As a young boy Apple Springs basketball coach Finley Cartwright says his coaches had an influence on his development into a man. After that it was clear he wanted to be a coach as well.
"Its an opportunity to influence people, which is what coaching is about to me," said Cartwright. "To lead by example, to be a good role model and to do your best everyday as a role model."
After over 36 years of coaching Finley will reach a milestone Friday night. You can walk into Apple Springs gymnasium and there is plenty of history, and Friday that gym will see a little more. That's because the Eagles coach will compete in his 1000th game as a high school varsity basketball coach.
Finely explains why he has kept at it for so many years.
"What I have enjoyed the most is the opportunity to work with kids and try to influence them in a positive way," said Cartwright. "It is important to me to make sure they are good people on and off the court.
Throughout his career Cartwright has had ups and downs, but he says he enjoys them all the same.
"Many people may say 'Well if you won real big that might be your highlight,' and it was fun to win, but I've loved some of those teams just as much that didn't win," said Cartwright. "Sometimes teams that lost games but did their very best, those are some of my favorite teams actually."
Cartwright and the Eagles will play Friday night at 7:30p.m. against Centerville. We will have the highlights on KTRE and KTRE.com.
Update: Apple Springs beat Centerville 41-38 for Coach Cartwright's 1000th game! Congratulations to the Eagles and Coach Cartwright.