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.
Yes, Deerfield Windsor School is doing it again with their boy’s basketball program. They weren’t supposed to be very good this year but as usual Coach Gruhl has put together an outstanding team.
My wife, Barbara, and I are Super Boosters of Deerfield of their athletic teams even though we have no family member at the school. We are from the Chicago area originally and are living in Albany because we can play golf here year round. We have a lot of people, for some reason, asking us “what are you doing in Albany?” I guess the locals, for some reason, are astonished that we would come to this part of the world when we have no relatives here. We love it here!
Let’s go back to Deerfield and their Basketball Programs. It has been a lot of fun watching the Deerfield kids mature and become outstanding basketball players. Certainly Coach Gordy Gruhl is one of the finest basketball coached with whom we have ever had the pleasure of watching perform his magic year after year. He really needs to write a book that outlines his magic once he retires. It would surely be a best seller. I want the first copy!
One of his players that has developed into an outstanding work of art is Romello Carter, a junior, who reminds me of one of the Duke basketball guards. He is a remarkable player who I feel surely will be playing at the next level. In my opinion, he has all the skills it takes to play at the next level.
Another player is Sam Shellhaas, a junior, who is also an outstanding player and who is getting better every game. His father was a great player in Minnesota from where he come and as the saying goes, the apples don’t fall far from the tree. He is constantly all over the floor after the ball and comes up with some fantastic moves when passing the ball and shooting. He, like Romello, are both fascinating to watch. I am wondering just how good he is going to become and he to should also be playing at the next level. I can say this about many of those on this year’s team but I have only so much room given to me for my articles.
Saturday night, they blew out Southland, as did the girls. This is becoming a common occurrence as this team gets better and better and in my opinion this team will be going a long way in the State Tourney. Who knows what might happen in the tourney. I don’t want to say any more about how far I think that that they may go in the upcoming tourney because it might put a hex on them.
There are other players on this team that I would like to mention because they have become very good and as I said before are getting better and better each game. I am noting improved defense and shooting of both field goals and also free throws. The importance of making those free throws, especially near the end of games can’t be stressed too much. Making them will win a lot of games for a team. It appears that there is a good relationship among all the players and no one is trying to make a star out of themselves to the detriment of the team. In other words, this group is really a team and what it takes to be truly outstanding. Come watch them play and you will see what I mean.
If you love basketball like my wife and I do, I would highly recommend that you follow this year’s Deerfield boys AND girls teams and attend the games. The players need to have big crowds at their games to cheer them on. The crowd is definitely the sixth player on the team and you help them a great deal by being there. I don’t see nearly enough students and adults at these games for some reason and I am hoping that this article will encourage a lot more fans to show up. Again, they are so very important to the teams.
Other boys varsity player that are starting to look great are Weston King, Zach Jarzen, Pete Langstaff, and the Barber twins. Man, what a great team we are going to have next year too!
You probably noticed that I haven’t said much about the varsity girl’s games that start at 6:30 P.M. or about two hours before the boys play. They also have an outstanding team this year and many times play better that even the varsity boys. Players like Sabrina Curry, Courtney Kelson, Miranda Phillips and an eighth grader who is a phenom by the name of Niles are all very special and make up the heart of this team. Come at 6:30 P.M. on game nights and you will be surprised how good these girls have become. Certainly some of them will be playing somewhere at the next level.
I am already over my allowed space so I will close. People who say there is nothing to do in the Albany area obviously aren’t looking very hard! There is so much in the way of outstanding sports right under there nose!