As a third year student-athlete, I have found that balancing my time between class, practices, games and study hall can very often be stressful. The experience thus far has been a very enjoyable one. Although we have had some tough seasons, many great friendships have been formed and Im sure there are many more to follow.
A typical day for myself begins with class around 9 a.m. After I attend my classes, I must attend study hall, which is a mandatory six hours per week. After study hall it is all basketball for me. We practice from either 4-6 or 6-8 p.m. If practice is from 4-6, I lift weights twice a week from 6-7, but if practice is 6-8, then I lift from 4-5. Practice starts off with foul shooting, but quickly is turned into a very competitive atmosphere. Every person on this team works as hard as they can for a position come game time and for those that do not get much playing time their competitive edge makes us that much better.
The Little East Conference, in which we belong, is often called one of the toughest conferences on the East Coast in Division III. Thus far we have had two conference games and have lost both, but they have come right down to the final few minutes. We played Eastern Connecticut and we lost to them by four points. A goal of our team this year has been to be one of the toughest teams on our opponents schedules and against both Eastern Connecticut and UMASS-Boston, we have shown that we are a very tough squad. We have also played very hard in our non-league games. Johnson and Wales and Roger Williams were also very close games.
Experience is a key in our pursuit of success. Peter Mollo, James Heady, Scott Main, Mike Monahan, and myself are the only returning players from last year and we all have pivotal roles in Coach [Mike] Kellys type of game. We have a couple of freshmen on the team who have stepped in and have shown us that they can compete at the college level. Kevin Payette, Jason Harris, Ian Robertson and Greg Bushey are our key freshmen contributors and have shown that they have made a good transition from high school basketball to the next level. These are names that will be mentioned in the future because all these players are going to have big roles in the upcoming years.
Our next games are during the Christmas recess down in Florida. Hopefully this will be a turning point in our season and we will be a bit more successful in winning some games. I believe that as long as we play a full 40 minutes, we can not only be the toughest team on the schedule physically, but also winning wise. We are a very smart team and I believe that success is right around the corner. Once this team gets over that losing hump, winning will not be a problem. The teams focus right now is on Florida and winning some games down there to carry over to our conference games when we return.