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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Jared Anderson Reveals His Breakout Players of 2019-20 -- WEDNESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


(CARDINAL COUPLE WRITER JARED ANDERSON HAS NEVER BEEN SHY ABOUT MAKING PREDICTIONS AND GIVING HIS THOUGHTS ON SUBJECTS. TODAY, HE REVEALS HIS LIST OF THE 2019 BREAKOUT PLAYERS FOR SEVERAL UOFL WOMEN'S FALL AND WINTER ATHLETIC SQUADS. HIS CHOICES DO NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT THE REST OF THE CARDINAL COUPLE STAFF, BUT THEY MAKE FOR INTERESTING READING...)  -- PAULIE

My Breakout Players of 2019

It’s pretty often we see players have a breakout season, expected or by surprise. Sometimes it’s an incoming freshman and sometimes it’s an upperclassmen that has something to prove. Many of our fall and winter sports have left the door wide open for players to have breakout seasons.

Hollyn Barr, Field Hockey

Will FH "go to the Barr?" 
The redshirt junior has played her whole career behind Ayeisha McFerran. With McFerran being renowned as the best goalkeeper in the world expectations for Barr are unknown, leaving the door wide open for Barr to prove herself. The talent surrounding her is strong and she has the potential to add to that.

Jessica De Filippo, Soccer

De Filippo comes in as a freshman but could make it in the starting rotation quickly. She impressed spectators during the spring season and was a high scorer in her high school and soccer club days. She’ll have tough competition for the golden boot with players like Brooklynn Rivers, Maisie Whitsett, Delaney Snyder, and Emina Ekic on the roster though.

 Keep an eye on De Filippo to see what she does in her rookie season.

Piper Roe, Volleyball

Roe, roe, roe...you Card !!
Roe earned her spot in the starting rotation after a couple injuries on the roster shook things up. She didn’t disappoint and had a solid season. Roe played for Team USA over the summer. The redshirt junior will stun people in her role as a middle blocker alongside Emily Scott while finding ways to tally high in blocks and kills.

Mykasa Robinson, Basketball

We’ve seen what players like Jaz Jones and Dana Evans are capable of. Robinson was the only freshman to make much of an impact last season as Walz praised her defense. With Carter and Durr having graduated the spot for another guard to see a heavy number of minutes is open. If Robinson can improve her scoring and jump shot then she’ll have a smooth transition into that effective second guard role.

We’ll take a look at potential spring spirits breakout players as their seasons come closer. Got a different take than mine on my breakout players? Let us know in the comments section. 

Be sure to check us out tomorrow for Paulie's interview with UofL WBB senior Kylee Shook.

Happy Wednesday and Go Cards!

Jared

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Looking to the future...Cards WBB offers an incoming freshman (in high school) -- TUESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


KAMOREA ARNOLD GETS UOFL WBB OFFER


As we have come to know, recruiting is a coach and a program's plasma. Without quality recruits who turn into quality college student-athletes, a program plunders. A coach who can't get those recruits on campus (and keep them) eventually finds themselves job searching. 

Say "Hello" to Kamorea Arnold. Going by "KK", she's getting ready to enter her freshman year in high school. Listed at 5'6"...but looking to be maybe an inch or two taller than that...this class of 2023 recruit has already received two college offers. One from Marquette and one from Louisville.  A recent tweet from her: 


Blessed to say I received an offer from
! Thank you
,
and staff
❤️
. #NiyaStrong

Out of Germantown, WI...Arnold has obviously done enough in her early basketball career to catch the eye of major programs. Offering freshman is nothing new to the UofL staff, Nyah Green, who will be a freshman on this year's Cardinal squad received an offer as a high school freshman from Walz and company.

Four years is a long time.

I went back and checked what we were covering four years ago at Cardinal Couple. Jeff McAdams and I were doing the bulk of the articles at Cardinal Couple. Jared was sending us photos, but not writing yet. We were wondering what kind of careers Asia Durr, Sam Fuehring, Arica Carter, Taja Cole, Brianna Jones, Syd Brackemyre and Erin De Grate would have as Cardinals. Shoni and Angel were on the Dream.

