Sunday, August 28, 2011

Summer Season (Callahan's Crew)

Summer Season ... we are often missing kids as there are campouts and family vacations. We only had the entire team together ONE time, and Joey ended up getting a concussion and having to leave early. So, in the team picture above (taken the last game) we are missing Parker. Rowland took the summer off, and as our 6th graders moved up to the 7th/8th division, we filled the two open spots on the team with Tyler and Mason, older brothers of Brendan and Joey. They add some height to our team. The uniforms are RED ... Callahan is happy with that. I'll post the games here in chronological order ...

Game 1
June 18, 2011
Win (42-27)
Game one, against a Taylorsville Team. It wasn't a runaway win like all the games Spring season, but our team was able to pull into the lead and keep it comfortable the entire game. There was some mixups with the reffing, so there was only one ref instead of the usual two. Not sure if the boys instinctively realized there wouldn't be as many eyes watching, and it was a little physical, with some complaints of missed calls on both sides. Everyone scored (and due to a camera malfunction ... ok, really user error ... I did miss two baskets right after the 4th quarter started, not sure by who). We were missing Stockton and Tanner.

Game 2
June 25, 2011
Loss (47-30)
We had the whole team today ...I was going to get a picture, but it didn't happen (Joey was out by the end). Bigger Mason got a haircut ... sometimes it's such a big change I almost don't recognize these kids after! The other team was both good AND big. There was one of Klint's former team players, and also Jimmy, who lives in our neighborhood. Probably mostly 8th graders, so we shouldn't have to see them again Fall season. Even though it was a loss, it was nice to see the boys have to work for their points. Joey took a VERY hard foul, hitting his head on the floor. He was out for the rest of the game and his parents took him to the doctor after ... severe concussion. Rest up Joey! We do have a couple weeks until the next game.

Game 3
July 9, 2011
Loss 16-50
We knew coming in this would be a hard game. The team wasn't that big, but they were good. They landed almost every shot, while our team had trouble getting any in. Callahan was very down ... literally, on the floor. I had to tease him a bit, and as I didn't have any baskets of his to focus on, I featured his falling ... Callahan, the soundtrack on this video is dedicated to you!

Game 4
July 30, 2011
Loss 30-35
The boys were pretty happy when the first quarter ended and they were in the lead! The other team rallied and caught up, but our team managed to keep it quite close the entire game.

Game 5
August 6, 2011
Loss 22-28
This was a bit of a frustrating game because of the many foul calls ... our boys were in foul trouble early. Callahan, who rarely gets fouls called on him had THREE the FIRST quarter. This was especially stressful as his counterpart, Mason, was gone today. The boys were very happy when they had, not only the lead, but a shutout, the first quarter! But then the other team edged back and took over the lead. Parker and Jared fouled out and several others were very close. Our boys did still keep it close!

Game 6
August 13, 2011
Loss 39-40
This was a really great game. We were missing Tanner and Tyler (we could have used Tyler's height, as the other team had a BIG center). Our team had the lead as the first quarter ended, it was tied going into halftime, the other team got a decent lead in the 4th, but our boys came back for an exciting finish! Three points down with less than a second on the clock, Joey got the shot off and it was in ... but a two instead of a three. It was SO close!

Game 7
August 20, 2011
Win (55-35)
There are only seven teams in the 7th/8th division, so we do play a couple of the teams twice. Today's game was against the same team we played first. We won then and we won again. The other team was actually up at the end of the first quarter, but then our team pulled ahead and kept the lead the rest of the game. A lot of highlights today ... Callahan and both Masons were on FIRE!

Game 8
August 27, 2011
Loss (33-50)
We'd lost against this team once, and lost again. This team had some pretty big kids that towered over our boys. I was running a little late (coming straight from a soccer game) so I missed Joey's three pointer that started the game ... but there were several more! Love those outside shots!

So this was a tough season, but a good one. We didn't need one full of easy wins like Spring. I look forward to see what the Fall competition is like ...

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Hoop Highlights (Keaton's Crew) Summer

Mason, Tanner, Richard, Braxton, Joey
Max, Brady, Nick, Keaton, Jonathon

The majority of Keaton's 4th grade Spring team decided to play up in the 5th/6th division for summer. There were so many kids (as Steve already had a team in that division) that they split the kids into two teams, so we don't have Hunter on our team anymore. From last season, there's Max, Tanner, Jonathon and of course, Keaton! New team members are Nick, Joey, Mason, Braxton, Richard and Brady. The games will be posted here in chronological order ...

Game 1 (June 18, 2011) This game didn't happen :( The summer league is combined with Taylorsville Recreation and the team was supposed to come from there, but they didn't show. We had a little scrimmage (Callahan joined in) but it isn't the same as a game.

Game 2 (June 25, 2011) Whereas Callahan's sixth grade team looks a little mismatched playing up, these teams looked pretty even. The score was neck and neck the entire game. There were a lot of missed shots, and lots of calls for traveling (on both teams). Our boys pulled ahead for the win... 28-24.

Game 3 (July 9, 2011) Playing at Taylorsville today. Our team pulled ahead right away, but then the other team caught up, and even got a point ahead. The game was tied for the last couple minutes, then a final free throw won the game for our team! Win ... 22-21

Game 4 (July 16, 2011) A late game today ... 5:00. As mentioned above, there were so many kids (4th,5th,6th) that Steve had to form two teams. Today, we were playing our other "half". They were missing a couple key players, and Brady was gone from our team. Keaton had a GREAT game! Win (30-15).

Game 5 (July 30, 2011) We knew coming into this game that it would be tough. The other team has been playing together for a couple of years ... they would be a little better match for Callahan's crew, and in fact had played against them in years past. This team had left the rec league to try competitive play, and back here, had been dominating all the teams they played against. We were no exception. Keaton had a big of a rough game, with several hard falls, but I was very proud that he got back into the game each time. Loss (18-61).

Game 6 (Aug 6, 2011) This was another very good team (again, I think they have played competitively, our coach has seen them at AAU). Our boys didn't land a shot in the first quarter. By the half, the four points on the board were from free throws. We got a couple shots off, and a few more free throws, but it wasn't a great game. Lots of turnovers. We were missing Brady. Again, Keaton took several hard falls. (Loss 11-47).

Game 7 (Aug. 13, 2011) We had back-to-back basketball, with Callahan's game finishing up at a different location the same time this one started ... so I was a little late. Our team had six points on the board when I arrived (two baskets by my Keaton I was told). It was a pretty easy win, which was nice after the last couple tough games. (Win 31-24).

Game 8 (Aug. 20, 2011) Back to back games again, but I was able to catch the whole game ... well almost all of it. Keaton banged his knee pretty bad and I missed a couple shots while I was tending to him. Keaton's buddy Jacob was on the other team, and they only had five players (missing a couple of their star players), so it was a pretty easy win for our boys. We were missing Mason and Nick.