Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Best Season Ever

Well, so the season has been great so far. Overall our record is 9-0 so being undefeated is awsome. I've never been on a sports team that works so well together; we have amazing chemistry. So in other words I always know where my teammates are going to be. In one of the games I made a buzzer beater three at the end of the game. I never even imagined that I would get to shoot one of those in basketball. Our team is great. Wes is the best basketball coach I have ever had. He really makes things like defensive concepts easy to understand. We have this one defense that we run that is getting us a good ten to fifteen steals a game. It's a trap defense that looks like a two one two. Overall we're winning our games by over fifteen points. I know that in one of our games they stopped keeping score after we got up on the other team by over 50 points. This year we set a Cedar Ridge kids team scoring record by scoring 74 points in one game. That was just crazy to me to look up at the score board and see that number. Our closest win was our first game in town where we won by two points. We were all nervous in that game and since then it has been all good for us. Where we really beat teams with points is our fast breaks, our trap defense gets us a lot of steals which in turn gets us a lot of fast break points. I'm still working on my dunking; haven't quite gotten there yet but I can grab and hang on the rim, I really think that the karate has helped me for basketball like all the strength that I have built from karate really does transfer over to basketball. I think the rest of the season will keep going as well as it has gone so far. Our goal is to go undefeated and win the tournament championship-- something that a Cedar Ridge team has never done before.
Well, wish us luck the rest of the season.

--Sweet Pea

Monday, January 25, 2010

Cedar Ridge Girls vs. Uintah River High School

On Tuesday, January 19, 2010 the Cedar Ridge girl's basketball team played against the Uintah River girl's team on their home court. To put it mildly, we poned. Within the first three seconds of the game Lettuce took the ball down the court and scored our first point. It was a heated match. The Uintah River girls put up a good fight but it just wasn't enough for our skilled team. Kitty, Baller, Lettuce, MadLove, Lunchbox, Blush, and Bug were the spirited, hard working girls who gave the game their all. Not only did winning the game give us a sense of pride but also a full stomache. After winning the game 36-33, Christine treated us to a hard earned meal at McDonald's. The night was a memorable one and it was nice to see that our hard work payed off.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Big Group Games

It was hard to get everyone, some people were camera shy today and slipped out of my shots before I could get them... Others were in and out of big group for a minute. I also put in some shots from my office (the coolest office in the building).
By the time I made it to Big Group, they were in the middle of an intense game of Catch Phrase with Wes. Everyone was having a good time and I was even allowed to take part in the grand championship round, awesome.
The weather warmed up a ton this week, all the way into the 30's !! Seriously, it was great. Ice melted, coats came off and we all got a little sun. As I thaw out, I'm hoping that I become more of a prolific blogger. Perhaps even three times in one week, weather permitting.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Student Council Support for Haiti

Hello everyone! I just wanted to give Haiti some real estate on the blog. Our student council has become involved in the relief efforts (through fund-raising) and I wanted to make sure you all had the link.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Basketball Practice

These are a bunch of photos from a basketball practice. Sean, Brent and I all joined in and played some hoops. Watching these guys made me wish I could have knees that didn't hurt every time I play. The top picture was taken right before the game against Uintah River.
I have to say, it is great to have a job where I can bounce out of my office and play hoops for an hour. These experiences really bring us (staff) together with the students. Many of the students become highly motivated in other aspects of their lives due to the influence of sports programs.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Hanging Out

Students playing basketball with Emery (Home Manager).
Students hanging out with Pam.

Pam doing some career testing with a student.
These are some photos of what other people were doing while I was having a snowball fight. Productive pursuits. The career testing that Pam does is great. Once the kids are engaged in the program and doing well academically, this testing is a great way to get our students excited about future goals and realizing abilities.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Snow Wars... Return of the Snowball

One of my students and I... Battling eachother. Good vs. evil. Brother vs. Brother.
Trenches were dug.

Defenses were made.
Fortifications were re-inforced.
Those are smiles of fear, not fun.
Preparing ammo.
I know its hard to see through the hail-storm of H2O-based projectiles...
Faces of Snow-Wars.

I had a few different options... take the guys to do a work-project... play basketball... read a book... but none sounded nearly as galactically important as Snow-Wars. The North and South Poles were seperated by a thin line of snow. Each team was given the same number of barricades and snowballs. What ensued was bleach-white carnage.
Derrick and I refereed the match-up. It was tough work and there were many disputed calls. I know what your wondering... and yes, the North pole did win the day.
p.s. check out below this post, it is the second post of the day.

Field Day

Our newest student... Yeti Sasquatch.... He's from up North.
Chad (science teacher, in the blue shirt) and Brent (therapist, tan hat) playing tons of games with the students.

This group was playing Texas Hold-em. (O.K. it was just UNO.... But Texas Hold'em sounded more exciting).

I have no idea what this game was, but it looked fun.

I interrupted a very serious game...

Mike (our English teacher) having a conversation with a student on the side-lines.

The students LOOOVE to play knock-out.

The school had a field day (December) and I did my best to record every moment. There were kids playing basketball... kids playing volleyball and even board games. There was a general mood of lazy fun on campus and everyone could be seen getting involved. At the last field day we had video games (Rock-Band etc.) available for student usage and it resulted in many time-outs, feelings hurt, entitlement and a host of other video-game related incidents. For this reason, video games were not part of our field day and the mood was much improved. It is cool to see a bunch of teens having a blast playing monopoly.
For those of you who enjoy rants... here is my first blog rant!
Perhaps we could start a revolution? Get rid of your x-boxes, playstations and game cubes. Want a suggestion? Get a Wii. My family and I have one and we only play games as a family. Not only is it fun, but it encourages cooperative play. Too many people are spending too much time isolating with video games and missing out on real-world connections. This is especially disastrous for young kids who fail to learn basic social skills. And no, talking to someone over a head-set while playing a war-game does not count as a social interaction.