Thursday, January 28, 2010

Quote of the day

Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life.
~Leo Buscaglia

Monday, January 25, 2010

Our long but fun weekend...

Coniglio earns 100th career win
Berkshire Eagle Staff
Updated: 01/25/2010 09:16:02 AM EST

Monday, Jan. 25ESSEX, Vt. -- Mount Greylock wrestler Eli Coniglio picked up his 100th career victory over the weekend at the Mike Baker Classic.
Coniglio placed fifth in the 154-pound weight class, and the Mounties placed seventh overall (out of 10 squads) with 94 total points.
Coniglio reached the century mark in the quarterfinal round.
"He was patiently waiting for it," Greylock coach Ray Miro said of Coniglio's milestone. "His buddy, Sean [Derby-Kilfoyle], got [his 100th] a couple weeks ago, and Eli has been steady since. He ended up fifth [this weekend], but he was in a very tough weight class."
Dylan Hilchey had the highest individual finish for Greylock, placing second at 121 pounds. Derby-Kilfoyle (127 lbs.) finished fourth. Zach Bantle (173) was fifth, and Travis Hilchey (98) placed sixth.
Colin Dezess, Zach Larabee and Dylan Walker were each one victory away from placing.
Massabesic (Maine) claimed the Classic crown with 235 points. Greylock was the only Massachussetts school which attended.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

This was MLK Day.

I took the boys for a quick walk on Cheshire Lake. This town is so pretty.....

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Quote of the day

Sometimes it is the quiet observer who see the most.
~ Kathryn L. Nelson

Friday, January 15, 2010

God Bless the people of Haiti

This earthquake is devastating. What heartbreak. What sadness. What for........

The face of this woman really hit me........


Thursday, January 14, 2010

Mt. Greylock wrestling article in the paper

Greylock wrestlers notch win No. 20
By Neil Benjamin Jr.
Posted: 01/14/2010 02:38:25 AM EST

North Adams Transcript

WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Mounties are living in a repetitive world of domination these days.

Mount Greylock’s wrestling team kept its undefeated Berkshire County record alive in a convincing 50-12 win over Monument Mountain on Wednesday night.

Granted, the Spartans (0-11-1) were missing a few wrestlers which led to them having to forfeit six weight classes, but the Mounties (20-2) only lost two of their live matches on the day.

After Dylan Hilchey earned a pin at 119 pounds, Josh Hadley followed suit at 130. Greylock’s Zach Larabee, who coach Ray Miro says has an abundance of raw talent, stepped onto the mat for his 135-pound bout with Alex Dupont.

Larabee missed all last season with an elbow injury, but has worked diligently to get back into form. Sometimes, though, he feels the brunt of not being in tip-top cardiovascular shape.

"It’s the worst feeling to get out of breath in a match," Larabee said.

His work paid off on Wednesday, as he earned a technical fall win over Dupont. Just 19 seconds in, Larabee faked left and shot to Dupont’s right leg to gain an early 2-0 advantage. While on the ground, Dupont’s superior strength showed, but Larabee counteracted by using his agility and quickness. Halfway through the third period, Larabee earned three near-fall points to garner the decision.

"I got a little lucky because he wasn’t as quick," Larabee said. "But I learned a few
things. I need to work on my cradle grips, especially in the upcoming Essex Tournament."
Greylock doesn’t grapple again until Jan. 23, when the team travels to Essex Junction, Vt., for a tournament that features some of the best teams from Maine, New York, Vermont and Massachusetts.

Senior captain Eli Coniglio, who earned his 98th career win by forfeit on Wednesday, has only wrestled at Essex once, when he was a freshman. It was his first real varsity dual, and it could have gone much smoother.

"I got whooped. Killed," Coniglio said. "I went two and out. At least I know what I’m going to be in for though."

The most impressive feat of the evening came at 140 pounds. Sophomore Sean O’Connor, who weighed in at 134 pounds prior to the match, was bumped up to the class by coach Miro, who wanted to make the move to challenge, and O’Connor responded in a huge way.

