Thursday, March 26, 2015

Injury Update

Cara has sidelined with her shoulder injury since the beginning of February.  After having an x-ray and an MRI, the doctors determined that she has a partial tear in one of the ligaments in her right shoulder.  This causes Cara to not be able to lift her right arm above her head or move that arm in certain directions without pain.  The best option for treatment would be surgery, but since Cara is only 14 years old, the doctor doesn't think that we will find a surgeon that will operate because of the sports/overuse injury.  Therefore, the doctor is sending Cara to physical therapy three days a week.  They hope that the scar tissue will go over the tear and hold the ligament together.
 
 Last Friday, the physical therapist measured Cara's improvement during certain exercises and there has been some improvement in her range of motion.  Plus, Kelli, the physical therapist, gave Cara the okay to play the back row in volleyball with no overhead activity at all.  It was limited playing time, but at least she was back on the court and smiling.
 At certain times, I could tell that positions hurt and that she would compensate with her left arm to help the right arm out, but she was on the floor and it is progress to the goal of getting back on the court fulltime.  Sunday was the last day of volleyball until the summer so Cara will continue to go to physical therapy, rest the shoulder and hope that it heals.
Take care,
Michelle

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Celebrating Nebraska's Birthday

4th Graders all over the State of Nebraska study Nebraska History in Social Studies.  Last week the Norfolk Catholic 4th Graders were invited to the Elkhorn Valley Museum in Norfolk to celebrate the state of Nebraska's birthday. I was asked to accompany the group to help supervise.
 
 One famous person from Norfolk, Nebraska is Johnny Carson.  The museum has a large display on Johnny Carson, his career, his home, his awards, and the large donations that he has made to our community.

 The kids were also treated to a presentation on the workings of a printing press.  They explained how the press works and then each student got to operate it and print on a sheet of paper.

 The students ended their visit answering some Nebraska trivia questions and enjoying birthday cake and Kool-Aid.
Take care,
Michelle

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Champion of Champions!

 The Norfolk Catholic Champion of Champions Tournament was on Saturday.  Justin weighed in at 47.6 lbs.  He was pumped up and ready to wrestle.  He had his fan club present:  Grandma Leader, Gayle Brummer and his girls, Sue and Sienna, and of course, Dad, Cara, Erica and Mom.  (Ashlin was missing because she was sick)
 In his bracket was a wrestler from Cody-Kilgore and two wrestlers from Columbus Lakeview.  First up was the wrestler from Cody-Kilgore.  Justin ended up getting the pin.
 Next, Justin won with a technical fall over a wrestler from Columbus Lakeview.
 Here Justin is going for another pin on the second wrestler from Columbus Lakeview.
 Getting ready to do a half-Nelson and getting two points for the takedown.
 After winning his bracket, then he faced a Wisner/Pilger wrestler from the other bracket on his mat to be the Champion of Champions
 Justin got the pin in the first period and won the medal for Champion of Champions!

All smiles atop the podium!!!  Two new medals to add to his stash.

Take care,
Michelle

Monday, March 9, 2015

2nd in Creighton!

 Friday afternoon we headed to Creighton for another little kids wrestling tournament.  Justin had to weigh-in before 5 p.m. and wrestling started at 5:15 p.m.  Justin weighed in at 48.0 lbs.
 Justin wrestled more aggressive in Creighton than he had the previous tournament.  He remembered to keep his head up, spin to get behind to get takedown points, and to grab the legs quicker for a takedown and gain control in the match.
 First up was a wrestler from Elkhorn Valley and Justin won on points.  Coach/Cousin Zac was telling Justin what to do from the edge of the match.

 Then Justin faced a wrestler from Creighton losing 2-6.  He fought hard, but time ran out on a reversal at the end of one period.

 Justin finished in 2nd place and received his medal from Uncle Randy. 
This is a group photo of Keith, Justin, Scott Fritz and Kaden Fritz.  Keith and Scott work together and are both area supervisors for NPPD.  Scott over the linemen and Keith over the substation crew.  Justin is a couple weeks older than Kaden, but definitely smaller in size.  Congrats to Kaden on winning his bracket!

Take care,
Michelle

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Happy 10th Birthday Ashlin!

Happy 10th Birthday Ashlin!  As Justin says, "You are two whole hands now"!  Ashlin's birthday was on Friday, and it was extra special because there was No School.  Plus, Grandma Korth took the kids out for lunch on Thursday because there was no school since the Norfolk Catholic girls were playing at state basketball.  Ashlin spent her birthday relaxing, watching "Mockingjay Part I" that came out on video on Friday, watching her brother wrestle and then eating ice cream cake.

Ashlin got a huge smile on her face when one lady at the grocery store told Ashlin that she was now a "pre-teen" since she was double digits.

Take care,
Michelle

Monday, February 16, 2015

First Tournament of Wrestling Season

Justin wrestled on Sunday in the Elkhorn Valley Tournament.  This year he had to move up a division to 1st & 2nd Grade.  This made him a little worried to wrestle a second grader since he is only in first grade.  But, his coaches said that he was ready.
He weighed in at 49.3 lbs.  Justin is a lightweight.  The other kids in his class that wrestled all weighed in about 6 pounds heavier.  First, he wrestled a kid from Logan View and pinned him in 42 seconds in the first period.  Next, Justin wrestled a kid from Ainsworth and pinned him in 16 seconds in the second period.  This was Justin's hardest match.  Last, Justin wrestled a kid from West Holt and got a technical fall with a 11-0 score.
He was all smiles atop the medal stand with his 1st Place trophy.  These photos aren't the best off Keith's phone, but they captured the memory for me to see later at the basketball tournament.  Justin proudly showed off his trophy to other kids and parents at Erica's basketball tournament.

Now Justin is all ready for the next little kids' wrestling tournament.

Take care,
Michelle

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Winter Volleyball League

Last Sunday was the last day of the Lakeview Winter League.  The last day was set up as a tournament with the 16 teams being placed into the Gold Division and the Silver Division.  The top eight in the gold and the bottom eight in the silver. 

The 8th Grade girls from Norfolk Catholic were the #8 seed in the Gold Division. First up the girls had to play the #1 seed Wayne 7.  It was a loss in two sets, but they fought hard and had their chances.  Next, they defeated Lakeview Blue in two sets.  Last, they played Battle Creek Digs and lost in two close sets.  Overall, the girls finished in 6th place.  For being the #8 seed, they moved up two spots to finish in 6th which is good.

Unfortunately, Cara has a hurt right shoulder again.  She is in pain like she was this fall during volleyball.  Sunday was a painful day in the gym for her.  She would serve one overhand and then one underhand, before I told her going into the second game to only serve underhand.  Monday afternoon was a trip back to Dr. Adams, a family and sports medicine doctor.  She had a x-ray and the bone structure looks good.  On Thursday morning, she is going to have a MRI on the shoulder.  She cannot continue to be in this pain and we need answers to heal the shoulder.

As a consequence, she is out of the next winter volleyball league in March.  Many tears have been shed that she cannot play league.  The shoulder needs to heal completely from the over-use.  She needs to be 100% for volleyball in the fall.  Hopefully, nothing is wrong with her shoulder and she just needs rest and physical therapy.

Take care,
Michelle