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Memory: The team traveled the first three weekends to avoid the possibility of cold weather. The first weekend was Stanford. I had lived in Southern CA for twenty-two years. My ex wife grew up there. We had friends at the game. We also knew the parents of a Stanford player. They were all bitching how cold it was. We (son’s team parents) were all in light sweaters if even wearing them. It was “freezing” 55 Friday night.

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Game #1 in the books yesterday for my son his Sophomore season. Playing JUCO ball at Iowa Central who is ranked in first poll of the season at #6. Son played last season at Bradley and he decided to drop for development purposes to JUCO. Has really enjoyed the development grind and ready to play a bunch this spring. Several teammates including my son committed to 4 year schools over the last couple of months with more to follow. I think there are 7 committed to D1 so far with others on the way.

“Transferable to D-1?”

@Consultant @adbono my son interviewed for an internship at a big consulting firm and they asked a battery of behavioral/situational questions. Having no “office” jobs ever, he relied exclusively on talking about leading tarp pulls at his (rather windy) Juco. His stories had everything - perseverance, holding team members accountable. He got the job! That said, he appreciates his D1 grounds crew very much.

I live in the Flathead Valley area of Montana and played hooky last Thursday to ski Whitefish. I rode the chair with a visitor from Fayetteville Arkansas and did a little reminiscing about the 2017 Razorbacks.

Every player and parent will get a different experience, so mileage will vary. As a parent I’m incredibly thankful to U of A for what we experienced and what it meant to my son. Those of you in the middle of a positive college experience, don’t take it for granted, it really is about as good as it gets…

Good luck to all those heading into Spring, and hit’m where they isn’t – unless you’re pitching!  

@JucoDad posted:

I live in the Flathead Valley area of Montana and played hooky last Thursday to ski Whitefish. I rode the chair with a visitor from Fayetteville Arkansas and did a little reminiscing about the 2017 Razorbacks.

Jealous....I am definitely coming up again for some more fly fishing again this summer. Any small stream recommendations (PM of course ) welcomed. I would probably already be a Montanan except for dealing with aging parent issues, down here in the land of fruit and nuts....We have good friends in Sula and Stevensville so have fished the Bitterroot and various feeders as well as Rock Creek and previously over in Bozeman area of course the Madison and Yellowstone but really prefer hiking in smaller streams to get away from the world.

For those wondering what to do after son graduates...

@atlnon posted:

We are getting ready to go on the road in the next 3 weekends to watch my son's games.  Still don't know how much my son will be playing (if at all).  What happens in the next 3 weekends dictates how much traveling we will be doing the rest of spring...  Excited for the season opener this weekend!

Good luck. Last year I went to see my freshman son's opening series at USC. He insisted he wouldn't play that weekend (he's a PO). Sure enough game 2 he got in in a mop up role.

Snow on the ground now in Poughkeepsie, but team was able to be outside last week for a few days. After beginning their season in NYC area for three games, team is heading to the Great PNW for their spring break trip, so much easier trip from aloha land. Just hope the rain holds off. Soph son is PO and expects to be used primarily as a reliever but also may start a few midweek games.  Massey has team ranked at #238. Hopes are high that team will play over their heads and move as high as #230!

Snow on the ground now in Poughkeepsie, but team was able to be outside last week for a few days. After beginning their season in NYC area for three games, team is heading to the Great PNW for their spring break trip, so much easier trip from aloha land. Just hope the rain holds off. Soph son is PO and expects to be used primarily as a reliever but also may start a few midweek games.  Massey has team ranked at #238. Hopes are high that team will play over their heads and move as high as #230!

Son got back to Poughkeepsie about 02:30. In a nice upset, took the Sunday game from a super regional host.

Snow on the ground now in Poughkeepsie, but team was able to be outside last week for a few days. After beginning their season in NYC area for three games, team is heading to the Great PNW for their spring break trip, so much easier trip from aloha land. Just hope the rain holds off. Soph son is PO and expects to be used primarily as a reliever but also may start a few midweek games.  Massey has team ranked at #238. Hopes are high that team will play over their heads and move as high as #230!

After this past weekend's games, Vassar hit #230!  Now, it just has to stay there!

@OskiSD posted:

Happy Ivy Opening Day to those who celebrate! Warmer climates, higher-ranked opponents, and hopefully a few wins as well.

Brown at UT-Martin

Columbia at Florida

Cornell at Georgia Tech

Dartmouth at Sam Houston

Harvard at Troy

Penn at Abilene Christian

Princeton at UNC Wilmington

Yale at North Florida

Always entertaining to see Ivy outfielders deal with the outdoor conditions on opening day because there has been limited outdoor practices up north!  Godspeed. 

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