The 1st Annual Cullen Winter Games

Next week is the last week of the quarter and the first annual Cullen Winter Games (we’ll still have academic support). We want to finish the quarter on a strong note so let’s work hard and play hard!

Shout-outs go to Mr. Kline and the Student Council for coming up with sweet Spirit Week themes and events. Points will be awarded to the homerooms with the highest percentage of students who dress up. Dozens of medals have been designed for those who reach the winners’ podium (check out the pic). Who will find gold around their neck?

Yours truly will be serving as emcee at this historic competition. Below are the events and the themes for each day. Be sure to sign up for the events with your homeroom teacher. Let the games begin!

Monday –       #Merica –                             Doubles Luge
Tuesday –       Scarves & Stripes –            Sock Slalom Relay
Wednesday – Hawaiian & Sunglasses –  Pool Noodle Hockey
Thursday –     Dress for Success –            Ice Dancing

Friday –          Jersey Day –                         Basketball Biathlon

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Spring Sports News

There are several opportunities for Cullen students to participate in ECS athletics. Below are some sports that will be starting their seasons soon.

5th-8th grade boys and girls track & field begins Tuesday (March 6th) at Epworth. Practices are every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 3:45-5:15 PM. See or email Coach Thomas if you have questions.

7th-8th grade cub baseball team tryouts will be the next two Saturdays (March 3rd & 10th) at 1 PM at Scott Township Field.

7th-10th grade girls soccer begins next Wednesday (March 7th) at Epworth. Practices are from 3:45-5:15 PM every Wednesday and Friday in March and April. See or email Coach Wick if you have questions.

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Who is the King of Wrestling?

Most know that soccer is my numero uno sport, but another sport I enjoy a great deal is wrestling.  I coached wrestling at the middle school level for several years back when I lived in the land of Hoosiers.  Wrestling also happens to be a favorite activity of mine when horsin’ around with my daughters.  Too young for a four-year-old and a one-year-old you say?  Watch ’em on the mat, and you would disagree.  My one year old hits her head on concrete walls and laughs.  Wrestling is an intense caloric burner that makes my girls tougher while they laugh their heads off.  Last night while I was challenging Grace to a little one one one, I asked her in a trash talkin’ sort of way, “Who is the king of wrestling?”  Without missing a beat, Rose chimes in, “Jesus”.  At that point, I was at a loss for words and knew I couldn’t convince my girls into believing that I was the best grappler in the world.  It’s awesome that my four-year-old knows who the true King of Kings is.

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NBA Playoffs

It has not been the season I was hoping for the Pacers, but it certainly could be a whole lot worse.  Yes, they were legit title contenders at the start of the season, but injuries and a lack of team chemistry threw us way off course.  Just a week ago it looked like my blue and gold weren’t even going to be headed for the postseason, but we were able to finish strong.  Now we’re looking like a dangerous sixth seed having won five of our last six games and face a team that we beat two out of three games this year – the Atlantic Division champion New Jersey Nets.  Could this be the year Coach Carlisle brings home a championship ring?  Highly unlikely, but I can dream.

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He Got Game…Sort of

Chuck Taylor, John Wooden, Oscar Robertson, and Larry Bird.  What do these guys share in common?  They’re all basketball legends that hail from the Crossroads of America – my home state of Indiana.  When you come from a state that has the world’s largest high school basketball gymnasium, and 15 of the 16 largest high school basketball gyms in the United States, you should know a little about the sport.  Unfortunately, my b-ball knowledge failed me when I made my selections for the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament.  My Big Ten teams didn’t do so well in the postseason, but maybe this is the year that my Pacers can all put rings on their fingers.

Although I didn’t do so hot with my March Madness selections, I was part of the winning squad of teachers that defeated the eighth-grade boys’ basketball team today.  Despite only standing at 5’5″ (165 cm) and weighing a massive 140 pounds (64 kg), I was able to hit some buckets and dish out a few assists.  I’m outie 5000.  Peace.

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