03 January, 2012

New Year, Same Team

As 2011 comes to an end and we welcome the New Year, many make resolutions about aspects of their life they want to improve or change. However, as we returned to the ice after our weeklong break for Christmas, it was easy to see that not much changed for the Bobcats. Though a team goal is to constantly improve, the same ol’ characters, loud voices, and laughs were present as soon as we reunited, and the locker room instantly filled with excitement for the second half of the season.

A tradition we have is to do Secret Santa as a team. Before we leave for our break we draw numbers out of a hat and the week we get back we meet in our team lounge for dinner and a swapping of gifts. It’s always fun to see the gifts that are given and how perfect they are for each player. One of the most thoughtful gifts was given from one line-mate to another. Brittany Lyons, a junior forward, received a basketball hoop and ball set from senior Kate Wheeler. Kate and Britt sit across from each other in our locker room and it’s always a competition to see who can make their sock tape ball into the garbage. According to Kate, Britt needs a little practice so the basketball hoop and ball were the perfect gift. 

While the gifts were being given and each person tried to guess who their Secret Santa was, it was clear to see just how much we care about each other, and even though going home may be nice, we were all so happy to be back with our second family. Heading into the first week of practice for the year 2012 we hope to learn from what we have been through as a team in 2011, build off our success, have many more laughs, make several more memories, and take on the New Year, as the same team.

Dan and Donna Lozer says:
05 January, 2012 at 14:12 PM
Great season you have going. We're keeping up with the newsletter the university sends out (even though we are fans over here in Le Mars, IA)

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