Tripp has been itchy and shedding in a new coat. Eric volunteered to give him a bath. Tripp isn’t a brave dog but he is accepting and you can build his confidence up to tolerate new and challenging places. He was coy, but ended up willing to enter the shower stall and receive his first bath.
Shout out to varsity Boys Soccer Seniors (Thomas Breil, Josh Dzeikan, Colby Germond, Dean Kousouros, Eric Muller, Jack Schroth, and Jonathan Tolpa) on their final home game tonight! And what a game it was – HP boys varsity soccer advanced their season record to 7-2 with their 1-0 win against Herkimer. Dylan McQuire got the lone goal and HP senior goalie, Jonathon Tolpa, had six saves for the shut out. Boys Varsity soccer team has two more Away games. Unfortunately, they entered this pandemic season knowing they were not being permitted a championship game and yet – they still played their hearts out, simply for the love of the game!
This is the photograph that Eric and Kathryn settled on for Eric’s Senior Yearbook.
About half way through the season HP Varsity Soccer is doing well, with 4 wins and 1 loss to Poland. Eric is playing as a striker and isn’t playing a lot; conditioning could be an issue. HP versus Poland is shown below; with HP @ Frankfort below that.
The Holland Patent Varsity Soccer Team held their season opener, honor senior night and a 3-0 win all in one rainy night. Holland Patent began their 11 game schedule vs visiting Little Falls. Only two spectators were permitted for each player; masks and social distancing were expected of all spectators. Along the walk way to the soccer field each senior athlete was honored with a poster. HP jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the 1st half. Dylan McGuire scored a goal and had an assist. McGuire found the back of the net just 2:56 into the game and Holland Patent rolled from there. William Zimmerman scored the second goal with 27:50 remaining in the first half with the assist to McGuire. Sawyer Locke scored the third and final goal with 10:40 left before half time. Jake Schroth had the assist.
At half time the senior athletes and their parents walked out onto the field where they were acknowledged with a narrative and pictures. In the 2nd half of the game it began to rain and despite a discrepancy in shots on goal the 3-0 score stood up through out the 2nd half. Two Little Falls players suffered ankle injuries. No injuries were reported for HP.
Kathryn took a few pictures of Eric having pictures taken for his Senior Yearbook.
For the past week of isolation Eric Muller (17) has been painting his bedroom with a theme of his favorite NBA basketball team – The Phoenix Suns. This entailed white ceiling paint and multiple colors on the walls: gray, purple and orange. Additionally LED lighting and a Fathead logo decorated the walls. Multiple images show more of the visual impact one encounters upon entering the room. Today we move his furniture back.
During the outage caused by the shelter in place Eric decided to paint his bedroom. It was last painted by Billie Jo and her high school boy friend – some 20 years ago. Eric has a theme based on the Phoenix Suns basketball team. We bought orange, purple, and light grey paint for the walls and bright white for the ceiling. The one wall with the light grey will also have a Fathead Phoenix Suns logo on it. We ordered the logo (~$70) online last Saturday afternoon. On Monday morning the company announced a 30% discount on all items as their way to respond to the virus. Ouch. So I wrote them an email and said my son was out of school for three weeks and undertaking this bedroom refurbishing and we missed the discount by less than 24 business hours and was there anything they could do to make me feel better as a customer. They responded and said they would apply the 30% discount to our order.
The HP Varsity Basketball Team finished 1st in their league with a record of 11-9 and besting the four other teams: Clinton, Sherburne-Earlville, Canastota, and Adirondack. As the 12 seed in the 25 team Center State Conference they end up facing #5 ranked Marcellus (14-6) in the sectionals. Marcellus previously trounced HP by 37 during the regular season.
1 Lowville 18-1
2 Solvay 16-4
3 General Brown 16-4
4 V.V.S. 14-6
5 Marcellus 14-6
6 Clinton 14-6
7 Skaneateles 13-7
8 Cazenovia 12-8
9 Jordan-Elbridge 12-8
10 Westhill 12-8
11 Central Valley Academy 11-9
12 Holland Patent 11-9
13 Institute of Technology 10-10
14 Mt. Markham 11-8
15 Camden 9-10
16 Homer 8-10
17 Mexico 8-12
18 Oneida 7-13
19 Hannibal 7-12
20 Chittenango 6-14
21 Canastota 6-13
22 South Jefferson 4-15
23 Adirondack 5-15
24 APW 4-16
25 Phoenix 2-18
This weekend was the culmination of Eric’s 2019 AAU season as his Mohawk Valley Elite team competed in the Hoops Summit held in Watertown, NY. The team came away with 2 wins and 2 losses. I am particularly proud of Eric working to come back from ankle surgery and regain his game. Eric didn’t score much, but played stout defense against larger post players and pulled down double digit rebounds in the last game.