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PHOTOS: East Concord neighborhood kids play afternoon ball

  • From left: Jarrad Willette, and Tessa Griffith, both 10, watch Gavin McWeeney, 10,  attempt a shot at the hoop that's set up on a street in their Concord neighborhood on Monday afternoon, March 31, 2014. The kids are a part of a neighborhood group that practice making baskets regularly, despite the weather. "We'll be out here in the rain," said Griffith. "It's not competitive, its just for fun."<br/> <br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    From left: Jarrad Willette, and Tessa Griffith, both 10, watch Gavin McWeeney, 10, attempt a shot at the hoop that's set up on a street in their Concord neighborhood on Monday afternoon, March 31, 2014. The kids are a part of a neighborhood group that practice making baskets regularly, despite the weather. "We'll be out here in the rain," said Griffith. "It's not competitive, its just for fun."

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Tessa Griffith, 10, positions herself to try and make a shot with her eyes closed and on one foot while hanging out in her Concord neighborhood with her friends on Monday afternoon, March 31, 2014. Griffith is a huge basketball fan and had been keeping a bracket in this year's NCAA women's basketball tournament that she was happy to announce has gone further than even her father's bracket.<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Tessa Griffith, 10, positions herself to try and make a shot with her eyes closed and on one foot while hanging out in her Concord neighborhood with her friends on Monday afternoon, March 31, 2014. Griffith is a huge basketball fan and had been keeping a bracket in this year's NCAA women's basketball tournament that she was happy to announce has gone further than even her father's bracket.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Jarrad Willette (right), 10, the oldest of the group of 10-year-olds, gets to shoot first in a game he was playing while practicing shots with his friends Tessa Griffith (center) and Gavin McWeeney (left) in their Concord neighborhood on Monday afternoon, March 31, 2014. (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Jarrad Willette (right), 10, the oldest of the group of 10-year-olds, gets to shoot first in a game he was playing while practicing shots with his friends Tessa Griffith (center) and Gavin McWeeney (left) in their Concord neighborhood on Monday afternoon, March 31, 2014. (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • From left: Jarrad Willette, and Tessa Griffith, both 10, watch Gavin McWeeney, 10,  attempt a shot at the hoop that's set up on a street in their Concord neighborhood on Monday afternoon, March 31, 2014. The kids are a part of a neighborhood group that practice making baskets regularly, despite the weather. "We'll be out here in the rain," said Griffith. "It's not competitive, its just for fun."<br/> <br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Tessa Griffith, 10, positions herself to try and make a shot with her eyes closed and on one foot while hanging out in her Concord neighborhood with her friends on Monday afternoon, March 31, 2014. Griffith is a huge basketball fan and had been keeping a bracket in this year's NCAA women's basketball tournament that she was happy to announce has gone further than even her father's bracket.<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Jarrad Willette (right), 10, the oldest of the group of 10-year-olds, gets to shoot first in a game he was playing while practicing shots with his friends Tessa Griffith (center) and Gavin McWeeney (left) in their Concord neighborhood on Monday afternoon, March 31, 2014. (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

It’s typical to hear the sound of one or two basketballs bouncing on the pavement in Gavin McWeeny’s neighborhood this time of year. The 10-year-old and his friends from down the street Jarrad Willette and Tessa Griffith, both also 10, are a part ofa group of kids that use the hoop in front of McWeeny’s house to practice sinking baskets by shooting after school, playing games and sometimes an unconventional set of improptu exercises, like shooting on one foot with eyes closed. “We’ll be out here in the rain,” said Griffith on Monday afternoon during a session. “It’s not competitive, its just for fun.”

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