Archive for May, 2010

Upon Further Review…

May 28, 2010

By: Jan Hathorn
Athletic Director

The end of another academic year often brings about a great deal of reflection – reviewing what took place, how things went and how to move forward in the future.  As I sit at baccalaureate and graduation every year, I try to determine what mattered most to me throughout the year – I try to ask myself, “of all the things that happened this past year, what had the most value and the greatest impact on me?”

As a rule, I answer that question by stating that my relationships matter the most to me.  From there, I segue into trying to decide if I’m living my life to the fullest and, like the graduates parading before me, if I’m looking forward to my future. And, before spending time considering this question more closely, I determine that I am surely living life to its fullest.

But upon further review, I think I can do a much better job.  I want to make sure I’m putting it all out there, just like I always advised my athletes to do – “don’t hold back”; “go for it” – especially in light of all that I have and all that I have been given.  After all, to whom much is given, much is expected, and I don’t want to be found guilty of not having tried hard enough to be all that I can be.

So, today is the commencement of a renewed commitment to living my life to its fullest.  And as a way of keeping me motivated and inspired, I read the following poem, which I share with you in hopes of inspiring you to consider all that you have, and that you’ve been given, so that your future and, therefore, your life, has a better shot at being all that it can be.

I Would Rather

I would rather smile too much
Than too little,
Dream of things out of reach
than never dream at all.
Shout so the whole world would hear
than never be heard
and never be known
or remembered.
I would rather live too fully and too deeply
and have regrets
Than never know how to love life.
And when my time is over,
and when my days are done,
I would rather burn my wings
Flying too close to the sun
Than never dare to leave the ground.

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Down to the end of things…

May 18, 2010

By: Nate Jervey
Assistant Sports Information Director

So, this is the first blog that I have written in some time and this one is also going to take me a serious amount of time to write it.

See, several co-workers and myself had the great idea to go tubing down the Maury on Saturday afternoon. What better way to spend a hot Saturday afternoon than floating down the river with some good company? Well, it turns out it was a terrible idea as instead of finishing the river, retrieving my car from the pole houses and grabbing some dinner, I spent a solid two hours in the hospital and walked out looking like one of Dr. Frankenstein’s monsters.

I managed to smack my hand on a rock heading into the first set of rapids (I like to tell people that have never been on the Maury that they were at least some Class 3 rapids) and upon looking at my hand about 15 seconds after I did it, realized that I was in some serious trouble. I could not see where I had hit/cut it, but I could see a LOT of blood. I have had many injuries from both athletic and non-athletic activities and this was by far the most gruesome one. One of my tubing cohorts came back to see what the problem was and realized just as quickly as I had that this was not good, so he went into the woods and found a driveway to a house and we made our way to the front door where I am quite sure we scared the crap out of some locals. Actually, the house belonged to Jim Crothers, who is the President of the Rockbridge Rapids. I did some work for the Rapids last summer in their inaugural season so I knew Jim and he was more than willing to drive us back to Bean’s Bottom to grab a car so I could go to the hospital. Well, two hours, 18 stitches and a few shots (of medicine, not booze) later and I was all set. No permanent damage, but this is really going to hamper my golf game in the short term.

Heinous injuries aside, the year has pretty much wrapped up for us here in Sports Information. Tonight is the annual award ceremony in Lee Chapel followed by the barbeque on the lawn (or Doremus for the second year in a row given the rain). The ceremony is a pretty cool event where some of the best and brightest of W&L’s student-athletes get recognized in front of their peers and coaches for outstanding work on the field and in the classroom. Especially for the recipients of the “Pres” Brown Most Valuable Male/Female Senior Athlete Awards it is a great chance to recognize a pair of individuals for four years of hard work and dedication. This event typically signals the end for Brian, Rachel and myself. We have a few tennis individuals who will be competing at the NCAA National Championships, but we are done hosting events for the year and we can now begin to set our sights on the summer and things that we would like to accomplish in the relatively slower summer months as we prepare for the fall to begin (and it always gets here quicker than we would like).

Despite looking forward to the end of the year, the end to this year is going to be slightly bittersweet. Five assistant coaches who are currently here will not be returning next year. Tiffany Underhill, Kate Nichols, Geoff del Forn, Emily Fitzhugh and Mike Ginder are all moving on to bigger and better things. Some have other coaching gigs, some are going back to school and some aren’t real sure what they are doing yet. Its not just having five co-workers leave, its five friends that are leaving. Not only do we spend a lot of our work hours together, but much of our free time is spent with one another and now a large chunk or the established social circle is disappearing. As much as those of us still at W&L would like the departing group to stay, we all realize that its the nature of the beast and just because someone is moving 5, 10, 15 hours away doesn’t mean they will be forgotten.

To the five of you that are not returning, I/we wish you a great deal of success and don’t be strangers. Best of Luck!!!

World Cup 2010

May 12, 2010

By: Neil Cunningham
Head Women’s Soccer Coach

I am counting down the days (29) until World Cup 2010 in South Africa begins. The World Cup, which is soccer, for you dummies out there, is the finest sporting event in the world. It is only contested every 4 years so, when the time comes around, you have 32 countries trying to call themselves World Champions.

