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Letter to Editor Z Response to the interriew article of Delmar Stewart by Mike Lakin : Thanks to my son Deron I now receive the Mt. Pulaski Times paper via e-mail so that I can keep up with what is going on in the town of Mt. Pulaski. Having lived in Bloomington since 1983 I am not always privy to the happenings going on in the community. I read with great interest the Delmar Stewart interview article concerning Mt. Pulaski high school basketball. Having known Delmar most of my life and being a former follower of the Mt. Pulaski basketball program I felt compelled to offer a reply. In the article references are made to the fact that several of the players on this rears team left for vari- ous reasons, i.e.; disrespect, excused absences, techni- cal fouls, etc. Conjecture on these situations would leave the reader with the idea that the coach is doing injustice to these players and, should be sanctioned if not terminated. I do not know the current coach but I do know his father and if the young man inherited any of his father's traits he is of high moral value and very respectful of others so I find it hard to believe that all of the blame for these situations can be placed at his feet. i Reference is made to i the low point of the 63-64 i basketball season. When transferred back to Mt. !Pulaski from Clinton in December of 1962 1 joined ! the basketball team that was coached by Ray Tabachi. t Ray was a great guy who unfortunately was a good baseball coach with some- what limited basketball coaching skills. This would be the same coach that basketball coach and it has always been one of my greatest privileges to have been able to call him and his wife Pat friends. From the time of his hiring and on through the rest of his tenure at Mt. Pulaski, Ed put a quality basketball product on the floor that was extremely successful, But, let's examine some of the reasons for the suc- cess of the program. At the time that Butkovich came to town there were ele- ments in place that would ensure the continued flow of talent to the high school program. Biddy basketball was in place that allowed players too young for the grade school program to learn the fundamentals of the game and to participate against other youngsters their own age. I know this for a fact because I attended many a game on early Saturday mornings. When they:graduated from the biddy program and wanted to continue to participate in basketball they came under the tutelage of Bob Gasaway the grade school basketball coac,~h, Bob was a very good coach and very successful at the grade school level. Hence, a great feeder system was in place for the high school basket- ball program. Unfortunately, I do not see any of these systems in place in Mt. Pulaski at this time nor have they been for quite awhile. What I do see is the complacency and the lack of sacrifices that have to be made to be a quality athlete regardless of the sport that is played. I cannot tell you the amount of hours my sons and the other fmeathletes was in place for the 63-64 that graced the floors of season. I do not claim to the Mt. Pulaski high school know about the low point gym put in to reach the that Delmar mentioned but levels of success that they I do remember that the team had. With all of the outside probably did not play up to influences available today their potential and therefore for the young athlete I don't the season did not go as believe that desire or the well as expected. Hence, sacrifices that need to be Tabachi exited the basket- ball coaching position and Ed Butkovich was hired. If- you followed the basketball team then you know that history was in the making. Ed Butkovich was a 4, fine individual and a great Thursday - March 22, 2012 Find the right products for your project and expert advice at True Value. I made to reach the next level are there. Let's not put the major- ity of blame on the young coach that is trying to do his best with the talent he has inherited. Let's take a look at the entire situation to see if we, as responsible adults, may want to go back to the systems that worked for so long and provided athletes with the skills, ability and desire to win. Eft lowell Bloomington MW 44% 99 _ SAVE 50% reg. 39.99 Easy Go Lawn Cart 14-gaL capacity, 4.5" wheels, L1419t21 While s= Elkhart Public Library District Treasurer's Report July 1, 2011 -- Ddcember 30,2011 See Page 11 reg, 12,49 33-Ct., 33-GaL Trash Bags sturdy design. Drawstring closure, W 144868 B6 wh~ su~ L~t. SAVE 33% UW 41% reg. 7.49 16-Qt. Moisture Mix Ennched with Miracle Gro~ plant feed, Protects agaim~t over and uP~ler- watering~ L27334591 Wr~esupp~l~t; JOHNSON HARDWARE & GARDENS Mt. Pulaski Times reg. 4.99 Dust Reduction Air Filters Attracts and captures large air.me allergens, Lasts up to 3 months. F 126 594,595, 596, 597 F6 While ~ppli~ Open 7 Days a Week Mon. - Fri. 7:30Am - 6Pm Sat. 7:30Am - 5Pm Sun. lOAm - 3Pm www.facebook.com/ johnsontruevalue 42~ g. Washington g(. Mt. Pulaski 7