"The kid’s not a 140 pound wrestler," Miro said. "Maybe soaking wet. He just barely made the cutoff for the division."

Monument’s Jesse Rice was O’Connor’s opponent, and it was a battle from the start. After some spirited hand sparring, O’Connor shot in for a double-leg takedown, but couldn’t finish so he adjusted and eventually gave up and went back to the neutral position. Moments later, he successfully took Rice down with a single leg to earn the 2-0 advantage.

"I wanted him in this match, and he didn’t disappoint," Miro praised.

With the score knotted at 3 entering the final period, O’Connor chose to start on bottom. After a battle, O’Connor busted free from Rice’s hold and reversed to gain a two-point lead, one he would not relinquish in the 5-4 victory.

The shy O’Connor didn’t mince words after the win.

"I had to calm down before the match because I was being bumped up," he said. "But when it was over and I saw the score, I was just glad. Now I’m tired."

Monument sports only one senior on the team, heavyweight Nick Race, who finished second at Western Mass. last year. Coach Gordie Soule is in his first year as varsity coach, and inherited a team full of inexperience.

"Each match we have we get more competitive," Soule said. "Tonight showed me that we have a ways to go, but I like where we are headed. I measure each match on improvement, not on whether we win or not."

Greylock’s Colin Dezess weighed in prior to the match at 197 pounds, while Race tipped the scale at 235. Dezess, who normally wrestles at 215, was thrown into a fiery mix.

The two couldn’t look anymore different. Race is a hulking warrior, while Dezess is a slender wrestler who relies on his strength at his normal weight class.

Dezess came up short, but held his own on Wednesday. Race’s size and strength were too much for him to overcome, as Race earned the pin with 13 seconds remaining in the second period.

"Man, [Dezess] is stronger than he looks," Race said. "I didn’t want to tie up with him because I struggle in that area. Because he is smaller than me, I had to think quick like a lightweight and be smarter with how I position my body."

Dezess, on the other hand, said he will take a lot from the match, notably that he must improve his takedown skills.

"I can’t just throw everyone to the ground all the time," Dezess said. "I really need to get better at taking shots."

Zach Bantle was the other Mountie who earned a win not by forfeit.

The match was a tuneup for Greylock, but Miro said that the upcoming tournament will show exactly what the Mounties are made of.

"This will be, no question, the toughest tournament we will have until the states," he said. "We’re going up against competition like we have never seen before. There are going to be some real tough kids up there

Monday, January 11, 2010

From The Daily Buble:

MB is off the market Ladies........damn. I only had 9 weeks left before he knew me....

"Michael is engaged to Luisana Lopilato. The engagement has been confirmed by his publicist Liz Rosenberg who stated "Michael proposed to his girlfriend, Luisana, in November, in front of her family in Argentina." "They're ecstatic. They're adorable, in love and laugh all day long."

The Daily Bublé congratulates Michael and Luisana on their engagement."

Friday, January 08, 2010

More Tiger

Nike Pays for Plastic Surgery to Fix Tiger's Lips after Accident:

Although there still remains speculation on how Tiger got his lips cut up the other night....some say his lovely little wife did in fact take a 9 iron to his mug as a result of a domestic dispute over another woman. Others are saying that he did a face plant into the steering wheel or windshield when he hit a fire hydrant and then a tree, because he couldn't sleep that night thinking about the upcoming tourney he was hosting and the problems he has had driving it he was out practicing bare foot in his Escalade!

But, NIKE has once again shown complete support for their prize athlete and have paid for reconstructive lip surgery....see attached post-surgery photo!!!!

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Off to a good start!

Well, Chris and I started our diet yesterday. I am doing WW and actually did really well yesterday. So, one day down, many to go.....

Friday, January 01, 2010

Happy 2010!

Fingers crossed for a successful and happy new year!