Skiing over Winter Break

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Over winter break I went up north. First we stopped in Chicago to see family. We played in some snow piles and that’s the first time I have ever seen real snow (even though it wasn’t a lot). We met up with some family the next couple days. But then we went to Wisconsin. We stayed at the Grand Geneva Resort. In Wisconsin there was more snow than there was in Chicago. 

The day after we arrived we went skiing on a hill that was close to the hotel. I have skied before and I was excited. I had lots of layers on and wasn’t cold when I was outside. When we arrived we took lessons for about 30 minutes. After I went on my first hill and it was really fun. I liked the wind blowing in my face and the speed down the hill. I wasn’t the best at the chair lift but I have gotten better over time. I rode the green trails for a while. Green trails are the easiest. But the next couple days I tried a black diamond, which is the second hardest hills. I completed the black diamond and I kept riding it until got bored. Hopefully I can go skiing again sometime because I had a great time. 

 

La Liga Indoor Soccer

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A while ago I went to a place called La Liga indoor soccer in Oviedo. La Liga has one soccer field that is indoors so there is no out of bounds. It has two goals but the field is shorter then a real field. It is $10 for 2 hours on the weekend. They play pickup games where it is 5v5 and anybody if there are extra people you have to wait your turn to play.

On the first day I came with some friends from my school. I played goalie for some games and some I played up field. After the first week I came back I did way better than I did last week. If you know where hard knocks is it is right next to it.

I would definitely go back again with some friends.

La Liga Indoor Soccer in Oviedo

La Liga Indoor Soccer in Oviedo

Back To School – 7th Grade

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I have now finished my second week of school. It is a lot more different from 6th grade. Especially because this year we have 7 periods and last year we only had 5 periods and we still go to school the same time and end it at the same time. I go to the same school.  It’s a K-8 school with a magnet program through middle school. I’m in 7th grade and I’m on the soccer team. I play goal keeper and midfield for a substitute.

My favorite teacher is my civics teacher and my favorite subject is math for now. My teacher for math gives me a lot of homework and it is getting harder so I don’t know if I will like math after this year as much as I liked last year. My math teacher likes to give homework and makes us take lots of notes in class. I’m looking forward to civics and space science. My same science teacher last year for 6th moved up to 7th grade. I’m am also planning to join back in chorus, maybe tryout for basketball and join track again.

Back to school - 7th grade.

Back to school – 7th grade.

Triathlon at Blanchard Park

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I did a triathlon this past weekend at Blanchard Park.  It was my 4th triathlon ever and my 3rd time doing the Blanchard park triathlon. The week before the event I trained with my friend at the YMCA with swimming and biking. Also if you don’t know what a triathlon is it is a event with a distance where you swim, bike then run after. This triathlon was 60m of swimming then 5mi of biking and finally 1mi run. That was the 11-14 age group distance and my brother and his friends was shorter.

When the race came I thought I was nervous and I didn’t so good as I did in training.

It was really tiring going to swim to bike really quick. When I was on my bike I realized there was a lot of up hill and down hill.  Then after biking we went to running and that is when it got hard. You have to use your legs a lot. I had to stop and walk once and when I finished I sprinted to the end.

At the end I thought I didn’t place and I was tired so we left early before the award and when we got home, my mom got a text saying I got 2nd place in age 12. The person in front of me was my other friend I used to play baseball with and he  won by 8 seconds.  My time was 39:47.

Overall I was happy with my place because I didn’t even now I got 2nd and I can’t wait till the next triathlon.

Spartan Football Camp

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I just got back from a trip to Michigan to go to football camp at Michigan State.  The crazy thing was we just got back from Marco Island and went to a going away party for a friend. The next morning I had to wake up at 5:30 to get on a plane. On this trip it was only my dad and I. We got ready and we took off. We were going on Delta and they had free wifi and you could have watched movies and on their app. I watched Alexander and His Horrible Terrible No Good Very Bad Day and some of the Maze Runner.

