New Year, New Coach, New Player

By Karina, age 18, Texas
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

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I remember around this time last year, I was miserable.* Well, the times I had to deal with basketball I was. My coach wouldn't let me play, even though I was just as good as the girls who were playing. However, this year is very different.

For starters, we got a new coach, Coach S. She is amazing. It also helps that I remind her of one her favorite basketball players from her other school she worked at. Coach S has better workout routines, better speeches, and provides better motivation for our team. Overall, she is just way better than our other coach. Of course, I am a little biased.

Now I am a starter. I play the most out of all the players on the team, and that includes the people who played last year over me. I am doing a little bit of everything. I score, assist, and try to give help and guidance to my younger peers. This year is perfect. And, thinking back, I just want to laugh and tell my other coach how much she missed by never putting me in.

I don't mean to brag or be pompous, but I am just glad that this year, and this basketball season, has been treating me much better than last year. Hallelujah. And I hope that my good fortune will continue on to 2011 and district play.

So, for all the girls out there who have ever been a bench warmer, Never give up, work hard, and a new door will open for you. Trust me, I have been in that situation before, and it isn't fun. But fight through it, things will get better. :)

* Here's a look back at my situation in an article from January 2010.

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March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

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- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
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- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
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- Reasons I love writing for SDM
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