In the annals of Tabor athletic history, 2011-12 will not go down as its most successful year. However, there were some notable accomplishments.
The baseball team tied for first in the conference, took second in the KCAC tournament and hosted a regional in Hutchinson, finishing second.
The men’s and women’s track and field teams finished third in the conference meet. Both teams had some outstanding individual performances.
The consistently strong volleyball program continued to perform well, placing second in the KCAC tournament.
The men’s soccer team finished with a nice 11-5-2 overall record.
The men’s cross-country team placed third in the KCAC meet.
Both tennis teams were competitive and finished with winning records in the KCAC.
The men’s basketball team had an up-and-down year, finishing 15-16 overall and 10-8 in the KCAC.
The other programs—women’s cross country, football, women’s soccer, women’s basketball and women’s softball—had losing records, although some of those teams showed improvement and hope for the future.
If there’s a common theme, it’s that the women’s programs aren’t doing as well overall as the men’s programs.
It’s funny how even a successful season can leave a bittersweet taste. Ask the baseball team. Tabor was in position to win the conference title outright, but late in the season dropped three of four games to both Kansas Wesleyan and Sterling to finish in three-way tie for first.
Then Tabor finished second in the KCAC Tournament, losing both games to Sterling.
In spite of the bumpy finish, the Bluejays regrouped and nearly pulled off a regional championship. It was quite a season!
Speaking from personal experience as a former Tabor baseball player, the program has come a long way.
Speaking of baseball, author Max Lucado tells a story about a Little League game in which someone hit the ball out of the park. Apparently, the league was on a tight budget because someone had to go get the ball before they could continue to play.
Two of the outfielders scampered over the fence to look for the baseball. Everyone waited and waited and waited.
Finally, concerned coaches ran across the field, jumped over the fence and down a small ravine, where they found the two missing outfielders. At their feet, their gloves. At their feet, the found ball. And on their faces, smiles and blueberries.
They found a chance to step away from the game and they took it.
Lucado writes, “How long since you’ve stepped away from the game? Couldn’t we all use a few blueberries now and then?
“But it’s so hard, isn’t it? We’ve got places to go, programs to attend, gifts to wrap and meals to prepare.”
There’s something to be said for taking a pit stop from the racetrack of life in order to keep life in perspective. Perspective can be easily lost if all we’re doing is running to and fro.
On ESPN.com, Gregg Easterbrook notes that the New York Giants are 4-0 in Super Bowl games when Bill Belichick is coaching on the sideline. Two of the wins occurred when he was a Giants assistant coach and two of the wins occurred when he was the opposing coach for the New England Patriots.
Best headline in recent months: “World Peace suspended 7 games.”
For the uninformed, Lakers forward Metta World Peace was suspended seven games for throwing a vicious elbow at Oklahoma City’s James Harden. Before changing his name, World Peace was known as Ron Artest. Artest got an 86-game suspension in 2004 for jumping into the stands at Auburn Hills to fight fans.
As for the recent penalty, an even better headline would have been “World Peace suspended.”