I came around the bend into Zephyr on the back road coming in from Blanket and was glad to see the team on the field. I zoomed around to the field house and hurried out to the field. Coach Phillips was deep into drill instructions and the boys were anxiously listening. I don’t think anyone other than the water girl that greeted me noticed my existence, and that is just how I like it. I like to be an observer and stay out of the way. I at no point want to be a distraction from practices or games.
I was able to get several photos of different drills while I enjoyed the morning air. I felt so comfortable there that it took me a moment to figure out why I was so overwhelmingly comfortable on that field. Then I realized that I had covered multiple Bulldog Bonanzas here. Zephyr used to host a big week one event called the Bulldog Bonanza. It was nine games in three days. Two on Thursday, two on Friday, and five games on Saturday. At Least I remember it being nine games. Might have been less. Once you have covered an event like that on the same field for several years, it kind of feels like you’re hanging out in your own backyard.
Coach Phillips told the boys to take a quick water break and then he headed in my direction. I was able to get a quick interview with him before they got back to work. I stayed a bit longer and got some more photos. Once I felt like I had ample photos of the kids and coaches, I headed out.
On my way out of town, I decided to stop at the Diamond R Store and Cafe. I was in need of a snack and Coke before I started the last leg of my trip to Mullin. I have always seen lots of cars there when passing by but had never stopped. Glad I did as it was very nice and refreshing. I will be stopping there regularly now. By the way, they have lots of nice tables in there for a crowd along with drinks and snacks. The grill was already sizzling; wafting amazing smells through the air when I was there. I headed back to my car refreshed and ready for the trip to Mullin.
See you on the sidelines,
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