BBHS Braves and Rainier Beach HS Show Good Sportsmanship and Camaraderie
Thursday October 23rd 2014
Varsity welcomed Rainier Beach HS to Mickey Naish Field this afternoon. With only six players able to travel, RBHS was forced to forfeit the match, however, neither Coach Nils Dahlgren nor Rainier Beach Head Coach Scott Elston wanted to pass up an opportunity for their teams to play. And so, with a love of the game at heart, the two programs went through warmups together while the coaches came up with two mixed lineups for an 11v11 scrimmage. "I thought it was a great idea," said Senior captain Anna Catherine Wass, "because it gave us an opportunity to meet some new people, have fun and play soccer."
A lightning flash just before kickoff threatened to cancel the whole affair and sent all the players into the cramped safety of the press box for a mandatory 30 minute delay. The tight quarters, and a bag of mini candy bars, served as a great team bonding event so that, when play finally began, there was a positive rapport amongst all.
It was an evenly matched contest between the two mixed sides, and a good balance of fun and competition. The event ended with a "team" picture and high-fives all around.
"I am so proud of our players," remarked Coach Dahlgren, "they showed a kindness and sportsmanship to match their talents on the pitch. Today they embodied our motto of Be True, Be Kind, Be Brave. Our thanks to the Rainier Beach players and Coach Elston; maybe we can do this again. Easily one of my top coaching memories."
Located in Seattle, Washington, Bishop Blanchet High School is a private, coed Catholic school for grades 9-12. Students benefit from a challenging college preparatory academic program, campus ministry, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.