Thursday, January 31, 2013

Mid-Week Update

Hi all,

I know this is not my usual posting time, but this update is definitely well worth it. As you may know, or not know, yesterday was our Play4Kay game in the collegiate effort to continue the fight against breast cancer. After we spent all day decorating the gym, painting nails, and promoting the event against a formidable WPI opponent, we were ready to play. Not only was the event such a huge success with our donations exceeding our goal of 500 dollars (earning 525) and a great crowd but we got a HUGE win against WPI sweeping them in our two-game series this year, a feat that has not been accomplished in quite some time. Here are some pictures from yesterday:

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Pink Pride!
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Decking the gym out in pink!

Thank you to all who supported us in whatever way that you guys did, it truly was a fantastic day. Now we have to start preparing to beat Babson this Saturday! Before I sign off, I would like to give a quick shout out to Kenzie Kuhn for making the Academic All-American Team! (The link is provided below) Talk to you guys soon.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

NEWMAC Round Two

Hi all,

I hope everyone has been braving this crazy winter weather we have been having, makes me very happy that basketball is an indoor sport. Speaking of which this week continued our stanza in the second round of NEWMAC play with two games, one against Coast Guard on Wednesday and the other yesterday against Smith College. Unfortunately, both turned out to be hard and heartbreaking losses but to take a good situation out of the bad, we out-rebounded Smith College by 20 which is not nearly as sweet as a win but is definitely something to be commended for as it's a sign as to how hard the team played; and we certainly did.

In other news, on Friday night we went to go watch coach Nate play in his varsity basketball game where they got a big win. Giving the credit to our cheering section of 15 plus one very well decorated sign would be wrong, however, I like to think that we had some help in sparking the team. Coach Nate and his teammates played a great game and we had lots of fun as well, we look forward to hopefully making another game if we can.

What's next to come this week are two more conference games, one home against WPI on Wednesday and the other at Babson on Saturday. The game on Wednesday also happens to be our Pink Zone/ Play4Kay Cancer Awareness game. For more information on it and after reading the article if you so feel compelled to donate for the cause, I provided a link below:

The team will be sporting pink socks (the ones we wore in York if you saw the picture) and we encourage anyone who comes to cheer us on to wear as much pink as possible, it's going to be a great day! Well, seeing as tomorrow marks the first full week of classes, I unfortunately (but not in the least bit surprised) have homework to do. Until next time...

Sunday, January 20, 2013

January Break Wrap-Up

Hello again,

And so this post marks the ending of my last January break at Wheaton College. Although watching Glee almost everyday was fun to do in my spare time, I for one am looking forward to having the secure structure of classes and basketball back. On basketball news, we had a great team win against MIT this past Wednesday that turned into an overtime thriller; overcoming a large deficit we were able to dig in and pull out the victory in the end. Our last game of break consisted of an overnight trip at Springfield where we were fortunate enough to enjoy the Basketball Hall of Fame, a great Italian dinner, and a nights stay at a local hotel before taking on Springfield College at 10am on Saturday. There are some great pictures at the end of this post. Unfortunately, as great as the trip was we were not able to finish with a win which was the major reason for the business trip. Now, with only eight games left in the regular season, we look to bounce back at practice tomorrow and finish out the season strong making a hard run at the post season. Enjoy the pictures! Until next time...

On the Hall of Fame Court

 Kiley sizing up her wingspan to Kevin Durant

Monday, January 14, 2013

January Break Update

Hello all,

What a busy week it has been, this is just going to be a quick update of the past few games that we have had and then at the end of this week hopefully there will be more pictures. Since the last time we talked we had four games, the first one we had a phenomenal win against Springfield college and then three tough losses to Wellesley, Clark, and as of tonight Tufts who is ranked 6th in the nation. Wellesley and Clark were two hard fought battles down to the very end and even though we lost to Tufts tonight, we out rebounded them which is definitely something to take note of. Tomorrow we prepare during practice for a tough conference game against MIT on Wednesday and then wrapping up this winter break with an away trip to Springfield College, that game being on Saturday; both should be very exciting games. Stayed tuned at the end of this week for updates and much more! Until next time...

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Things to Come

Hi again,

This past week has been busy, and this coming week will be just the same. On Saturday we lost to Mount Holyoke by two points, a game that if won would have put us in great shape for NEWMAC playoffs. Now, with that game behind us we look to beat Springfield tonight at 7pm on our home court. Off of the court we have been very busy as well. Thanks to lots of help from everybody, I'm Happy to announce that we have won the NCAA Special Olympics poll, to check out the article click on  this link:

We also took the time to go and watch the Norton 8th graders that we mentored in September over at Mass Premiere:

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Winning Smiles
And finally, on Monday three teammates went to go visit an elementary school to spend time with some of the students there, it was a great experience! Tonight's game starts a streak of 6 games in 9 days so be sure to stay up to date with everything that is happening, I'll post again at the end of the week to keep you all updated. Talk to you soon..

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

York Conclusion

Hello again,

To tie our trip to York, PA together we ended up beating The Apprentice School 70-64 before we endured a nice long trip back to Norton, MA. Luckily along the way we stopped in Greenwich, CT where Jana is from and her parents greeted us with some food for the last leg of our trip. Upon returning to school we have been practicing hard as we start up league play again this Saturday when we travel to Mount Holyoke. Furthermore, at the end of our practice today we hosted a clinic for the Norton 5th and 6th grade girls basketball players. There is a link below that will take you to a write up about the great time we had bonding with them today:

The upcoming weeks are going to be very busy so I will have much to talk about later on, make sure you stay tuned for weekly (maybe twice a week) updates! Happy 2013! Until next time...