Kristen Veseleny Women's Basketball Player Blog -- Entry #1
Posted on Jan. 18, 2012 (10:30 p.m.)
Hello! My name is Kristen Veseleny. I am a senior guard/forward for the women’s basketball team. This is my fourth year as a member of the Pioneers.
I was asked to write a blog about this year’s season and about the things that go on at practice and during team events! So here goes nothing. I hope you enjoy!
This year is our first year under head coach Tony Grenek. Coach was the assistant at Seton Hill University. The team has adjusted well under the new circumstances. Coach brought in an assistant, Ryenn Michaletti, who was a former player of his at Seton Hill. As a team, we had the chance to participate in the interview process for the new coach. This was a nice way to include the girls.
We had a good preseason. We spent most of our time in the weight room and running sprints. It was a lot of work and made us all sore but it was totally worth it. Ryenn and Coach definitely push us to be the best that we can be.
As a team, on November 1, we participated in our first community service activity. The team went to South Park Elementary to run a skills camp for boys and girls who are members of the South Park youth basketball program.
The kids went through several drills. The attendance at the camp was overwhelming! On December 20, the boys and girls got a chance to come watch us play! Our game that night was against LaRoche – a very close game. We pulled out the “W”. It was nice to see all of the support that we got from the campers and our community!
On November 30, the team traveled (by airplane) to Boston, Massachusetts. This was a 3-day trip. It was a nice team-bonding trip. The Boston accents were a little odd to us, but we toured downtown Boston and got to see a lot of different things. We also got to tour Fenway Park. A lot of history surrounds the park, and our tour guide was an ex-Boston Celtic! How neat. Emily Anderson was in awe, since her favorite team is the Boston Celtics!
While in Boston, it wasn’t all fun and games. We played our first conference game against Fisher! Everyone came to play and we went into Christmas break with a 1-0 record in our conference!
During Christmas, Coach was nice enough to give us a whole week off to spend some time away from basketball and be with our families. Since Anna Bosh’s (Boshkova) family is in Bulgaria, she spent time with her roommate’s family! She had a lot of fun.
On December 30, we faced Rio Grande at home for the third and final time this year. The previous two times we played Rio Grande, we won one and they won one. This game was the tiebreaker! It was especially competitive because when we beat them, we won their tournament. In the third game, April Austin had a school-record eight 3-pointers. This performance moved Ape to 144 career threes, trailing record holder Brittany Wilson’s by one. Come on Ape only one more! Winning this game put our record at 8-4.
Since coming back from Christmas, we had a lot of tough games (LaRoche again, Carnegie Mellon, and Walsh). We came out of this tough schedule with an overall record of 12-4 and a conference record of 3-0. Our next opponent is Houghton at home. Come support your Lady Pioneers!
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