New Castle News

Tim Kolodziej

March 21, 2013

Tim Kolodziej: We were watching, 'Canes, and we’re so glad we did

NEW CASTLE — We were watching.

Thousands of us.

Every Tuesday and Friday.

Then every Wednesday and Saturday.

Every game, every play.

We cheered.

We fretted.

We cursed.

We turned away when it became a little too intense to look.

But mostly, we were watching.

We couldn’t help it.

“I’ve been around a long time, and I was unbelievably impressed by New Castle. We were watching them on film and we were in complete awe of their unity and their skills.”

We were watching.



And everyone in-between.

Those who really understood what they were witnessing.

And those who didn’t.

We all enjoyed a ride quite like no other.

That’s what happens when a leader casts a vision.

That’s what happens when your seniors, and your stars, “buy in” and keep their teammates accountable.

That’s what happens when a group of individuals comes together as one.

That’s what happens when they come together for a purpose greater than themselves.

Amazing happens.

That’s what.

“They brought a town alive. It’s really not what they did for themselves or the coaching staff or the school. They brought a town alive.”

We were watching.

Especially New Castle High graduates. I love what my friend Jon Geramita posted Tuesday night on Facebook following the ’Canes’ loss to Lower Merion.

I asked him if I could reprint it in this space.

“Just as the 1982 team inspired a city, that team inspired members of the 1993 team. The 1993 team with (John) Sarandrea as the new coach and a new style made it officially cool to be a basketball player in New Castle.

“And that 1993 team directly influenced a bunch of sixth-graders, who would eventually make up that great 1997-99 team, who directly influenced the 2002 state Final Four team.

“And now, as a product of 30 years of great basketball, great people and one hell of a city, the 2013 team again showed what makes New Castle a great place.

“And somewhere, there are a bunch of fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders who fell in love with basketball this year directly because of this group of young men — an achievement probably a lot greater than winning a state championship

“We R NC!”

Yes we are, Jon.

Thank you for the eloquent reminder.

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