Monday, March 05, 2007

Jessieville Did It Again

The last three days have been unbelievably beautiful in Fresno! Temps in the 70's and a cloudless sky, coupled with a heavy dose of spring blooms (especially the pear and plum trees...gorgeous!) have made for perfect March weather. Add to that the clean air of the last few days and a picture-perfect view of the snow-covered peaks of the Sierras and you feel as though you've planted in a postcard.

It's amazing to stand in one place and visibly witness two different seasons (the birth of spring in the Valley; the dead of winter on the mountains).


During our seven years in Hot Springs Village, Mandy and I were blessed to be affiliated with the Jessieville School District. Through volunteering, substitute teaching, coaching baseball, and eventually my service on the school board, the Jessieville School District became a big part of our lives; a part, frankly, that we miss.

So in December, when the Jessieville Lions football team won the Class AA football State Championship, I was ecstatic!

Now it is time for the basketball state championship games and guess what? The Senior High boys and girls teams have both made it to the state championship games. The boys will rematch with Junction City, the same high school they faced in the football final. The girls get perennial girls power Carlisle.

I'm so happy for both teams, but especially Zach Sykora (boys) and Mandy Masino (girls) -- they're two great kids who love Jesus and deserve all the accolades they're receiving this year.