Oh no, Coach Larry is looking at me again, and he’s yelling:
“Get the damn ball to Mike!”
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 overgrown 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.
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.