Moments after Greenwood Christian Academy broke through uncharted waters by winning its first Class A boys basketball sectional title at Edinburgh on March 8, Kyle Stidom was one of the first to congratulate his former teammates.
Stidom, a 2012 Greenwood Christian graduate and Johnson County’s all-time scoring leader with 2,059 points, completed his sophomore season this month at Taylor University, where he paced the Trojans’ offense by averaging 17.3 points per game.
He made a special trip to Edinburgh to cheer his former team on.
“Sitting in the crowd was so different, but at the same time I was just so happy for the team and the coaches,” Stidom said. “It’s one of those moments you can’t really put into words. They’ve worked so hard to get to this point.
“I’m just glad I could be there to be a part of it.”
Stidom was a primary building block in the foundation of the program’s success. In his senior year, the Cougars finished with an 18-3 record, falling short in their first-round sectional game to Lutheran, 57-53.
Watching the Cougars vanquish Waldron in the sectional championship game was a bittersweet reminder of the only missing piece from his own high school career — a sectional title.
“I was thinking that whole time Saturday in the Waldron game, ‘Give me a jersey so I can get out there,’” he said. “And I realized, this is their moment, and they’ll take care of it. In all of those previous games we lost, we came so close, especially in the sectionals.
“Experience is always the best teacher. It makes you work all that harder, plus you’re around people who want it just as bad as you do.”
Stidom said he’ll have a front-row seat at today’s Martinsville Regional, where the Cougars take on Metropolitan in a 10 a.m. semifinal game
“I went to my (college) coach and asked for permission to be there even though we have a scheduled offseason workout, and he said, ‘OK, go,’” said Stidom, who is confident the Cougars can claim another postseason title. “There’s no reason why they can’t do this. I told them to go out there and finish the job. I said, ‘You’ve come this, far so why stop now?’
“They’re on a roll, so hopefully they’ll continue to make something special happen. It’s almost like I’m the one getting ready for a regional game.”