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Bulldogs take to the court

Basketball: Bowman students participate in the inaugural squad, build upon teamwork, academic and so

Posted: June 15, 2010 9:47 p.m.
Updated: June 16, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Bowman High club basketball coach Jose Rosales works on strategy with his players during a timeout. Rosales and teacher Nate James recently completed their first season as coaches of the school’s first basketball team. Their efforts were assisted by the local chapter Boys & Girls Club. The Bowman Bulldogs finished their season 4-4.

Bowman teacher Jose Rosales and substitute teacher Nate James saw a need at Bowman High School, and took the initiative to make a basketball dream come true for Bowman students.

In partnership with the Santa Clarita Boys & Girls Club, the coaches formed a team of 14 players that practices every week - and helps develop teamwork among the students.

"We felt that the physical activity would be a great outlet for our students," Rosales said. "They learned what it means to be a team player and to count on one another for support."

Bowman Principal Robin Geissler added that the coaches are excellent role models for Bowman students, and they held the players accountable for being student-athletes. If a player missed school or had a disciplinary issue, they were forced to sit on the bench that week.

"By the final game, all of the school turned out to support our team, and the players really responded to the positive attention," Geissler said.

The Bowman Bulldogs started practice in March, and made it to the club league championships. Although a team of varsity Canyon High players defeated the Bulldogs in the final game, the Bulldogs were already winners in the eyes of their supporters. The Bulldogs' first season ended with a 4-4 record.

"The Bowman Bulldogs felt special because they were part of Bowman's first basketball team ever," Geissler said. "The players received incredible support from Bowman students and staff. During every game, their Bowman family showed consistent support for their amazing ‘bulldogs.'"

"Being on the first Bowman basketball team was a great experience for me," junior Alex Dailey said. "The team helped me improve my game, and I learned to interact with other students I wouldn't normally hang out with at school."

For some players, it was overwhelming to hear Bowman staff yell their names as they passed, defended or scored a basket.

"It felt really good to hear people scream my name and to have the support from school," Dailey said. "I have never experienced that type of support from any school before. Next year, I plan on being on the team and winning the championship."

James and Rosales are extremely proud of the players' efforts and dedication. Some players renewed their love for basketball while others found a new passion which they plan on continuing in college. This team's effort has transformed and motivated students academically and socially.

"The team has progressed since day one," junior John Owens said. "We are expecting to take our victory all the way next year."


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