Friday, June 3, 2016
Louisville women's basketball flocks back to campus...Louisville Baseball -- FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
FROSH, LETTERWINNERS RETURN TO BELKNAP FOR WBB
It's a busy time on the UofL campus for Louisville women's basketball. No, there aren't any games but the 2016-17 squad is filing in to the Student Activities Center for the summer preparations for the season.
I had the good fortune of running into Louisville women's basketball assistant coach Sam Purcell while on campus to interview Sandy Pearsall on Wednesday. The bouncing-with-energy, effusive coach was waiting out the arrival of Ciera Johnson and a flight delay. We spoke of her and also of Bionca Dunham who is finishing up classes in Philly and will arrive later.
Coach Purcell is a constant ball-of-energy...even apologizing to me for standing up and pacing while we chatted. He's in the right profession. If this guy was confined to a cubicle for eight hours a day in an office building...he'd go nuts.
We also talked about how more school districts are looking at year-round school for students and I wondered out loud to Sam whether this would affect the current sports scheduling structure of these schools and also the travelling teams players spend the summer participating with. Sam seemed confident that it would not change that much and thought the year-round concept was a good one in general. (I wonder if I should bring that up around the Purcell kids when they reach school age?)
As of June 1st, Sydney Zambrotta, Jazmine Jones, Jessica Laemmle and Taylor Johnson were on campus. Kylee Shook and Johnson were expected to arrive Wednesday. Players from last season already on campus include Myisha Hines-Allen, Cortnee Walton, Arica Carter, Erin DeGrate, Sam Fuehring, Briahanna Jackson and Brianna Jones.
They'll spend the next couple of months preparing themselves for the Cards' trip to Cuba. Louisville will be the first women's basketball program to visit Cuba and they'll be there Aug 6-12...prior to fall classes. On tap for the Cards are medical screenings and official workouts begin on Monday, June 6th.
LOUISVILLE BASEBALL BEGINS NCAA QUEST
Even though we are a womens' sports site, we know many of our readers...and the coaches and players we interview...are fans of Dan McDonnell's Louisville baseball squad. Dan recently received a $1 million dollar a year contract for his hard work at Louisville...warding off any attempts from Texas or other schools to draw him away from Jim Patterson Stadium.
McDonnell genuinely seems to love Louisville and the program he's built here. I've had the fortune of hearing him speak several times and he is one of the most articulate, passionate and well-informed men around.
The Cards (47-12) start regional play tonight at "The Pat" against Western Michigan (22-32) with a 6 p.m. first pitch scheduled. Louisville puts Kyle Funkhouser on the mound to face WMU's Keegan Akin. Akin was eighth in the nation in strike outs this season and has allowed just one home run in 105 innings. The Broncos were a surprise NCAA Tournament entry...finishing the regular season as the seventh place team in the MAC Conference but winning the MAC Tournament to get the NCAA berth.
ESPN 3 will have the broadcast and fans can also listen to Sean Moth's always excellent call on 93.9 FM.