JUDE PLAYS BASKETBALL / by Ren Wightman

Jude decided to play basketball this year. His best buddies, Cooper and Jackson encouraged him to pick it up and he's enjoyed it very much. During the short season he's made great strides. I credit his coach (Bert Keele) for this. All 9 year olds want to score points but what we've really challenged Jude to focus on is rebounds. Most games, Jude is the tallest kid on the court. With this height advantage we challenge him to get the most rebounds. I didn't keep track of his rebounds for all the games but for the last three he had 5, 12 and 8. The stat line for his last game was 4 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block. I'm very happy with his progress and hope he continues with it. 

 Jude's primary teachers (Jace and Sara Ellsworth) came to his final game. From left to right: Jude, Tau, Sara, Noah, Jace and Cooper. Jude, Tau and Cooper are all in the same primary class and grade (4th grade).

Jude's primary teachers (Jace and Sara Ellsworth) came to his final game. From left to right: Jude, Tau, Sara, Noah, Jace and Cooper. Jude, Tau and Cooper are all in the same primary class and grade (4th grade).

 The Willis' (Tau's parents) were kind enough to throw a pizza party after the game. This is Jude and his buddies hanging out and eating pizza. Left to right: Cooper, Rylee, Jackson and Jude.

The Willis' (Tau's parents) were kind enough to throw a pizza party after the game. This is Jude and his buddies hanging out and eating pizza. Left to right: Cooper, Rylee, Jackson and Jude.