Archive for Thursday, August 14, 2003

Bobcats’ fall teams anxious to go

August 14, 2003

With the summer winding down, fall practices are looming for Basehor-Linwood athletes. While junior volleyball player Morgan Kenney is happy for the season to begin, the first practice of the year is not exactly one she is looking forward to.

"For the first week, we're going to have two-a-days and the morning practice all we do is run -- we don't even pick up a volleyball," she said. "In the afternoon, we pretty much do all drills, and she'll put us in game situation and see how we work together then.

"She told us after the first practice we won't be able to walk at school, so I'm really looking forward to that," she added sarcastically.

Outdoor sports such as soccer and football have the additional worry of heat along with conditioning. Junior soccer player Joel VanderVelde said if it gets too hot, the team's practice schedule will change.

"It depends on whether or not it's hot enough to go to the heat schedule which isn't cool," he said. "If it gets up to 90 or 95 degrees it would mean we would have to practice at 7 p.m."

Kenney said she wasn't sure what the makeup of the team is going to be for its first match of the season.

"It's going to be hard to know what kind of team we're going to have because a lot of the girls are at the same level," she said. "We'll have hard try-outs just because she'll want to see where all the girls will fit. We probably won't know until the end of the first week who made varsity."

Whereas the volleyball team was looking forward to a lot of running, VanderVelde said the soccer team would focus on skills at the beginning of the season.

"There's really not a whole lot of conditioning at first, we work mostly on ball skills and working together as a team," he said.

"Our team's going to be pretty young. We'll really depend on a lot of the younger guys on our team. I think we'll be alright, it's just going to depend on how strong the guys play."

VanderVelde said although the team is going to be young, getting used to each other should not take too long.

"It usually starts running pretty smoothly after the first week or so," he said. "Most of us get along pretty well -- it's not like any of us hate each other or anything."

Kenney said she hopes an improved morale will boost the team during matches.

"I think we're going to do a lot better than last year because we're going to have a lot of girls out there because they want to be," she said. "Last year we had some girls playing because their friends played and not because they wanted to play. It's going to be different because the girls this year will look forward to playing instead of not wanting to play in the weekend tournaments."

Despite all that is expected from the athletes, Kenney said the volleyball team looks forward to practicing again.

"We look forward to it because she makes our practices fun," she said. "She has drills that we all like. There's one where she puts a sheet on the net, so we can't see the ball coming and that adds a little variety to our practices. If she didn't, they'd probably get boring after a while."

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