Three out of seven ain't bad. If you're taking threes or standing at home plate.

Arnold will most likely receive a bunch more offers before she dons that cap and gown and walks up the steps to receive her high school diploma. She'll go through the ups-and-downs that every high school student experiences. Will her stock rise or drop?

Her race has just begun, plenty of track yet to negotiate and, as we've seen in years past -- just because a student-athlete receives an offer, it has relatively little weight in deciding where they will decide to go. Walz floats out offers in bulk, and wisely so, because of the highly competitive nature of recruiting and the odds related to getting an offered player on campus.

Fans have their "wish lists" each year on who they want to see as incoming freshmen. UofL fell short on Mercedes Russell, Rebecca Greenwell and many others. And, it's not always the most-highly sought-after recruit that does the best in college. Louisville stayed with and took a chance on Angel McCoughtry, remember?

What will UofL women's basketball have put in the ledger when we get to 2023? Will there be a National Championship trophy on the WBB side of the Planet Fitness Kueber Center? How many Cardinal WBB players will be in the WNBA? How many more Walz-coached players will be assistant or head coaches in college basketball?

Time will tell.

Louisville WBB has one of the most passionate, knowledgeable, supportive and attending fan bases in college Women's basketball. Don't ever under-estimate that when it comes to prospective players considering playing here.


STATUS PLEASE

A recent inquiry on the status of transfers from Georgia Tech Liz Dixon and Elizabeth Balogun from a reader.

Sorry, but no news yet. Many figured that a decision might come down in July. With two days left in July, it is possible that a decision still might occur...but I'm not wagering on that proposition.

Both are participating in daily shoot-around informal gatherings in the "Kueber" and it appears that they are meshing well with the rest of the squad.

As we have learned over the years, the NCAA goes at their own speed limit and is oblivious to the rest of the road.

Like most all Cardinal WBB fans, I'd love to see both on the court in the 2019-20 season. I'm also preparing myself for the other side of the situation, where they have to sit a season.

Know this. You're going to get three wonderful years of basketball out of both whatever the decision happens to be. Maybe the late Tom Petty nailed it on the head when we wrote and performed the song " The Waiting Is The Hardest Part".

We're "keeping our eye" on the situation, as I'm sure many of you are...based on the e-mails, messages, comments and conversations I've had from and with you.

Once again, time will tell.

Have a terrific Tuesday!


paulie
xxxxx



Monday, July 29, 2019

Cochran Chooses Cards for College Commitment -- MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


6'3" POST OLIVIA COCHRAN HEADED TO UOFL WBB

Maybe you saw it on Twitter. 

Jeff Walz doing what resembled attempts at cart wheels in a park in Bangkok. Jonneshia Pineda stopping her car, running into an open field and doing the same. Paulie running out into his backyard and attempting one....fracturing a clavicle and spraining both wrists (OK, that didn't actually happen). 

What's all the excitement about? They hit Lotto? Celebration over USA U 19's gold medal? 

It concerns the announcement from 6'3" forward/center Olivia Cochran that she'll be headed to Louisville to join the 2020-21 Cardinal WBB squad. 

The Columbus, GA, Carver High School basketball star had plenty of suitors. With good reason. She was a part of the FIBA USA 3X3 U 18 squad that won gold in Ulaanbaater, Mongolia back in June. She was a Georgia Class 4A All-Star selection last season at Carver and her squad went undefeated, winning the state championship. Cochran averaged 27 point a game, 11 rebounds and eight blocks per game. 

All that from a player who didn't start playing basketball until she was in the sixth grade and hasn't played her senior season in high school yet. 


Cochran is the #12 ranked recruit for the 2020 Class, according to Prospects Nation and fell in love with the UofL campus and her future teammates when she visited for the first time and also when she was here playing for her club squad -- FBD United -- out at the Run 4 The Roses at the KEC this summer. 

