What, exactly, is going on? This was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Deerfield Windsor School basketball team. Last year, they won the state championship in their class and lost just about everyone from the team except Banks Kinslow. And, now, they are looking like another first- or second-place team in the state come February!
I was looking over their team this past weekend (Feb. 22), when they played Tiftarea and Tatnall Square, and many times all that I could see on the floor were sophomores. That surely bodes well for the future and we all can plan to see a lot of good basketball for some times to come.
Why does Deerfield keep coming up with these great teams? Well, first of all, it takes talented players and they seem to keep coming out of the woodwork. I thought that it would be a long time before we saw any talent even close to when Andre Young hit the floor at the corner of Nottingham and Whispering Pines. Then, along comes Romello Carter. I met his brother the other night and he tells me that he taught Romello everything he knows.
I know basketball talent of the highest caliber because of my relatives, two of which are in the Illinois Coaches Hall of Fame, and Romello certainly falls into the category of outstanding in every aspect of the game. I am hoping that he will continue to improve and move up to the next level. I can see him doing as well, or better, than Andre. I will be writing a personal article on Romello in the near future, so stay tuned to the Journal every week.
The other players on Deerfield, like Kinslow, also show outstanding abilities and could also move up to the next level at some college. Banks has been a terrific player since his freshman year at Deerfield. He will surely be missed a great deal next year.
Even though Deerfield has outstanding talent coming up, I think that the main reason the teams are so good is the coaching that they are receiving from Tony Hobbs and the main man, Gordy Gruhl. A couple years ago, I stated that Gordy was Hall of Fame caliber and lo-and-behold he was voted into Deerfield’s Hall of Fame. It surely had nothing to do with me and what I thought. Gordy is just a great coach!
Gordy seems to always be able to get the best out of his players. When it is supposed to be a rebuilding year, it seems to always turn out to be a championship or close to championship year at Deerfield. I had a great coach like Gordy in high school by the name of Chuck Vail and he taught me a great deal about the game and what it means to be a winner — just like Gordy is teaching all the young men passing through the halls of Deerfield.
Want to see some great basketball? Come to Deerfield and see what is going on there. They are whipping teams by 40 and 50 points and that isn’t because their opponents aren’t any good!
Written by Ted Anderson. Insurance agent Ted W. Anderson worked in sales for half a century, has lived in Albany since 1993. He is president of Dover Lane Neighborhood Watch. Send email to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.