Well, I guess that I was a little wrong about how well this year’s Deerfield Windsor School boys varsity basketball team would do in the end of the end of the year in the State Basketball Championships. Of course, at the time that I was making all the predictions, I had no idea that the boys team would end up playing probably the best team in the tourney right off of the bat…which was Griffin Christian! Griffin was as fast and as quick as Deerfield and they had three or more players who were very tall who could jump over the rims! Deerfield has a bunch of very young players not used to the wars of the final year’s tourney and they simply were run right out of the gym.
Deerfield had a great year, one that was supposed to be a rebuilding one not one to make a run at the State Championship in their classification. Wait till next year, as they say. Everyone is back and with the growth that will certainly take place over the summer; the results could be very different. Romello Carter, for one, has already got himself set up, per his Dad, Frederick, to play AAU ball to improve his game. I am sure that the other stars, or potential stars, will be doing the same. Great job Coach Gruhl, on what you were able to teach these youngsters this year. I can see great accomplishments coming next year with the likes of Carter, Shellhaas, Jarzen, King, and Langstaff, just to mention a few of the many very good players coming back next year.
Now, about the Varsity girls. They made it to the Sweet 16 this year which was the 2nd Round of the Tourney. They, unfortunately lost two of their starters to injury, Gaby Burt and Heather Lash and that hurt them considerably as they drove to get to the Final Four. They missed making that happen by one game.
That game, against Westminster, turned out to be similar to the boys game against Griffin that put them out of the running. Westminster had a couple of six foot girls that made the Lady Knights miserable all night. Miranda Phillips and Nyla Perry both played a great game and scored 10 and 9 points respectively but the efforts of all were just not enough by the highly talented team that they were up against Friday night, Feb. 17.
Next year will be a rebuilding year for the them but Coach Kinslow always manages to suit up a very good team each year like Coach Gruhl. Lost next year will be Cosby, Curry, Kelson, Phillips and Lash and all five seniors will surely be missed. Don’t feel bad, though, as Coach Kinslow has a bunch of youngsters that are on their way to making their coach and their parents proud and who knows how good they will be by season’s end.
Both the boys and the girls show great potential for the next few years based on what I saw this year. If our tall players can grown a little more and fill out those young frames, they will be able to dominate in the paint area. I already see tremendous speed in the teams as a whole so the pressing defense that Deerfield employs should continue to provide havoc to their opponents.
So fans, attend the games and support the kids as they try as hard as they can to please all those cheering them on. If the games next year are half as good as they were this year, you will get more than your money’s worth by attending.
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.