Saturday, August 9, 2008

ANTICIPATING FALL HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER
Molly and Sam are ready for their autumn season to get underway

MOLLY AS A SENIOR CAPTAIN. Today was "picture day" for Ben Davis High School soccer teams. This no "official" photo, but I asked Molly to let me snap a picture while she had her uniform on. In addition to individual and team photos, Molly was in the senior member photos and captains' photos. She learned that she'd been selected as a team captain yesterday. Very cool! That means that Abby, Jared and Molly will all have served as team captains at Ben Davis. The Ben Davis Lady Giants will participate in a jamboree next Saturday and then get their season underway against Plainfield (my alma mater) the following Monday. They have the promise of a very good season and run into the Indiana High School Athletic Association state tourney. A core of the squad has been playing soccer together since first grade and have achieved some significant wins and tournament trophies along the way. Let's hope it all comes together this season.






SAM VARSITY AS A SOPHOMORE. It was picture day for Pike High School, too. Earlier this week, Sam made the varsity team as a sophomore, one of three sophomores on the top squad. He also started the Red-White Game, an inter-squad scrimmage game as part of a day of team introductions, parents' meeting, and alumni game. Parents were treated to a vigorous display of soccer competition before the season gets started. The Red Devils have a tournament in a week and then get their Conference Indiana season underway after that. The Red Devils graduated a slew of starting seniors, so this is a bit a of rebuilding year. How quickly their younger team members mature and the team gels together will determine the level of success they achieve.

SPLITTING OUR TIME & ALLEGIANCES. All this means that Becky and I will split our after-school hours on most weeknights in August through October between Ben Davis and Pike High Schools. Some games will be watched up on 71st Street and Zionsville Road and at the Red Devils' competitors. Some games will be watched at 10th Street and Girls School Road and the Lady Giants' competition in the MIC. I have to be sure to wear red for Sam's games and purple for Molly's. We're looking forward to it, actually. We've always enjoyed encouraging our kids and watching them compete and achieve. The fall may get a little crazy, but that's okay. It's part of the journey on which we've embarked.


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