I would like to congratulate the Richland High boys basketball team for its impressive season and second place finish at the state tournament. Losing in the championship game is nothing to be ashamed of. These young men will always remember the experiences they had together.
I can relate to their disappointment though. In 1996, I played on the Richland High football team that had a remarkable run to the state finals (beating three previously undefeated teams in a row, including archrival and No. 1 ranked Kamiakin) before falling to Curtis in the championship game. The memories of our playoff run are still fresh in my mind nearly 20 years later.
The values of discipline, hard work, sacrifice, perseverance, teamwork and dealing with disappointment developed through participation in sports are extremely valuable to young people. We need to get kids away from television and video games and involved in sports, music, dance, drama and other worthwhile activities in addition to their commitment to do well in school and serve in their communities. This will not only improve their physical and emotional health, but also help them become contributing members of society.
AARON RICHARDSON, Pasco