It's morning of the WIAC tournament. The Blugolds, ranked 4th, are facing the Whitewater Warhawks, ranked 3rd, this afternoon at 2:00 pm in River Falls.
Our record is 0-0 at this point. Nothing else matters. We are bringing our ultimate "A-game", complete intensity, and constant enthusiasm today. The energy on the bus is already positive, especially after distributing the highly anticipated "Spotlights." We all have taken time to acknowledge each contributing member of this team to spotlight how much we appreciate them. Today, this team is more eager than ever to step onto the field together and bring it.
Well, it's 10:30 a.m. and it's already 58 degrees. And I should mention it is a high of 68. There's blue skies. Sun shining. Trees budding. I am finally wearing sunglasses...and get this...SHORTS. Sure, I have my 6,000 other layers packed - my UnderArmour get-up, 2 pairs of mittens, wool socks (that I happened to borrow and not return after the last freezing game from AT Dickie), 2 sweatshirts, 2 jackets, mayyybe 4 long sleeves, and my fleece blanket - but I am rejoicing that I won't be huddled beneath my blanket, putting all my energy into retaining my body heat. Sure, everyone will be blinded by my snow-white, sun-deprived skin, but I'm just ecstatic for a beautiful day to be at a ball game. And not just ANY ball game...it's the first game of the WIAC. Let's get it, 'golds!
- Karen Hansen, Student Manager