Ben Pierce
I nominate myself the sportiest sports guy
Thu Aug 2, 2018 18:34

Ben was not normally an early riser, but being in Arizona instead of Boston meant it was a lot easier to get up ‘early’ on the first day of classes than it would be later, after his body had time to adjust to its current time zone. As such, his belly was demanding food as soon as the Cascade Hall opened for breakfast and he was there to get it.

He wasn’t quite so hungry though that he missed the word ‘Quidditch’ on the bulletin board. He had been partially dismayed, partially excited by the Headmaster’s announcement at the Feast last night. On the one hand, it was his turn to get promoted to Pecari’s captain and that looked to be jeopardy. On the other hand, Quidditch at Sonora definitely needed a boost after a year of having all the games cancelled, and following years of combined teams, so whatever was going on would hopefully breath new life into it.

Drawn in, he read through the explanation, feeling a surge of excitement. Finally, this was sports. Real, competitive sports, like the baseball league he played in back home over the summers.

He did not hesitate to add his name to the list.

Ben Pierce, Pecari, 7

He placed checkmarks under Beater and Captain. He saw no need to hedge his bets with any of the other positions when he liked beating best. He was a seventh year, and size mattered among beaters, which gave him a strong advantage even before considering that he was now the most experienced beater left at Sonora. Not that there was really a lot of competition for the position, even school wide. Parker had been his co-beater in practice last year, but Ben knew he was the stronger player between the two of them. Joe, maybe, might go for it, too - he seemed to have mostly switched out of chaser in favor of beater lately - and he was a seventh year, too, but beater was the spot the House teams had always had the hardest time trying to fill. He supposed there could be some new beaters among the first years, but Ben was sure he could out beat any eleven year old. Basically, the only question regarding first string beaters was whether Joe was going to want to play beater or chaser.

As for captain, he hadn’t needed to think about that one either. He was pretty sure he was the sportiest sports guy in the school, and possibly the only one with league experience, even if it was in s different sport. Being president of the Sports Club probably gave him bonus leadership and sports points, too. Joe might have won Head Boy over him, but Ben was The Sports Guy. If he could only have one, he’d rather have the Quidditch badge.

He thought he had a good shot at it.

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