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U.. Thank YOU TOPPER I would like to'thank my family ~'~~ and friends fr their prayers' cards' B as eb and calls of concern during my all recent surgery and ongoing recov- ery. Special thanks to Jerry & Joyce By Duane Baumbach Maxheimer, Jeff & Connie Laatsch. John Hein, Fay Bahm Pastor Kevin The Mr. Pulaski Hilltopper Base- Treptow, Bill Shanle, and Joseph ball Team returns three Lettermen -~ Deitrich. for this season. Last year the boys Bill & Linda Rentmeister had a 12-8 record. That was the Letter Received team that saw success with Paul Mr. Scott Doerr Foley, Austin Maske, and Nick Sot- {Athletic Director) omon. Coach Jim Jumper This year's team sees returning Mt. Pulaski High School Lettermen Seth Deibert, Kendall RE: Free Throws For Heroes Gibbs, and Kody Letterle - all seniors. Under-classmen expected THANK YOU VERY MUCH! to help are - Erich Maxheimer. Vonderlieth Apartments INDEPENDENT LIVING AT ITS BEST! q eq t 0~ [- On behalf of our Illinois mili- tary families. I want to express our sincere gratitude and appreci- ation to you and your Mt. Pulaski High School basketball program for "Making Free Throws That Make A Difference To Our Illinois Military Families In Need." Raising $320 as a unified high school team in such a tight, difficult economy, speaks volumes about your Mt. Pulaski High School bas- ketball program, your parent sup- porters and the entire Mt. Pulaski community. As we like to say, "A basketball program must have an overriding purpose that teaches life lessons to players beyond just winning." It's obvious that you all share this ideal in not just enhanc- ing your players' basketball skills, but partnering with parents and organizations like Free Throws For Heroes to build character and teach important values to these young players that will last a life- time and endow them with a strong sense of pride and accomplish- ment in helping others. Shortly, we will work with the Illinois Department of Veteran's Affairs toidentify needy, pre-qual- ified Illinois military families in or near your Mt. Pulaski community and deliver these valuable funds to them To date. over $70.000 has been raised by participating Illi- nois High Basketball teams during this inaugural year. .... Once again, our sincere thanks to all of you for being "Heroes To Our Illinois Military Heroes" and being an outstanding role model and inspiration for schools, teams, coaches, players and fans every- where. We sincerely hope you join us again next year as we continue our mission of helping, to protect and safeguard the families of our mili- tary heroes., while theycontinue to safeguard and protect our fami- lies and our freedoms. Thank you once again for step- ping up to the line and empower- ing our young players the opportu- nity to use their skills and talents to help others. We really appreci- ate it! Mirth Salzstein Executive Director The Charity Stripe/ Free Throws For Heroes Dylan Pfeiffer. Andrew McCarthy, Jordan Cooper, and Justin Knauer - all juniors. Sophomore recruits include Mitch Holmes. Cole Beck- ers. Cory Malone. and Jared Maxheimer. Coach Gale Clark is in his 10th year with a record of 149 - 110 - 4. Brent Grisham is the assistant. The boys traveled to Midwest Cen- tral and lost a close 2-1 game with all scoring in one inning. It was in the 3~ when both teams plated their only runs. The toppers scored one and in the bottom of the inning Midwest scored twice. Andrew McCarty led with a triple and Cory Malone hurled a three hitter in six innings. Scores By Innings- Toppers - 001 000 0- R-1 H-2 E-2 Midwest - 002 000 X- R-2 H-3 E-1 The boys were handed a sixth straight loss by lllini Bluffs. At the open, the Toppers took a 2-0 lead and added three more in the third, for a 5-0 margin [llini came on at the bottom of the inning and plated five big runs and a 5-5 tie. In the next inning, Illini scored twice and led'7:5. The Toppers scored twice in the 5% and tied the game 7-7. Itiini added 5 in the bottom half of the inning for the victory 12-7. Seth Deibert rapped a home run and a single. Andrew McCarty had a double. Corey Malone was 3 for 4 - including a double. The Toppers out-hit Illini 11-8. By Innings - Toppers - 203 020 0- R-7 H-11 E-4 Illini - 005 205 X- R-12 H-8 E-0 The boys traveled to Petersburg- Porta and brought home their ~irst win of the season. The Toppers trailed 2-0 when Porta plated 2-runs in the 1st. Held scoreless through 5-innings, the Toppers scored 6-big runs in the 6th for the 6-2 win. Mitch Holmes led with a double. Kendall Gibbs hurled the distance and allowed only 4-hits. Scores by Innings- Toppers - 000 006 0 - R-6 H-6 E-3 Porta - 200 000 0 - R-2 H-4 E-2 While consid- J :::: :: ::, ering some things U~ ~ the other day it occurred to me that perhaps we often fail ~to be well- rounded in our deliberations. Do we see the circum- stance from more than one perspec- tive? Do we see it for both what it is and what it isn't? For example, if we are looking at what is wrong with something are we also seeing what is right with the same thing? Do we see problems? Do we see opportuni- ties? If we are thinking about what we can't, are we willing to spend as much time on what we can? If we spend a lot of our thoughts on what we don't have, do we invest as much time and energy being aware and grateful for what we do have? If we really feel like we want some- thing or just have to have it, are we aware of what we already have? Are the things we already have; useful for us or others, are they serving a healthy purpose or are they dragging us down, causing us more stress or costing us in some other way? If there is some area in which we feel incapable or unable, do we look at the areas in which we are quite capable and able and move forward in those? It seems easy in our human nature to see the negative first and kind of get stuck there. Dwelling there keeps us from seeing the positive and the encour- agement that it can bring. It robs us of seeing opportunities and being open to them and being optimistic enough to try them. Figuratively or poetically speaking, if all we see is the rain, we won't see the rainbow. We need to be looking for it to find it. It is the positive things that will move us forward. It seems the neg- ative thoughts keep us stuck and looking at how things are. Thoughts from a different angle can bring fresh light Good things need good light to grow. As it is spring, and things in nature are beginning to bud and sprout and grow it may also be healthy for us humans to nurture and nourish some hopeful, positive thoughts, or so ...t I was jus' thinkin'... M. Tait Live Independently ... without the hassle of home ownership! 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