The Madison Country Day School Boys Basketball team claimed the first victory of the program’s short history on Wednesday night with a 35-23 home win over Johnson Creek.
The program is in its second year, and while every player on the team is enrolled at MCDS, they play as a part of an athletic co-op with Abundant Life Christian School. The team was winless in their inaugural season, but that didn’t dull the dedication of any of the players: every member of the 2012-2013 team that is still enrolled at MCDS came back for this year’s campaign, and worked harder than ever; it’s that work ethic that’s made an impression on Athletics Director Jeremy Clements. “I know how much work these guys put in…during the summers coming in, every Saturday morning,” he said, speaking the day after the victory. “We have a good amount of dedicated student athletes here. As a collective team, I think this team is more dedicated as a whole group.
That dedication became more and more apparent as the season went on, even as the pressure to record their first win built, something Head Coach Bob Camosy compared to a “500 lb. gorilla” that was “lifted off the team’s back” as soon as the final buzzer sounded Wednesday night.
But even as the pressure dissipates, the program certainly isn’t resting on its laurels. Clements noted that “It’s one win, now we have to move forward,” adding that his goals for MCDS Basketball in the coming years include teams, both boys and girls, that are completely independent, and compete only under their own name with no need for a co-op.
It’s a young program with a promising future, and if its players and coaches continue to work as hard as they have over the past few months, they’ll be celebrating countless more wins to come.