JAY DAVIS: Memories are made at tournament time

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Memories like the joy of being region champion, here expressed by Mitch Heumiller, happen inside the gymnasium at tournament time. Memories like the harrowing trip home happen when Mother Nature rears her ugly head.

Memories like the joy of being region champion, here expressed by Mitch Heumiller, happen inside the gymnasium at tournament time. Memories like the harrowing trip home happen when Mother Nature rears her ugly head.

Tournament time is when memories are made.

Ten years from now there will be a conversation about Saturday’s District 11A championship game win over Cheyenne-Eagle Butte.

The speaker will say, “Wow, was that a great game or what?”

Ten years from now there will be a conversation about Monday’s Region 6A championship game win over Miller.

The speaker will say, “Wow, was that a scary drive home or what?”

Sure, there will be talking of how the Tigers came from behind in the fourth quarter. Memories of how they put the press on and clamped down on Miller, forcing turnover after turnover. There will be mention of the kids stepping up to the free throw line and hitting clutch shots for the second straight game.

But those memories will not be cherished until after describing the harrowing trip back to the Bridge City. If you were not at the game, that’s too bad. You missed a team of players who showed Tiger Pride at the perfect time. You missed seeing the team and their fans getting to relish in the thrill of victory.

If you missed the snowstorm with blinding winds causing zero visibility, the miles of driving at two miles per hour, the not knowing for sure where the car was on road (near the ditch or over the center line?), praying to God that everyone makes it home safely, that’s very good for you.

As for the game? Man, those are some good memories. But as far as the drive home goes, that will be coffee talk for many for years to come.

First and foremost, how about them Tigers? Guys, why not make some more treasured memories next week? And let’s hope the state tournament talk has nothing to do with car trips.

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