She sees the Cardinal WBB program as a "family-type team and atmosphere" and developed a strong relationship with Coach Walz and the Cardinal coaches during the recruiting process. 

A huge "get" for the Cards. Combining her in the 2020-21 season with 6'5" Elizabeth Dixon in the paint, plus having Molly Lockhart and 6'4" Ramani Parker make the Cards a team not to mess with in the paint in the future. 

Here at Cardinal Couple. we've weathered the storms of past years from readers complaining that Louisville and Walz weren't "getting any big players" 

How do you like the lineup now? 

Let's just keep Cochran away from the current "cartwheel" craze that seems to be sweeping the Planet Fitness Kueber Center occupants. The Cards want her intact and healthy when she gets here...



paulie
xxxxx



Sunday, July 28, 2019

International Softball, USA U 19 with the win and The Cardinal Couple Radio Hour -- SUNDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

International Softball


As I was travelling to and in Canada for the latter half of the week, I'm in a bit of an International mood.

And so it is that we're going to explore the summer of a former Cardinal in international competition.

Alicja Wolny, a standout first baseman at UofL has been competing this summer with the Great Britain National Softball Team.  Wolny competed with the Cardinals from 2010 through 2013, and since graduation has maintained her skills and athletic conditioning.  She was also one of the principals of 502 Softball Academy in partnership with Katelyn Mann.

Wolny put some extra effort to get into peak form earlier this year to take one more trip around the basepaths with the British National Team.  While she came to Louisville from California, she does hold a British passport.

The British Team, with Wolny, has had something of a whirlwind, Cinderella story, of a summer.  Not known on the International stage for high level softball competition, Britain put together a good team and started down the path to Olympic Qualifications by entering into the European Women's Championships earlier this summer.  The 3rd place finish at that competition qualified them to enter the Europe-Africa Olympic Qualifier event.

In the qualifying event, the Brits went undefeated through group play against Spain, South Africa ,and a quite good Netherlands team.  Advancing to the Super Rounds, they met the Czech Republic, the team they beat in the 3rd/4th place game at the European Championships.  With a 4-2 win over Czechia, they advanced to meet Italy in the final game.  This game was for the Olympic marbles, a win here, and GB goes to Tokyo for the Olympic games.

Alas, it wasn't to be, Italy took the win 5-0, and along with it, the Olympic qualification berth.

Wolny is officially hanging up her cleats and presumably returning to Louisville.  Will we find her in the dugout at Ulmer Stadium on the Cardinals coaching staff?  There are no current vacancies, there, but I would be glad to see it happen someday in the future.

It has to be a wonderful feeling to compete on such a high level in a sport, and Wolny and the rest of the GB team has every reason to be proud of the run they made representing a country that traditionally has not been a softball powerhouse.  They upset a few international powers along the way, and fell ever so short of their goal of qualifying for Tokyo 2020, there's nothing to be ashamed of, there.

I like to keep up with the ongoing exploits of former players at UofL, and I'm amazed at how often I find myself feeling some amount of pride at how they represent in the wider world.  I acknowledge that I haven't really done anything individually to share in any of the glory except to sit on the sidelines as a cheerleader, but I am glad to see these young men and women step out into the world and be great people, and yes frequently great athletes as well, but first and foremost great people.

They represent their hometowns (El Dorado Hills, California, in the case of Wolny), the various schools from different stages of their life, and even their adopted hometowns (as Wolny has seemingly adopted Louisville as home, now) in addition to their country.  We're all better off for having the presence of people like Alicja Wolny in our communities.

I look forward to seeing "The Big Wol" around Ulmer this spring, cheering on her Cardinals, some of which she has mentored, coached, and served as a role model.

Thank you, Alicja Wolny for a wonderful career in softball, and thanks to you, and all of the Cardinal sports alumni, for making the world a bit better place through your efforts.

USA gets the win

The USA FIBA U 19 USA women's basketball team, coached by Louisville head WBB coach Jeff
Walz,  took the gold early this morning in Bangkok, Thailand with a overtime, 74-70 win over Australia. A tight contest throughout all four quarters and the extra session.

