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Jackie Johnson - Eden Prairie 2012

"Besides changing AAU programs, this year my high school team got a new coach."

12-14-2010

Hi All, for those of you who don’t know me, I’m Jackie Johnson and I’m a Junior at Eden Prairie High School and I just love to play basketball!

During this last summer (2010) I played for the Minnesota Metro Stars Black Team for the first time and I had such a fun and exciting summer!! Our team played so well together and I met some girls that I know I will be friends with for the rest of my life! I think the reason why I enjoyed this summer so much is because our whole team revolved around defense. We were a defensive team first and because of that, it created some great scoring opportunities for us. I think that is why we had so much success. It was so fun traveling with the team to Oregon and Chicago were we played some very good teams. We won a lot of games too, which made everything better, because I absolutely hate losing!!! Also, playing for Steve Reiter was such a great experience and I cannot wait for next AAU season.

Besides changing AAU programs, this year my high school team got a new coach. We waited and waited and finally found out that Chris Carr would be our coach in September and I couldn’t have been more excited!! Since then, we have worked so hard and I love having him as my coach. We had two a day tryouts and although the week got long, it really helped get our team ready for the season. We have four of our five starters from last year back, so that is very reassuring. We also have a new team member, who has turned out to be one of my best friends- Aubrey Davis, who transferred to EP this year from Bloomington Kennedy and it couldn’t be going any better! So far we’re 5-1 and our loss came to Hill-Murray in the breakdown tournament. Although that loss was very tough for our team, I think it will end up being a great thing, because we realized how much we all hate that feeling (of losing) and even though it has only been a little over a week, as a team we have grown a lot! We have one more game coming up this week against Chanhassen on Thursday.

And lastly, I just wanted to say I cannot thank God enough for blessing me with the ability to play basketball. Without him, I don’t know where I’d be today.

Thanks for your time!!!

-Jackie

"Love the game. Love the game for the pure joy of accomplishment. Love the game for everything it can teach you about yourself. Love the game for the feeling of belonging to a group endeavoring to do its best. Love the game for being involved in a team whose members can't wait to see you do your best. Love the game for the challenge of working harder than you ever have at something and then harder than that. Love the game because it takes all team members to give it life. Love the game because at its best, the game tradition will include your contributions. Love the game because you belong to a long line of fine athletes who have loved it. It is now your legacy. Love the game so much that you will pass on your love of the game to another athlete who has seen your dedication, your work, your challenges, your triumphs... and then that athlete will, because of you, love the game." - anonymous

 

 

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