The fact that the Mead girls basketball team was playing for an outright Greater Spokane League championship against Gonzaga Prep on Thursday night would lead any sports enthusiast to believe that 99 percent of coaches would do nothing to jeopardize their team’s chance of winning the all-important game.
Enter Mead Coach Quantae Anderson and player Aaliyah Johnson. Johnson, who is the team manager after becoming partially paralyzed almost four years ago, enters the game and played to the best of her ability, setting an example of one who never gives up.
The team and coach never gave up on Johnson and in return all parties involved, including the Gonzaga Prep team, gave Spokane a lifetime memory. In my opinion, Anderson is Coach of the Year, Mead is Team of the Year, and Johnson is Inspirational Player of the Year.
You all gave Spokane something to be proud of. You are all winners in my book.
John G. Kallas