By Jackie Burrell
Thursday, March 19th, 2009 at 11:53 am in Teens.
Hearts were low in Danville last Saturday after Monte Vista High’s boys basketball team fell 46-43 to Oakland’s McClymonds High in the NorCal Div. I championships. The Monte Vista coach was just crushed, as were his boys. And then, he got a call from a team family who had heard that McClymonds’ team couldn’t afford to go to the state championships this weekend in Sacramento. Why not, the family asked, turn this defeat into something wonderful? Why not rally Monte Vista’s Mustangs and raise the money so McClymonds’ Warriors could go? Within hours, they’d raised $1,100 from players and parents from both their girls and boys’ teams.
“I think it speaks to the spirit of competition and what it’s really all about,” coach Bill Powers told the Times and Trib’s Jimmy Durkin. “You certainly went in there trying to beat them, and it was a good basketball game. But at the end of the day, somebody needs a little help, and this is the spirit of giving…This is just respect for a team that deserves to go up to Sacramento first class.”
McClymonds coach Brandon Brooks was stunned when he got the call: “That’s amazing, that the team you beat in NorCal, their parents want to help out with your cause,” he said. “That’s unheard of.”
The Warriors will face off against Westchester-Los Angeles in the Division I state title game this Saturday. And yes, that photo shows McClymond’s Will Cherry, #22, right, hugging Monte Vista’s Zack Ertz, #32, after their game.