Varsity Preps

Kosnitzky’s Korner: Every Game Matters and the Starfish

By the end of the first week I will have seen either in person or on television or online, Booker T. Washington – Norcross, Miami Central-Palm Beach Dwyer, Homestead-University School, American Heritage Plantation-Cypress Bay and other games.  These are all high profile teams with high expectations for themselves and the people around them.  As a change of pace, I covered the Miami Springs – North Miami game.  At North Miami Stadium, there was a small turnout with limited or no media.  Both teams battled back and forth with North Miami winning 18-14.  Players such as Bobby Stinson and Jaree Tolbert made an impression for Miami Springs on the defensive side, while Alex Pierre ran with success for North Miami.

People cheered and groaned.  Both coaching staffs debated with the officiating as we find in other games.  While the play was not comparable at times to what we have seen with our ESPN telecasts, the game was not short of excitement with the Pioneers securing the win in the last 30 seconds.  With our limits on time and resources, I ask should we focus are time on only the elite teams?


The answer to this question revolves around the Starfish by Loren Eisley. 

The Starfish Story
Original Story by: Loren Eisley

One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed
a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.

Approaching the boy, he asked, What are you doing?

The youth replied, Throwing starfish back into the ocean.
The surf is up and the tide is going out.  If I don’t throw them back, they will die

Son, the man said, don’t  you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish?
You can’t make a difference!

After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish,
and threw it back into the surf.  Then, smiling at the man, he said
I made a difference for that one.



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