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Sunday, October 16, 2005

Penn State 25 - Michigan 27

We was robbed

photo by Joe Hermitt of The Patriot News (Harrisburg)

PSU One Stop Short
At the Last Second, Heartbreak

Locally, the Marching Lions also experienced disappointment last night as the high school marching band again came in third out of third. Of course, it's the points that really count towards the end-of-season championships. The first Tournament of Bands score was 75, second TOB score was 79, but last night's was 81, not as big an improvement as the kids would have liked. The second-place band had a score of 83, first place was 86.

To explain a little about how TOBs work, bands are placed in divisions by Band size, NOT school size. So even tho' our school is small (about 1100 kids K-12) our band is competing against schools with a much larger population to draw from. (High school sports divisions are determined by school district size, not team size.) Our band is in Division III by two kids - usually we teeter by a couple of kids between Division I and Division II. The schools in those divisions last night scored in the 70s.

Last night's competition was "out of Chapter", which we do once a year. The Chapter that we are in forbids bands taking the field after 8:30, but the chapter that Williamsport is in doesn't. Our kids once again were last to take the field (except for the host school, which performed as an exhibition while scores were finalized) - so our band hit the field at 10:08 PM. We got home this morning at 1:30 am. I let Goa'uld and Bookworm sleep in, didn't wake them up. Bookworm just woke up at noon.

BTW, the Williamsport Area School District is the home of the Millionaires.


At 1:16 PM, Blogger schnoodlepooh said...

That sucks. They were robbed. How can kids do their best when they are performing at 10 pm??? Well, maybe they can make up for it next year.

At 4:04 PM, Blogger AP3 said...

Yeah, I watched the whole game. It sure was entertaining! Bummer that we lost, though.

At 4:05 PM, Blogger AP3 said...

And it sounds like these TOBs are really close!

At 6:22 PM, Blogger Tan Lucy Pez said...

Oh well, "it's fun." "It's a learning experience." Need more clich├ęs?

It sucks.

At 7:15 PM, Blogger actonbell said...

The millionaires! That's funny.
Whew, what a late night for the girls! I keep forgetting to mention: Remember Boiling Springs, with their old-fashioned form of marching? I spoke to someone your age from BS who says that the band director is the same guy who was there when he was in school. Well, that explains that...

We all sneaked peeks at the PSU game during the wedding reception. Ugh, how agonizing!

At 1:24 PM, Blogger Doug said...

Damn Wolverines, anyhow. It sounds like the girls' band does really well for playing against other schools.


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