Saturday, February 9, 2008
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 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.