Shaylee Rutledge/Special to the Daily Townsman
On the first day of our journey to provincials, we excitedly boarded a plane to Vancouver. Everyone was content in their seats, when the pilot announced over the speaker that the person sitting in seat 8A had won one thousand dollars in flight reward points! The stewardess came to the row in front of me and asked Heidi, who was shocked at this point, for her name. Heidi was sitting in 8A!
Brette and I were suspicious because we had never heard of this giveaway before. Heidi was ecstatic but realized that Megan, who was sitting beside her in the isle seat, actually had the ticket with 8A on it.
They called the stewardess back and explained the misunderstanding. She laughed and told Megan that she would need to go to the guest services desk to claim her prize upon our landing in fifteen minutes.
Brette and I watched her return to the front of the plane to see if she would interact with our coach, who we suspected was behind the generous giveaway.
The stewardess however, was a very good actress. She had everyone believing Megan would now receive the prize and was not about to make a mistake.
After we landed, Megan asked Coach Nutini to go to the desk for her and ask about the prize voucher. He returned and told her she was the one who specifically needed to go and claim it. Brette and I looked at each other and were now even more suspicious that Coach Nutini was somehow behind it, but the rest of our team was expecting balloons and a big cardboard cheque.
We all watched in anticipation as Megan and Heidi approached the desk. After a few seconds of talking to the clerk, they turned around and started yelling at Coach Nutini.
He started to laugh and the rest of our team joined in. Our coach was indeed behind the elaborate prank, but it was a great way to start off our trip.
Shaylee Rutledge is a member of the Mount Baker Secondary School senior girls basketball team. She will be documenting the trials and tribulations of the Wild during their trip to the provincial championship in Vancouver.