Sunday, April 6, 2014

Back in the day

So, back in the day...check out Erika...only girl on the boys team...guess it runs in the family huh Mack?  And no, my Mom wasn't the coach....I think she was the team manager, and she made just enough fuss to make sure Erika played with the boys.


Friday, March 14, 2014

...A Family Affair. Provincial Champions!!!

I don't think I can convey the awesome-ness of last weekend.

Family and friends gathered from around the province to support and celebrate Ace and her Brookswood Bobcats teammates.

I think I will use pictures to demonstrate the emotion and action involved in these moments.  It will tell you more than I could ever say.

Here's some of the family...that's Auntie Erika, Auntie Rachel, Uncle Joel, Marshall and Uncle Darren in attendance.

We saw some old friends from PG as well.  Phil McLeod (amazing c-spine story there).  And the Duchess coaches, players, and parents.  They all came to watch Ace.  Some of Darren's old bball buddies came out as well.  Some of Frank's SFU boys watched one game, and were impressed.  Aislinn's friends from Charles Best Secondary and a lot of the Next Level girls were showing their support.  It was so great to see how much love and encouragement was surrounding Ace.  With that type of support system, how can a girl go wrong???

Here's one of several 3's Ace hit in her most fantastic game ever!  She ended up with 39 points, 9 rebounds, 6 steals and 7 assists.  She hit this mind-blowing, crowd-electrifying 3/4 court shot with time running out in the 3rd quarter.  The entire gym erupted!!!  I almost passed out I was cheering so loud.  I wish I had thought to grab my camera at that point.  Ace was a human highlight reel that game.  The girl was on fire!

Here's another made 3.

And yet another...OMG!!!  A 6'3 post closing out on her this time.  She made it.

Here's a blast from the past...and a brand new one.  Hi Jordan...yes, yes,  we think Ace is a "baller".  Hahaha.  Hoping to recruit this man and his wife to help with BC's Finest.  What a powerhouse coaching staff we would have.  I think we would have the strongest coaching staff in the country.  Such passion, such love, such respect.  Unstoppable is the only word that could describe this possible union.  Fingers crossed.

Awwwww...almost makes me want another one.  Nope....I'm good.  But this little stinker has my heart.  The big dude knows where he stands with me.  LOVE-OF-MY-LIFE!!!!

Ace's mug on the big screen!  Love it.  She was a constant on the instant replay that weekend.  Kong kong said he really like hearing..."Konig for 3" constantly.  Apparently, the color commentator, Howard Tsumura, looooooved Ace.  Auntie Ting was saying he said "freakishly" a lot with her.  Too awesome.

We start them young here.  There were babies everywhere that weekend.  However, I think our section had the most babies per capita than any other section.  Marshall, Miles, Harper, Emmit, and Joplin.  Yowsa.  That's a lot of babies.  Good thing there were a lot of laps.

Superfan Cedric came out to support his favorite player.  He was so awesome.  And he was not disappointed.  That man takes his cheering seriously.  You should have seen him warming up before each game: stretching, voice warm-up, assembling his props.  He was exhausted after the game.  And so happy.

Post game hugs from everyone.  Sisters, cousins.

Proud Moms, of course.



Grandpa could not stop crying...he was so cute...and so, so, so proud.


A quick one with Dad.


Everyone got a hug...and a ear nibble in some cases.

Then came the award ceremonies.

Brookswood won the School Spirit award.  Repeat from last year.  There's Superfan.  He didn't want to join, but Ace ran across the gym, grabbed him and pulled him up to join the cheer team.   I was so proud of Ace for doing that.

Holy crap!!!!  Provincial MVP!!!!  I was crying.  A lot.  She's only gr. 10, Folks.  When was the last time that happened?  And she won an iPad mini...which we've already had to confiscate (post 1 week).  They even let her bring home the big trophy for a bit.  That is an amazing achievement.

Accepting her medal.

Team photos.

Presentation of the Blue Banner!!!  That will hang in the gym forever.  Whenever anyone looks up, they will see that banner.  What a fantastic legacy.

Award-bearer, Auntie Erika.  She was pretty pumped.

Pics with teammates


OHHH!!! My favorite part....cutting down the nets!  

And wearing of the net

More pics with teammates and friends.

And the coaches

Ace's other Dad.  Thanks for all the help with Ace this year.

Then it was the after party.  What a blast!  We took a bunch of pictures and consumed some beverages and I think pizza arrived at some point.

Kong kong was so proud of Ace, he 100% approved of the big trophy.

All in all, it was a fantastic weekend.  Friends, family and a winning outcome.  Let's hope this becomes a trend.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 the news.

So here is someone else's take on how Ace is doing this year...

And here is an article dedicated to her from a couple weeks ago.

All very complimentary.  Hopefully she can back it up and win Provincials this year.

