Letter: The rest of the story
Our hats off to Monitor columnist Ray Duckler, who took the time and cared enough to write “the rest of the story” about the unfortunate incident involving Patrick Welch, Pembroke Academy basketball star (“Lesson learned the hard way, Monitor front page, March 25).
My husband and I have enjoyed countless hours following the Pembroke Spartans basketball team. We have seen the physical pressures that Welch is frequently subjected to as his competitors try to limit his scoring opportunities, but we have always been impressed with his ability to stay focused and display good sportsmanship in spite of the pressure.
Did Welch make a very bad choice following the Division II championship basketball game? Absolutely! But should that be the reason he is remembered? Let us not forget his superlative athletic skills and his four high school years of “good stuff,” both on and off the court.
We are all aware that Welch has paid a high price for his bad choice and sadly has very likely learned a life-changing lesson the hard way. Although we don’t know Welch personally, we sincerely hope that he can move on from this unfortunate event, and wish him the best for continued academic and athletic success.