The Big Sandy Mountaineer -

The Making of Heroes


March 1, 2023

I walked into the Big Sandy High School gym and sat down to watch our 4th, 5th, and 6th-grade athletes learning to play basketball. Their coaches are Eryn NNissen, Ronnie Simpson, and assistant Nathan Merrill. They were learning how to shoot a layup—learning how to put your leg up while you put your hand up. Of course, they were running and trying to do all that simultaneously. Next, they practiced defense, how to place their hand, how to move the body in the correct position, and when they got down to the other end of the gym, they were supposed to sprint back. Ronnie said, "Does everybo...

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