HP Basketball January Newsletter

January 2021

2021 Giants

We were all very excited to hear from the IHSA on January 27th that our season was able to begin. We’ve been able to practice now, but will not be able to play games unless Region 9 moves to Phase 4. Our schedule is being structured to mainly face teams from both the North and South sides of the Central Suburban League. We know our season is going to look different, but our guys have not wavered in their work ethic, their passion for the game, and their joy for being around one another. Our seniors have done a great job leading throughout this pandemic, as our mantra has been Keep Moving Forward.


Pete Weiss (‘94) recently connected with the Barstool Sports Fund to receive a grant to help support his restaurant, Little Louie’s. The grant will donate to Pete and his restaurant to help him get through this difficult time during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Pete’s FaceTime with Barstool Sports CEO Dave Portnoy went viral just only a few weeks ago, leading to an outpouring of support for Pete and his business. Check out this article from ABC News-Chicago that reports this amazing story. Congratulations, Pete!

Basketball Thoughts

Kevin Eastman’s Thoughts About Success

  • Behind any success is every day → it’s not a one-time effort, but it’s the result of repeated efforts every day.

  • Success is not a game of perfect → there will be mistakes and failures along the way.

  • Success is not a game of genius → you don’t need to be the smartest person in the room, it’s about the consistent work you put in.

  • Success doesn’t stop once you get there → none of us (the team or the individual) has arrived. We are not done!

  • Success requires a choice → are you interested or are you committed?

  • Success leaves footprints → find those that came before you and follow them!

  • Success requires stamina, discipline, and grind → Embrace the journey, this is where the magic happens. Day by day, week by week, month by month, year by year.

  • Success requires your all → you must pour your entire heart into something knowing that may be broken. Invest in the daily battle, knowing success is never guaranteed.

HP History: Highlight Video Spotlight

Since the 2007-2008 season, Coach Ross Deutsch (“Coach D”) has created a highlight video recapping each season. These videos have proven to stand the test of time, truly capturing the essence of our program along with some great music! These videos include a variety of memorable moments that guys still reflect on and talk about today. During the Summer of 2020, Coach D created a Through the Years Video that includes different segments from teams’ highlight videos over the years, as it’s proven to be a great teaching tool to our current players in all levels of the program today. If you want to see the highlight video from a specific team (since 2007-2008), they can be found on Coach D’s Vimeo page.