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Monday, March 12, 2012

Monday pick-me-up


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We spent the weekend in Tulsa cheering for my brother-in-law’s basketball team – the Edmond Santa Fe Lady Wolves. It was the 6A state basketball tournament and we were privileged to watch the lady wolves do something that has only been accomplished once in the history of class 6A basketball – win back-to-back state championships. Oh yes, and they were also undefeated this season!! It was a very special memory to watch Mark’s team hoist that beautiful gold ball in the air once more. Go lady wolves!

We hope Rylen & Layton get used to how that gold ball feels in their hands.
The team jumped on the press tables to celebrate with the Edmond Santa Fe fans
shortly after the buzzer sounded. It was an emotional celebration. I still get goose bumps thinking about it.

The team arm in arm preparing for the trophy presentation. This was a special team.

You can see the team raising the gold ball amidst the paparazzi.

Mark with Daisha, a senior starter, who lost her dad less than a month ago. The team and the school rallied around her over the last several weeks.

Rylen with Courtney Walker, the 6A tournament’s MVP and the Gatorade Oklahoma Girl’s Basketball Player of the Year. She’s committed to play at Texas A&M.

Hey Mark . . . can you wear another ring that size? Actually, he doesn’t wear his ring much and posing for this photo probably embarrassed him. Thanks Mark!

Oh, if we had just been wearing blue and holding this gold ball at the same time. My sister and I both dreamed of winning a state championship. In fact, my senior year, we broke our huddles by saying “gold ball.” Unfortunately, we lost in double overtime by one point to the #1 ranked team. Hmmmmm . . . it doesn’t seem I ever got over it.

A gold ball was the highlight for me, but swimming was the highlight for Alexa.

Clearly, the most important reason to win a basketball game was to celebrate by swimming with her cousins! And . . . they did!!

Go Lady Wolves – three-peat!!

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