Last week was a plethora of basketball tournaments around the region.
It was an exciting time for the players, the cheer teams, bands, and fans, who got to enjoy some great hoops action after a year on what I'll call "COVID starvation."
Five teams converged on Johnston City's Wendell Starrick Gym for a week of action. One of those was Du Quoin.
They did not win the tournament. In fact, they won only one game of the four appearances on the floor.
But in my book, they are winners ... due to the actions of a small group of students on the final night.
We've all seen the stands after an event, spilled popcorn, soda, candy wrappers, and much like shopping carts that end up in parking stalls, it stays there for someone else, in this case, the janitor, to clean up.
This is where a group of Du Quoin students become winners.
No one asked them to take any action. No one said anything to them.
They just stood up at the end of the game, looked around, and the next thing, there were cleaning up not only their section but the entire side of the gym.
That a "WOW" for me.
They are winners and with that kind of initiative, I'm betting they will all make a positive change on this blue rock.