Weekly Feature

2014-10-29 / Sports

Kilijanski's Corner

by BRANDON KILIJANSKI, Reporter

After the Kenmore West girls soccer team lost to Frontier in the Class AA pre-quarterfinals on Oct. 21, I was blown away with how head coach Clarence Boatman handled the situation.

The eight seniors on the team were visibly upset as tears were shed after realizing their high school soccer careers had come to an end. Boatman gathered all of the Lady Blue Devils together and turned a negative into a positive.

“The whole season you worked together as a team, and no matter what, you guys are always winners,” he said before everyone went back to the team bus.

I stood back and listened intently as Boatman continued his post-game speech for almost 10 minutes. He tried to uplift everyone’s spirits, and while the site remained quiet, I thought his words spoke volumes. It was clear how much Boatman enjoyed coaching this group, and I was impressed how quickly he was able to put the disappointment of losing on the back burner.

I wish that I could have videotaped his speech, because it was a moment that every coach should watch and learn from. His first words after a playoff loss were about the importance of playing together as a team and not giving up, and how much he appreciated that. Words that should be used more often by coaches.

Kilijanski Corner is a chance for me to voice my own opinion on a different topic each week. Instead of just reading all about recent results, this gives you an opportunity to see what I think about different players, coaches and teams in the Ken-Ton area. This opinion feature will be placed here each week and have a different focus topic to give credit to those who excel in the area.

email: brandonk@beenews.com

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