May 14: Flingin’ it …

14 May

It was Spring Fling Saturday at Epsom Central School, and they came out in droves to do some Hoops For Heroes rebounding at the ECS gym. That is, if you consider Matt Beaucher and Tyler Josephson “droves.”

Hey, who needs quantity when you’ve got that kind of quality.

With Shannon Beaucher and Michelle Josephson — you know, their moms — doing much of the PTO, behind-the-scenes work for the event, the boys were good enough to volunteer (or be voluntold, perhaps, but who’s counting?) for rebound duty.

They probably thought they were going to get some relief along the way, but they didn’t. They probably also thought that when I said “four ninety-nine, five hundred,” we were at 500, but we weren’t. Due to yet another case of operator (that’s David Christopher Cummings) error, only 10 of the first 25 minutes of shooting were captured by the video camera, so … back to No. 200 we went. Man, is that frustrating.

But these are two good Epsom Central School seventh-graders, ballplayers and all-around cool kids, and they were undaunted. Away we went, and despite some relatively poor shooting on my part, we made an official 2,000 in just about an hour and 38 minutes. Mason jumped in and shagged a few in the last five minutes, which is why his mug is up in that photo along with Matt (left) and Tyler (right).

That very mug would later disappear under the mask of some excellent face-painting at the “Fling,” and Rosie’s beautiful butterfly eyes were complemented nicely, I believe, by my lovely blue flower.

And then, in my favorite moment of the day, Noah earned the $100 Dick’s Sporting Goods gift card by winning the foul shooting contest, making 15 of 20 in the first round and 17 of 20 in the second. I almost hate to admit how proud I was, but we’re all friends here, right?

Thanks to the PTO folks (Tracey Stephens, Michelle and Shannon) for the invitation, but more so for the hard work by those three and a few others in putting Spring Fling together. I know it’s not easy. There aren’t a ton of volunteers. But they pulled it off marvelously. Thanks to Matt and Tyler for the steady hands and perfect handoffs.

And thanks, perhaps most especially, to the face-painting lady, for making me feel so pretty.

For more on Hoops For Heroes, with a goal of 1 million made foul shots and $1 million raised for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, visit or contact Dave Cummings at 603-554-7855.

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  1. Tracey Stephens

    May 16, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    What a marvelous day! The Spring Fling at Epsom Central School turned out to be a huge hit, in spite of the looming rain clouds. The rain stayed away, but the crowd didn’t!
    We had a great turn-out. Many thanks to Dave Cummings and his dedication to Hoops-for-Heroes for being a featured event. Thank you, also, for running the free-throw contest. Noah, you are awesome!
    ~ Tracey Stephens


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