Wednesday, September 1, 2010
San Angelo is famous for its painted sheep all over town. If you go to our visitor center you can pick up a brochure that lists the sheep, the artists, and the addresses where they can be found. I did this earlier in the summer with my kids and we only found 14 of the around 30 sheep that are "roaming" our great town.
I thought this would be fun for the 'Belles to do, so they could get to know each other and get to learn more about San Angelo. Of course, we rarely do anything that doesn't involve competition. So, I put them into four teams and they had an hour and a half to find and take pictures of has many sheep as they could. They had a great time and we had limited injuries - Morgan fell in a hole and Ashley James got her foot run over by a car, and no speeding tickets! Two teams found 29 sheep (pretty impressive), so the winner had to be determined by how many pictures they had taken with all four people in the picture. The winners were Jezzal, Camille, Krysta, and Mel. This announcement did not come without controversy and even some formal protests (which I appreciated, because they are competitors and they don't like to lose), but I remained strong in my choice of the winning team and they received tank tops that say "sheep happens".
We start our on court skill work and conditioning next week and I can't wait. Stay tuned for more updates. It is a great year to be a 'Belle!
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
After being off campus for a couple of summers, we were back on campus for our Heart of Texas Basketball Camp. We had a great week. The 'Belles did a great job and I have received many comments and emails about what great girls they are and that the camp "was the best money (they) have ever spent." These days, that is quite a compliment and I know how they feel, since my kids are now at the age where they go to summer camps, and it is not cheap!
The 'Belles are back on campus now and ready to get to work, but before we hit the ground running, I thought I would let you know what they were up to all summer. I texted the 'Belles and asked them to text me back about what they did this summer. Here are their responses:
Camille Perkins - "worked out"
Ashley James - "I just worked (Chili's), worked out, and bonded with teammates that stayed in San Angelo"
Morgan Youngblood - "Lift 3 days a week, play at least 3 days a week, lifeguard and swim lessons (YMCA) and hanging out with the team."
Lindsey Youngblood - "Just worked at the YMCA and worked out."
Leah LeMaire - "Skating, fishing, going to the beach and went to a family reunion in Colorado. Went to summer school, worked out and had a blast hanging out with my teammates. Drove to Minnesota with my family to our Grandparents' lakehouse. And, did some surfing in June, but the surf wasn't that great."
Lauren Holt - "I worked out and rehabbed all summer."
Paige Weishuhn - "Running, weights, about 10 weddings, Lake Amistad, Hords Creek, the Frio, and the rest of the time I was in College Station visiting my best friend."
Lindsey Mahone - "The first half of summer was workouts and school, then a Colorado vacation. Then I decided to transfer. Checked out a few schools and decided to go to Angelo State (couldn't be any happier). Came back to Texas and enjoyed being home."
Karli (Mel) Mellegard - "I have been working on getting my leg stronger, doing physical therapy and personal training. I play basketball every chance I get. As far as recreational, I have gone to South Dakota for a family reunion, and I have spent a lot of time at the lake."
Giselle Aguirre - "All star game, work outs, and trips to New York and Los Angeles."
Krysta Martinez - "Played basketball and worked out."
Laci Effenberger - For some reason I can't find Laci's text and she had a very interesting summer. I know she worked on a fishing boat in Alaska. Hopefully we can get some video or pictures of her.
As you can see, the 'Belles had a great summer, and they worked really hard. I have had many people comment on how hard they worked this summer in the weight room and on the court. I am really looking forward to this season!
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Last Saturday (Aug. 14) some members of the women's track team, soccer team, and basketball team, along with a few coaches, participated in the Girl Scouts' annual canoe race on the river. Karli Kellermeier (Basketball), Karli Makey (Soccer), Emeline Crutcher (Track and Field), Crystal Ruiz (Track and Field), and Belle Basketball coaches Stacy Duffell and Katie Rudolph all volunteered to spend their (hot) saturday morning rowing canoes with the Girl Scouts.
Our President, Joseph Rallo, also participated. Unfortunately for Dr. Rallo, his partner was not very good at rowing a canoe. I am not going to name any names, but she is one of our very studly track athletes that just happens to be an All-American (several times) and a National Champion! I'm sure Dr. Rallo will forgive her for losing the race, since she did help bring home ASU's first National Championship in Track and Field!
