Sunday, March 13, 2011

Baseball, Track and Chapman University

The end of the work week featured Mike's Hueneme H.S. Frosh baseball squad playing Ventura H.S. on Wednesday, a track meet at Rio Mesa H.S. against Oak Park H.S. on Thursday and another talk about playing American football in Europe to college football Seniors at Chapman University on Friday.


Nice Fungo Bat

Mike warming up his team for another game.





Major Mid-Game Pow-Wow


The mighty Vikings were not able to pull this one out as their lack of experience hurt in stretches. Still, they also had a few innings that went quite well for them.

Gaining experience and learning more about the game will be the keys as they open Pacific View League play with two games against Camarillo H.S. next week.


Girls Varsity and JV Shot Put

I ran the Girls Shot Put events at the track meet. It went smoothly with only 18 girls total in the two events. Rio Mesa won both the Boys (89-38) and Girls (67-58) Varsity meets against Oak Park.

EuroBall Talk

Chapman University
Orange, California

The city of Orange is about 90 miles from Camarillo. Chapman University is an NCAA Division III school with an enrollment of about 4,000 students.

Our niece, Amy Hicks is one of the 4,000.

Thus, before meeting with Chapman's Seniors, Amy gave me a quick campus tour and led us to a very nice place for lunch called Rutabegorz. A happy-go-lucky sort, Amy graduates in December, GOOD FOR HER!

Entering Chapman's Quad Area

Court of Flags

Those are the stands for the Panthers' Swim Stadium behind the flags. Chapman's Athletic Offices are underneath the stands at ground level. On the back side of these seats are the seats for Chapman's Wilson Field where the football Panthers play their games.

I must say that Chapman has built many new and elegant facilities in the last few years, very impressive indeed.

The Italian Tri-Color

The Swedish Flag waving proudly

An Attentive Group of Chapman Seniors

We went at it for about 90 minutes and got a lot of their questions answered. Hopefully, some of them will get to Europe in the next year.

A big thanks to Chapman Head Coach Bob Owens and his staff for setting up this session.

The Panther

Wilson Field

After the talks, I met my college friends, Loren and Sandy Brucker, who both work in Orange. While I was waiting for them to arrive in Orange's interesting old downtown area known as the Orange Circle, I walked around the area doing a little window shopping. I saw some interesting things including. . .

First it was "Jews for Jesus," now this

I'm not sure what this is all about.

The Felix Continental Café

Nice atmosphere, great Cuban/Spanish food, moderate prices but most of all, a fun two hours enjoying Loren and Sandy's company over dinner.

What a great way to end the day. . . two hours, now that is very continental!

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