I wanted to take a moment to offer a quiz. Send in your answers to cunninghamn@wlu.edu. Winners will receive 2 tickets to the 2024 World Cup.

1. Where was the first World Cup held in 1930? Who won?

2. Who won the last World Cup in 2006?

3. How many people tuned in to view the World Cup in 2006?

4. Which country holds the record for attendance at World Cup games?

5. Name the 7 countries that have won the World Cup.

Coach Cunningham’s Top Picks for the World Cup

1. England: I know what you are thinking. This sounds like a patriotic pick. I never pick England for the World Cup but this time I feel they have a great team and the coaching to back it up.

2. Germany: Nothing much to add here. They are efficient and hard to beat. Methodical, talented and fiercely competitive.

3. Argentina: Even bad coaching from Maradona will not hold these talented players back from victory. They arguably have the most talented player in the world (Lionel Messi) and will probably kick opponents to death at the back. The perfect combination.

4. Spain: European champions and a very talented group of players. Previously been guilty of  not winning when it matters but I think this could be their time. Great balance in the team.

My Outsiders/teams to watch

The World cup always produces the classic Cinderella team and my two picks to cause a few surprises are the Ivory Coast and Serbia. (This is two different countries by the way for the geographically challenged)

Coach Rolf Piranian’s Picks ( Men’s Soccer coach)

1. Spain

2 Outsiders/surprise package: Denmark

A Race I Will Never Forget

May 4, 2010

By: Kris Hoey
Head Women’s Cross Country/Asst. Track & Field Coach

My athletes are always amazed when I can tell them what time they ran in a certain race or what they ran for the last 200 of an event from 4 years ago.  It is just something a track coach does.  We are driven by times, they make us “tick” so to speak.

The Women’s 1500m this year at the ODAC Championships was one of the races I will never forget.  The top 3 runners: Kat Telfeyan from W&L, Ashley Meyer from Lynchburg, and Kelly Fauth from Virginia Wesleyan, had all run under 5:00 so far this year. It was a race between 2 seniors and a sophomore who had never won the 1500m at the ODAC Championships and was certainly going to be a battle.   Ashley is faster in the 800m, Kelly is pretty solid all around and Kat is the stronger runner in the 5k.  They all meet in the 1500m.

Kat has been on fire since she ran 4:50 at the Carnival. The other 2 girls have had some great performances this year too.  Kat came in to the office a few days before the meet and said that she really wanted to win the 1500m at ODACs and help the team with 10 points.  I knew that it had been on her mind and that it was something she really wanted to do.

Kat Telfeyan

Here is how the race played out:  Ashley and Kat were determined to make it an honest race from the beginning.  With 700m to go in the race it was Ashley and Kat running hard together.  Same positions with 400m to go, Ashley then Kat running on the rail.  300m to go same thing, with 200m to go Kat dropped the hammer she had been carrying and won the race with such conviction.  She committed.

It wasn’t the actual race as much as what it all meant for Kat.  That race represented all that is Kat.  She ran a lifetime PR of 4:47.71.  She left everything out there. It was something that she wanted and something she went after.  Is there any greater feeling than achieving something that you work really hard for? What a great way to end her college career, with a PR, an ODAC title and the admiration of anyone who witnessed her last collegiate 1500m.

She ran her last 200m in 35 seconds.

Ahhh May is here!

May 3, 2010

By: Brian Laubscher
Sports Information Director

So here we are … May.  May is always an awesome month for me.  The spring sports teams at W&L generally do very well and many qualify for NCAA Championship competition.  When teams qualify during the fall and winter seasons, their NCAA Tournament contests generally are taking place during the overlap of seasons and can sometimes be difficult to cover.  But the spring – well there is nothing else to keep an eye on.  All the other teams have completed their competition for the year and we are allowed to focus completely on how our teams do in the NCAA’s.

May brings with it excellent weather and, even while preparing for NCAA Championship competition, May also brings with it a peak at the light at the end of the tunnel.  No matter how well or how poor our remaining teams (Men’s Tennis, Women’s Tennis & Women’s Lacrosse) do in their respective championships, I know that all the athletic events for the 2009-2010 school year will be completed by May 29 when the NCAA Track & Field Championships end (never know, we could still have a few individuals qualify).  That is exactly 26 days from today!!  Don’t get me wrong, I love my job and I love watching the Generals play, but after eight months of games held seven days per week, I’m ready for a bit of a break.

In the meantime, we have several NCAA Tournament contests and the upcoming W&L Athletic Awards Ceremony to keep us plenty busy until the end of the month.  So while we begin to wrap up another fantastic year in W&L sports, think back on everything that has been accomplished over the past year.  So much has happened since my first blog entry way back on August 11, 2009.  Think about what your favorite sports moments have been from the past year.  I’ll make up my list in late May and release it to all of you at the beginning of June.  Until then, enjoy the weather and follow the Generals as they attempt to create some more memories over the next 26 days!