Off to Omaha

May 11, 2007 at 12:35pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

I received my State Soccer Tournament reffing assignments last night. I ended up with two centers (one today, one tomorrow) and an alternate (today). Everybody received either two or three game assignments. I’m trying to read the assignors minds. Do I still have a shot at centering a final? Let’s see…

On the one hand, the two centers may indicate that they like me in the center, which would bode well for a final center. Or they could be saying “here are your two centers for the tournament, thanks for playing” and I’m out of luck for the finals. Both of my centers are first-round matches; I think a semi-final center would definitely have ruled out a final center. Hmm.

So why the interest in having a center in the finals? For the same reason that teams want to make it to the finals, of course. The four championship matches are the four top games of the year. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? There’s a lot of stress involved, but that’s part of the fun. I enjoy the game within the game.

Regardless, I’m looking forward to the two assessments I will receive after my two centers today and tomorrow. I used to dread assessments but now I enjoy them. The feedback is almost always valuable. The two assessors I’ll speak with today and tomorrow are two who haven’t seen me work in a while, so that will give me a chance to hear some perspectives I don’t get very often.

Enough of that referee baloney. Who is going to take State this year? Get your picks in.

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D.M.B. May 11, 2007 at 2:36pm

In Class B, I have to go with my hometown Antlers.  From the looks of it, the girls have the best shot but we’ve said that before with Elkhorn in soccer.  They’ve both come very very very close several times and haven’t been able to finish it off.  Both of the coaches still deserve it and if either one of them won it all, it would mean a great deal not only to the team but the town.

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