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Let tears be for celebrating great season

By now, I thought I'd be used to it.

I'm not.

After every season-ending loss, I typically have a bird's eye view of the waterworks and raw emotions high school basketball players display in those excruciating waking moments   whether that be at the scorer's table at half court or outside the locker room.

Every time, it gets to me.

I'm not the player or the coach who is slowly coming to terms with the fact that the season which had such promising hopes and dreams is now suddenly over.

I may not be flooded with all sorts of emotions the athletes are circumnavigating, but I when I look into their eyes, the pain and sorrow displayed grip me.

I hate it   no matter how much my so-called objectivity mindset reminds me to dismiss such thoughts.

It got to me Friday night at Southern Nazarene University where the Elgin girls had the semifinal tied in the final minute at 41 only to fall just short to eventual 4A state champion Ft. Gibson.

Not until I watched the Lady Owls shake hands in tears did I realize just how much this journey meant to them.

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