(The photos in this post were all taken from the website www.bobmphotos.com, the site of our good friend and favorite hometown photographer, Bob Mainhart. Thanks Bob for all of your great pictures! And no, I'm not stealing these. We pay Bob for a photo CD at the end of the season.)
Last Thursday evening, in a very last minute decision, Shane and Bryce decided to go to the watch our high school girls' basketball team play their final season game. With just 2.6 seconds left in the second quarter Bryce remembered that he had wanted to buy tickets to win a chance to shoot a half-court shot at halftime. He sprinted to the ticket seller and bought his 6-for-$5 tickets.
Three numbers were called, and the third was one of his. First the three ticket holders lined up and shot a free throw for a chance to win a t-shirt. Bryce made it and won a shirt.
Next, they lined up at mid-court for the 'big money shot'. Since Bryce's ticket was the third one picked he was the last one to shoot. The first two missed. Bryce's would be the last shot of the season. He'd never tried shooting a half court shot with a women's ball. (He's probably tried a thousand with a men's ball, however.) He adjusted for the smaller size by shooting for the free throw line.
AND HE MADE IT!
He was tackled by exuberant students who were either really excited about the basket, or who wanted him to share a piece of his $448 prize winnings.
It looks like those hours of "useless" long shots finally paid off.