The grandparents are coming down, as well as several of her Aunties and Uncles and cousins and even a great-grandpa.  I've heard that several people from Prince George who her Pau pau has been bragging to are coming to watch her as well.  And I'm pretty sure there will be a scout or ten checking her out from the stands. pressure.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 hairstyle.

I don't know if you guys have noticed...Ace is sporting a new hairstyle in games now.  She has always had bangs...forever.

She told me that it was her "thing".

Well, things have changed.  She is now pulling those bangs back.  I had soooooo many people tell me that they didn't recognize her with her hair pulled back.

I think she looks beautiful either way.

Monday, February 24, 2014

...I am worn out!

So, this weekend was truly a marathon of basketball.  I seriously need a weekend to recover from this weekend.

Friday night, Ace had a her third game of the Fraser Valley's vs Mouat.  Saturday, she played in the Fraser Valley Championship game vs Holy Cross.

Here was my itinerary for that Saturday...

730am  wake up
900am  out the door to go watch a the jr girls Fraser Valley's at Riverside.  Catch 1.5 games.  Talk with players, parents, and coaches and enjoy some fantastic young players.
1230pm  leave Riverside to drop Frank off at SFU for shoot-around.
130pm  get home and pick up Ace and Mack to get drop Ace off at her game.
315pm  Ace's game starts...videotape and text Frank updates.
Half-time  race over to Cloverdale Rec centre with Mack for her game...drop her off and race back to LEC to catch the final quarter of Ace's game.
550pm race back to catch the final few minutes of Mack's game.  Switch kids with Linda, she takes Mack, I grab Ace.
630pm  race over with Ace to see Ace's boyfriend play in his game at Fleetwood.
900pm hurry up to SFU to grab Frank after their game.

So, between all of us, that is 6.5 games in one day at 5 different venues.  IN ONE DAY!!!!


Ace's team surprisingly lost their game...Ace played a good game and unfortunately could not pull it off for her team.  She did get a first team all-star.

Along with two of her teammates.  They will certainly be looking forward to a rematch at provincials.  It was a huge upset that I think made Ace refocus.  We will not mention the two missed FT at the end of the game or the ill-advised 3pt attempt with 22 secs to go, or the missed block-out on a FT from the other team.  Nope...we will not talk about that here.

We talked about it at home that night...until 2am.

Then we woke up at 8am on Sunday and made our way down to the University of Washington for an unofficial visit with Coach Neighbors and his staff.

We were treated royally...given seats right behind the bench and Ace was invited to sit in on pre-game, half-time, and post-game team talks!  Frank and I loved hearing the coach interact with his team during the game, especially time-outs.

 Unfortunately, UW came up against a very strong OSU team that was having a phenomenal shooting night.  At half-time, I grabbed this photo of Coach Neighbors talking it out with one of my all time favorite players...freshman, Kelsey Plum.  I like this relationship.

Ace brought along was his first Div I experience.  I think he was impressed.

After the game, the UW coaching staff gave us the grand tour.  And they did a fantastic job.  We got to meet the strength and training coaches and viewed the amazing dorms.  Which are a world of difference from the dorms I lived in at Glenville.  The assistant coaches were only half joking when they called the dorms, "Trump Tower".  The coaching staff was great.  You can tell they are very proud of their program and are very enthusiastic about the team.  After a chauffeured tour of the campus we came back to see the practice facilities and then went up to the coaching offices to have a one-on-one with Coach Neighbors.  He was very down-to-earth and friendly.  He shared some coaching stories and his background and then he got down to the recruiting business.  He said some very complimentary things about Ace and told her that he has a scholarship for her when she graduates.  Things got real right then.  I was shocked and Ace was more so.  Frank took it in stride...he does this...the recruiting bit, and the promising of scholarships...but I've never been a part of a money offer.  And to get it so soon was amazing.  On the ride home, when asked, Ace said she thought she had another year before anything like this would happen.

I must say, that Ace is not ready for this caliber of basketball...yet.  The game was so fast, and physical, and intense.  I hope this visit inspires her, and gets her refocused.  It is amazing that a PAC-12 team would take a gamble on her after just watching one game.  To receive that kind of commitment, from a school of UW's stature should motivate a young player.  I know, after a visit like that, I would be so inspired and motivated.  I would work tirelessly to achieve what is being offered to Ace.

I think she will be receiving a lot of interest going forward.  This coming summer and next year should be a whirlwind of opportunities and experiences.

Even team Canada is starting to court her.  They are flying her out to their Edmonton camp this March.  We didn't think that would happen.  She is then flying straight from Edmonton to LA to go into a showcase camp.  After that...AAU starts up and we will be flying across the country playing ball at various locations and venues.  We will be in some of the top tournaments and be playing or watching some of the top talent in the US.  I literally can't wait!!!!