The Australians led 23-22 after one quarter ans still held that lead, at 40-39 at the half. The "Land Down Under" women were shooting a sizzling 57% in the first half and used threes in the final minutes of each of the first two quarters to gain those leads. Aliyah Boston and Paige Bueckers were the key components keeping USA in the game.

USA fought back to a tie to end the third at 53-53 but the Americans looked to be in trouble when Australia forged ahead to a 64-59 lead with 2:39 to play. USA got a huge three from Hailey Van Lith, though, to get within two and Van Lith's jumper tied it a 66-66 with 12 seconds to play in regulation.

USA took the lead for good at 72-70 with 2:40 left in the extra session  on another Van Lith jumper. Rhyne Howard and Fran Belibi added baskets to give Walz's club a 74-70 lead late and that's how it ended.

Bueckers, who is headed to UConn,  was named the tournament's MVP. She and Howard (Kentucky) were named to the All Star Five team.

Cardinal Couple Radio Hour


I wasn't able to be in studio this week, but there was a full house there, with Paulie parlaying with Jared, Daryl and Case. Colin Trask came in to handle engineering duties, and let Case shadow him on the board side of the desk.  I was able to listen in, thanks to the wonders of the modern Internet, even as I was driving across southern Ontario.

The discussion included topics around Softball, Soccer, and plenty more. A CARDINAL COUPLE thanks to Colin Trask for admirably handling and teaching Case the board operations. 

The Cardinal Couple Summertime Quiz was on the topic of Jeffrey Jacob Walz, I was able to best the score of the in-studio folk, but was in turn bested by my mother who was in the car with me.

EDITOR NOTE: We'd need to see an official, authorized and notarized scorecard on the above claim here at the Cardinal Couple Worldwide Corporate Headquarters before we'll acknowledge the win. 

The Cardinal Couple Radio is on weekly on Saturday at 11 a.m. on WCHQ 100.9 FM here in Louisville, KY area. It can also be viewed on Facebook Live, accessed at the stations website  www.wchqfm.com and you can download the WCHQ app there, so you can take the station with you wherever you go.

You can check out yesterday's fun and see how you do on the quiz via the Facebook Live link, at:


-- 
JMcA

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Saturday News Roundup -- SATURDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

As the days until organized competition for Louisville women's athletics grow ever fewer, we are still stuck in the summer slump. There has been a bit of news that has gone on in the last few days worthy of coverage here at Cardinal Couple, though, so let's take a quick look.

Jeff Walz Leads USA vs Belgium


Louisville WBB head coach Jeff Walz has been in charge of the USA's FIBA U19 Women's World Cup team this summer. If you didn't know that, you must be living under a rock, or this is your first time to this site. If so, thanks for joining us. The USA has advanced to the semi-finals and are playing this morning for the opportunity to advance to take on Australia in the championship game. Australia defeated Spain 64-55 earlier this morning. At time of writing, Team USA holds a narrow lead over Belgium, 33-26 at halftime. Tune in tomorrow for what should see a full write-up of today's game and hopefully later next week for a write-up of the championship game.

Swimmers Keep Swimming


Louisville swimmers continue to impress as they compete for their countries at the FINA World Championships. Two names that frequenters of the site know quite well have been solid this week as they compete in some of their best events. Yesterday saw Kelsi Worrell Dahlia advance to the finals of the 50m butterfly when she finished second in her heat (fourth seeded overall). Mallory Comerford was also in action yesterday, finishing seventh overall in the 100m freestyle. Fellow American Simone Manual posted a new American record of 52.04 on her way to winning the event. Dahlia will compete in the butterfly final today.

