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A hodgepodge from the world of Wells

For those following my series on college basketball in the sports section for the past few weeks - all three people - I just want to say thanks for indulging me.

This week though, I have just a hodgepodge of things to cover. For those diehard fans of March Madness, I have a nugget saved at the end.

First, a word about the Athletic Booster Club banquet. Thanks to those who organized the event. Once again it was great.

Two great kids received scholarships. Congratulations to Tim McCord and Arcephas Jones. I know you'll do your hometown proud in college.

And then there were the speakers. Cooper Gunby was hilarious as always. Ken Smith, the keynote speaker was inspiring and funny all at the same time.

But the highlight of the night was getting to hear honoree Anne Welsh share stories about her husband, Luther. Let's just say she's a patient woman. If I had pulled some of the surprises on my wife that he's pulled on her, I would be speaking in a much higher pitch, if you know what I mean.

Speaking of Priscilla, I have to publicly thank her for not only letting me go to Alaska again this summer, but also for funding the trip. My aunt and uncle were in the midst of planning their 10th annual mission trip to Prince of Wales Island when we got some unexpected news.

I had already told them I wasn't going, mostly because of the $1,000 plus price tag. That same week, Priscilla came home with reports of possible layoffs at her TV station because of a fancy new computer production system.

The good news was that not only was she staying on, she would also go full time and receive a raise. After congratulating her, I didn't pull any punches. I told her I knew exactly how we could spend her raise.

Thankfully, she agreed. Now I'll be heading to the great north to help build a camp and play music for Bible School. God does provide. I just hope I don't get found in the woods and dragged back to the real world this time.

And of course I would be remiss if I didn't mention George Mason. For those asking, "Who?" go back to sleep.

Cinderella is alive and well in the Final Four. The team that didn't even win the Colonial Athletic Association title has knocked down giant after giant, and made it into college basketball's biggest weekend after gaining a controversial at-large bid and 11-seed in the tournament.

Boy, did they ever prove the selection committee is made up of geniuses - on some rare occasions. If they have proven one thing though, it's that parity is here in college basketball.

The little guys can hang with the likes of Michigan State, North Carolina and Connecticut. That is what makes it special. And since my team is now gone, who better to pull for than David looking to bring down a couple more Goliaths.

Web posted on Thursday, March 30, 2006

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