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Week Two is in the Books!

A new season with a lot of new faces!

A new season with a lot of new faces!

Shepherd’s Varsity Volleyball team opened their home season last Monday night against Ithaca.  This year’s squad is very young with only three seniors on the team (and only one starter back from last year).  Even in the loss to Ithaca, the Lady Jays were very competitive.  They look to improve throughout the year and become a force in deciding who will end up league champion.  Come out and help Abby, Sammy and Stephanie lead a young team to victory next home game!  Check out all 88 picts from the game in the Galleries!

From the ‘in case you missed it category”, Shepherd’s Boy’s Cross Country Team took first at the first League Jamboree this last Tuesday in Midland (Freeland hosting).  It was interesting in a couple of ways.  Last year, Alma pretty much beat up on the Shepherd Boys according to Coach Cahoon.  Earlier in the season, I heard that some of the Panther runner’s were in Mt Pleasant’s Runners PFA store talking smack to former Shepherd Harrier and manager of the store, Ryan. They were explaining how they were going to beat up on Shepherd again this year.  So, with that in mind, it must have been a rewarding victory last Tuesday! Now the challenge has been thrown down and it’s only going to get more interesting.  Shepherd, due to the new track/football stadium construction, has had to give up it’s home TVC (Jamboree) event.  An effort was made to move the meet out to one of the nearby Golf Courses.  Both courses were reluctant to allow this to happen and an agreement could not be reached.  So, Shepherd has had to give up it’s hosting of the Jamboree and Ovid-Elsie has picked it up.  That means that we will not get a chance this year to see the girl’s or boy’s Cross Country Teams at home!  It would have been exciting to watch the Cross team take on the challenge of competing for first again, but it looks like we’ll miss it.  UNLESS, the student body got fired up and talked the school into allowing a spectator bus to travel to OE for the meet!  What do you think?  Comment below and vote if you would be willing to go!  Now I know our other sports teams would be having practice, but there is still enough of us that we could fill a bus, eh?  Please comment below and let’s see how many we can get before the end of the day on Monday.

The Girl’s Cross Country Team finished 5th at the Freeland Jamboree.  Jordan McGuire finished first for our girls and 6th overall.  Teha Ames finished 2nd for the team.  It seems that the girl’s times are improving every week.  It would be great to see them move up to 4th or 3rd this week.  Go get em girls!

Friday, the SIP Club put on the year’s first Pep Assembly.  The SIP is a combination last year’s Student Improvement and Pep Club.  This year’s President is Devin Roberts and V.P. is Katie Quick.  Without them, we may not have had any Pep Assemblies this year!  Also, thanks to Mr Buczkowski we have some video from the assembly.  Mr ‘Butch’ stepped up big time and bought a new D-SLR camera this week.  He bought a Nikon D-90.  This new camera is awesome in that besides great pictures, it is the first D-SLR to also shoot Hi-Def Video!  I just might have to get one of these neat toys soon!  Enjoy the video and my pictures from the assembly are up in the Galleries!  Enjoy.

Pom girls resting before their first performance of the year.

Pom girls resting before their first performance of the year.

The Pom Squad performed their first routine at the Pep Assembly and then again at half time of the Football game.  You can see pictures of their performance in both the Pep Assembly Gallery and the Freeland Football game gallery.

Football had a wild, high scoring game with Freeland Friday night.  Freeland jumped out to a couple touchdown lead early, but the jays roared back and were down only 6 points at half time.  In the third quater both teams failed to move the ball effectively.  But, in the fourth quater, Freeland pulled away and the jays lost their second game of the young season.  Mike Carson had a great night offensively for the jays, running up and down the field eluding and bouncing off of would be tacklers!  The video below is this week’s Animoto Slide show of some of the Pictures from this week’s activities.  All of the videos found on my blog can be seen on my VeesPhotos page on YouTube also.

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