I don’t think a soul in town is surprised that the Portales High School girls basketball team claimed victory last week in the Class 3A state basketball championship game.
It’s simple; hard work pays off. And while everyone in town will be sporting their red and black to show their love for the Lady Rams, I’ll be rocking my maroon and gray.
The colors are no disrespect to the Lady Rams because the team I’m cheering for is no rival of theirs. In fact, the Texas Southern University Tigers are also champions of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, but they still need my support.
When I became a student journalist at TSU, I was reluctant to cover sports but with every game I went to, I grew with the team. Even when I wasn’t covering a game for work, I was the loud-mouth fan in the stands.
My senior year, my team lost in the title game. I felt as devastated as the players as we left Dallas empty-handed and empty-hearted. Three years later and I’m now looking at my team facing off against Cal Poly for the 16th seed in NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
I wasn’t kidding when I said last week it was a great week in basketball. If I’m real lucky, it will remain a great season and my Warriors will get their NBA Finals bid.
I want this tournament bid badly for my school. May the winning spirit of the Lady Rams be with them when they play Cal-Poly today.
Christina Calloway writes for Clovis Media Inc.