Golfer Rituals

Many golfers, like other athletes, have their fair share of unusual superstitions. Superstitions can involve what shirt the golfer wears, the specific ball they plays with, or even what clubs they choose to use. This week we are going to take a look into some of the quirky rituals and superstitions that make the NDNU Golf team so unique.

The first ritual that was also the most common amongst the team was what they ate before they teed off. Many on the team agreed that if they didn’t eat their specific pre-game meal, they felt like their swing and balance was slightly off.

The second weirdest ritual that was prevalent amongst the team was aiming the number on the golf ball towards the hole. This came as a surprise, but also makes sense visually.

Another quirky ritual that a couple of members admitted to was sticking with the club they take out of the bag first. If they read a hole a certain way and choose a club, there is no going back or it is considered back luck amongst the NDNU Golf team.

Another superstition was to not use red tees. Red is the color of stress, and maybe that’s where it comes from. It’s hard enough keeping your mental focus on the course without added subliminal pressure from the color of the tee.

The team doesn’t plan on stopping their rituals and superstitions anytime soon as long as they feel it helps their luck on the golf course.

The 2014-2015 Golf team features a large number of returners. With nine players coming back, the team feels they will get off to a good start in tournament play.

The team travels to Olympia Washington for the Saint Martin’s Invitational on friday, September 19th. The Saint Martins Invitational is their first tournament of the fall.

The team wraps up in Olympia on Sunday and immediately starts the Western Washington Invitational on Monday morning.

Luckily, the team will not have to travel out of state for the second tournament. Even though two tournaments in six days seems like a daunting task, the team is ready and up to the challenge.

I am: A Collegiate Athlete

Being a student athlete is not only a privilege to a few, but it is also a full time job that not many can handle. With only so many spots open on a collegiate team, there are twice as many people competing to get the same spot.

Not only are you pushing yourself in the gym, on the field, on the court and in the classroom, but you are also pushing yourself physically and mentally to be the best that you can be.

Before you are even on the team at a collegiate level, you have to try and get your grades and test scores as high as possible so the college coaches will even give you the time of day to look at your profile. Many do not realize that even if you are a star player on your team, without at least a 3.0 GPA, many coaches will look for the next best player who has the better grades.

“During my time in high school, lacrosse gave me the motivation to succeed in the classroom so I could have the opportunity to succeed on the field”, freshman Griffin Van Baush told.

The reason for this is because a coach wants a player who is willing to put in the work not only on the field while balancing schoolwork and internships.

“Through these four years of college I have learned that time management is one of the most important skills to have”, emphasized NDNU senior Zach Ginter.

Many coaches stress the option that a majority of their players will not make it to the next level after college, which is the professional level. All the coaches want players to have a fall back plan of continuing to go to school and earning a higher college degree.

Junior Jalani Davis shared knowledge on the topic, “Though my first love is basketball, my back up plan is a career involving music and teaching the youth about the basics of music.”

While athletes are chasing not only a championship and a college degree, many do not realize the effort, time and energy that student athletes put into their everyday work.

It is shown through sports teams at NDNU. The daily morning routine consists of waking up at 6 a.m. to condition and run until the bodies are numb. With coaches pushing one’s limits, a day filled with classes are scheduled. Most have jobs outside of school, trying to make money so they can do various extracurricular activities during the little free time that they have.

 

Lady Argos: Unstoppable

The Notre Dame De Namur women’s soccer team’s season is now underway. Currently the Lady Argos are 2-0 with wins coming against Cal State Monterey Bay and Cal State East Bay. The Lady Argos have several new pieces to their team along with some key returners. Seniors Jessica Santos and Rebecca Yim look to lead their team to a lot more victories this year.

In their first game, the Argos played against Cal State Monterey Bay. Within the first half the game was extremely close with only a few shots on goal but no goals scored. The second half was a whole different story; CSUMB got on the board scoring their first goal of the game.

10 minutes later CSUMB scored their second goal. However, the Lady Argos turned around quickly scoring 3 goals to finish the game with a victory. First goal was scored by senior Bianca Lemus followed by Monica Barrios; with the game-winning goal coming from senior Massiel Castellanos.

When asked about the game Santos confidently stated, “ We played really good. I thought we played hard and played as a team and that’s why we were able to come back and get the win.”

NDNU’s second game against CSUEB wasn’t as high scoring as the first. The first half was scoreless until late when Senior Rebecca Yim sunk a free kick from 35 feet out putting the Lady Argos up 1-0 to close the half. The second half was all about freshman goalkeeper Abigail Cebrero making incredible save after save. She finished the game with 10 saves earning her 1st career shutout.

The Lady Argos take their 2-0 records up to Washington this weekend playing Seattle Pacific University on Saturday September 13th and then Western Washington University on Monday September 15th.

Season Kick-off

The Notre Dame De Namur Men’s Soccer team have officially started their season. They have played 2 games and are currently 1-1. They have many key returners coming back: senior goal keeper Jay Tsuroka, 2013 Pac West defender of the year; junior, Tyler Matas as well as junior mid-fielder Omar Herrera. With those three leading the way the Argos have high expectations this coming year. With the addition of nine new players the Argos are going to need to build team chemistry quickly if they want to meet their team goals.

In their first match the Argos beat Cal State Monterey Bay 2-0, with two first half goals coming form freshman Esteban Berumen.

When asked about how he felt he played in his first collegiate game Berumen said, “I thought it went well, I was fortunate enough that my teammates were able to put me in a good position to score but more importantly I’m really happy we came away with the win.”

