Sunday, March 1, 2009

Only in a small town

Last night we took the kids to a high school basketball game in town. Our town, Pelican Rapids, is having a historic year. They are undefeated so far and have only one more regular season game left before tournament time. They are so popular in town that the high school gym doors were set to open at 5:00pm, and there was a long line of Viking fans waiting in the below zero weather to get a seat in the gym. We showed up at 5:20, thinking that we were early enough this time (last time we went, the doors were locked and only after our little diehard fan Tanner started bawling did we get in, only to have to stand the entire night w/ the kids!). Luckily we got there when we did. Both sides were packed and we were able to grab some last minute seats in the student section. Wow, I can't believe how enormously popular this team is! They are a blast to watch, with many very very talented players. It's just crazy to me that in this day and age and in our small town high school basketball is such a big deal.
It was an interesting night, and although we may have been crazy to bring all three kids I think that it went well overall! All three kids were happy to see that grandpa and grandma came and were able to sit next to us, that helped tremendously! We watched basketball and sat to save our seats when the games weren't playing from 5:20-9:30. My backside was a little sore but we didn't have any real meltdowns from the kids.
I am so happy to be a part of a community that supports its youth and school! Viking pride was in abundance last night! The 1984 state championship team was there for a 25th reunion. It was an honor to be a part of that celebration after the game and to watch people that grew up here have such love for our town and its people. Here are some of my pictures from last night....

Madi enjoyed daddy's, grandpa's, and grandma's popcorn. I don't think any of them were able to get ahold of their popcorn until it was almost gone!
Travis and Tanner had fun exchanging basketball stats. Tanner was able to keep up w/ the score and would remind us when we were up by 20 or more.
Grandma T. holding Ty.
Tyson already has fun bugging his older brother. He pulls his hair and laughs! It's so cute, and Tanner get's a kick out of it.

Tanner and his idol, Tydan Storrusten. Tanner wanted to take a pic with him so bad but wouldn't smile or talk, looks a little starstruck! Tydan is a fantastic player breaking many school records. We are hoping he picks a college close to home so we can go watch!

Former head coach, Rex Haugen giving a 'yes' kick after starting his speech about coaching the 1984 team to state.

Did I mention that I love living in a small town? This is the stuff we live for! Thanks for making us so proud PRHS Vikings! We are rooting for you!