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Losers No More

By BJ D.
Florida, Age 12

BJ Dasco and Jamaal W.

Losers No More

Last year’s theme for varsity basketball at Flagler Palm Coast High School was “Losing.” The Bulldogs managed only three wins; while piling up 24 losses. With the departure of FPC graduate, Derek H., the same humiliating record is expected for this season, but that is far from the truth.
“We have more talent and skill this year,” says assistant basketball coach Bob Rinker. “At every position we are stronger and deeper, we have many versatile players playing lots of positions. Rinker states that this year’s team is quicker, stronger, plays better defense, and has an overall better attitude. “Now, it is not based on one individual. It’s more of a team concept.” Expectations are high since the Bulldogs came within one win of the University of Florida Team Camp Championship this past summer.
With success comes hard work and the Bulldogs still have plenty to work on. According to Rinker, the Bulldogs need to play with more intensity and be more aggressive on defense. “A visible leader will be needed on the court at all times, which is what the bulldogs were lacking much of last season. Last season the Bulldogs allowed their opposing team to score far too many points. This season, we need to keep our opponents between 50 to 55 points,” says Rinker.
The Bulldogs feel that they have something to prove this coming year amongst their critics and opposing teams, which have absolutely no respect for them all. Dewayne J., 12, said, “This year is the time for us to get respect from everybody. We’ve worked too hard this summer to be embarrassed. Ya’ll better watch out!”