Gaby Vincent Inks Deal with Utah


Gaby Vincent is "officially" a pro soccer player. Despite making numerous appearances for Utah Royals FC this season in the NWSL, Vincent had previously been only a member of the "supplemental roster." The supplemental roster is exactly as it sounds, allowing players to be used for competition while others are away, doing things such as competing in the Women's World Cup. Earlier this week, URFC made it official and signed Vincent to a full roster spot, despite the fact that both players she had been replacing this summer have returned from National Team duties. Vincent has her work cut out for her to get playing time for the rest of this year, as one of those players that is in front of her on the depth chart is the USA's Becky Sauerbrunn. However, being signed fully means that the club sees some future for Vincent, which can be very motivating in itself. Vincent has played 585 minutes in 7 games (6 starts), during which time the Royals have allowed 6 goals. She has 36 clearances, a 45% success rate on tackles, and an 84% passing rate, with 92% passing in the defensive half. Gaby is set up for success in the league as long as she continues to receive opportunities. We wish the Cardinal Forever the best of luck as her career plows forward.

Cardinal Couple Radio Hour


The Cardinal Couple Radio Hour returns this week, as it does nearly every Saturday, for another look at what's going on in the world of Louisville Women's Athletics. Jeff will not be joining us this week, but we'll have Daryl taking his spot. Daryl, Jared, Paulie, and I will do our best to get you through one of the final weeks of the summer slump, and I'll be doing my best to master the show controls in Jeff's absence. We'll discuss the goings-on from this week and Paulie brings us a quiz based on the world travelling Jeff... Walz that is. Tune in to WCHQ at 11AM this morning for the show. Find WCHQ at 100.9 FM, wchqfm.com, the WCHQ App in the App Store or Google Play Store, or follow along at Facebook Live. Links are on the sidebar of the site.
Until next time, Go Cards!
-CH-

Friday, July 26, 2019

Jared's Weekly Edition of the history of UofL women's sports -- USA U 19 over Canada 81-46 -- FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE



SOFTBALL -- A HISTORY OF -- by JARED ANDERSON


Louisville Softball was founded in 2000 as part of a mass addition of sports programs shortly after Tom Jurich took over as athletic director in 1997. They prepare to enter their 20th season this upcoming school year.

Sandy Pearsall had been a head coach at Miami (OH) for the previous six seasons and was brought in to build the program from the ground up. And she did just that. Pearsall built a strong program that saw plenty of time nationally ranked and commonly appeared in NCAA Tournaments. The Cards won several championships during her reign and spent time in the Big East, AAC, and ACC. Pearsall recently retired following the end of the 2018 season. She finished her time at UofL with 718 wins.

Holly Aprile came in from Pittsburgh for the start of the 2018 season. She is only the second head coach for the softball team. During her first year as head coach the Cards upset rival Kentucky and took down Florida State twice in a three-game series. She prepares for her second season as head coach.

Softball has had one home in it’s entire history. Ulmer Stadium is part of Cardinal Park and was constructed solely for softball. When the Cards played their first home game it was the first UofL event at any part of Cardinal Park. The stadium has a capacity of approximately 2500 people and has been the host site for conference and NCAA Tournament games. Ulmer Stadium has also played host to high school softball events as well.

There have been seven All-American selection at UofL. Alicja Wolny and Katie Keller are the most recent with their selections in 2013. Wolny is a favorite to make the Great Britain Olympic team.

Louisville’s first win was a 1-0 victory against Western Illinois in their second ever game. They got wrecked 10-2 by Alabama in their very first game but finished the year with a winning record. 2002 and 2003 would end up being the only losing seasons in program history. The 55-5 record in 2012 has been the best season to date.

The Cards return a solid lineup for the 2020 season, despite graduation of "do-it-all" star Megan Hensley and Sidney Melton at "the hot corner". They return the NCAA leader in triples last season -- Celene Funke -- and eight starters. The pitching staff loses just Hensley and the incoming freshmen and transfers will create a  spirited competition to gain playing time. 

Even in their short history the Cards have faced a great deal of opponents. Their 27 wins against USF is the most against an individual opponent while their 25 losses against DePaul is the most losses. Their head-to-head record with rival Kentucky is even.