The Argos second game was against Cal State Stanislaus. It was a defensive battle throughout both halves with Stanislaus managing a late goal in the second half earning them the victory.

When junior striker Jack Ewert was asked about the game he replied with, “It was a tough game both teams played well, it was just too bad we couldn’t come away with the win.”

The Argos next 2 games are this coming Saturday, September 13th and Monday September 15th in Seattle, Washington. They look to get two big wins against Seattle Pacific University and Western Washington University.

Volleyball Team Looks to Rebound After Tough Start in Tournament

The volleyball team is looking to rebound after a tough showing in the Route 92 tournament. Going 0-4 in the tournament, Coach Annaloro and the team are ready to put it behind them and move on.

“Overall I felt our team played pretty well. I was impressed with our incoming class of freshmen… they have a lot of potential. Our returners, as always, were strong” Even the strong performance of sophomore Dominique Tarrant was not enough to capture a win in the tournament for the Argonauts.

Coach Annaloro feels her team is ready to turn the corner. “Our team is hungry and ready for a win. We are going to come back on monday ready to work hard and start a new week.”

The volleyball team has a lot of fresh new faces this year. With all the new recruits, the team is looking to have a rebound season. This season, the volleyball team boasts a large 19 player roster. This is the by far the largest the roster has been in the past few seasons.

I caught up with Junior Sarah Rodriguez, who thinks the large roster makes practices and inter-squads a lot more competitive than past seasons. “This year’s team is a lot different than teams in the past… We have a really strong freshmen class. Probably the strongest recruitment of girls we’ve had in awhile. We definitely have a good sense of family. We all try to support each other on and off the court. We all understand obviously all 19 players can’t be out there.”

Rodriguez says that so far, the large roster has worked to the Argonauts advantage. “I think having a large roster definitely helps us. It changes our practice dynamic. Instead of just doing small drills we can now scrimmage. The large roster allows us to try a bunch of different lineups at practice so we can see what will work in the game.”

After coming off of an injury, Sarah Rodriguez has one goal in mind for this season. “My personal goal for this year is to get back from my injury so I can come back strong again. I want to try really hard to get back out there and help bring in a winning season.”

With help from the several new players, the Argonauts look to get back on track quickly.

 

Photo credit: Jordan Ross
Photo credit: Jordan Ross

 

 

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country: In It To Win It

With Fall sports just getting under way, the Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams couldn’t have started off the season any better at the Fresno State Invitational. Having the first race be in the scorching heat down in Fresno, the weather didn’t seem to bother the Argonauts at all. Both teams ended up finishing in 1st place in the race with the men’s fastest time coming from Michael Young and the women’s fastest time coming from new comer Carmen Contreras.

I caught up and chatted with two of the ladies from the cross-country team, Cynthia Delgado and Tara Kai LamCenteio, to see how the first race went, check on the team’s newest additions and both of the teams’ goals for the new year.

When asked about how the first race went they replied, “The first race went great! Both the women’s and men’s team ended up winning 1st place. We all ran a great race despite the weather because it was warm down in Fresno and the drive down the night before.”

Curious about the team this year and how it may be different from last year’s team, the girls confidently described, “The girl’s team this year looks stronger than last year. The team has a closer bond and all the girls are great. We have better communication amongst each other which helps keep drama out and stay focused on the sport.”

Cynthia and Kai also discussed the new runners and what they bring to the table stating, “We have three new runners, Carmen Contreras, Kalynn Gutierrez, and Milagros Vizcaino, all who bring a whole new dimension to the team. They are a great asset and will help add depth to the team, building up for future years.”

Last year, the ladies’ team finished 11th in the conference, however, this year both teammates have new goals. “Our goal this year is to move up in our conference placing compared to last year.”

Inquiring how they are hoping to achieve this goal, they answered with, “Hard work, dedication, and relying on each other will help us achieve our goal. And of course, the support of our peers!”

The next race is September 13th at the UC Riverside Invitational in Santa Clarita, CA. Good luck to both teams on keeping this strong start going!

Know Your Argonauts

With the 2014-15 season up and running the Argonauts Men’s Soccer team is ready to bring a championship home. This year it has been very noticeable that each sports team has recruited quite heavy. With so many new faces on campus, many are wondering where did all these new faces come from?

One of the new faces on the soccer team is Midfield/Forward Joseph Sorensen. Joseph is true freshman from Portland, Oregon.

“Transitioning from my hometown to NDNU was fairly easy, since the community is very welcoming and I am very involved in the community”, Sorensen confidently stated.

Being able to transition from a hometown environment to a college environment is a big thing but being able to transition from high school sports to college sports is a even harder task.

“The transition has been somewhat smooth, though there is definitely a learning curve to overcome. The biggest goal though is to continue to have a very high work ethic when training and in a game.”

With a high work ethic on the field comes a high and constant work ethic off the field. As a Notre Dame de Namur student athlete, all players must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA regardless if their sport is in season or not. When being on a team, it is not only a team but a family who pushes each other to try and surpass their own limitations.

Sorensen plans to receive at least a 3.5 GPA if not higher and his teammates plan to help him succeed and reach his goal. As a business major Joe tries to stay very organized while also trying to eat healthy so he may be refreshed and energized on the field and off the field.

“With such a large variety of food in the café I plan to improve my eating habits, especially at dinner and breakfast.”Sorensen, among trying to improve his eating habits, hopes this will help him make a big contribution to the team this year.