We all share our love for UofL Athletics, especially the women's sports here at Cardinal Couple, but writers and readers alike always have our favorite athletes. Some of our favorites may go way back to the Conference USA or Big East days while other favorites may be currently enrolled at Louisville.
I added some requirements for myself but you are open for your own rules and requirements. For myself, I am limiting my favorites to those who are no longer students at Louisville and they had to have played during my time at UofL (starting fall 2012) or later.
Nicole Pufahl was with the softball program for five seasons. Pufahl held the team captain and center fielder role before Celene Funke. Her parents were often seen on the berm in right center. Hailing from California, Pufahl had one of the most outgoing personalities you will ever find at Louisville. She was the person who got our cheering section to come to some softball games, which first introduced me to the Cardinal Couple crew and played a part in kick-starting my sports photography career.
Gabrielle "Gaby" Vincent was one of the biggest supporters of my euphonium playing. The soccer center back joined a couple of my soccer buddies at a concert one time. Vincent was a hard worker and spent a lot of time focusing on school but was one of the kindest athletes UofL has had, a trait she learned from her parents, who often sat right behind our cheering section. The Maryland native is now with the Utah Royals FC as wells as the U23 Team USA squad.
Sidney Melton has been one of the biggest supporters of my photography and she and Celene Funke once shot with me in my earlier days. The Ohio native spent five seasons with softball and was widely known for her speed and ability to steal bases. Her encouragement and support of my photography helped motivate me to start going to more games as a photographer instead of a fan. Paulie recently caught up with Melton about her grad school endeavors.
Who are some of your favorite athletes? You can set your own guidelines for who qualifies. Hopefully, the CC folks will add their favorites too, or perhaps talk about them on the podcast Saturday.
I want to point out that my favorites are just that, my favorites -- and don't necessarily speak for the entire Cardinal Couple staff.
I did consult a bit with Paulie on some of his favorites. He mentioned Louisville Softball's Jordan McNary and Alicja Wolny as two he really enjoyed watching play and interviewing. He also enjoys talking with McNary "The Governor" as he refers to her, and she's stull in Louisville, working with a promotions company and coaching softball at Asbury College.
He also had current player Celene Funke on his list. He's has some fun interviews with her and we look forward to those continuing.
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Hannah Boyle (Field Hockey) and Gabby Kouzelos (women's soccer) came to mind in other sports Hannah Koloski (Lacrosse), Emmonnie Henderson (track and field, WBB) came to mind and Lauen Hartlage (Women's golf) also stood out.
He's spoken to so many in the 13 years of Cardinal Couple, I'm sure there are a multitude of other
Remember to stay healthy and stay safe. Happy Thursday and Go Cards!