I can remember a time when kids didn’t have so many entertainment options.
I grew up through the first four widespread video gaming cycles – the first Playstation in my teen years, Super Nintendo before that, the first Nintendo before that and, yes, starting with Atari. But iPhones weren’t even a dream when I was much younger. Renting a movie, for the first several years of my life, also included the requirement of renting a VCR for the weekend.
Most weekends, however, nothing we could do away from home seemed more interesting or exciting than going to that Friday’s Trigg County football or basketball game.
Things are much different today in the age of the Internet, on-demand television and movies, video games, etc.
Which, to me, makes what I saw Friday so much more special.
During the Wildcats’ game against 5th District rival Livingston Central, TCHS students filled several rows of seats, most of them standing throughout the game and making their presence known. The ‘Cats looked great in a 91-36 thrashing of the Cardinals, but give The Black Hole an assist, at least.
I hope Friday was an indication of things to come on the court and in the stands for Trigg basketball.
So, to those students, great job. Now, do it again. And again. And again.
(And while you’re at it, show up a little earlier and give the Lady ‘Cats the same treatment.)
Keep in mind that the district tournament is at Wildcat Gym in February. Why not go to Eddyville this Friday for the road games at Lyon County and give them a preview?
“The black hole has been an integral part of our success this year,” head coach Mike Wright said. “They have made a difference. Their support has taken us to another level, and it’s bothered other teams. And the Trigg County Band at the last game was as big and loud as I’ve seen. Those factors make a difference.”
While the kids deserve a thumbs-up, the adults still have a little work to do. Aside from the student section, the rest of the gym was too sparsely filled for my taste.
If the first two home games are any indication, this is a Wildcat team that you’ll regret missing if you don’t check them out this season.
And even if they weren’t, their sacrifice in the name of representing their school and community deserves better support than what’s been shown so far.
There are about another dozen chances to catch the varsity boys and girls this season, and more than that for those who attend junior varsity and freshman games. Show these kids that you appreciate their hard work.
Justin McGill is executive editor of The Cadiz Record and can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.