Black Creek

Skip, Kathryn and I made a opening season paddle down Black Creek.  We heard and saw a lot of birds; white throated sparrows, heron, ducks, buteos, Phoebees, and some geese that tried to hide along the banks.  A beautiful 2 hour paddle.

Packing Up For Crown Point

Kathryn spent 3 days in Rochester attending a conference to gain continuing education credits.  Eric finished out his spring AAU season with Mohawk Valley Elite.  His tournament experience consisted of mostly losses with the recent exception of a sudden death win over Tri-Valley Players.  Eric started doing face offs during lacrosse games.

Kathryn packed the pop-up camper for a 4 day trip to band birds at Crown Point. She couldn’t find the registration for her car.  So we transitioned all her stuff to the truck, then she discovered she could get a temporary registration certificate, so we re-packed everything over to the Subaru and re-hooked up the pop-up.


HP Lacrosse @ VVS

It was windy and rainy; very windy as HP played VVS to 11-5 win.

Mohawk Valley Elite Shootout

MVE played in three games this past weekend; losing by 2 points to a 9th grade/JV team from Waterville with 8 seconds left; losing by 6 points to Rome Select in a game that had MVE trailing, but threatening the entire game and finally to Amsterdam when the team missed many, many easy shots.

Daniel Barden Mudfest

After a fun and successful 2016 Daniel Barden Mudfest Kathryn and Wendy pre-registered to get deeply discounted tickets.  Kathryn was counting on Eric and Stone to repeat the run with her.  However, Stone opted out and Eric opted to play basketball on his AAU team.  Kathryn was stuck with two tickets and fortunately Tanya and Stephanie were willing to give it a try.  Despite damp conditions and cool temperatures there was a record number of participants.  The ladies had a lot of fun and made Stephanie and Tanya converts to mud/obstacle courses.

HP Lacrosse vs New Harford

HP Modified Lacrosse team had their season opener vs New Hartford, a perennial lacrosse power and lost 5-1.  Not a bad 1st outing considering the number of players who are playing lacrosse for the 1st time.  Eric, #26, played middie, did well defensively and had one long run up field, but did not shoot during the game.

Thursday’s game vs Proctor was an 11-1 romp as this was Proctor’s 1st modified lacrosse team and the team’s 1st game.  Friday after school HP played Whitesboro and won 8-2.  Eric had a long run culminating in a missed shot on goal.

Spring Break & Jim’s Birthday

Eric had the week off from school and spent Friday and Saturday doing yard work for Bob Ruberti; raking leaves & sticks from the lawn and gravel back onto their driveway.  He picked up some cash and was able to re-infuse his debit card.  He had a AAU practice in Frankfort at Coach Spina’s driveway and Jack Crane spent an overnight.

Kathryn and I took advantage of the nice weather to accomplish yard work.  I raked the area between the fence and road; the front lawn; the sticks from the Shad tree, and four wheel barrow loads of seed pods from the little locust tree.

We had a lot of downed limbs and branches due to winter ice storms and high winds.  Some of the limbs were big enough to cut up with the chainsaw.

Billie Jo  posted a couple of favorite photos on Facebook with a birthday salutation.  The top picture is from one of our 1st trips to Utah.  The bottom picture is one that Ed photo-shopped by combining a picture of me from a back packing trip in 2009 to Kibby Pond with Eric and the Hays onto a pseudo Nature Conservancy magazine cover.

For my birthday Eric gave me a fancy blue bird house and Kathryn got a replacement Bartlett pear tree.  I gifted myself with a truck cap for the Toyota Tundra.  I hated the Tonneau cover and the truck cap is more suitable for loading canoes.  Jim & Pam Helmer joined us for dinner; chicken & biscuits with the traditional Tomato Soup cake.

Team Bummer – Mainly Mullers

Sunday Kathryn organized a team  to play in Dolgeville’s Team Bummer benefit volleyball tournament.  Eric stayed at Union College to compete in the playoffs of his Bbrawl AAU tournament.  They played the same two teams they played on Saturday; this time beating the Schoharie Nitros by 15 points and losing to the Comets by 30.

There were six teams in our intermediate pool and the “Mainly Mullers” team finished 2nd in our pool with a record of 8-2. It was fun.  Though there was a lot of waiting in between games.Everyone complained that the net was set to women’s height. We lost the first two games to an amazing team of 4.  They were all over the place.  I believe they didn’t lose a single game.  We also were just sort of getting the feel of one another. The four person team  managed to hit every time, and hit through our blockers.  It was amazing.  None of them looked like volleyball players – they were all sort of short and sort of scruffy looking.  The woman was quite short, didn’t look particularly young and was a bit dumpy in build – but she got every pass and made a GORGEOUS set every time.  And they hit everything.  Boy did they hit. We took all the rest of the games which came to 8 games won and came in 2nd place on our court.
Didn’t like the way they did playoffs.  Just the first placed team from each court for the playoffs and since we lost to the four person team, we didn’t make it.  Our court seemed to have all the decent teams and the other court seemed to have less competitive teams for some reason (though it was supposed to be random) so whoever had to play that 4 person team must have gotten crushed.  When we left, it didn’t look like there was anyone left from the second court.

Madness on The Mohawk Basketball Tournament

For the second weekend in a row, Eric played in an AAU basketball tournament as part of his Mohawk Valley Elite team.

  • vs Amsterdam Select at St. Gabriels Gym in Rotterdam
  • vs Goddard Riverside at the Duanesburg YMCA
  • vs Galway at Amsterdam High School

The score was tied 28-28 vs Amsterdam Select and then MVE team went on a huge shooting hot streak before winding down to win 66-52.  Eric did his usual good rebounding and made 3 of 4 foul shots at the end of the game.  We stopped off at Gibbys Diner for lunch and then went to the Duanesburg YMCA. Goddard Riverside pressed the entire game and ran MVE off the floor winning by a 50 point margin.  Galway was a similar situation with the final score 48-14.

Rising Stars Tournament

Eric’s Mohawk Valley Elite team entered the ‘B’ pool of the local Rising Stars Tournament sponsored by D Squad.   They lost overwhelmingly to Central Western (Green) (from Weedsport) and narrowly beat the Midstate Wolfpack (from Sherburne Earlville) on Saturday.  Sunday morning they beat Midstate Wolfpack 46-21 and then lost narrowly to Central Western.