It's time once again for the sports talk show of the internet age, 490 AM the Fro. Frist off, local (Japan) news. This year's big sports tournament just took place for my middle schools, and I was on hand to cheer them on. Well, sort. Firstm I have two schools worth of students and sports clubs to keep up with, and its just a little too much to make it to all the games. Second, of course, the two schools faced off against each other on more than one occasion. So, who did I cheer for? Well, the answer is that I didnt cheer for either team. It's like, if you are a parent of multiple children, having to choose which one you like better. It just doesn't work out. So I tried to stay as neutral as possible, but even that wasnt enough- sitting on one side or the other of the baseball field was enough to get me in "trouble" with the students.
And as luck would have it, out of seven teams in the city, it was my two schools that faced off in the baseball championship game. And for the losers, it would be the final game for the 3rd years, plus a trip to the prefecture tournament was on the line, so it was a very big deal. As it turned out, Chitose (the team I practice with sometimes) outlasted Ono in a defensive battle, 2-0 to take the title. But there wasn't much celebration for me, because half of my students just lost, right? Since then, I've kind of forced myself to be a little happier about the outcome, because yes, one of my schools did win, I have spent a lot of time practicing with those kids, and they earned it by playing well. Ono did upset the defending champs in a previous game, so they have nothing to hang their heads about either.
On top of that, Ono and Chtiose faced off in the Volleyball semifinal, with Chitose winning in two sets. Unfortunately, Chitose then lost in the final. So there were lots of tears for the players on that day. In other results, two of my school's students qualified for the prefecture tournament in Kendo, and one advanced in Table Tennis. The boy's basketball team at Ono won their title and will advance as well.
So, as you can see, there was a lot of stuff going on in just these two days. I had to hustle, but I did manage to watch a lot of volleyball, baseball, and some table tennis, but I didn't see any basketball or Kendo. Sorry guys. I'll try to do better next time.