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.
A couple weeks back we drove down to Indianapolis to go to a football game with the Somasi family. This is the fourth year we've gone to a game (Browns in 2008, Vikings in 2009, and Panthers in 2010).
We started the day at the Children's Museum and then went to the Sunday night game at Lucas Oil stadium. When we bought the tickets, we were looking forward to seeing both the Steelers and Peyton Manning. Unfortunately, only one of those two worked out. It was lucky for the Steelers because I think they would have had their butts whooped if the Colts had a decent QB behind center. I was quite glad we were inside for the game because it was cold and rainy outside.
Here are a few photos:
Finn is playing flag football on the Chargers. After finishing last season with a 2-TD game (link), he started this season with the same. He's now got streak going of six straight games with a TD run (not counting the recent game in which he played only defense).
Here are a couple of videos and photos. The first video is the one that features the Finnster.
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.
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).
We went to the Nouvel basketball game tonight for a couple of reasons: 1) they were playing Midland (we saw Nouvel defeat Midland earlier in the season, but it didn’t go that way tonight) and 2) it was Blair White night. White was a student at Nouvel before playing football at Michigan State and this past season with Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts.
Here are photos of the boys with Blair and then the flyer he signed for them: