The 2011 Country Club Championship Swim Meet (Midland, Bay City, and Saginaw) was held this past week. Congratulations to Elliot who brought home 3 ribbons in the boys age 9-10 category:
- 4th place in the 25 meter backstroke (time 28.12)
- 5th place in the 25 meter breaststroke (time 34.43)
- 5th place in the 100 meter freestyle (time 1:50.16)
Last Wednesday Elliot participated in the city-wide elementary track meet at Midland Stadium, competing against kids from 8 other schools. He participated in the softball throw and 800 m run and was an alternate for the 400 m relay. He finished 6th in the city in the softball throw (I didn’t realize that pink is the official color for 6th-place ribbons). That was an unexpected surprise to me since it’s been several years since he has played baseball. One of his buddies finished just ahead of him (4th ?), and a bunch of his buddies represented Carpenter really well in the various running events (winning or finishing in the top few).
Video of Elliot’s choral performance from last week:
Shortly after Christmas, the family got an iPod Touch. I discovered this gem from Elliot playing with the voice memo function.
Congratulations to Carpenter Street School’s Boomslang and their coaches! Out of the 70 teams that participated in Battle of the Books, Boomslang was one of 16 to qualify for the oral battles. In this morning’s session, they competed against 7 other teams to earn a slot in the championship battle. Boomslang won 3 out of their 4 oral battles and finished 3rd out of 8…only 2 points behind the team that earned a spot in the championship (the top 4 scores were 25, 24.5, Boomslang’s 23, and 17). Not a bad showing for a team of 4th graders participating for the first time! We were quite proud!
I found the photos from when I played (3rd and 5th grade). There’s a photo from 4th grade too, but I quit before the season started (because I wanted to play with my buddy after school instead of going to football practice and because the coaches were stressing me out by threatening to make us run extra laps around the field if we ran the first one too slowly). The first year I was 3rd string offensive line. I remember one game they put me in on defensive line, and I was shooting the gap into the backfield and tackling the quarterback almost every play…but unfortunately it was a fraction of a second after he would hand the ball off. By the second year I played, I was one of the bigger players on the team. Because I had an August birthday (shortly after the cut-off), most of the kids on the team were at least a grade below me. That year the coaches wanted to play me at tight end (hence my # 40 jersey), but after the first few practices moved me to offensive tackle to replace someone who wasn’t getting the job done. I also played defensive end and had a couple tackles for safeties that were the highlight of my year. I didn’t play organized football again after that, sticking with basketball instead. Here are my photos:
From the better late than never department, here’s a post that I just realized I never published…from when we made our annual trip to the Midland County fair last August. Here is video of Elliot on the “Super Shot”: