Friday, May 9, 2008

State Tennis, Here we come!!!!

Jared and his mixed doubles partner, Megan Dalley qualified for state!! The district tournament was Wednesday and Thursday. On Wednesday, they first won a team from Bonneville, then they won a team from Hillcrest. The Hillcrest match was way exciting, Jared and Megan won the first set, and then got down 3-5 in the second and came back and won 7-5! I was shaking and so nervous, but Jared and Megan acted cool and calm! It was a windy blustery day, not very pleasant tennis weather. Brian was able to act as "coach" for Blackfoot at the courts where Jared was playing. He "coached" Jared and Megan and the other mixed doubles and the boys doubles. All the kids told us how much they liked him talking to them at the fence and giving them advise. Brian brought his grill and we cooked hamburgers and hot dogs for anyone who wanted them. It was a real fun day.
On Thursday, Jared and Megan were playing for the District Championship. They were playing another Hillcrest team, a really good team! Jared and Megan played the best tennis they have ever played. Jared's serve was absolutely amazing. Megan took a fall in the first set and hurt her ankle, but she toughed it out and finished the match. The came just short of winning, both sets were 5-7, and there were so many duces in every game. So they came away with 2nd place medals and felt really good about how they played. It was a real good warm up match for state competition. I hope Megan's ankle is ok! Brian was able to take his lunch hour and come for Jared's match. He kept saying the he wished he could serve like Jared. That is a real compliment to Jared!
This is Brian "coaching" Ross Matsuura and Brad Hudson. Brad's dad came and aked Brian to go tell them something at the fence. After he did, they turned things around and ended up winning the Boy's Doubles Championship! I don't know what he told them, but they said that it gave them so much confidence they just went out and played better.
Thursday was even more windy and cold. Hear the wind blow in this little video!

1 comment:

Cindy Mantei said...

i love that brian is the coach!! it might not even have mattered what words he said to help the boys doubles, but the way he said it just his attitude in general. nobody would be scared of him or think he was just talking to hear himself talk. it's how a coach should make his players feel, and why i loved coach shelley so much. and yay for jared and megan to make it to state!! that's so awesome.