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Eagles basketball prepares for 2014

By Matt Rittenhouse and Megan Johnson
On September 24, 2014

Joseph Weeks and teammate Josh Barlett practice drills for their upcoming game  at JUCO Jamboree at the University of Northern Iowa.  Photo by Matt Rittenhouse. 

Eagles basketball is preparing for the upcoming season.  Both the men’s and women’s teams are practicing for hours each week in anticipation of their first games of the season.

Men’s head coach Bryan Petersen spoke about the team’s preparedness. “We are currently going through our pre-season workouts. We are working on getting better as a team. We split our workouts into basketball skill workouts, conditioning, agility, weight training and playing as a group. Our goal this fall is to compete every day in everything we do,” said Petersen.

Both teams had success last season and are putting a loss in the semifinals finals Region XI junior college tournament behind them, said the coaches.

Women’s Head Coach Kim Muhl also has high expectations for the upcoming season. “Your expectations are always to win the regional and try to go to national tournament…the same expectations as last year but the difference is you have to stay healthy. We certainly didn’t do that last year and hopefully this year we will stay healthy and have a chance at regionals,”  said Muhl.

Returning player Cassidy Clark said she has been playing basketball since she could dribble a ball. She said her favorite part about basketball is the “intensity.” 

Clark said she loves the thrill of the game, the crowd and her teammates. She added that she has spent many hours working hard in the gym in order to be the best player she can be for her teammates, even in the off season. 

From her coach, Clark said she has learned “how important it is to balance everything. Sports, family and academics.” 

When asked to name one thing her team has improved on, Clark responded, “Our team chemistry. At first everyone was kind of playing individually and doing their own thing and you can tell that now everyone feels comfortable with each other. We are playing with each other. That definitely shows.”

Last season the women’s team had four injuries. Clark said that is when “coming together as a team was really important. Injuries can always happen.” She added that is why before every game the Eagles pray for guidance, support, teamwork and most of all, for fun.

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