Guys without the Glory
Before this year starts I wanted to recognize some of the guys who make their teams tick, the guys who are the glue that holds their teams together.
Most of these players won't hear from college recruiter or grab a front-page headline. Their pictures will seldom been seen in the newspaper or their play seen on a television highlight. If you read the newspaper articles on the games or read the box scores their presence may go by unnoticed.
Who are these guys without the glory? Their teammates, coaches, and the opposition knows who they are.... you can recognize them easily because they are a special breed.
They are the guys who are always diving on the floor for loose balls and have a multitude of floor burns to show for it. They are the ones who almost always come up with a critical steal, the crucial rebound, and the important stop.
They are the ones who take on the opposition's best player regardless of size or position. These are the guys who don't quit no matter what the score is, they don't look for headlines only wins.
These are the guys that put a smile on your face because they know what it is about...they aren't prima donnas ....they are blue collar and proud of it. If you ever find yourself in a tough situation these are the guys you want on your side because they just don't recognize defeat.
Every coach wants them and ever team needs them, but there are only a few that have the gift....the motor that never lets them stop. I would like to introduce you to some of the finest hustlers in Southern Arizona: Jorge Valenzuela – Sahuaro, Tony Maravilla & Chuck Cole – Catalina, Chris Johnson – Catalina Foothills, Bobby Felix & Bobby Craig – Tucson Mountain View, Sam Cunningham – Globe, Mark McClanahan & Brad Askam – Salpointe. I don't have pictures of all of them...they just won't hold still but you can see them at high school near you soon.