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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Cards head to Canada...Jude schimmel reaping rewards already

SUNDAY WITH CARDINAL COUPLE

-Cards try the ponies before leaving the country

-Eastern Oregonian article on Jude Schimmel

-Cards future opponent takes on Ole Miss

The Lady Cards basketball team took to the saddle Saturday morning before leaving the
Umatilla Reservation and heading to Winfree, B.C. Canada. No wagering was allowed on their jockey skills...but from the looks of these photos below from the UofL women's basketball Facebook site...it was a great time. Who would win a horse race between the 14 Lady Cards?


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Becky Burke gives the thumbs up on her mount
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Bria Smith takes the grey to the grass

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Shelby Harper and Jude Schimmel ready to gallop

We can't say for sure, but this is probably how Churchill Downs track announcer Mark Johnson would call the race:

"Thirteen fillies lining up for the gate...going six furlongs on a fast, grass track. AND...they're off. Jude Schimmel breaks smartly from the gate and goes for a tightly contested lead with Shelby Harper, Shoni Schimmel and Tia Gibbs forcing the pace. Next, Asia Taylor moves to the inside followed by Cierra Warren, Shawnta Dyer, Sara Hammond and Sherrone Vails. Monique Reid starts slow, as this closer usually does...Becky Burke content to run with that one...Antonita Slaughter can see them all and it seems Bria Smith started from New York as she trails the field. They fly down the Churchill turf course...Gibbs forcing Jude to the rail, Shoni makes a no-look move to the center of the course, Harper and Dyer follow closely behind...Taylor battles Warren, Hammond and Vails for an inside path and Slaughter, Burke and Smith are content to follow the sprinters. They round the turn and hit the Churchill stretch. Jude and Gibbs neck and neck, Shoni fires from the outside...Harper a blonde blur in the center of the track. Taylor positions herself in front of Warren...Hammond charging down the middle and Vails and Dyer look for the middle of the course. Slaughter, Smith and Burke start to close quickly from the back, Warren towers menacingly in the middle and....here comes Reid flying at the finish! They hit the line and it's too close to call...thirteen hit the wire at the same time! Photo finish....

(I know....don't quit your day job, Paul)

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WE'RE fans of the coverage that the Portland Tribune and East Oregonian newspapers have been giving Louisville's trip to the Northwest. Matt Entrup, a writer at the Oregonian did this great article on the team and Jude Schimmel that we want to share with you.

Louisville hits pay dirt twice with Schimmel sisters.

The University of Louisville women's basketball team struck gold when it acquired the talents of Pendleton native Shanie Schimmel in 2010 and the rich got richer with the addition of younger sister Jude for the upcoming season.

The two girls have teamed together throughout their youth, most notably at Portland's Franklin High School where Jude spent her senior season eclipsing several of her older sister's career marks as a Quaker. Although Jude may never be considered in the same class as her sister when it comes to scoring points, the 5'5" point guard has a very valuable skill set she brings to the Cardinals this season.

"Jude's been very impressive." said Louisville head coach Jeff Walz after a practice session at Blue Mountain Community College on Friday. "We had our 10 days of practice in June to get prepared for this trip and she's done a very good job. She's a very good defender, makes a lot of things happen for us at the defensive end of the floor. She's scrappy, she can score when she has to. She'll play just because of the sheer fact of how hard she plays. "

Jude certainly didn't look the part of a timid freshman on Friday, leading the team through a drill involving sprinting from one basket to another while attempting layups while time ran down-expelling so much energy that she needed to be propped up by a teammate afterward. With three years to look forward to together at the NCAA Division I level, one can onlguess to the heights the Schimmels will be able to lift the Cardinals-which made the Sweet 16 in Shoni's freshman year. Jude said she considered other schools early in her college search but when it came time to sign, Louisville was the clear choice. 

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Louisville will play University of Fraser Valley next Sunday. The Cascades got a start on their preseason schedule Friday night against the Ole Miss Rebels, losing 85-69. The Rebs jumped out to an early lead but UFV stayed with them in the first quarter, allowing only 20 points and went in at halftime down only 37-33. Aleishia Luyken led the Cascades with six points. Ole Miss gradually increased the lead in the final half to win by 16. Whitney Harneth led the Rebs with 21 points.

Mississippi   20  17  25  23  =  85
UFV             16  17   19   17  = 69

The Rebs out rebounded UFV 38-30. Tessa Klassen led UFV with 17 points.
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