Burnsville won the 7th Grade Football Championship!

The year was up and down as mentioned here and the boys pulled it together for the playoffs and RAN THE TABLE!! It was very exciting to see them recover from being down early in a few games and in the semi finals they were doing so well the other team forfeited the second half of the game.Β 

Congrats to the boys for a great year!!

View the full album here for the Championship game

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Joey watching over the field

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Berra ran over, through, and past people all day!

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The defense really was locking down the line

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Jeremy got loose!

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Howard breaking free…

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Vargas got in for one!

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A little celebration chant πŸ™‚

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Victory lunch w/Grandma and Grandpa

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7th Grade Blaze Football Regular Season Summary

Our team had some ups and downs this year, when they were focused they were unstoppable and unfortunately injuries stacked up against us in the second half of the year. The team finished strong in the regular season against Farmington.

Joey had a better year this year and we’d like to see him continue to get more aggressive πŸ™‚ He had chances at a few interceptions this year, a couple through his hands (like the one pictured below and one off of his chest into the hands of a teammate) and we keep encouraging him to get to the ball.

We shall see what the playoffs bring…

View the collection of game photographs here

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The US Bank Stadium game was a highlight of an experience for the boys where they lost to Eagan (explaining the sour faces below).

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I look forward to watching the boys grow more next year!! Here are some of my favorite moments of the team this year…

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7th Grade Blaze Football vs Eastview at US Bank Stadium

The boys had a wonderful experience at US Bank Stadium playing against Eastview last night. While they did not win (you can see it in their faces in the team picture below), they really enjoyed playing on the same surface as the Vikes!

View the full album here

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Joey set for the play (#50)
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Big Joe’s first time in the stadium and on the field πŸ™‚
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Interception!
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An intimidating force
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Breaking free
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Nathan on the run
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Labor Day weekend – 2018

We had a nice family weekend at the cabin. Stan and Nix were there with as well πŸ™‚ We had the annual lake progressive party which had lots of fund games for kids and adults.

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Buds
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Surprise visit by Rick and Lisa
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Fishing and relax time – Joey beat Grandma in the final count of fish caught πŸ™‚
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The dogs had a blast!
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Water balloon fun and other games
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Glacier & Theodore Roosevelt National Parks – 2018

This summer we went on another national park adventure with the Lenzen family. We played games, had camp fires, smores, hiked (and sweated), swam, rafted, kayaked, canoed, enjoyed camping food, ice cream, and each other’s company.

Our trip started with a stop west of Fargo, a night in western Montana, and finally arriving in Glacier National Park which was our home for about 8 days. We decided to leave Glacier early to break up the trip and spend a day inΒ Theodore Roosevelt National Park, camping in Medora.

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The kids on our first night at the river near our campground in Glacier
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Slow motion waterfall with the boys
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The kids enjoying their hikes πŸ™‚

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Hike to Hidden Lake overlook
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I was loving all of the colors
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Thank goodness the snow cleared on the Road to the Sun
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Kayaking on the blue water of Lake McDonald
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Animals!
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Stars
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Rafting
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A day in Canada
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Back in ‘Merica!
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Teddy’s Park
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Medora Musical
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A basketball game, dance practice, and neighborhood progressive party

We started the weekend with a early basketball game. The boys were still sleeping in the first half and fell behind early but had a nice second half to have momentum into their next game. Pics here

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Sunday night Elizabeth and her fellow dancers showcased the dances they have been working on so far this year. Pics here

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Saturday night Carolyn and I were able to get out with some neighbors for our annual Christmas party! Pics here
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Chase enjoyed some time at the park as well πŸ™‚
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Neglected Blog – a year+ in photos

I have not updated the blog since Labor Day of 2016. Below is a summary of what we’ve done in the past year. All of the albums can be viewed here.

Joey’s first year of tackle football – he broke his arm before the first game but was able to get into some games later in the season
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Elizabeth’s final year in Volleyball as a Charger
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Joey’s first year in Lacrosse
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Joey’s second year in football
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2017 MEA Camping trip
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I joined Justin in London for the Vikings/Browns game
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Thanksgiving 2017
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Joey’s 6th grade basketball season has begun
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