I go to the gym six times a week. I know my zoftigness would seem to belie that fact. I begin each session on the basketball court – I have to make 10 free throws in a row before I move on to my workout routine, walking around and around and around and around [With each lap I pass the torture room. Hockey moms go into the torture room. That is a story for another day. In the business, that’s what we call a “teaser”]. Yesterday, I choked. I made 16 free throws in a row but shanked the next attempt, which would have tied my personal record at the “Y.” And that leads me to . . .
Wrapping up the holiday basketball tournament . . . before the staff photographer comes in with a fresh batch (oops, just noticed the Willmar photos are in). These are the fun ones, and include my favorites.
[Destined to be an all-time classic. The proud grandpas -Jack Trumm on the front row and Martin Haar right behind him.]
[The reporter’s vantage point – way upper right. No wonder the staff photographer can scoop me! I’m an alum – and a veteran, for pete’s sake! You’d think I could get box seats on the 50-yard line? And right in front of me are more Super Fans – Jeanne and Dave Hoyme. The Hoymster is a retired veteran so shouldn’t have to hike up to the nose bleed section!]
[Wayne Elton. Began his Alexandria career as principal to my senior class. Here he is drawing from a lottery box held by Ted Haar. Probably for some fans to win seats the Hoymster and I should have!]
[The starters gather on court prior to the opening tip apparently to encourage one another. I found the one of the Trumm sisters laughing heartily particularly (is that like a double adverb?) delightful – and wonder if Alli had just relayed an “Ole and Lena” joke?]
[“Let’s do it!”]
[Well, it’s not all just about throwing a ball through a hoop. The team did beat Moorhead under a scoring system that is totally foreign to me. The routines do require incredible endurance.]