The countdown is complete and here is my favorite John�s Journal story from the 2016-17 school year. The story, posted on Feb. 8, is about a young boy named Henry who is the grandson of Annandale High School boys basketball coach Skip Dolan. As detailed below, Henry was born with heart defects and he and his family faced many daunting obstacles.
This story is my favorite because it combines so many great aspects of high school activities: Competition, community support, taking care of each other, working toward goals that extend beyond winning.
At the time the story was posted, Henry was nine months old and had never left the hospital. The postscript to the story is all positive, as you can see by going to �Hope for Henry Charles� on Facebook.
There were a total of 364 posts on John�s Journal between the first day of practice for fall sports in 2016 through the end of spring state tournaments in 2017. Here is the No. 1 story �
A Special Night In Annandale: Hope For Henry
ANNANDALE � Two comments overheard during a grand Tuesday evening of basketball in a packed gymnasium do a pretty good job of telling the story.
Quote No. 1: �This is just a game. There�s a little kid fighting for his life.�
Quote No. 2: �Those were two dang good teams going at it.�
Both quotes are accurate. These were just games, with the girls and boys basketball teams from Hopkins heading to Annandale for a varsity doubleheader. The overall focus was on a little boy who is in the minds and hearts and prayers of everyone who attended.