If it's Tuesday it must be Uppsala

Trip Start Mar 27, 2008
Trip End Apr 09, 2008

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Monday, April 7, 2008

This is probably the last blog entry. You will be seeing all of us soon enough, assuming Sophie doesn't wander off at the train station. We are in our last couple of days and will be busy with travel and games.
Today we toured the fortified US Embassy in Stockholm, met some nice career officers and could not get them to complain about the Bush Administration. Then some of us toured the Vasa museum.
We played Djursholm, a town of 60,000 just north of Stockholm, last night. Once again we were very warmly greeted, escorted from the train station by Per Malmqvist, a dentist and president of the Djursholm club, from the train station to the gym. The place was packed; many came from the town to see the Americans play. A half dozen people were busy in the gym kitchen getting ready a buffet of meats, scalloped potatoes and salad.
The girls played their best game yet against Djursholm, which had loaded up for the occasion with a 21-year-old and a couple or three 19-year-olds. This has been our pattern, with girls teams afraid of getting walloped so going out and finding their older sisters. It has happened all games but one. We don't mind playing up but would like to matched against players our own age a time or two.
In this case the big girl (daughter of Malmqvist) was also very capable, and they got up on us by 16 near the end of the second quarter. We switched up to a box and one defense and worked the ball a lot harder in the second half, and crept up on them point by point until we trailed by two. A turnover and the big girl's basket put the game away. But we looked like a team and are looking forward to the next two games. The reffing was the best and most fair we've had our entire trip.
Kari Sly won MVP honors, so named by the refs, thanks to all hustle all the time. Shelby was dominant inside and we are running plays just for her. Ilsa started to hit her outside shot again and fought for rebounds. Sophie was also on top of her slashing game. Kylie and Robyn fought like demons for loose balls and steals, putting Kylie on the bench midway through the fourth. Alyx was a terror on defense and hit timely threes. Brittany was a force inside in the early going but got hit in the jaw and sat out three quarters. She's fine today.
The boys started off in a dead heat but pulled away by 10 by the end of two. The third and fourth quarters were a show of the full-court press, a sagging and slashing zone that intercepted perhaps 10 passes beyond the halfcourt line. Great games were turned in by Rory, Jaydee Dodd, Kevin and Joel. Eric was out sick (there's a bit of a cold going around). Dakotah was lightning, Elan was cool, A.G. was on target with shots and assists, Parker was good on the boards but was the focus of defense so didn't score a lot. Walker scored in double digits, inside and out, and all he said after the game was that he wished he hadn't missed those two free throws. Rory was named MVP by the refs and deserved it. The young man was brilliant.
Tonight we play Taby, which is supposed to have a better boys team than Djursholm, and there were a few of them in the stands last night scouting us. If the girls are our own age I expect a very good game there.
Tomorrow morning we load up on a train to Uppsala, for a tour of the city then games then a big group dinner then the final home stays. The next morning it's to the airport and home.
Call Penny Lawrence at her home number and see if she needs any help getting us from the airport... I think she has it nailed but haven't talked to her.
See you soon.
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katyg on

Friendship Tour
Thank you Scott for the wonderful updates on the trip and the games. It's been such a treat reading about the group's adventures; the sights, the families, the food! What a great experience for the kids; they will remember this trip for the rest of their lives. Thank you for making it happen. See you soon.....Katy

craigg on

Ringer 's in Heaven / El Tigres in cre dee ble no
Everybody ; growing up in Hawaii and playing ball there the Hawaiian's have a rule about ringers , or players who don't make the eligability standards. The rule is this, bring them on, bring ALL of them on. Go get KOBI if you feel the need to.The Hawaiian's, you see, love the challenge.......What they REALLY love is knowing that their presence scares the tar out of the opponent....Al and I will be watching the FINAL tonight and scouting for you guys....ESPN has agreed to have the winner play the Nighthawks boys next Monday night on Pay-per-view. Nighthawks girl's play the womwen's winner on Tuesday night...We split the gate....Can anyone say private gym and jets ?..Memphis looks very tough, the point guard is Parkers height, moves like Ross, handles like Dak, shoots like a Gifford/Solvik cross, creates like Rory,intense like Walker, and surfs like I do........I'd put Louie on him....Kansas is balanced like a Russian gymnist on the beam..Who do you stop ?....Both play man up...Both score in the 80's.....Memphis, I think is just a little crazier.And y'all know how I love crazy...Memphis by 8....Have a good last game, remember the Hawaiian mind set, you want a blue or red jet ?

bcnelson on

Thank you
Thank you Scott not only for organizing this wonderful venture but for keeping the ones back home in touch with the happenings.
Each day I have turned on my computer in anticipation of reading what you have all been up to today and how the games went, not to mention how well written!
See you day-after-tomorrow!!!

craigg on

Half Time
Kansas up 5 at half..24-8 for Kansas in the paint..Opening second half 37-36 Kansas.Fast paced, run and gun......More later

craigg on

Final game
Memphis up by 5 with five minutes left.Rose is starting to take over.Now up by seven...

craigg on

44 seconds left
Memphis gags a one and one.......Memphis ball 44 seconds left

craigg on

Memphis misses five free throws.Kansas hit a three with 2.2 seconds left to tie.Memphis wide right from mid court to end regulation...Rose limps off floor .Overtime !!!!!!!!

craigg on

2:24 left
ansas up by six.....they were down by 9 with 2 inutes left in regulation.18=4 run up to now...

craigg on

It's over
Kansas 74 El Tigres 68....Ouch !

jburr on

Happy last day!
Hi Scott and all,
Thanks for the blog, it has been fun keeping up with the Nighthawks! Hello Casey! I wish you all a smooth return and look forward to more travel stories. See you soon. Jan Burr

gemuens on

Thanks, Scott
What a great way to keep in touch with the Nighthawks during what will certainly be a trip to remember for a long time for the players and chaperones. Thanks Scott for organizing this flawless expedition.

Guenther and Alma Muens

shakeandbake on

NCAA Championship
Looks like Craig gave you the game feed, and what a historic final it was. It will be worth watching even though you know the outcome. On Dish, CBS has taken over the old College Sports Network, and they were showing replays of the semi-finals, so look for a possible replay on Channel 152 when you get home.
With the Memphis loss, I probably ended up tying for first in the golf course pool, as I had a one game lead going in. A few extra bucks for the gas tank.
But Memphis was up nine with 2 minutes to go, and this what makes basketball such a wonderful game.
Kansas didn't quit, they played it all the way out, and a wonderful outcome occurred. It reminded me of your River Ridge game, you never quit and your outcome came true. Looking forward to seeing you all home. Best wishes. Bake.

hilson on

Re: It's over
Dude! Kansas scored 75

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