After what felt like months of canceled practices and tournaments, it was nice to finally get back on the court. The 12u and 14u groups missed out on their first power league thanks to the snow, but the 16u and 18u group made it out during MLK weekend for their first tournaments. Two teams at each age level went down to Eugene to participate in the Matt Hartner Memorial tournament held at University of Oregon and one 16u team went to a tournament at the MAC club.
?????? was the thought going into this weekend. As with all our teams, this was the first time practicing or playing with this specific group of players so we didn’t know exactly what to expect. It ended up being a weekend of grit, hard work, team bonding and just getting back on the court. It was a great opportunity to play some strong competition and to see how we stack up and what we need to work on. With our first power league this weekend, everyone is eager to get back to work!
This weekend brought many physical and mental challenges for the 18-2 team, but it also gave the players an opportunity to grow as people and as teammates. Our highlight of the weekend came from our big win against Athena 18-1 and the realization that we are fully capable of competing with any team. We saw some good things and look forward to getting back into the gym to put in the time and work to turn our weaknesses into strengths. We will continue to strive to be the athletes and teammates we know we can be and to accomplish our goals this season.
“Being challenged is inevitable. Being defeated is optional.”
“RESPOND” was the theme of the weekend for the 16-1 players and parents! We took the challenge of playing some of the best teams in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Canada head on. The growth, learning and gradual increase in team chemistry on and off the court made this tournament one to remember! The girls ended the tournament asking “when’s the next practice? Can we go to it?!” Which made for a happy coaching staff! We are excited to get back into the gym … whenever Mother Nature lets us!
This weekend was one of learning how to work together as a team, focusing on good communication, and working hard until the end of every match. The girls did an amazing job of being flexible, focused, and determined to fix anything that needed to change. There was huge improvement from the first game to the last, and the team finished as the silver bracket champs! As a team we’re excited to see where the rest of the season will take us with hard work & dedication.
WOW, what a weekend of surprise, reality, growth, learning & optimism! Our team’s overall theme & realization for the weekend was “growing up”. Time for our girls to individually become more responsible & accountable for themselves & moving towards taking ACTION! With some time to reflect before our first power league of the season, we are all excited & optimistic to see what we can & will achieve when we believe in the power of HIKI NO!!!