AUSTIN — Chadd Bossow had waited anxiously for “that” moment.
Roughly three months after walking off the field at Arlington’s Cowboys Stadium a state runner-up, Bossow felt the feeling he’d waited for on Saturday when Argyle beat Corpus Christi Miller 44-33 to win the Class 3A state championship at Austin’s Erwin Center.
“I can’t put it into words,” Bossow said. “I can’t believe it. I’ve been telling the players how it feels to lose. It’s the worst feeling. It’s just a feeling of emptiness. Now I can’t keep this grin off my face.”
Argyle was the only school at the state basketball tournament — regardless of classification — to also play in the state football championship, which the Eagles lost 21-14 to Wimberley.
That, of course, made Bossow the only player at the tournament to have experienced a state championship game earlier in the school year.
But that should not come as a surprise after a quick look at Argyle’s programs.
The Eagles have made deep runs in football, baseball, girls basketball, and have won numerous state championships in band and academic competitions.
“When I interviewed for the job five years ago with [athletic director and football coach Todd] Rodgers, he told me ‘I can’t explain it to you right now, but these kids just win. We win at everything we do.’” said Argyle boys basketball coach John King, who came to Argyle from Class 4A Arlington Seguin. “He said he wasn’t just trying to sway me to come here. He said, ‘That’s just what we do.’”
King admitted he thought Rodgers was just trying to sell his program at that time. Now, he knows it wasn’t a farce.
“When you’re outside looking in, you don’t get it, but when you’re inside, you get it,” King said. “In every sport, every contest — band, academics, everything — they win. That’s what these kids do.”
Bossow and his teammates are used to winning, that much is clear. But the win they earned on Saturday was uncharted territory.
“This one gets us over the hump,” said senior Clarke Overlander, who earned championship game MVP honors with his 14-point, 10-rebound performance.
Bossow was nowhere close to Overlander on the stat sheet, turning in a relatively quiet four points and three rebounds in 13 minutes on the floor, but his contribution on Saturday, and throughout the postseason, was not lost on his teammates, or his coach.
“He’s a leader by example more than speaking it,” King said. “Chadd would do whatever it takes to get that gold medal. He wanted it so bad. He wanted it in football and got so close but didn’t get it. He came to basketball with that same attitude.”
So whether he was guarding a post player who had five or six inches on him, taking a charge or drawing fouls and hitting free throws, King said he always knows Bossow will do it at full speed.
“If we told Chadd we wanted him to handle the water bucket and that’s it, he’d sprint to the water bucket every time and hand these guys water,” King said. “He doesn’t care about his stats. He cares about winning and doing what he has to do to make this team successful.”
On Saturday, Bossow ended his athletic career a winner, a feeling he thought might have passed him by just three short months ago.
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