Of course, with six children, you have to pick and choose what you are going to see and what you have to miss. To aid us in our decisions, we have established a rule: The kid who is in his final year gets preference over the other kids. Okay, so Nathanael is a senior at MLS, and Caleb is an 8th grader at St. Peter's. Now what? Split us up. I went to Westland; Laura went to Saginaw.
Coach Lecker offered up some very nice words about Nathanael, highlighting how the second half of his season was really strong. I had thought so, too. Andrew, meanwhile, was recognized for honors in the conference, getting 2nd team all-conference. Cool!
Earlier in the day, St. Peter's was facing St. Paul's, Livonia for the 3rd place game. We had played a very solid game the day before against St. Stephen's, Adrian who had beat us convincingly earlier in the year. We kept it close (a 1-point game into the 4th quarter), but it trickled away late, and we lost 28-21. So, we had high hopes for the 3rd place game. Well, the game was sadly similar to the game the day before. St. Paul's made their shots at the end, and we could not get anything to fall. Caleb was especially getting frustrated as the game went on. The hoop simply would not accept the basketball for us. Things that make me go ARRRGGHHH! Caleb did manage to grab a ton of rebounds. You don't get any points for those, but at least he was recognized for it: He was selected to the all-tournament team!
We came up short, but we sure enjoyed the season. Another set of lasts has come and gone--last MLS sports banquet for Nathanael, last HVL tournament for Caleb (Philip was already thinking of next year's teams), and last grade school basketball game for Caleb.
Here are few photos from the HVL Tournament.
Against Divine Grace in a 32-23 win on Friday.
Another last: Caleb and Philip playing together.
For years, Caleb has been playing against his good friend, Micah Neumann (#22) from St. Stephen's, Adrian. Next year, they will be playing together at Michigan Lutheran Seminary. It will be much more fun to cheer FOR Micah next year.