This afternoon Boomslang participated in the championship battle for the 2011-2012 Battle of the Books. They faced “The Cryptid Chickens” from Blessed Sacrament. Each team was asked 15 questions during the battle. The Chickens answered all 15 of theirs correctly and 3 out of the 4 that Boomslang missed. The Chickens were pretty much unbeatable. I’m sure the kids from Boomslang were a little disappointed about the outcome, but mostly they just seemed to be glad to have permission to read non-Battle-books again. Congratulations to the Chickens and to Boomslang and Coach Herman for a fantastic performance in this year’s Battle!
Saturday afternoon Elliot and his pals participated in the oral round of Battle of the Books. The fact that they had made it to the oral round meant that they were already in the top 16 out of the ~ 64 teams that participated this year. Eight teams had already competed in the morning round to determine the first team that will participate in the championship round (The Cryptid Chickens from Blessed Sacrament). Elliot’s team (Boomslang) was competing against seven other teams (5 from Woodcrest, 1 from Plymouth, and 1 from Freeland) for the second spot in the championship (to be held on Thursday at 4:30 PM in the auditorium of the Grace A. Dow Library). Boomslang made it to the oral round last year and came up just short of making the championship (here is a link to a photo).
Out of the ~ 45 questions they received on Saturday they only missed two, so we knew they had done very well. However, they had lost one of the battles, and the way points are assigned makes it hard to predict your performance (since you don’t know how well the other teams did). When the emcee announced that Boomslang would be moving on to the championship battle, we were surprised and thrilled! It wasn't even very close this time since there was a large cushion of points between Boomslang and the second place team. Congratulations to the team and coach Marcelle for all of the hard work they’ve put in over the last several months!
Here are some photos of Boomslang:
Saturday morning Elliot participated in Midland Public Schools’ paddleton tournament along with ~ 60 (?) other 5th grade boys. Paddleton is like badminton except you use a wooden paddle instead of a stringed racquet. A bunch of his friends from Carpenter Street school participated too, and they all did well…representing four out of the top six and three out of the top four (including the champion and runner-up). Elliot defeated his friend (and basketball teammate) Kyle to win the tournament.
Here is some video from several of his matches leading up to the championship (and some video of his pals playing too):
Here is video of the championship match:
Here are some photos (the last one is Elliot and Finn posing with their gym teacher Mr. Welter):
For the second game in a row, the Knights faced a team with whom they were evenly matched. Unfortunately, it didn't work out as well as the first time. After giving up several turnovers and losing their starting QB to injury near the end of the first half, they lost 22 to 2 (dropping their record to 1 win and 4 losses). Early in the game, Elliot had a nice end-around run that went for a first down. After the Knight's QB was injured, Elliot played the rest of the game at QB and linebacker (instead of the usual receiver and linebacker). He completed two passes (one of which came agonizingly close to a TD on the last play of the first half), but he had a rough time overall (since the Knights had a hard time getting a running game going or stopping the pass rush). Considering he hadn't played any QB since pre-season practice and none in the shotgun formation that they're running now, I thought he did a good job. On one play when they were backed up to their goal line, he called a hard count and drew an off-sides penalty on the defense to get five extra yards of cushion. I was impressed that he thought to call that play in that situation.
Finn's team lost too…28 to 21. His TD streak ended at six games. He only carried the ball twice, so his opportunities were limited.
For the third year in a row, Elliot's football team has struggled to get a win. This year they finally got a win in overtime in the fourth game…and it happened to be the one played underneath the lights on a Saturday evening on the field at Central Middle School. Elliot's been playing receiver on offense and linebacker on defense.
Here is some video from the game at Central including the game-winning TD.
Here is a series of photos of Elliot (# 8) making a tackle on a run up the middle:
Here is a series of photos of Elliot causing a fumble:
After playing RB the first half of the season, Elliot played QB during the final three games. He played well, but his team continued to struggle and finished the season winless.
Here is video of Elliot at QB pitching to his friend Ethan who makes a long run before being tackled just short of the goal line:
Here's a video from the final game of the season with Elliot at QB:
Here are some photos:
The last game of Finn's season was a special one. He carried the ball twice and scored both times. The first one was a short run off tackle. The second one was more adventurous. Below are a couple of videos of Finn's team. The first video focuses on the two TDs. Unfortunately, I didn't have the good video camera with me, and it wasn't quite in focus for the second TD. As you'll hear, I get pretty excited during the second run. Below are a couple of photos too.