To the Editor:
Thank you so much for the fine coverage you gave recently to Hinckley-Big Rock’s historical 1,000th soccer game. The article is refreshing in this era filled with stories of steroid use, recruiting violations, athletes arrested, fans fighting and parents harassing coaches.
This game and celebration captured what high school sports should be about: pride in tradition, warm community support and an environment for athletes to enjoy, grow as individuals and build memories. I suspect today those virtues found at H-BR athletics are not too different than they were in the era of that first soccer game in 1970.
As a side note, the old adage “nice guys [and gals] always finish last” doesn’t apply here. H-BR fields very competitive teams in many sports, including back-to-back state titles in girls basketball.
I must admit my enjoyment at this historical event was heightened by the knowledge that my son-in-law, Jack Morsch, scored the very first goal in the first game in 1970, and in watching his and Terry’s son, Jacob Morsch (our grandson), start on varsity 42 years later in the 1,000th game.