IT IS A MOMENT THAT SECOND BAPTIST SCHOOL MENS BASKETBALL COACH KEVIN MOUTON COULDN' T COMPARE TO ANYTHING HE'S ACCOMPLISHED IN HIS MORE THAN 30 YEARS OF COACHING.
Sitting back in his chair in his office, photos of family sitting on his desk, pictures of former players he had recruiting while coaching at the college level in one corner; Mouton got emotional talking about the day before this past Thanksgiving.
The morning of November 27, at 6 a.m., Mouton walked up to the gong inside the halls of MD Anderson. He had just finished his 51st-straight day of radiation.
Mouton had completed the biggest victory of his career - beating cancer.
AS MIKE WALKER STOOD ON THE SIDE OF THE FIELD WATCHING THE SECOND BAPTIST SCHOOL JUNIOR VARSITY BASEBALL TEAM FACE OFF AGAINST KINKAID, A THOUGHT CROSSED HIS MIND.
It was March 12, the COVID-19 Pandemic had gripped the country. It was spreading like wildfire. The night before, the NBA had called an immediate shutdown. That same day the University Interscholastic League suspended play in their boys' basketball state tournament. The country and the state were heading for a shutdown.
"I remember standing on the side of the field thinking, 'This might be the last competition of the year'," Walker said. "As it turned out, it was."
As the Director of Athletics for Second Baptist School, Walker, like many, had to quickly pivot his athletic department from in-person, on-campus teaching to being fully online. March 12 ended up being their last day on campus for the 2019-2020 school year.