Friday, April 11, 2014

Race Series

Race Series 2014

Race #1

Dunning Dash 5K

2nd Annual 5K Road Race & Fun Run
Saturday, April 12, 9AM
Charlotte A. Dunning Elementary School
48 Frost Street, Framingham
Course     Results
Race Report: Wonderful Spring Day.  Lots of families having fun outside. 
I ran well for a mile or two but ran out of energy.  Fun time!  Room to do better next time.
Time: 24:12     Pace: 7:47 

Race #2

McCarthy/Fuller 5K & Fun Run

Annual 5K Road Race & Fun Run for
McCarthy Elementary and Fuller Middle Schools
Sunday, May 4, 10AM
Miriam McCarthy Elementary School
8 Flagg Drive, Framingham
Course     Results
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Time: xx:xx     Pace: x:xx 

Race #3

Walsh Middle School 5K

12th Annual 5K Run Walk & Track Events
for Best Buddies and Technology
Saturday, May 17, 10AM
Walsh Middle School
301 Brook Street, Framingham
Course     Results
Race Report: .
Time: xx:xx     Pace: x:xx 

Race #4

Ashland Trail Race

5K and 10K Trail Races thru Ashland State Park
Once around the lake for 5K, Twice for 10K
Saturday, June 7, 8AM
Ashland State Park
162 West Union Street. Ashland
Course     Results
Race Report: .
Time: xx:xx     Pace: x:xx 

Race #5

Running with the Wolves 10K

10K Starts just before the rise of the August Full Moon
Wednesday, August 13, 6:30PM
Kelleher Field
72 Jefferson Street, Marlboro
Course     Results
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Time: xx:xx     Pace: x:xx 

Race #6

Busa Bushwhack 10 Mile Trail Race

5.3 and 10 Mile Trail Races through Callahan State Park 
Sunday, November 2, 9:00AM
Callahan State Park
575 Pleasant Street, Framingham
Course     Results
Race Report: .
Time: xx:xx     Pace: x:xx 

Monday, March 31, 2014


Dexter Dog Slideshow

Dexter Dog Slideshow

Dexter T Dog.  Yellow Husky. 1999-2014.  Best dog ever.    

Thanks for the good times old friend.  See you on the other side.       

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Championship Ours

My son's CYO basketball team played for the league championship Sunday afternoon.  This is a fun group that loves basketball and is very motivated.

The core of the team is a group of 8th graders who lost in the finals last season.  As we moved up from the 6th & 7th grade league to the 8th & 9th grade league, we picked up a couple of new players.  This season the guys won 8 of 11 regular season games to take 3rd place of 18 teams.  In this year's playoffs they needed to win 3 straight to get back to the finals.  They played well in the first round to beat a competitive Bulls team by 6 points.  Then in the quarterfinals, after falling behind early, they won against a very talented and physically big team of 9th graders from Framingham.  And in the Friday night semifinals they faced a Lakers team that had beaten them by 22 points earlier in the season.  Though the guys started off well in the semifinals they found themselves down by 11 in the second half.  Things seemed to be slipping away.  But they never doubted themselves.  They rallied together.  Somehow they found the strength to overcome the deficit and win. 

In the Saturday afternoon championship game, they faced the Suns, who'd won six straight and were playing with great confidence.  Before the game, the Marian guys were more pumped than I've seen them before any game in the last two seasons.  They came out flying.  They were pushing the ball up court, passing, and rebounding.  Midway through the first half they were up by 12 points and playing extremely well.  But the Suns weren't going to let the game get away from them so easily.  They used outside shooting to get back into the game.  At the half, Marian led 26 -22. 

In the second half Marian stretched the lead to 8, only to see the Suns regain their hot hand from outside.  The Suns hit an amazing 11 3-point shots in the game.  Not only did the Suns shoot their way back into the game, they took a 6 point lead of their own.  In the last 5 minutes the lead changed hands a few times, with Marian dominating inside and the Suns scoring from outside.  With under a minute left, and the game tied at 49, the Suns rebounded a Marian missed foul shot and decided to hold the ball for the last shot.  They'd either win it at the buzzer or miss and send the game into overtime.  But it didn't work out that way.  Marian's super-quick guard stole the ball at half court and sprinted to the basket for an uncontested layup.  That put Marian up by 2 with 10 seconds left and brought the Marian crowd to their feet roaring!  The Suns inbounded at half court with 6 seconds remaining.  Marian's defense forced them into a difficult shot, but the Suns rebounded the miss.  Their tenacious rebounder, who hadn't scored a basket all day, shot quickly in desperation.  The ball left his hand an instant before the buzzer sounded.  It went off the backboard and around the rim, seemed to be falling out of the basket, and then inexplicably dropped through the net, tying the game at 51.  The Suns home crowd went wild!  Overtime.
The Marian guys weren't phased by the improbable turn of events.  They were hungry to win this thing.  They amped up their effort at both ends.  In overtime Marian scored on drives to the basket and put-backs of missed shots.  They clamped down on the Suns outside scorers and aggressively rebounded every missed shot.  Marian brought home the championship 57-51.  Oh what a game!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Monday, March 10, 2014

Perfect Season

My son's recreational middle school basketball team won their league championship yesterday afternoon.  The guys went 8-0 in the regular season and 3-0 in the playoffs.  The championship game was broadcast on Framingham Cable TV.  After the game came the league banquet.  The guys chowed down a bunch of pizzas and collected their hardware.  Great job Leprechauns!
Congratulations on your Perfect Season!

Leprechauns TBA Hoops

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Kids' Basketball 2013-2014

We're at it again. For the past several years I've coached my son's and daughter's basketball teams. It's always a great experience. This year we have three teams.

At one end of the development spectrum is my daughter's 4th and 5th grade girls' rec team. This team I co-coach with one of the moms. We emphasize fundamentals and fun. A few of these kids are quite athletic and have played before. Some of the others are developmental and new to the sport. All of them have great energy and enjoy being part of a team.
The Flaming Red Platipi are currently 3-3 and are looking to finish the season strong.

Next up is my son's middle school rec team. This league includes 3 grade levels and the range of size, strength and talent is broad. The boys are far more competitive and aggressive than the girls. It's a challenge balancing their drive to win and developing new skills.
The Leprechauns stand in first place at 6-0 and are chasing a magical perfect season.

Third is my son's 8th grade CYO team. This league is more competitive. Most of these guys played on my 7th grade team and have been playing for a while. We have skilled guards, strong forwards and guys who can score. These guys want to win above all else, but they also need to work on fundamentals.
The Mustangs are 5-2 so far and have high hopes for making a long playoff run.

Coaching the three teams takes a lot of time. It is rewarding to spend time with the kids, help them get better, and accomplish things as a team.

Chris Kelley - Framingham.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Specialization is for Insects

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects. 

-Robert A. Heinlein. The Notebooks of Lazarus Long