All of our children have gone to Reseda, the public high school for a large part of our ministry area. Kristina graduated in 2007 and David and Gregory are currently juniors. It has been a great school for the kids and the closest community connection Nancy and I have in our day-to-day life. It is important for ministry leaders to be involved significantly in their community as they work on expanding Kingdom and blessing the city. We meet many families and work with many young people we never would have connected with in any other way. It isn’t just strategic, it is exciting!!
Being a great fan of basketball (with a helpful memory filter providing an overestimation of my skills playing high school and a bit of college ball), I have been a great fan of the Regents boy’s basketball team this year. Our own boys played up to this year, but decided to concentrate on just one sport, volleyball, and so attending the games has been purely as a Reseda supporter and not also as a dad. It didn’t matter. It is just as exciting!
As of Saturday, we are the Los Angeles City Champions! First time ever. Our best team prior was with two-time LA City Player of the Year (69, 70), Greg Lee, who went on to star for UCLA and had a brief career in the NBA. But they lost in the city championship in their only finals in 1969.
Not so 40 years later. We defeated University High School, 79-66, on Saturday. Then we quickly moved on into the State championships, and we lost in the second round last night in overtime 93-91, to number one seed, Thousand Oaks. Oh, well…
It was a great run and I had great fun connecting with the fathers of some of the players, sitting the front row and screaming my encouragement to the referees to use their skills wisely. Something like that. Good job, Regents. You made for an exciting season and congratulations to Coach Keith Higgins!