Not since Jeremy Maclin, the sizzling Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver, (who just happened to be in the gym tonight) led the Pioneers to the Final Four has an athlete of this caliber displayed his talents on the hardwood at KHS! I had seen highly-touted Bradley Beal play as a sophomore, and thought he was good, but didn't quite get all the hype. . . well, now I get it!! The kid can do it all. . . handle it, hit the 3, defend, and there's little doubt that he can get to the rim and finish with authority! The Championship Game is at 2:00pm today as Beal's Chaminade squad takes on our very own Pioneers, who have cruised into the final with two 20+ point victories. If you like high school sports, you'd be doing yourself a disservice if you miss out on this one. . .
Kirkwood beat Duschene in the other semi-final game. Lawrence Williams was a beast on the boards, and even had a rebound/transition/assist to Ben Crancer for a "3"! "Larry" always plays hard and is just a good kid. It's fun to see him have success. My player-of-the-game, however, was #12 Mike McDowell. Like Larry, he is just relentless, but what impresses me most is his self-control. I think he has one of the best basketball demeanors I've ever seen. He never gets frazzled and always maintains his composure, even when he receives an unnecessarily hard foul. Way to go, Mike!!
The Pommies added to the festivities, as they perfomed their colorful "80's Routine" as they continue to prepare for their trip to Nationals in Orlando in February. Keep up the good work, ladies!
C'mon out and root on your Pioneers as they go for a Championship, today at 2:00pm. . . Football can wait!