My wife bought me some new school shirts this year. She got the dress ones that have Indian Rocks Christian School embroidered on them above the pocket. She did go out of the box a little bit with some of the colors. I’m ok with the black one, or the white one, and I really like the blue and white striped one. After that, they aren’t what I consider conventional dress shirts. One of them is a kind of a bright robin egg blue. It gets a lot of comments from the students such as, “Can we get that color?” or “That’s an amazing color” or just “wow”. The comment that got my attention though was when Selby said to me, “Mr. Banse, that shirt is raw!” My first thought was, “Of course it is, it is uncooked and as long as I’m not the person ironing it will stay that way.” But after delving a little deeper, I realized that “raw” has new meaning to the youth of today. If you grew up in the 50’s, raw would have been neat-o; in the 60’s, it would have been cool; in the 70’s I would have called it far out; in the 80’s it would be awesome; in the 90’s it was rad and in the 00’s it was phat. So now that you have a frame of reference, I can go on with my story. Selby is a member of our wrestling team. The wrestlers don’t get a lot of attention at school, but they are generating a lot of attention away from school, and they are raw.
This past week the Tampa Bay Times did an article that featured our wrestling team. You can read it at http://fw.to/6hGoVUY The article mentions a few of the accomplishments but just scratches the surface of how good this team really is. Here is a short recap of what they have accomplished as a team so far this season:
Blue Jacket Tournament - Team Champions (first tournament win in school history)
Ocala Forrest Tournament - 5th Place out of 18 teams
Kiwanis Tournament - 5th Place Place out of 32 teams
Jerry Mita - 2nd Place out of 28 teams
Immokalee Dual Tournament - 2nd Place out of 12 teams
Hawk Dual Tournament - Tied for 3rd out of 10 Teams
Dual meet record on the year is 18-4
Coach Jay Dugmore has taken a small program and built it into a powerhouse. We appreciate that even in a sport with little recognition and not a lot of early success, Coach Dugmore has hung in there and built a winning team.
From an individual standpoint we have 8 wrestlers who have won at least 29 matches already this year. Among those, Jay Dugmore III and Conner Allshouse both captured their 100th career win this season. This is a great accomplishment when you consider neither are a senior yet. Jay is a junior and Conner is a sophomore. In fact all of these accomplishments have occurred with just one senior on the team. We observed “Senior Night” last Friday evening. The lone senior, Jared Wolfenbarger, picked up his 29th win of the season. We also took time Friday night to honor Jen Allshouse.
Jen has been the team mom for the wrestling team for the past five years. This year she has battled cancer courageously. In support of her, 110 lime green t-shirts were made up to show support with all of the proceeds going to the Allshouse family. They sold out within 8 hours. We had our biggest crowd for a wrestling dual and we live streamed the event so it could be seen at the hospital and for family scattered throughout the U.S. (you can see it at www.ircslive.org). It was impressive to see the sea of green in the stands. Coach Dugmore read a letter from Jen’s husband, Shawn. It was an incredibly emotional time for everyone there. On the live stream we had many well-wishers and family members text messages in for the Allshouse family.
On Saturday, with her family around her, Jen succumbed to the cancer. Please pray for her family. It is hard to lose a wife and a mother. The days and weeks ahead will be difficult. The “family” that was present at the wrestling match Friday night needs to wrap their arms around the Allshouse family and be “Jesus with skin on” to them.
Shawn, Conner, and Thomas, your Indian Rocks family loves you and is praying for you.