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Swinging for the fence
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

July 24. 2014 11:19AM
I take in a variety of athletic events in my work, whether that be on the sidelines of the football field, the basketball court or the baseball diamond and the like. So it’s obviously a good thing that I happen to enjoy sports.

While I love to see our various Lynx sports teams succeed each and every time they take the field or the court, I don’t often get same the opportunity to cheer on my great-nephews and nieces in their young sports careers. So with a week off from work earlier this month, I was able to cheer from the sidelines of my 10-year-old great-nephew, Carter’s baseball game. It was great fun to see him play alongside his teammates, man first base and step up to the plate with bat in hand. I, of course, envisioned him smacking a home run, and with camera in hand, I was ready to capture both the hit and the parade-around-the-bases celebration.

But neither came.

Instead, each time Carter came to the plate, his coach signaled him to bunt. Although Carter crossed home plate a few times that night, I wanted to see him belt out a big hit.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I realize it takes good timing and tons lot of practice to bunt the ball successfully to keep opposing teams on their toes as they scavenge for the short hit.

But I wanted to see Carter smack a big hit to the outfield – just once.

Following his game, as our family enjoyed some grilled brats and the fixings, I asked him if he ever felt like winding up and swinging for the fence.

“Nah,” answered the hungry youngster as he took another hunk out of his brat. “I’m good at bunting.”

“Yeah, I understand that,” I responded, “But don’t you ever just want to crack one to the outfield?”

Again, he assured me that he didn’t feel the need to be the big hitter on the team. After all, he’s good at bunting, he said, and that makes a true team player.

It was in that moment that Carter reminded me that it’s more important to be a team player and bunt when the coach calls for it, than to be known as the team’s big hitter. Because when you’re a team player, you’re never a loser, no matter what the end-of-the-game numbers on the scoreboard show.
Welcome back, Prairie Rep Theatre!
They’re back for another run at the Brandon Valley Performing Arts Center, and this time Prairie Repertory Theatre is staging four shows that are guaranteed to tickle your funny bone and get your toes a tapping!

As a season ticket holder, I’ve already enjoyed – and have been recommending it to others – “Shrek, the Musical” and “Making God Laugh.”

“Shrek” returns for two more performances on Aug. 2 and 3, so if you haven’t seen it, you still have a chance to do so. “Making God Laugh” closes tonight (July 23), so you should call the Brandon box office (582-8039) once your done reading this segment of "Girl Talk" for tickets.

This season’s PRT run also includes “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and “The Lone Star Love Potion.” “Spelling Bee” runs July 24-27 and “Love Potion” takes the stage July 30-Aug. 1.

So thanks, PRT for choosing Brandon and bringing some great live theatre to our community once again. We're glad you're back!
Community organization needs
Needs at the Brandon Area Food Pantry this month are bottled juices, Homestyle Bakes, pancake mix and syrup, peanut butter and jelly, hot chocolate mix, saltine crackers and deodorant.

While always appreciated, the Pantry has a large supply of canned goods in stock. Monetary donations are always appreciated. Before donating, please check the expiration date, as expired food items cannot be distributed.

The BAFP is located at 406 Main Ave., and is open from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. To donate to the food pantry or for more information, call 582-7001.

The Brandon Lions Club also wants your aluminum cans. Proceeds from the sale of aluminum funds requests to the Club for vision and hearing impairment needs.
The Lions Club collection shed is located in the Sunshine Foods parking lot.

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