Sport Shorts: Feb 1
JUNIOR ENJOYS PLAYING FOR DAD
Blue Valley Northwest junior Vince Fritz enjoys playing for his dad, Ed, the coach of the Huskies boys basketball team.
|Coach Ed Fritz and son Vince Fritz|
“I have been playing for him just about my entire life,” says Vince. “I have grown used to it, but at times it can be frustrating.”
The 11th year Huskies coach says, “It has been a blast coaching Vince. Because of his friendship with his teammates, it has helped me get to know them even better. He is a great kid and it is not easy being a coach’s kid.”
And Vince doesn’t just have one head coach in his house. His mother, Ann, is the head girls basketball coach at BV North.
“As everyone would suspect there is a lot of basketball talk, whether its boys or girls,” Vince says.
“Vince loves the game, and I am proud of the leadership he shows on the court,” says Ann. “He is a heady player, and I am sure a little of that comes from us dragging him to the gym all his life. He never had much choice. He was either with us at a game or about the only thing on TV at our house was college basketball.”
Vince says he has been playing basketball as long as he can remember. “I saw that both of my parents, my two role models, were very active in it. I took an early interest in basketball at an early age.”
He says his greatest accomplishment in basketball was being state runner-up and winning the East Kansas League last year.
Peers often ask the 6-foot-3-inch junior guard/forward what it’s like playing for his dad.
“I always say I like it, and I have always done it,” Vince says. “Most of my teammates have played with me and my dad has coached us since the fourth grade.”
He is averaging 12 points, 3.2 assists and 4.1 rebounds a game in the first nine games. He has a high of 11 assists in a game and had 17 points in the championship game of the Valley Center Tournament against Olathe Northwest.
TIGERS’ DONAHUE IS HONORED
Blue Valley senior distance runner Colton Donahue has added another honor to his resume. He is the first Blue Valley High School cross country runner to be named Gatorade Kansas boy cross country runner of the year.
The award is based on sports excellence but also on athletes who demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.
Donahue was the East Kansas League champion, 6A regional champion and state 6A state individual champion. He also won the Timmons Award for the top time at the state meet.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“Forget not that God has given you a mind. It may well be the greatest sin is a failure to use it. Take time to look above the rooftops. To question that which everyone else holds as incorruptible truth, and live so that your actions are more than a mere echo of all that has gone before.”
— author Jack McDevitt