Just a few days ago, my 13-year-old daughter Shannon, reveling in her final day of the eighth grade, walked into the house, put down her backpack and exclaimed emphatically, "I am now a high school freshman."
Summer is in full force and many local high school athletes are finally getting some time to relax, while others are competing in summer leagues or headed to compete in college after an eventful 2013-14 school year.
As a father, I have learned to never underestimate my children, especially when it comes to athletic activities.
Summer is in full force and many local high school athletes are finally getting some time to relax, while others are competing in summer leagues, after an eventful 2012-13 school year.
It is a seemingly endless battle that I have to continually wage with my two children. And it's a battle I'm not winning.
In two weeks, high school athletes will be back in action, as football, boys' water polo, cross-country, girls' volleyball and girls' golf teams get ready to kick off the 2012-13 school year.
As parents, we try and steer our children in the right direction. Sometimes it takes a gentle, loving push, and other times it takes an all-out shove.
Many local senior athletes have already traded in their uniforms for caps and gowns, as they graduated from high school recently.
Some associate the Los Angeles Kings with silver and black. I remember Forum Blue and Gold.