You can catch Paulie and Worldwide in the press box, often accompanied by Cardinal Couple friend Daryl Foust. You can find myself somewhere near the field taking pictures or cheering in the stands. Admission is usually free to softball games....the UK matchup  and NCAA Regional play would be exceptions to that. 


USA 81 - CANADA 46

Jeff Walz has always placed great emphasis on the squads he has coached playing solid defense. He got that early this morning when his FIBA USA U 19 squad crushed Canada 81-46 to advance to the semifinals in World Cup action.

USA held the Canadians to 16 first-half points.

"We did exactly what we have to do in order to win" Walz commented after the win.

After falling behind early 4-2, Walz's squad took control of the action and led 26-9 after the first quarter. They continued the defensive pressure and took the next ten minutes 24-7 over Canada. The Canadians shot just 30% from the floor for the game -- USA went 36-72 for 50%. Walz's squad had 13 steals and forced 22 Canadian turnovers.

Rhyne Howard rediscovered her shooting touch after an off-night against Germany with 14 points on 6-8 shooting. She hit two of her three trifecta attempts. Queen Egbo recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. USA out-rebounded Canada 52-29.

The USA U 19 squad advances to play Belgium...who knocked off Japan this morning 63-43. The other two semifinalist squads are Spain and Australia .  

Happy Friday and Go Cards!

Jared

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Interview with Scott Teeter -- THURSDAY CARDINAL COUPLE



TEETER GETTING READY TO COACH TEAM CANADA IN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

(SCOTT TEETER'S THOUGHTS ON TEAM CANADA, THE RESPONSIBILITY, HIS PLAYERS AND STAFF.) 


Q: You’ve been associated with Team Canada since 2011, but you have to be excited for the World Championships coming up in August.

COACH:  “It’s sort of two-fold. Being the defending world champion and having the opportunity to defend our gold medal is phenomenal. But, the most important is hosting the World Cup in Peterborough, Ontario, which is only two hours from where I grew up. It will be the first time that I have coached on Canadian soil.”

Q:What would it be like to defend that world championship in your home country?

COACH:  “I’m excited to show the growth of women’s lacrosse the last decade across Canada. To be able to show that we are world champions to our supporters and our fans would be amazing. Having my friends and family there to support will be great, my grandparents will be in attendance for the first time in my career, which is very special.”

Q: How different is it preparing for this tournament when you have such a short amount of time to prepare?

COACH:  “It seems like we’ve been a camp behind with this team because of some negotiations with the Canadian Lacrosse Association and the Players Association, so we have a bit of a delayed start. Everything is moving quite quickly. We just named the final 18 with alternates a few weeks ago and we have a three-day camp before we hit the World Cup. It’s definitely doable, the players are excited. It’s the most talented and deepest team that we’ve had at the U19 level. The Americans will be one of the teams to beat, but the bullseye will be on our back because we are defending champions. We only have to be them (USA) on a given day and we have enough talent to do so and we’ll have the help of our Canadian fans.

Q:What are some of the strength and weaknesses of the team, and what do you need to do well to defend your title?

COACH:  “We have depth at every position. We have skill and we have our Canadian flare with tons of creativity. There are really no holes on this team. One thing we might not have is that clear cut superstar. We have a lot of talent across the board, but not a superstar and it’s always great to have a superstar players as a coach.”


Q: Nicole Perroni will be a freshman next year at Louisville and is on your Canadian team, which is something she’ll bring to the team?

COACH:  “Nicole brings a lot of grit and determination. What I love about her and her style of play, she has that one foot over the line constantly. She toes that line and leaves it all on the field. We’re going to use her in the transition game, she plays tremendous defense and she’s very athletic. When she has the ball, she can just run with our fastest players. She knows her role on offense and can score some big goals. I think she’s going to have a really good World Cup.”

Q: What’s it like to get a chance to coach her at the World Cup?

