The Graduate

Last Thursday, my son London graduated high school. It’s quite the accomplishment. Not that any high school kid sees it that way. But he’s got every reason to be proud of himself. Continue reading “The Graduate”

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Cleans Up Pretty Good

Yeah, that’s an old country thing. “He cleans up pretty good,” they say. Or they direct it at you or some third party. But that’s okay because we’re in the country. Which is weird because Louisville is the crossroads. Too north to be southern but too south to be northern. And so it will be with London when we goes off to wherever life takes him. Continue reading “Cleans Up Pretty Good”

SKETCHBOOK: Senior Night at Valley

What a journey it’s been. My son, London, joined the Valley High School football team the summer before his Freshman year, excited but nervous. He liked football but had no idea what to expect when it came to actually playing the game.

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FOOTBALL: Valley vs Breckenridge County

The Valley High School football Vikings had to ride an hour away from their home base of Viking Harbor to meet the Breckenridge County Tigers. It was a fruitful trip for the Vikings record as they came away with the blow out victory 42-0. Valley dominated with smothering defense and a supercharged offense. In fact, it was the supercharged offense they started the season with before an epidemic of injuries sidelined amazing players for weeks at a time. Continue reading “FOOTBALL: Valley vs Breckenridge County”

FOOTBALL: Western at Valley

The Valley High School Vikings took to the field at Viking Harbor last night to host fellow South End rival Western High School for a showdown. Was the game hard fought? You bet. Was it officiated fairly? Of course not. Did the Vikings make mistakes? Unquestionably. Did the referees look the other way on visitor penalties? Are you kidding me? They always do. Continue reading “FOOTBALL: Western at Valley”

SKETCHBOOK: De-Fense…De-Fense

It’s another Friday game day for the Valley High School Vikings and they welcome Western High School into Viking Harbor to get this work. Or at least, that’s what us fans want to have happen, especially because it’s been a rough season with the Vikings playing through serious injuries. Continue reading “SKETCHBOOK: De-Fense…De-Fense”

SKETCHBOOK: Junior with Senior Skills

The moment Patrick Dumire stepped onto the field at Valley High School’s Viking Harbor he immediately represented an upgrade to the offense. And this was while he was an 8th grader. Now he’s a junior and he’s just getting better. Continue reading “SKETCHBOOK: Junior with Senior Skills”

SKETCHBOOK: Pressed Into Duty

When Valley High School’s starting quarterback went down, the second string QB came in. A couple of games into his tenure, he left the team which meant the Vikings had to find someone to take the position until Brayden Campos returned from injury. The kid that stepped up was Kobe Hixenbaugh. Continue reading “SKETCHBOOK: Pressed Into Duty”

SKETCHBOOK: This Guy Right Here

Every team has that one guy that is super intense and wants to make sure everyone is doing their job to make the team better. But he’s also got a playful side that keeps the guys light and on their toes in stressful situations. For Valley High School, it’s this guy, Bradley Duvall. Continue reading “SKETCHBOOK: This Guy Right Here”