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THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY,,JULY I, 2bl5 Page 9 By Kevin Skavhaug Night Games... Riding home from Grand Forks with a group of basketball players last week I was privy to their backseat conversation. It was about good old fashioned summer time fun. When I heard theln talking about "Night Games," I knew exactly what they meant. But I played dumb and had them explain. Back when I was a kid, we had our own version of night games and, as I fbund out, one of the boy's Dads did them too but more on that later. Night games today are not much different than what we played in the back- yards and alleyways of Park River. "Ghosts in the Grave- yard, Hide and Seek, Search and Destroy," were all games that were somewhat similar in design and provided us young pre-teens with tons of mostly harmless fun. Back then, as it is apparent- ly now, there are really only two prerequisites to play; one you have to have a group of players and two, it has to be dark. But I don't think today's kids do them as well as we did them though. Listening to them explain what they do seemed sort of bias6 to me. "Oh, some people go out and hide in a yard and the oth- ers walk by and we try to scare them!" Boring. Back in the day, there was usually more involved t m41 t, W ter ba oons eggs, .... ]'or tomatoes were u ual weapons ] of mass destructiori. When a kid ]walked by our hiding place they ]paid tbr their trespass. Sure we ]scared them, but we added that second dimension of goo just for fun. Now, as in all things old, the new way of life for kids is prob- ably better so kids keep it simple and no one will get hurt. Or messy. So keep with the scaring thing and you'll be fine and I won't be getting phone calls from upset mothers trying to clean tomato stains offwhite tee shirts. So, back to the one boy's ac- count of a night game his Dad was involved in many years ago in a nearby town. Seems this Dad and his friends took one of their night games to the next level. Al- though the boy didn't reveal what the activity of the game ac- tually was, he did report that it eventually ended with law en- forcement sweeping the streets looking for the hooligans. The boy's dad, who by the way will remain unnamed had a very clever method of remaining un- captured by the officers on the scene. As an officer was closing in, the young man was able to jump into a tractor tire that was lying in someone's back yard. As he curled up inside the tire, the of- ricer walked within ann's length but in role night game stealth fashion, he fi oze completely still and silent inside that tire and was not detected. Clever boy. Ah, night games. As we got older and eventually got access to automobiles, the night games drifted away. Oh they were re- placed of course with other types of night games but thinking back, those nights of running through darkened back yards, falling through hedges, hitting clothes- lines, or tripping over misplaced bicycles were some of the best times in a young person's life. And yes, Morn was able to get out the tomato stains and the Mecuricomb ointment, although it stung, was able to fight offin- fection in our open cuts. So in the end, no harm no foul. Well, most of the time anway. Photos: Larry Bid Park River's Legion Baseball program is picking up the pace and adding more W's to their stats this summer. Top Left: Park River shortstop Will Zimmerman looks to the umpire for the call as the Thompson player just beats the throw back to the bag. Top Right: Ben Phelps pitched well against Thompson earning the 7-6 win. Ben also helped his own cause by hitting a home run in the game. Bottom Right: Park River's Andrew Brummond is all smiles as he is welcomed home by his team mates after hitting his first ever hqme run. Home runs by nd and Ben Phelps helped Park River down Thompson 7-6. Thompson is one of the best in the region. Park River also won the second game 10-3. Bottom Left: Park River's Esten Beneda slides into third base just ahead of the throw against Cando. Park River downed Cando 19-3 and 5-1. All Aggie Alumni and Friends are invited. inner Catered by Shenanigans Advanced tickets $1 at Jim's Super Valu and Ye 01de Medicine Center. Ticekts are $20 at the door. Cash Bar Available! COUNTY Stay connected, subscribe. 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