Emotions run wild for Grand Valley parents
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
It was a weekend of ups and downs, a weekend spent attempting the ultimate and most delicate of balancing acts.
With a son and a daughter taking the court for Grand Valley High School’s boys and girls basketball teams at the Class 2A state basketball tournament in Pueblo, Keri and Stuart Jensen had to keep their emotions in check at all turns.
That’s because the Cardinal teams enjoyed disparate success.
Their son, Tyler, and his Cardinal team saw their bid for a repeat state championship fall by the wayside in the first round, while daughter Kasi and her teammates made a dream run that ended with defeat in the state title game.
“It’s been a terrible roller coaster,” Stuart said between games on Saturday, the final day of the three-day state tourney, “especially with one team doing so well and one not.”
In the end, Tyler’s team went 1-2 and Kasi’s team 2-1 in Pueblo. That made for a weekend of celebration and consolation for the Jensen parents.
Making matters especially intense was that Tyler, a senior, saw his high school career come to a close in disappointing fashion. Kasi’s a junior.
That made the post-game talks all the more emotional. But that’s all part of being a parent.
“We have our own conversations with each of them,” Keri noted.
Joked Stuart: “We’ve gotten pretty good at this.”
It helps that Tyler and Kasi are close and are steadfast in their support of one another.
“They support each other so much,” Keri said. “Both kids do. They’re always texting back and forth. It hurts the other one so bad when the other one loses. They’re good kids.”
After his team saw its season end earlier in the day, Tyler could be found decked out in Cardinal garb loudly cheering on his younger sister as the Grand Valley girls chased a state title Saturday evening.
The balancing act aside, the Jensens acknowledged that they’re thrilled simply to have had both of their children playing for a state title on the same weekend.
And, seriously, how many parents can say that?
“They’ve both done so well to get here,” Keri said. “We’re so proud of them of them both. As disappointing as it is to lose, they got here.”
Contact Jeff Caspersen: 384-9123
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