2010-04-01 / News

Measure of team’s success is more than statistics

The fifth and sixth-grade St. Mark CYO boys’ basketball team, coached by Jacqueline Haberland, recently finished its season with an overall record of 18-6, coming in second for league, play-off and tournament play. Players included (back row, from left) Kelly Curran, Jordan Smith, Noah Simmons, Jay Patel and Collin Dowling. Front row (from left) are Teddy Roberts, David Demieri, Robert Haberland, Giancarlo Varrecchione and Steven Cirella. Steve Cirella, Chris Varrecchione and Eric Bush also shared their time and were enthusiastic supporters and coaches. The fifth and sixth-grade St. Mark CYO boys’ basketball team, coached by Jacqueline Haberland, recently finished its season with an overall record of 18-6, coming in second for league, play-off and tournament play. Players included (back row, from left) Kelly Curran, Jordan Smith, Noah Simmons, Jay Patel and Collin Dowling. Front row (from left) are Teddy Roberts, David Demieri, Robert Haberland, Giancarlo Varrecchione and Steven Cirella. Steve Cirella, Chris Varrecchione and Eric Bush also shared their time and were enthusiastic supporters and coaches. The fifth and sixth-grade St. Mark CYO boys basketball team recently finished a special season, coming in second for league, play-off and tournament play, and finishing with an overall record of 18-6.

The players included Steven Cirella, Kelly Curran, David Demieri, Collin Dowling, Robert Haberland, Jay Patel, Teddy Roberts, Noah Simmons, Jordan Smith and Giancarlo Varrecchione.

As a coach of this team, I want to thank all the players and parents that helped make this season special. Thank you to Steve Cirella, Chris Varrecchione and Eric Bush, who shared their time and enthusiasm, and for supporting me in coaching the boys.

Congratulations to the players, who made the 2009-2010 basketball season an outstanding one. The standard of excellence for St. Mark CYO basketball is at a new height.

It has been a wonderful experience coaching my son and his friends by teaching the sport of basketball and showing them the enthusiasm and love I have for this sport. While the team had a great win-loss record and enjoyed its share of big victories and emotional defeats, the games of this past season will eventually fade into fragmented memories. In the end, the measures of success are not the statistics or wins; rather, they are the friendships, lessons and maturing that are the result of effort, selfless commitment to the team and dedication to personal betterment.

The players of the 2009/2010 St. Mark CYO basketball program were truly successful. As a coach of this team, I was fortunate to have been a part of it. My motto in life and for the boys this season is “together everyone achieves more.”

I believe this team achieved.

– Jacqueline Haberland, coach, St. Mark CYO fifth and sixth-grade basketball

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