Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Finally, one of my autistic daughter’s fixations has morphed into something constructive.
High on the list of autistic traits are “narrow interests,” which can range from the fairly benign, like a nerdlinger obsession with American presidents and dinosaurs, to the mildly annoying, like Thomas the Tank Engine, to the more, shall we say, impactful, like dismantling toilets. There is virtually no obsession too esoteric that it cannot be indulged today via the Internet, specifically sites like YouTube. We have many little friends that are into elevators, and you would be amazed at how many videos can be found of random people riding elevators … and helpfully telling you details about them. Suffice to say that if I ever find myself at the Tanglewood Mall in Roanoke, VA, I will never have to wonder if their JC Penney has a Dover …
Thursday, January 6, 2011
St. Charles co-op now has bragging rights in the Tri-Cities, having beaten Batavia in late 2010 and Geneva in early 2011. All three schools will meet in the UEC Meet on Jan. 29.
The St. Charles co-op girls gymnastics team defeated Geneva, 135.35 to 134.4 on Wednesday night in an Upstate Eight Conference meet at Geneva. Kayle Arnold was the top all-arounder for St. Charles co-op with a 35.0. She won on vault (9.25) and bars (9.1). Freshman Sidney Copeland had an all-around score of 34.3. Meredith Beird contributed an 8.85 on bars and Jesi Ortiz added a 9.1 on floor in the winning effort.
Arnold and Copeland help St. Charles damper Geneva's Senior Night.
St. Charles co-op gymnast Meredith Beird had to chuckle a bit after Wednesday's Upstate Eight Conference meet at Geneva. Beird, the only senior on the St. Charles co-op team this winter, watched as the senior-laden Vikings recognized their six seniors before the meet. "It'll be kind of different for our senior night," Beird said. "It definitely won't be big like this." Beird wasn't thinking too much about senior night, but more about what she saw from her young teammates as they helped St. Charles co-op knock off Geneva, 135.35 to 134.4. It was the Vikings first dual meet loss of the season, as well as their first conference loss. "Today, beam was our hindrance but everywhere else I was pretty pleased with our performance," said St. …
Saturday, December 18, 2010
St. Charles resident Abby Madden, who competes for St. Edward's, won the all-around with a 37.3.
Batavia gymnast Brittany Whalen focused solely on her bars routine during practice earlier this week in preparation for the Illinois Best Invitational in Wheaton. When teammate Sarah Ganster phoned in sick on Saturday, Whalen received word from coach Taryn Boyce that she would not only still be competing on bars, but would represent the Bulldogs as their all-arounder. The Illinois Best Invitational, held at Wheaton-Warrenville South High School, differs from typical gymnastics meets in that teams only have two gymnasts compete in each event. Four different individuals competed in all four events overall, as well as a single all-arounder. "Yeah, I found out about it at the high school, so it definitely changed things," Whalen said about the…