A Noble Finish

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By Ryan Butler

Florida High School sports can be cruel. The FHSAA has decided only eight teams, the state champion from each classification, can finish the season with a win in their respective sport.  
It’s a subtle reality that for most teams, most seasons are going to end in the worst possible result.
Facing that reality, it never seemed to deter the teams at CHS.
On a regular basis I got to cover the boy’s basketball, girls basketball, baseball and softball teams. All four came in with very different expectations.
All faced very different challanges. One team lost players to academic ineligability. One lost their assistant coach to an illness. Several had players quit
All ended their season with different results. The basketball team went further than any other in the sports’ history at the school. The softball team almost made it further than anyone would have predicted.
What stood out to me, what really mattered about the 2011-2012 sports season is how all four teams handled adversity and difficulty. It was always carried out with emotion. Every single team had players cry after the game. Some before it was even over. Some had the whole team cry.
But they also carried themselves with respect.     
With the fall sports getting closer every day, I can’t wait to see what happens next.
And how far they can get before the end.