We heard that many times last week as every announcer said those words to open each game. We combined Abigail's orthodontist appointment and a seminar Paul had to attend for his aircraft inspector mechanic recurrence training, and took a trip to Anchorage. It happened (Abigail planned her appointment that way) to coincide with the state high school basketball tournament. The two teams that we played with the most this year made it to the state tournament. Newhalen is the closest school to the south of us and the school that we played many games against this year (we played the Jr. High and girls teams). Friends of ours go there every summer and put on a basketball camp where they coach the kids in basketball and do Bible studies with them. For the last two summers, Paul and the kids have joined them. The Wilson's and the Brueckner's are two families serving Yhwh and living in Aniak, a two hour flight into the interior of Alaksa. Every summer a church in Glennallen sends a team there to put on a basketball camp along with Bible study. The Brueckner's invited Paul and the kids to join them this summer. They went and had a wonderful time fellowshipping.
So, we went to all of their tournament games. They both won their first two games quite handily and made it to the Championship game. We sat in the middle between the two teams and cheered for them both. It was a terrific game, close all the way to the end!
The Newhalen Malmutes in the blue...
The Aniak Halfbreeds in the white...
Aniak's first game was at 0800 Monday morning. Only the hardcore fans were there at that hour.
Andy Brueckner homeschools in Aniak...John Wilson also homeschools in Aniak. It was fun to watch our two young friends play in the huge Sullivan Arena.
Above and below Andy and John are going after a rebound.
Deborah is enjoying the game.
Andy came and sat with us when his game was over.
Sarah really wanted to give the lion a high five. She talked Abigail into gong with her, but about halfway there she chickened out and insisted they head back to safety.
All the excitement was a little too much for Benjamin and Sarah. they got a couple of good naps in during the games.
Oh yeah, Aniak won the championship game, but not by much...