Saturday, February 23, 2013

Regionals in GJ

Our Varsity basketball team went to a Regional tournament over in Grand Junction.  Gabe let us know that they won their first game on Thursday and because we were all on break and bored out of our minds, we decided to go over and watch.  He wasn't expected to get any play time, but we thought we would make the best of the trip.

We drove over Friday before their game against Rifle.  It was super slow going for a while as it was snowing in the mountains.  We did make it though in time.  It was a really close game but we managed to pull it out! That meant we would play again on Saturday.
Sketch pass over to GJ
 Because the game was in the afternoon, we got to spend the day killing time in Grand Junction.  John saw a place that we thought we ought to try out.  It was a laser tag, arcade, go cart place.  I will tell you that those kinds of places just stress me out! Huge!  It drives me nuts to see people wandering around teaching their kids to play games of chance to squander their money to earn coupons to 'buy' stupid, cheap prizes.  It freaks me right out.  And it's loud.  And weird.

So of course, when we pulled up and Jackson saw where we were going, I thought he might have wept a few tears of joy.  We had tried to take him to play laser tag down in Farmington on his birthday, but it has been closed.  That was back in July.  He told us he had hoped to play laser tag someday ever since then.  I guess it was his little dream.  Who knew.  He was beyond thrilled to do the laser tag and laser maze.  Jebb too was all smiles.  Seth and Elise acted like they were too old for this type of fun, but they looked like they enjoyed it as well. ;)

Because we are Gillelands, we had to drive the go carts.  It was cold and windy, but even I had a really fun time taking a few laps in those little machines.  I have to admit it was a pretty fun way to kill some time before the game, even if it did freak me out.  And Jackson had his dreams come true on top of it all.  I guess I don't mind going to those types of places as long as it is only once every 5 or 6 years.


The tournament was at CMU and this was the final game to decide the Region champs.  Gabe actually got a lot of play time against Palisade, which was the 1st seed in the tourney (we were 2nd).  They jumped out ahead of us and we never caught up.  We had two of our starters out with injuries and Gabe got about 8 minutes of play time.  I thought he played really, really well. Although they didn't win this final game, they will advance to the State Playoffs next week.
Tough Defense! :) He knocked the ball away from
this kid right after this!


 On our drive home, it was still snowy.  We saw a bunch of big horn sheep on the side of the road.  On the drive over we had seen a little herd of about 20, this time we saw a half dozen and I got this pic to prove it.  I think those two must be female.  The other side of the road had sheep with the big curly horns (males?).  It will be fun to see how far the boys will advance. They haven't had a good bball team in years so Gabe is enjoying being a part of it, even if he doesn't play much.

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