From the Desk of the Junior/Senior High School Principal
“What you are as a person is far more important that what you are as a basketball player” – John Wooden
After last night's heartbreaker against Riverside, we mark the official end of winter sports. There was a lot of tears, laughs, and cheers along the road this season. It was great to get to watch all the games this year. Student are making memories that will last a lifetime by participating in these events.
In addition to the people on the court, there were tons of moving parts behind the scenes and on the sidelines. I want to use this Cobra Strike to both highlight the teams as well as a few of the other groups supporting the team on the sideline.
Keep on making a difference.
Derek E. Smith
Student Section at Sub-State
Want to be a part of Cobra history, how about not one but two players scoring 1000 career points in the same season. Scoring 1000 points is a feat in itself, being that Kanyon and Kaylee are only number 4 and 5 to do it respectively, but to do it in the same year is something that won't be matched for a long time.
I would like to take a second to thank all of the players for their efforts this season. I am beyond proud of them and their accomplishments and I am excited to see what the future holds. A special thank you to the parents for being great supporters, providing meals/team dinners and making sure the girls had what they needed. I also want to thank KNZA and the Cobra channel for live streaming our games. This is a great privilege for our community and I am so glad that people could watch who could not make it. I could not have survived the season without Brad Alley as an assistant and AD. He does a lot of behind the scenes stuff and makes game nights flow with ease. Thanks again to the players for buying into my program and trying new things. It is much appreciated. Good luck to all athletes in their spring sports!
Dear Parents and Players,
First and foremost, I would like to thank the parents for entrusting me to your young men during this basketball season. Your support throughout the season has been greatly appreciated. Secondly, I want to thank Coach Olberding for joining our coaching staff for the 22-23 season. He has been a tremendous addition to our staff both on and off the court and will continue to be for many seasons.
As I reflect on this season, I am very proud of the fact all of our teams finished strongly. I can say without reservation, that our best basketball was being played at the end. Even greater than that, it humbles me to have league coaches reach out to me saying how they admire how hard we play and our perseverance as a team. While the final record wasn’t what all of us wanted, the characteristics I just mentioned will take our athletes far further in life than any scoreboard.
To the seniors, thank you for the past 3 seasons you have given me as your cobra basketball coach. Your effort and dedication to becoming the best versions of yourselves will carry you forward. While the season ended short of our goals, I hope you take pride in wearing the Cobra on your jersey. Cobra basketball tradition is very strong and you will forever be a part of that family. I cannot wait to see how the next chapter of your lives unfolds and wish you nothing but success in your futures.
Middle School Boys Basketball
First and foremost I want to give a shout out to the parents for all the support throughout
the season. It is very important that the parents and coaches work together for the greater good
of the kids and I believe that is what we're doing here. I also want to thank the admin and my
assistant Coach Childs for everything they did this year. These kids worked so hard and battled
all season. We did not end the season like we wanted to, but that is okay. We either win or we
learn, there is no such thing as losing. With that being said, I want to thank these young men
for their sacrifices, blood, sweat, tears, and dedication on getting better on and off the court. I
said this once before but being a Cobra truly means something. I have talked to so many Alumni
including my own father and being a Cobra is something that you are forever! Once a Cobra
always a Cobra. You are representing yourself, family, friends, community, and alumni that
walked these halls and competed with a cobra across their chest before you. Be proud of who
you are and always shoot for the stars.
I always love hearing the pep band students getting ready for the games. They are so excited to get ready to play. I am looking forward to seeing where the band can go from here.
I know Coach Fritz has the sign up going for tryouts for next year, so if you have spirit and want to show it, sing up.
Cobra Channel Signing Off
From the bottom of my heart, I want to send a huge thank you to Kryndon and Kyson Proffitt for broadcasting all of our games. I also have to thank Mr. Lyle Alley for joining him up in the "booth" during basketball season. The two of them working together has been great to watch this season.
Don't worry though, they will be back next year to bring you all the action again.
If you would like to donate to the honor flight program at JH, you can do so here
Derek E. Smith
As I was getting ready to leave for the game last night, my youngest son Hank asked if he could go to. So we loaded up and he came with me. However, as soon as I saw the crowd I was worried about how things were going to go with our student section being placed next to the Riverside fans. I knew I would be posting up close to my student to help them out and was worried about my little buddy. However, I quickly remembered that we have the best community ever. He sat next to Larry for the entire first quarter and from the look of this picture stole most of his popcorn.
His real name is Charles-Henry Smith. He is named after my uncle Chuck and my wife's uncle Hank. Neither was actually related to us, they were just good men that were so much a part of our lives that they became our uncles. After last night, I can see my boys are going to have about a hundred different uncles and aunts from how incredible this community is.
Always try to be nice, but never fail to be kind.