Small Town Sports & A Surprise

Our week has been filled with a new year, new job for me and new basketball games. Hunter played both Tuesday night and tonight at home.

He was given the opportunity to start both varsity games and is learning the ropes from his teammates. It’s a fabulous learning experience.

It’s unique to attend small town sports. The entire community comes out to support our boy’s basketball team. Many generations sit in the stands alongside one another to cheer on our boys. It truly is a community event. At half time people play bingo to support Dollars for Scholars. Others visit in the hallway and outside the concession stand.

 This week, our boys pulled off two close wins. But those wins came with their own set of challenges.

Winning isn’t easy and neither is entertaining two young girls who are watching their brother play past their bedtime.

We learned the best way to entertain a 2 year during the second half of a game is to have her throw away any garbage she can find. It kept her moving and happy while we watched intense basketball.

Tonight’s final score was 55-53, a win against Kidder County. Hunter just came home to eat a plateful of Cheeseburger Fries Hotdish and discuss how much he thinks they are going to have to run extra tomorrow in practice for turnovers and missing free throws. The lessons of small town sports are many but I know this is laying a foundation for his future. He’ll remember these nights fondly someday as an adult. He’ll remember his grandparents at the game and the young kids cheering for him. He will probably forget the turnovers but he’ll remember the wins.

Small town sports are my favorite part of the long winter usually. Except today I had one more favorite thing happen! It’s a splendid surprise to top off this great week. It was 60F on the North Dakota prairie. 3 days of record highs has open water in our prairie pot holes and the geese so confused they are flying north!

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Oh my gosh–to see that photo of him being able to start and then that sweet 8th grade face next to that older high school face on that one photo- oh, Praise God!! What a thrill for sweet Hunter and your whole family. Yay!!

    R and “boys”

  2. (i see hunter using his mouth guard!) 🙂

    i used to love attending the h.s. basketball games in our town in Wisconsin. such a mix of folks. 🙂

  3. Small town sports (basketball in particular) make the long winters so much more fun. Getting the community together. If you ever get the chance, watch the Montana PBS special on Class C. It’ll totally make sense to you (you should be able to find it online). Hope the new job is going great!

  4. Yay for Hunter! I love seeing the photos of the games. Can’t wait for the game in Bismarck! And good job remembering your mouth guard Huntley! 🙂 Love you!

  5. This post took me back to my playing days. I assure you Hunter is enjoying having the support of his family. I love those games and looking up in the stands to see my family. Gives me chills even now. Great memories!

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