In the first race, Karli Kellermeier and her Girl Scout partner took home the blue ribbon. In the second race, the two Karlis had a good lead, but Stacy and Emeline pulled out a great comeback victory! My daughter Bailey is a Girl Scout and it is a great organization. I really appreciate all these young women for showing up and being such great role-models for these girls. Personally, I think that is what being a student-athlete is all about at Angelo State and this community has alot to be proud of.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Alix Flores and Christy Rasmussen graduated last week. Ann Parks will graduate in August, Lindsey Leatherman-Schaertl will graduate in December, and Casie Adams will graduate next May. We are very proud of these young ladies and know they are ready to go out into the world and make a difference. That is what it is all about. Getting an education, growing up, making life long friends.
Now we move on to the next season and the new players we will add to our roster. In the Fall, we signed Karli Kellermeier from Wall. Karli is a great defender and an extremely hard worker. I think she can really have an impact on both ends of the floor for the Belles. We have also signed another post player and three more guards. Karli Mellegard is a 6'3" post from Saginaw. Laci Effenberger is from Alaska and played her senior year in Oklahoma. She is a shooting point guard with great leadership ability. Giselle Aguirre is from El Paso Soccoro high school. She is also a shooting point guard. Krystal Martinez is a forward from Victoria. Both Giselle and Krystal are going to bring some much needed depth to the 'Belles. All our signees are very excited about the upcoming season and they are working hard, so they can try to make an immediate impact.
During the spring we had four of our freshman make the STUD club. The STUD club stands for Shoot Til U Drop (the players changed that to Die). To join the STUD club, you had six weeks to make 5,000 free throws and 5,000 three-pointers on your own time. Lauren Holt, Ashley James, Morgan Youngblood and Lindsey Youngblood are now STUDS. And even more impressive is that they accomplished this in about four weeks. You can do the math. That is alot of made shots in a short period of time! I am so proud of these young ladies and it just reinforces what I already knew about them. They are a special group and together we are going to accomplish our ultimate goal of winning a D-II National Championship!
I hope everyone had a great summer!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
I am always amazed when another Senior Night rolls around. I just can't believe that time can pass so quickly. This year we had three seniors.
Christie Rasmussen was a member of the 'Belle basketball team for five years. Out of high school she signed to play for the University of Texas at Arlington. She tore her ACL in the fall of her freshman year at UTA. She transferred to Angelo State to play basketball for the 'Belles. C-Raz continued to battle injuries her entire career, but she never gave up. She was able to play her entire senior year even though her knee did limit what she was capable of doing on the court. All a coach can ask for is that someone give you everything they are capable of giving and C-Raz did that for the 'Belle basketball team. C-Raz's parents missed very few games and they were always supportive of her, the coaching staff and the team. I will really miss Christie and her parents.
Casie Adams transferred to Angelo State from Panola Junior College. Casie is a very versatile player and was capable of scoring from anywhere on the court. Casie was a vocal leader and accepted whatever role she was asked to play for the team. Casie's mom attended a lot of Casie's games during her career at Angelo State and was always very supportive of her daughter. Casie's knowledge of the game and her enthusiasm will be missed.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Also at the party we had a pop a shot tournament. Kannon received a double pop a shot (a basketball game like you would find at Mr. Gatti's) for Christmas. It was a double elimination tournament and Jasmine Fuller was the champion. Her penchant for using the backboard came in handy in this shooting game. Also, I made a vow to the players that from now on if I couldn't say something positive I wouldn't say anything at all during practice (thus the title of the blog). Two things could happen the next day, we would have a great practice or a very quite practice! I am happy to report that we had an awesome and excellent practice!
We have a big week ahead of us. We play Kingsville at home on Wednesday at 6 p.m. and in Abilene on Saturday at 2 p.m.. We are one game behind both of these teams in the LSC standings. Also on Wednesday we will start the auction to raise money for Breast Cancer Research. We will be auctioning off the white and pink uniforms that the girls will wear during our game against Eastern New Mexico on Feb 2oth, a couple of signed pink and white basketballs and a one-of-a-kind quilt. We will also be selling pink t-shirts. Please help us support the effort to eradicate this terrible disease!
I hope to see you Wednesday. Oh by the way, the Ram baseball team split their doubleheader yesterday. They played great in both games except for 1/2 inning. Very irritating, but there is no doubt that the Rams are going to have a great season. The Rams play another doubleheader today at Foster Field starting at 1 p.m. Come on out.