COACH:  “Any time you get a chance to coach your players, you get to know them a little bit better. And we get to experience this together. She has had this goal to make Team Canada the last ten years of her life, to represent her country. This is why I coach, to give back to the country of Canada. For us to experience together, it’s something that no one can ever take away from us. And when we get to Louisville, we can quickly transition her game into her freshman year. She’ll be used to division I speed, which will make the transition easier. In the past, it has helped players excel.”

Q: How difficult is it to balance everything when you are with Team Canada, but you have recruiting and others things to do back in Louisville preparing for next season?


 COACH:  “I have a great staff here and having Kay (Morissette) on both of my staffs, at Louisville
and Canada, really helps. But, we’re really relying on Renee (Poullott). They have done a fabulous job recruiting while I’ve been away. I have seen as many players as a I can recruiting throughout the summer, but it makes it a little more hectic. I get back on August 12 and the players return on August 14, so there’s not a lot of time to get things ramped up again. There’s always a lot of excitement when the players get here to prepare for the upcoming season.”

Q: How does this help Kay and her development as an assistant?

COACH:  “It’s great development for her. She’s working along my other assistant, Allison Daily, who took over for me when I left Canisius. They are working together under my mentorship. I’ve given them the offense, they are running the offense. I give them my opinions and some pointers, but the offense is theirs, which is a great opportunity for growth. They know my philosophies as well as any of my former players or coaches. Just seeing her come out of her comfort zone is nice to see and she’s doing a great job.”


Q: Will it ever get old representing Canada and what is that feeling?

COACH “It’s obviously a tough feeling to explain. It’s a great feeling. When you hear your national anthem before every game and your players are standing beside you and your staff, and your singing like you did when you were in grade school every day, that just puts all of the hard work into perspective. And to see where Canada lacrosse has come over the last decade, while I’ve been involved has been phenomenal. Winning the gold medal in Scotland four years ago was surreal. It took three weeks for it to set in that we were world champions. In a couple of weeks, it won’t just be our team, it will be all of our supporters and a filled stadium, which will touch home even further.”

(A special thank you to Nick Evans for the interview with Teeter article!) 


paulie
xxxxx

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Jared reveals his favorite players -- WEDNESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


Jared’s Favorite Players

*Note: the opinions below are Jared’s and may not reflect the views of the rest of Cardinal Couple*

As we continue to go through summer my article ideas continue to slim down. I figured a good one would be my personal favorite all-time Cardinals. I’m going to limit it to from the time I started as a student in the fall of 2012 to now.

Women’s Basketball

There’s plenty of players in the running for this one. Some of the players I thought about included Jazmine Jones, Monique Reid, and Shelby Harper. Ultimately I went with Myisha Hines-Allen. I met Myisha through a friend early on and remain friends with her up through today. Back when she was a student we would carry on the occasional conversation on Snapchat.





Field Hockey

I don’t have much of a personal connection to the field hockey players as much as I do with some other
sports but there have been plenty of exciting players over the past few years. My favorite during my time is Minout Mink. Although Mini Mink transferred out of UofL and went back home she has been one of the most exciting players I’ve watched, including her performance in the ACC Tournament in 2017.

Volleyball

For me, there’s not much competition here. Katie George is my all-time favorite. I knew Katie pretty much from her first game and was a good friend of my roommate and I. I stay in touch with Miss Kentucky to this day and am happy to call her a friend.

Soccer

Many recent players have a strong case to be my favorite including Emina Ekic, Taylor Kerwin, Jill Vetere, and Tori Gabor. My favorite, though, is Gabrielle Vincent. Gaby is one of the few UofL players to come to a concert of mine, which means a lot to me. I got to know Gaby’s parents very well at the game and would talk and learn soccer from “G$”.

Softball

This might have been the toughest to decide. I am a huge fan of several players like Sidney Melton, Morgan Meyer, Celene Funke, and Maddy Newman. However, it was Nicole Pufahl who originally got me to a softball game, which later progressed into my arrival here at Cardinal Couple.

I’m not ignoring the other sports and their players. I just haven’t followed many of the other sports well enough or closely enough to really have gotten a favorite player yet.





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