That evening, we also honored nine graduating seniors. They are, unmistakably, the best group of guys and will be missed. In addition, many thanks go out to our parents and fans for all their support throughout the year.
Winning a sectional title, in 2009, only shows that a team can win. It doesn't reveal the bonds that are made and what one learns through it all.
So we lost our semi-final match last week, yet we gained so much more this season. I learned what it's like to be a part of something important, what it's like to be part of a team, a team that became a family. We never relied on one person, we played as one, all 14 of us, playing with one heart.
When life throws you a curveball, make sure to take your best swing. How we deal with loss builds character. Be the optimist, find the positive, and rebuild.
For some, volleyball is over. For others, it may have just begun. There's much to be learned from a loss. Remember, it's all what you make of it.
(Editor's Note: Ryan Shelton is a junior on the Baldwinsville varsity boys volleyball team).