Monday, January 31, 2011

5th in the Nation? What????

Zak had a long weekend of wrestling. It started friday night with them wrestling LaSalle. They were a tough team! Zak is not used to losing so when this kid beat him (above), Zak walked over to coach and he said, "Good job, Chiko". And Zak was confused. He said, "But Coach, I lost". Coach smiles and says, "yay, but you didn't get pinned and this kid is ranked 5th in the nation." Zak was pleased with himself after that. LOL!! Then we had the 19th annual Mountie invite. Zak won 1st place in the 140 lb. weight class!!! I am so proud of him!!! He won a t-shirt that says CHAMPION 140 LBS. on the back. He has been wearing it ever since....

Friday, January 28, 2011

A little Inspiration for today....

The Dalai Lama's 18 Rules for Living

1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

3. Follow the three Rs:
Respect for self
Respect for others
Responsibility for all your actions

4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

8. Spend some time alone every day.

9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.

10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able toenjoy it a second time.

12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.

14. Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.

15. Be gentle with the earth.

16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.

17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceedsyour need for each other.

18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Oscar Nominations 2011

83rd Annual Academy Awards

Winners to be announced on Sunday, February 27th.
Best Motion Picture of the Year


127 Hours (2010): Christian Colson, Danny Boyle, John Smithson
Black Swan (2010): Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver, Scott Franklin
The Fighter (2010): David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Mark Wahlberg
Inception (2010): Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas
The Kids Are All Right (2010): Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, Celine Rattray
The King's Speech (2010): Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin
The Social Network (2010): Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, Ceán Chaffin
Toy Story 3 (2010): Darla K. Anderson
True Grit (2010): Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Scott Rudin
Winter's Bone (2010): Anne Rosellini, Alix Madigan

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role


Javier Bardem for Biutiful (2010)
Jeff Bridges for True Grit (2010)
Jesse Eisenberg for The Social Network (2010)
Colin Firth for The King's Speech (2010)
James Franco for 127 Hours (2010)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role


Annette Bening for The Kids Are All Right (2010)
Nicole Kidman for Rabbit Hole (2010)
Jennifer Lawrence for Winter's Bone (2010)
Natalie Portman for Black Swan (2010)
Michelle Williams for Blue Valentine (2010)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role


Christian Bale for The Fighter (2010)
John Hawkes for Winter's Bone (2010)
Jeremy Renner for The Town (2010)
Mark Ruffalo for The Kids Are All Right (2010)
Geoffrey Rush for The King's Speech (2010)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role


Amy Adams for The Fighter (2010)
Helena Bonham Carter for The King's Speech (2010)
Melissa Leo for The Fighter (2010)
Hailee Steinfeld for True Grit (2010)
Jacki Weaver for Animal Kingdom (2010)

Best Achievement in Directing


Darren Aronofsky for Black Swan (2010)
Ethan Coen, Joel Coen for True Grit (2010)
David Fincher for The Social Network (2010)
Tom Hooper for The King's Speech (2010)
David O. Russell for The Fighter (2010)

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen


Another Year (2010): Mike Leigh
The Fighter (2010): Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson, Keith Dorrington
Inception (2010): Christopher Nolan
The Kids Are All Right (2010): Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg
The King's Speech (2010): David Seidler

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published


127 Hours (2010): Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy
The Social Network (2010): Aaron Sorkin
Toy Story 3 (2010): Michael Arndt, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich
True Grit (2010): Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Winter's Bone (2010): Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year


How to Train Your Dragon (2010): Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders
The Illusionist (2010): Sylvain Chomet
Toy Story 3 (2010): Lee Unkrich

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year


Biutiful (2010): Alejandro González Iñárritu(Mexico)
Dogtooth (2009): Giorgos Lanthimos(Greece)
In a Better World (2010): Susanne Bier(Denmark)
Incendies (2010): Denis Villeneuve(Canada)
Outside the Law (2010): Rachid Bouchareb(Algeria)

Monday, January 17, 2011

Wrestling with the midgets....

My two youngest boys had their first wrestling tournament of the season. It went well...Sam came in 3rd place and Christopher, well let's just say he needs to get a little tougher out there....

Monday, January 10, 2011

I Heart Faces/Smiles

This is my niece on her 6th birthday. I chose this picture for the I heart Faces blog contest because every time I look at this picture she just seems to be bursting with happiness!!!! So go on over to the blog and check out other peoples "Smiles"!!

Weekend wrestling....

Mixed results for Greylock

New England Newspapers
Updated: 01/10/2011 11:05:36 AM EST
Monday January 10, 2011

SOUTH HADLEY -- After a surprising loss to Taconic earlier in the week, the Mount Greylock wrestling team had a quick turnaround for a difficult task at the South Hadley Duals on Saturday. The results were mixed.
Greylock defeated both South Hadley (42-39) and Dean Tech (48-23), but when it came to top-ranked Wayland, the Mounties' weakness was exposed in a 35-29 loss.

