Saturday, February 9, 2008

Kenny Wrestling

After a couple of years, Kenny and I were finally able to convince Ana (or hide it from Ana) to let Kenny return to wrestling. He had been working out once a week with Derek for a couple of weeks, so we registered him for a little tournament. While he didn't win his one and only match (the tournament ran behind schedule and he got bored) he wrestled better than I thought he would. Here you see him trying to put in a whizzer (even though I don't think he knows what one is--but saying it makes him sound like he does) when the kid shot a single and in the other picture he is standing up and trying to get an escape after being taken down. I think he enjoyed the tournament and, hopefully, will do a few more next year.

Vanessa's First Year of Beehive Ball

Vanessa official entered the world of Young Women this week when she played her first two basketball games. It was just how I always remembered it--girls sliding across the floor, double-dribbles, and little 12 year-olds trying to live up to the demands of the 17 year-old Laurels. Of course, these were the first two games of any type of organzied basketball Vanessa has ever played but, and maybe this is the voice of a proud father, she has played pretty well. Her first game was Thursday and she didn't do too much, but before her game today I pulled her aside and went over some of the basics. She dribbled more, had some steals, and even had a good drive (she missed the layup, however.) I have been designated as coach and after losing the first game on Thursday pretty soundly, we came back today and won by about 5. For some of those girls, I think it was the first time that they have ever won anything--they were thrilled. With it all said and done, Ness had a great time and is looking forward to playing some more.