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W.E.C.S.S.O. Slo Pitch Playoffs

by lulujane on September 22, 2009

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Lots of balls thrown today, hit and fielded. On Monday, September 14th, six teams (two in each of Divisions “A”, “B” and “C”) competed for bragging rights as league champions in the Windsor Essex County Senior Sports Organization Slo Pitch League.  Thanks to the meticulous care of the Sport Fest grounds crew, the baseball diamonds at Ciociaro Club on North Talbot Road were well groomed and in superior playing condition.

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One red team, one green and one blue, competed against the grey home teams on a beautiful late summer day.

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Some of the players and managers were serious, while a few others were lighthearted about the whole thing.

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Even though Russ wore his Goofy-like hat(s), at bat and on the field he transformed into a serious competitor.

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Hey, I thought this was a no contact sport!

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If you take time to view the playoff day photos at:  http://picasaweb.google.com/linda.bluepeony/WECSSOSloPitchPlayoffs# you will notice that the players were well supported by lots of fans who cheered and groaned along with them at tense moments of play.

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Lots of serious play on this day.  At times the tension was high – vastly different from the normal season play on weekday mornings from Monday through Thursday.

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I am thinking that some of the fellows might go home from the game and collapse in the Lazy-Boy in front of the t.v. nursing aches and pains.  On the other hand I saw a lot of healthy men playing a sport they love, enjoying the friendship and camaraderie of team members and competitors.

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Where would these teams be without their pitchers, consistent in their play?

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When all is said and done, it was a great season.  By the time the dust settled, the Cavemen were declared the winners in the “A” Division, the Gladiators in the “B” Division and the Retirees in the “C” Division.  Congratulations guys!

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Now that the season is finished, my frequent travels to the league games leaves me with many photographs to evidence the athleticism and dedication of the players, managers, umpires and executives.  The league and the players impressed me in many ways.

Thanks to the people who assisted me in my quest in recording all sixteen teams on digital images, for encouragement and kindnesses shown me, and gratitude expressed.  I must admit that there are days when I felt like “one of the boys”.

For anyone wishing to view photos of themselves or their team, links to a photo website are located in the article below entitled “Senior Men’s Baseball”.

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Windsor Chiefs

by lulujane on August 22, 2009

I am including a link to a large number of photos of the Windsor Chiefs taken on August 19th.

http://picasaweb.google.com/linda.bluepeony/WindsorChiefsAugust2009#

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Accessibility to the dugout makes it much easier to shoot.

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Senior Men’s Baseball

by lulujane on August 15, 2009

The Windsor Essex County Senior Sports Organization sponsors baseball, among other sports.  W.E.C.S.S.O. Sr. Men’s Slo Pitch League had its home baseball fields at Forest Glade Park prior to the City’s CUPE strike this summer.  When the grass wasn’t cut and the diamonds tended they were fortunate to secure playing space at the Ciociaro Club on North Talbot Road in the Windsor area.

Initially I went to the Ciaciaro diamonds to take photos of one specific person because he and his wife have been generous to me by allowing me into their wonderful garden each year to photograph their yard and flowers.  From there it mushroomed.  Games take place every Monday to Thursday at 10 a.m. and I found myself being drawn to the activity where I could photograph to my heart’s content.

At first I did some photo collages for a couple of people I knew, and from there other players have asked me to make collages for them.

In conversation with Roger Awad today from SportFest I felt encouraged to post some of the photos online so they are available to players and their families and friends.  When I feel that I have completed all teams with the images I have taken I will also provide the following links to Sport Fest for their website:www.SportFestWindsor.org

Cavemen:  http://picasaweb.google.com/linda.bluepeony/Cavemen#

Antiques:   http://picasaweb.google.com/linda.bluepeony/Antiques#

Archaics: http://picasaweb.google.com/linda.bluepeony/Archaics?authkey=Gv1sRgCM6vhtjl0rqmwgE#

