Why I love April


By: Brian Laubscher
Sports Information Director

It’s been a while since my last entry that didn’t involve the NCAA Basketball Tournament.  As usual, I thoroughly enjoyed the tournament and even more usual, my bracket was a mess by the end.  I had West Virginia and Duke making the final four in my real bracket (not the one I picked for humor in this blog a few weeks back), but I don’t wish to speak about the other half. 🙂

Anyway, enough about March Madness because it is April and I love April!!!  April always brings excitement because it means that a break is upon us, conference championships are right around the corner, and the light at the end of the tunnel is getting bigger and bigger.

Looking back, I’m not sure how we got to this point with the crazy weather that forced postponements and cancelations galore throughout February.  As I’ve noted earlier, the shorter the winter and the less snow, the better.  And now we are looking at 60 and 70 degree days and plenty of sunshine.  We have also reached the finals break.  Hallelujah!  It gets a bit old when the students always ask “what are you doing for break” when referring to February break and our response is “working games – the games go on during break”.  But, now that the students are taking finals and questioning why they would put themselves through so much torture, the SID office is living the good life and enjoying a real break!  Institutional rules prohibit practices or games during finals week so we’ve been taking advantage of a little time to ourselves given the nine-day layoff without games (the longest stretch since an 18-day stretch in December).

Rachel used the time to travel to Detroit to work the Frozen Four (for those of us that don’t follow hockey — just about all of us — that is the name for the NCAA Hockey Final Four).  Perhaps we will get a report about her break in her next blog entry.  I believe she also made a pit stop in Wisconsin for a Brewers game and to pick up another supply of cheese.  Nate and I played a couple of rounds of golf and even grilled out (along with assistant baseball coach Brian Smith).  We may have also played the Wii a bit, but our golfing skills were actually worse on that darned device.  Today, things are starting to get back into swing as we prepare for the weekend and the return of games.

The weekend also signals the beginning of the spring ODAC Championship season as the golf team begins its defense of its 2008 & 2009 conference championships.  The golf championship runs from Sunday, April 18 to Tuesday, April 20 and will be played at the Bay Creek Golf Club in Cape Charles, Va.  Next up is baseball, which will have its conference tournament on Thursday, April 22 through Sunday, April 25 at City Stadium in Lynchburg, Va.  Men’s & Women’s Track & Field will have their championship on Friday, April 23 and Saturday, April 24 at Bridgewater, while the men’s and women’s tennis tournaments begin right here at W&L on Friday, April 23 and last through Sunday, April 25.  Finally, men’s and women’s lacrosse will begin their conference championships on Wednesday, April 28, with the women’s champion being crowned on Saturday, May 1 and the men’s champion being crowned on Saturday, May 8.

As always, the Generals will look to win their share of conference titles over the next two weeks and they hope to advance in the NCAA Tournaments throughout May.  The next few weeks will be a whirlwind and before you know it, the 2009-10 school year will be another entry in the great history of W&L athletics.  So here’s hoping the SID’s, athletic trainers, administrators & student athletes have had a chance to recharge their batteries for a memorable stretch run and a perfect ending to another wonderful year in sports!


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