Oh no, Coach Larry is looking at me again, and he’s going to yell.
“Get the damn ball to Mike, he can score too.”
Coach Larry knew his basketball, and I was his starting point guard for the Saint John’s Saints 6th grade team. We beat every 6th grade team in Frederick County.
I was four-foot-five, quite round and could dribble, pass, and shoot.
My over grown teammate Rob “The Pistol” Schantz was six-foot-three, fast, and talented. We beat Waverly 66 to 12. I had nine points and “The Pistol” had fifty-seven.
I made one shot from the corner after my shorts had fallen to my ankles. The three fans, one of whom was my father, were amazed. This is how legends are born.
The year end banquet was well attended that year. Coach Larry announced that the unsung hero award went to the player who could dribble with his belly and score with his pants down, Stephen Lebherz.
The crowd cheered as I proudly accepted my award.