The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Opinion

April 11, 2014

Your View: It takes a champion

JOPLIN, Mo. — Our Missouri Southern State University men’s basketball Lions made a run for the gold, and how fortunate we the fans were this season to see those games unfold.

The seniors now move on to their future, as will our coach, Robert Corn. However, he will teach again and of course cheer with all of us next year. Those who remain to play are already heroes and know they can win, having already shown their skills; our bench was big for us this year.

However, we know that new players will come now and challenge them for play time next season.

Let’s pause for a moment to acknowledge that our Lions won the NAIA conference championship this year. Wow! Information was a bit scant about their games after that, but we know that the Central Missouri Mules beat the Lions and went on. We are proud of the Lions who lost to them. But do we the fans realize this rival team went on to win the national Division II championship? Doesn’t that show once again how very, very good we were? It took the championship team to beat a champion.

Our coaches plan to recruit some height and some shooters. And the players still with us will improve even more. They will stand up and pass the tests it takes to run and soar and win. And, because of what they learned and what they did this year, they will bring an even faster defense/offense to their games. I have no doubt that the Lions will outrun the Mules. I can already picture those present players who will champion our Lions next year. They will be good. They will be very good. Go, Lions, go.

Ben Peterson

Joplin

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