October 17, 2014- Just a few days ago, professional basketball player LeBron James and his new basketball team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, played against James’ former team, the Miami Heat. James’ leaving of the Heat came as a surprise to many, as he had tremendous success in his four-year tenure there, winning two championships. With IASAS approaching this week, this matchup between James and his devastated former team relate to the many former SAS athletes that have left for other IASAS schools.
Obviously, the decision to leave was not theirs, however the situation is still accompanied by a solid amount of drama, something that we SAS students have a tendency to crave. Our former teammates, who always competed with us, now compete against us. Sure, we can move on, but we simply don’t want to. Varsity athlete Jeremy Seow says “playing our former classmates is good because it serves as extra motivation to win.” The reason SAS has been historically more successful than the other IASAS schools is because we know how to put our game face on. We are competitors; we need to be the best.
While we still maintain our sportsmanship, we love every opportunity to compete, and it doesn’t matter against whom. Many other IASAS athletes do not possess this mentality. Go to any IASAS sporting event and take a look at the SAS athletes and fans. It’s clear that our entire school is simply more serious. This is not to say that we are “better” than every school, we simply just want to win more.
So when we play against former classmates and teammates, we do not “go easy” and we do not “play nice.” They are our opposition, and we want to win. “Ex-SAS athletes are prideful of their new schools, and we want to make them wish they were an Eagle again,” says varsity athlete Cole Derksen.
Because the level of play is what stands out, our school spirit is often overshadowed. Perhaps the most enjoyable event of the year, IASAS gives SAS the opportunity to showcase their school spirit and camaraderie. Senior Jacob Lee says that, “during IASAS, SAS consists of incredible school spirit, energetic crowds, and multiple forms of encouragement.” In the days leading up to IASAS, teachers and students give our fellow athletes final words of encouragement. We hang posters on the windows of the cafeteria for sports that may not even be held at SAS. We do this because we care about our athletes and we know that our endless support will only motivate them even more.