Travelling North was in the cards on a cloudy Friday night. The matchup between Division I – District 1 McLean and Happy for the District Championship was too good to pass up. McLean beat a good White Deer team to secure a spot in the playoffs. Only Happy stood in the way of being number one in the district.
I arrived early to a balmy 52 degrees with winds whipping out of the southwest at about 20mph. The teams hadn’t quite made it to the field so I took up residence on the side of the concession stand to get out of the wind. McLean emerged first. Happy followed close behind.
Because I didn’t get a chance to speak with Coach Linman from McLean last week, I zeroed in on him as he directed warm-up. I finally caught up with him. Nice guy. He told me his team was ready, and they were glad to be there and playing for the district championship. I watched him sprint to catch up with the Tigers heading to the locker room.
Next came Coach Keith from Happy. It is always a pleasure to talk with him. He’s a very personable guy and already had his game face firmly in place. The Cowboys were ready to play!
This game was a good one. As we see sometimes in Sixman, the score didn’t tell the entire story. Both teams fought hard. I saw the competitiveness of several of the McLean Tigers. They wanted the win badly. The Cowboys were just too much.
I caught a rare photo this game. I actually photographed a Tiger who looked up and saw me as he was moving at a high rate of speed in my direction. I normally sidestep players whose momentum takes them out of bounds. I couldn’t quite seem to get out of the way three different times during this game. I was thankful that the players saw me at the last second and dodged me. Very thankful.
This week I’m bringing back the Quote of the Night. I heard this from the Happy announcer many times, “Everybody needs to go on down to the WORLD FAMOUS Happy concession stand!” Love it!
Observations from my visit to Happy:
Both Happy and McLean are now in the playoffs! Happy will play Anton and McLean will face Nazareth. Both games are Friday. Good luck to both!
Try to attend a playoff game! You’ll be glad you did! And while you’re out there, don’t forget to Go Forward and Do GOOD!