Relics:  http://picasaweb.google.com/linda.bluepeony/Relics#

Fossils:  http://picasaweb.google.com/linda.bluepeony/Fossils#

Gladiators: http://picasaweb.google.com/linda.bluepeony/Gladiators#

Legends:  http://picasaweb.google.com/linda.bluepeony/Legends#

Leisures: http://picasaweb.google.com/linda.bluepeony/Leisures#

Ancients: http://picasaweb.google.com/linda.bluepeony/Ancients#

Musketeers: http://picasaweb.google.com/linda.bluepeony/Musketeers#

Norsemen: http://picasaweb.google.com/linda.bluepeony/Norsemen#

Pioneers: http://picasaweb.google.com/linda.bluepeony/Pioneers#

Primitives: http://picasaweb.google.com/linda.bluepeony/Primitives#

Retirees:  http://picasaweb.google.com/linda.bluepeony/Retirees#

Seniors: http://picasaweb.google.com/linda.bluepeony/Seniors#

Vikings:  http://picasaweb.google.com/linda.bluepeony/Vikings#

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Ontario Special Olympics

by lulujane on July 24, 2009

dsc_0174Windsor played host to the Ontario Special Olympics on July 23 – 25th, 2009.  As you will see from the links appearing with this item, I took lots of photographs.  Some of the photos included in these links are not necessarily the best quality, but if I erred, I erred by including them for the purpose of showing as many of the faces that I saw.  Likewise, if any of the athletes, coaches, parents, officials may be looking for images, hopefully they will find them here.

This kind of shooting – being on high alert for what is going around me for long periods of time, eventually takes a physical toll.  On Wednesday I attended a Media reception.  On Thursday I was at the Via Rail Station for over two hours to meet the very late 12:07 train and about an hour and a half for the 4:30 train on the same day.  Home for a break and them hurrying over to the WFCU Arena for Opening Ceremonies at 6:30 p.m., arriving home around 10 o’clock.  On Friday morning I was at the University of Windsor’s St. Denis Hall and sports field at 7:30 a.m.  Long day.

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The first link is the first 500 photos of:  Windsor Welcomes Special Olympics at Via Rail (1 of 2)

http://picasaweb.google.com/linda.bluepeony/WindsorWelcomesOntarioSpecialOlylmpics#

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The second link is the balance: Windsor Welcomes Special Olympics at Via Rail (2 of 2)

http://picasaweb.google.com/linda.bluepeony/WindsorWelcomesOntarioSpecialOlympics2Of2?authkey=Gv1sRgCNj8orC2v7mZxwE#

The third link is track and field on the opening day of competition on July 24:

http://picasaweb.google.com/linda.bluepeony/OntarioSpecialOlympics2009WindsorTrackAndFieldDay1#

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The fourth link is rhythmic gymnastics. Apologies for the poor quality of these photos.  Lighting was an extreme and frustrating challenge.  It made me rethink what sport I will photo on Saturday.

http://picasaweb.google.com/linda.bluepeony/OntarioSpecialOlympicsWindsor2009RhythmicGymnasticsDay1?authkey=Gv1sRgCLmZ8Lv7h_T77QE#

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I am also including a link to the Opening Ceremonies.

http://picasaweb.google.com/linda.bluepeony/OpeningCeremonies?authkey=Gv1sRgCLzW1L3rmpakEQ#

July 25th – Rhythmic Gymnastics Competition

http://picasaweb.google.com/linda.bluepeony/GymnasticsJuly25#

July 25th – Rhythmic Gymnastics Award Ceremonies:

http://picasaweb.google.com/linda.bluepeony/OntarioSpecialOlympicsWindsorRhythmicGymnasticsAwardsPresentation#

July 25th – Baseball

http://picasaweb.google.com/linda.bluepeony/OntarioSpecialOlympicsBaseball#

Linda

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Running

by lulujane on June 4, 2009

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Watching the LaSalle Spirits, local Special Olympics athletes at their baseball practice last evening, gave me lots of opportunity to appreciate the beauty of the human form combined with the strong determination of the players.

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These athletes work hard – willingly.

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I am looking forward to soccer and gymnastics.

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