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Besides planning trips, Burdell also writes this weekly column which tells about sports happenings now and 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago, sometimes a trip down memory lane that some of you may relate to, what the Ancient Sportsman (Burdell) and Ancient-ess (Charlotte) have been up to and about trips they have been on. Each week is a new adventure.
Tales of the 
Ancient Sportsman
    After a hot and steamy week, it is a beautiful Sunday. The drive through the country to church this morning was so impressive. The rows of corn and beans are waving in the breeze and the prospects look good. But as my good friend Howard Rush used to say, “It is not in the bin yet.” A hailstorm or winds that flatten crops can turn hopes into sorrow very quickly.
    One of the highlights of the week for me was the funeral for Janet Van Hall. Even though we are sad because we miss her, there was joy and celebration because we know where she is. The service honored her in every way through the preaching, the music and the fellowship with the family. She was a wonderful traveler and we will miss her presence and encouragement on our tours. But I will see her again at the end of the greatest tour ever.
    It is hard for old people to admit that they are unable to do what they used to do. But the time has come. Our flower beds had gotten out of control and the crab grass, weeds and thistles were growing faster than what we could keep up with.  I gave in and spoke to grandson, Chris, about our problem a couple of weeks ago and offered him a deal. Friday he sent the Ancient-ess a text and said that he would be over after work to spend some time in the flower beds. I had games to cover Friday night, but when I got home I was amazed at what I saw. The crab apple tree had been trimmed, weeds had been pulled around the house and the shed and most of the flower beds had been cleaned up WOWSER!
    Saturday morning, Chris came back with his dad, my son Rob, and a pickup truck. The rest of the flower beds were finished and the brush and weeds were hauled to the brush dump. All that was worth lunch at Taso’s, and it was good. Then to top it off, I got to watch the Cardinals polish off the Flubs. Saturdays just don’t get much better than that. 
    Yes, I know that the Flubs won Friday night, but we just don’t beat Hendricks. The interesting story about Kyle Hendricks is that he, Cole Hammels and Oskaloosa’s Nathan Johnson were teammates as they came up through the Phillies Minor League system.
    Hammels and Hendricks are making millions and Nathan is back in Oskaloosa working for Musco Lighting. Nathan has a beautiful family, a great job, a lovely home and he serves the Family of God as an Elder at Fellowship Bible Church. As we often say, “Money isn’t everything.”
    Our country is in turmoil and I praise the Supreme Court members that stood up for the unborn. Satan’s plan is to divide our country and he had done the job. The overturning of Roe vs Wade is a step in the right direction, but there are many battles yet ahead of us. A mother should never be allowed to murder her baby. I’m glad that the birth mother of our daughter did not commit that crime. 
    It has been a busy week in sports writing. It started on Monday in Eddyville with a softball game between the EBF Rockets and the Albia Lady Dees. The first time the two teams met, the Lady Dees escaped with a 1 – 0 win. This time the Dees took no prisoners and they bombed the Rockets 14 – 4. Sydney Hoskins, daughter of one of my Eddyville boys, Otis Hoskins had a big game for Albia.
    Tuesday night I went to Knoxville for the EBF-Knoxville baseball doubleheader. Only one inning was played and the scored was tied at 1 – 1 when a storm started brewing just south of the diamond. The persistent lightening would not go away and final the game was called.
    Wednesday I was close to home as I covered the Osky-Pella baseball game. The pitching rules for Iowa High School Baseball left the Indians with not enough arms for Pella on Wednesday and two with Indianola on Thursday. Pella had one arm left with enough available pitches and Keegan Hansen dominated the Indians by a 10 – 0 score.
    Thursday I was back in Eddyville for the EBF-Chariton Softball game. The Rockets got off to an early 3 – 0 lead behind a booming home run by Rylee German, but a bad fourth inning gave the Chargers a 6 – 3 lead and Chariton went on to post a 10 – 4 win.
    Friday I was at Pella Christian for the PC-Newton Softball double header. PC had not swept a double header all season, but this was the night. PC won 10 – 6 and 5 – 4 in a pair of thrillers. Emri Agre was the story of the night for PC as she exploded for two home runs, two doubles, a triple and a single in the two games. 
    It was Cancer Awareness Night, and PC dressed in pink jerseys while Newton was in white with names of cancer victims on their backs. Newton also donned pink stirrup stockings. After the game the two teams met at the pitcher’s circle for a group picture and then they formed a prayer circle to pray for those currently fighting the disease. A very impressive sight.