Monday was day 15 of practice marking the halfway point of our preseason workouts. Over the past week we put our initial focus of team offense, individual defense, and conditioning to the test by “putting it all together” in two scrimmages - one intrasquad and one intersquad. While we still have a lot of work to do, one thing I already like and appreciate about our team is our ability to pass the ball. Our players are very skilled passers and very team oriented which makes them fun to coach and fun to watch.
SPEAKING OF ASSISTS
Former Lumberjack basketball player, Becky Seeger graduated from NAU in 1980. Becky was born into a military family at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona. Like most military families, Becky’s family moved frequently during her childhood, but Becky always considered Arizona home. When it came time to choose a college, Becky narrowed her choices to 3 schools: U of A, ASU, and NAU. Although she had never visited Flagstaff, Becky was sold on NAU after reading about the Ponderosa pine trees, majestic mountain peaks, and the opportunity for skiing at Snowbowl. While sad to learn that basketball players aren’t allowed to ski, Becky still loved her time at NAU and in Flagstaff.
Upon graduation, Becky embarked on a 30 year Air Force career as an electrical engineer. Becky retired from the Air Force as a full bird colonel and then again chose Flagstaff . . . this time as her retirement destination. Becky now enjoys photography, NAU athletics, and yes, skiing.
Becky was honored at an NAU athletics luncheon last Friday for establishing the Rebecca Seeger Women’s Basketball Endowment. NAU freshman, Brittani Lusain, is this year’s recipient. When asked why she chose to establish the endowment Becky replied, “Service before self. The Air Force motto of giving back was something that I grew up with, and is something that has always been a part of me.” Becky’s contribution to our program is greatly appreciated!
“A HEALTHY ME IS DRUG FREE”
The Red Ribbon campaign is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation reaching millions of young people during the annual week-long event. Student-athletes from universities around the nation visit various schools throughout their communities to talk about the importance of living a healthy, drug free lifestyle. This week, Hunter Thomas, Erikka Banks, Raven Anderson, Amanda Frost, Brittani Lusain, and Bisera Peshkova joined forces with other NAU student-athletes to help spread this important message to school children from in and around Flagstaff.
Our lone senior, Amanda Frost (Riverside, CA) shares her thoughts on being this year’s recipient of the Brad Snyder Basketball Scholarship: “I feel really honored and blessed to have met Brad’s parents. Their story really touched me and their courage inspires me. I already play hard but it makes me want to play harder and not take any day for granted.”
Our goals for the 2013-2014 season:
Win the Big Sky Championship,
Maintain a team GPA of 3.0 or higher,
Perform 150 hours of community service.
Freshman Catelyn Preston (Oregon City, OR) keeps tabs on important dates and numbers for our program. Drumroll please . . .
Days until our home opener (Hawaii, November 10th) = 19
Days until semester grades are posted = 73
Days until the Big Sky Championship = 144
Hours of community service performed to date = 62
RAVEN AND ERIKKA'S QUOTE OF THE WEEK
WEAR THE BLUE AND GOLD - SHARE THE PHOTOS
Friends of NAU Women’s Basketball, Rob and Matt Darling, show their Lumberjack Spirit at the Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Zip Line Course in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Thanks for your interest in, and support of, NAU Women's Basketball. Until next week please:
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Head Women's Basketball Coach
Northern Arizona University