Greylock lost the three lowest weight classes (103, 112, and 119) to open the match in a 17-0 hole. The Mounties tried to climb out and needed a pin and a win in the final two matches to complete the comeback. But a loss at 215 sealed their fate.

Coach Ray Miro pointed to two matches the Mounties won by points as situations where they could have earned another six points. Jay Krutiak (145) and Ross Jackson (160) each won, but couldn't get a pin for the extra points.

Travis Hilchey (125), Josh Hadley (130) and Zach Larabee (140) all won with pins.

Against South Hadley, Sean O'Connor, Hadley, Larabee, Zach Bantle and Colin Dezess all won with pins.

In the Dean Tech match, Hilchey, Hadley, Krutiak, Dylan Walker, Jackson, Bantle and Dezess all had pins.

Friday, January 07, 2011

Walkin, yes indeed, I'm walkin......

The New Year started us off with a beautiful warm day so we went for a walk on Cheshire Lake....

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Disappointing night.....

Taconic's wait ends

Pimpesan Supple's pin at 189 pounds ends the Braves' long victory drought against Mount Greylock.

By Neil Benjamin Jr., New England Newspapers

Updated: 01/05/2011 06:45:53 AM EST

Wednesday January 5, 2011

Pimpesan Supple's pin at 189 pounds ends the Braves' long victory drought against Mount Greylock.

PITTSFIELD -- Matt Chamberlain is in his seventh season as the Taconic wrestling coach, and the team has improved with each match.

On Tuesday night, the coach and his squad finally broke through in a thrilling 37-36 win over Mount Greylock (17-1), the Braves' first victory over the Mounties in Chamberlain's tenure.

"I told the kids on Thursday that I felt this was going to come down to one match," Chamberlain said afterward. "It did. I found out right before the match if we pin, we win, and we got that pin."

Depending on how you look at it, the outcome was either decided by one match, or one miscue.

Taconic's Pimpesan Supple and Greylock's Zach Bantle faced off in an epic match at 189 pounds that went into double overtime, before Supple managed to secure a pin with just nine seconds left. That gave Taconic (3-0) a 37-30 advantage heading into the final match of the night, which secured the Braves' win.

On the other hand, Greylock captain Zach Larabee, runner-up at 140 in the Western Massachusetts Division III meet last season, missed the weight cutoff by less than half a pound, forcing Mountie coach Ray Miro to shift around his entire lineup, pitting Bantle -- currently ranked No. 1 in WMass. at 171 pounds -- against the much bigger Supple.

Larabee, though, took full responsibility for the screw-up.
"I feel like I let the team down," he said. "I am going to have to work extra hard to gain the team's respect back after this. There is no question that I lost this match."

When the referee blew the whistle to begin Supple and Bantle's match, the two immediately tied up before Bantle managed to fight his way for a takedown and a 2-0 advantage. But seconds before the first period ended, Supple squeezed out of a Bantle hold, gained a reversal and tied the match.

"There wasn't much to the first," Supple said. "We were feeling each other out."

The second period was a reverse of the first, as Supple took Bantle down before the Greylock junior squirmed free for a reversal to tie the match at four.

Supple started the third on top, and with 1:01 to go, Bantle sat out hard and rolled to his right to gain control and take a 6-4 lead. Just 29 seconds later, Supple mirrored Bantle to tie the score.

That's when the real wrestling began.

For the final 32 seconds, the two fought tooth and nail. Bantle nearly escaped twice, but Supple used his long arms to thwart his attempt. As the clock ticked down, Bantle grew ever-so-close to winning the match, but he was unable to break free.

The first overtime, a minute long, saw little happen as the score remained tied at six heading into the 30-second second overtime.
Bantle was on top to begin, but Supple quickly reversed perfectly and had Bantle on his back. With nine seconds left, the ref signaled Supple had earned the pin and his first-ever victory over the Greylock team as a Taconic wrestler.
"The overtime was just very suspenseful," Supple said. "I was in front of all my peers and I didn't want to let them down. I'm very happy with the win because it means we're probably going to be ranked No. 1 [in WMass.]."

Bantle did not take the loss well.
"As a junior, I should not be giving up six points for our team," he said. "Even when I wrestle up a weight class, I shouldn't be doing that."

When asked about Larabee's miscue, Bantle remained blunt.
"I know he feels bad about it, but in wrestling we're all supposed to make weight," he said. "He's a senior captain and this shouldn't have happened."
Miro, in his 20th season as Greylock coach, seemed fed up after the loss. Not because the team lost or because Larabee missed weight -- it's that the nature of the sport has changed so much over the years.
"I'm tired of the excuses," he said. "It's a lot different than it was. It's really demeaning to teammates, the staff and ourselves when we make excuses. Now we need to get back on track and I don't think I'm expecting too much."

Stefan Petell, Eric Hermann, Tyler Hamilton, Xavier Powell, Cody Regan and Jesse Kordana earned wins for the Braves, while Larabee, Colin Dezess, Dylan Hilchey, Sean O'Connor, Josh Hadley, Dylan Walker and Anthony Carvalho picked up wins for the Mounties.