|Of course he has to talk to the cheerleaders, even if they are from Payson. :)|
|Introducing the Starting lineup Kolby Linford|
|#13 Jake Skinner|
|It gets brutal underneath the basket.|
When the team went into the locker room before the game, which was pretty smelly by the way... Coach DeGraffenried turned the time over to Eric and Eric had an opportunity to tell the team how much he appreciated their love and support and how they were like a family. He reminded them that the time that they spend on the court will be some of the greatest memories to have the rest of their lives. Eric told them how much he missed playing, that he even missed practice and Josh Treanor said "No you don't" (I have heard that practice has been brutal). Eric went on to tell them to help each other up and play to together as a team, because family stayed together and triumphed.
I have to say that I was very proud of him. I am so proud of the team and not only of their support but of their compassion. Jordan Jensen was his official escort for the night, and as I watch those boys, I know that every one of their parents are proud of them for who they are and what they stand for! I am proud to call them Eric's friends and as any parent will tell you that it is comforting for your child to surround themselves with great friends, and Eric has that! Even though Payson won the game, Eric wanted to stick around and tell Clint Bateman (from Payson) good game and that he loved him!