Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Zones

After winning divisionals last month, Neal's basketball team was able to play at zones, which was last weekend. The tournament was held in Burdett, a half an hour east of Lethbridge and two hours from home. Burdett is a small community with a post office, I think a cafe, and a few abandoned buildings, but more interesting is that Mexican Mennonites live and farm there. Really wanted to go to one of their restaurants but they were closed on Saturday. Maybe someday we can take the drive and see what they serve. Anyway, the boys did great and ended up placing 2nd. With a team made up of the only abled bodies 8th and 9th graders they did a super duper job.



The team last year ended up in 2nd place for zones too so this year was a hard loss. They really wanted the win and to "bring home the banner" for the school. You can see a bit of a banner on the left side of this picture.



We stayed at Lou Lou's house on Friday which was nice, real nice. We walked in after the game on Friday and she had dinner ready for us and on Saturday she made pancakes and sausage. Eagan Bed & Breakfast is a place I could go to lots. Thanks Lou Lou!

Poor Neal woke up at 5am on Saturday morning with a migraine which always keeps him down for a day or two, but the minute we walked into the school, just like that, a couple of the moms took matters into their own hands. Beth did some reflexology magic along with some chiropractic work, and Kristen had some essential oil for headaches, so between the two of them Neal was up and running ( I know, can you imagine running with a headache?) in time for the 2nd half of the 2nd game. They won the game which enabled them to play for the title.


All smiles, that boy Neal.



Don't let this photo fool you. These boys were S.A.D. sad. They were faking their smiles for the cameras.



The girls team was also in zones and were playing just 30 minutes away so after their game was over (they got 4th place out of 8 teams) they skidaddled over to the watch the boys play. These kids really love each other. Small schools and communities will do that to kids. It's nice. All these girls are in our ward and two of them are my Mia Maids. (yep, they pulled me from RS to YW)

See that ball in mid air? It was bouncing while I took the picture. Funny.

We had a fun weekend because we love watching our kids do just about anything from sports to singing to acting to business competitions, to graduating, to speaking in church, to teaching Sunday School to just about anything.

Now on to badminton!

9 comments:

Brad said...

Neal you're a champ, but i think I'll be able to beat you one on one forever. ha

Marilou said...

You guys can come to the Eagan Bed and Breakfast anytime you want. It's always open! Next time I will throw in a dessert!
Congratulations on the second place win. Nothing to shake a stick at! Consistency is always a sure bet in my books.

Kelly said...

Remember when I took a whiff of the mystery bag on our front step and it turned out to be full of Neal's barf warming in the noon-day sun?

I do.

Dixie Dee said...

Good for Neal! The thing about small schools, everyone plays, and everyone sees unique country side that wouldn't happen otherwise. Good for you guys! I'll bet if everyone was healthy there would have been a different story to tell, but that is the way the cookie crumbles. Well enjoy the badminton and whatever else comes up! :)

Barb said...

Dearest Neil, to me 2nd is the worst I would rather be last and had a blast then come in 2nd. Does that mean I am a poor sport?

But whatever I know that you would handle it with more grace than I ever could.

Laurel Lee said...

kelly...what???

USAUS said...

Way to go Neal...

Michelle Joyce said...

Kelly I am so sorry ahah! That is nasty! But cool post mom. I think Im most jealous of the Eagan Bed & Breakfast though...

USAUS said...

Love the new blog look Lee Lee - so fresh!!!