When we arrived we got the rental car and we drove off to go eat at a coney island. It was my first actual coney dog. I liked it and I want to try another one again. After lunch we head over to my dad’s friends house which is a little less than 10 minutes away from the Spartan Stadium.

The first day of camp was long but really cool. There are different NFL teams where you are organized. I was in the Titans which I wasn’t excited about but it didn’t really matter. Each team had a coach and the coaches were players from the Michigan State football team. My coach was Brandon Clemons. He is a defensive tight and he weighs 305lbs.

The first day we stretched and the coaches introduced themselves. I also to took a picture with MSU Football Coach Mark Dantonio and the cotton bowl trophy. The first big activity was the offensive drills. Offensive drills includes QBs, WRs, and offensive line drills. After a break then there were Defensive drills its positions as LB, Defensive line and stuff like that. Then we had lunch and for lunch we had a wrap with cheese and ham, a cookie, chips. Then we went into the indoor practice field and did more drills. We also saw a video for MSU. Then we had dinner and we had chicken tenders. Then we played a razzle dazzle game. Razzle dazzle is like football but it is one hand touched and you can through the ball anywhere even if you are past the line of scrimmage. But the risk is  it still can get intercepted and incomplete. We played 2 games and we tied one and lost one. The scores were 14-14 and 21-14. In total I scored 2 touchdowns and had 4 interceptions. Then we packed up and left.

The second day was shorter but even better. We did the same thing as day one but for lunch was pizza and after lunch we went in the Spartan Stadium. We did a razzle dazzle game in their and we tied 14-14 and I got 2 touchdowns one was a pick six. I also got to go in the press box and watch other kids play razzle dazzle. After everything I got my jersey signed by most of the players that were their. Later that day we went to a tigers game and they lost 5-3 against the Reds.

The next day we went to the Ford tour at motor city and it was cool but I wouldn’t want to go everyday. At 7pm the plane took off and we came back home. When I get older I want to go back and stay at a dorm. So I want to go next year.

Orlando City Soccer

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If you haven’t heard there is a new Major league soccer team(MLS). That soccer team is called the Orlando City Lions. They are not the best right now but they are also good. At the begging of the season they are 1-2-2. That means one win two losses and one tie.

Their first game was against New York. They tied one-one. The cool part about that game was that I was there. What I can tell about that game is that the refs were very bad. In the first halve no one scored a goal. But in the second halve NYC scored a goal. The bad thing about the is that I was in the bathroom. When I came back I was sad. But at the 90th minute we scored a goal. His name was Kaká. He is really good. Everyone was excited. At the end it was a tie.

The other games were good too but this was my first MLS game so I will think it will be hard to top. This week in the mail I got a letter saying something about the Lions. It said on it “Brendan, you were part of history.” When I got I was surprised about it.

The next game after the NYC they were going against the Houston Dynamo. They won 1-0. Their next game was against the White Caps and lost 1-0. Their next game was an other tie against Montreal, 2-2. Their latest game was against DC United and lost 1-0 at the last minute. Right now they are 6th in the eastern conference.

Orlando City Soccer

Orlando City Soccer

Michigan State Basketball

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My favorite team Michigan State is in the Final 4 win over the Louisville Cardinals. But the games to get there were also really tough. Are first game was against Georgia in the tournament and we won against them 70-63. It was tough until the end but it wasn’t the biggest challenge. The next game gets even harder. It was against Virginia. We went against them last tournament and we beat them with one point. This year we won 60-54. The problem is win this season is the teams get harder and harder. Now we are in the sweet six-teen. Michigan State rolls by Oklahoma 62-58. On to the Elite Eight. The most intense games lead to over time. Michigan State holds on over Louisville 76-70. Now for our Kryptonite Duke. We rarely win against them. So I’m am worried about the end.

The reason I like Michigan State is because my parents brained washed me. They both went to Michigan State and I want to go there now. What I am glad about of the bracket is that Michigan did not make it.