have changed in high school basketball. Low scoring, poor shot selection, in-your-face defenses. Mainers' affection for their basketball tournaments hasn't changed.

It's personal. It always will be.

Staff Writer Steve Solloway can be contacted at 791-6412 or at:

ssolloway@pressherald.com

Twitter: SteveSolloway

 

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