Hello again! It has been far too long since we have chronicled the life and times of the Tufflepuffs. Almost a full month has passed since our last installment (fantasy tournaments will do that), and the Tufflepuffs have been up to some shenanigans.
First up is the wonderful and talented Alan Bartels. Alan spent the majority of the summer working at a job that he won in a game of poker, where he worked on software development. He also spent part of the summer visiting Spain with his family. In Spain, Alan immersed himself in the culture, especially the wonderful food. His greatest regret was that customs wouldn't let him take the very expensive and delicious ham he purchased in Spain back to the United States. After traveling in Spain, Alan and a group of other Tufflepuffs traveled up to Maine to visit Breandan Haley and his house in Maine. In Maine, Alan demonstrated his impressive grilling skills and his ability to water ski. Alan also traveled to New York last weekend with a slew of other Tufflepuffs to compete in the Northeast Regional Fantasy Tournament, where he, Michael Sanders, and Ethan Sturm were on the same team, which unfortunately failed to repeat Ethan's victory at the first NERF, although they did beat the eventual champions.
Next up is another Tufflepuff who went to Northeast Fantasy, Greg Bento. Greg has spent the majority of the summer in Boston. He has been working as an intern at a company that builds synthesizers and digital pianos. Greg worked on odd jobs around the company, including soldering circuits, measuring different aspects of keyboards, updating data base information, and organizing circuit components. Aside from working, Greg has spent the summer playing in various fantasy tournaments in the Northeast. In June, he was a first round draft pick in Canada Day Fantasy. In July, he went to the Hamptons to play in Champagne Cup, where his father, Leo Bento also played. In August, Greg was drafted onto Erin Mallory's team for Northeast, who defeated the eventual runner-up team, Jayke's Biggest Fans. Greg also took a class over the summer and relaxed with friends in Boston and Connecticut.
Up next is fellow Magic: The Gathering player, Steve Mullahoo. Steve has spent a significant part of the summer traveling for different Magic Tournaments. One such tournament that Steve attended was the Grand Prix Boston for Magique. Aside from playing Magic and spending time with his family, Steve helped run a kidditch camp in August for the second year in a row. According to Steve, the kids all wanted to play and get invested in the games. Similar to college level quidditch, they get competitive; chasers start yelling at their beaters. We here at Tufts Quidditch would like to thank Steve for continuing to spread quidditch across all ages.
Up next is our current Kidditch coordinator, Breandan Haley. Breandan spent the summer working at a country club in Maine. He also took an EMT class and is thus now certified to save people's lives. He also invited a slew of Tufflepuffs up to his beautiful lake house in Maine. At the lake house, Breandan played perfect host, providing endless amounts of fun and food. He took the visiting Tufflepuffs raspberry picking, to a clam festival, and his home town of Kennebunkport. He also demonstrated his more devilish side when flinging his fellow Tufflepuffs around on the the lake while tubing. Breandan has since returned to Tufts, where he, David Stack, and David Bernstein are all undergoing RA training.
That's all for this installment. Keep an eye out for our next and final installment.
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