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UTEP is a very good team. They are bigger, faster and stronger and on Friday they handed us our lunch. We did not play like the fearless competitors we needed to be, and it showed in the results. We have picked ourselves up, brushed ourselves off and learned from the experience . . . respect all, fear none. We will use "UTEP" to our advantage for the rest of the year. Our next game is this Saturday 3 p.m. at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah.

TROPHIES AND PLAYOFFS

Congratulations to coach Eric Heins and the NAU men's cross country team. They competed in the NCAA Cross Country National Championships in Terre Haute, Indiana on Saturday and finished as national runner-up. Let me repeat that . . . NAU has the #2 men's cross country team in the nation. Congrats on a terrific season!

Congratulations to Jerome Souers and the NAU football team! They earned an at-large bid to the 2013 Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs and will compete in the postseason for the first time since 2003. NAU will host South Dakota State in the Skydome this Saturday, Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. The Lumberjacks finished the regular season 9-2 for the first time since the 1996 season.

Good luck to Ken Murphy and our NAU volleyball team as they head to Portland, Oregon today to compete in the 2013 Big Sky Volleyball Tournament!

A LUMBERJACK THANKSGIVING

Our team will have Thanksgiving dinner in Flagstaff this year. We will practice tomorrow morning then get together for dinner tomorrow afternoon. The dinner will be a total team effort.

Bradlee is in charge of the deviled eggs. Hunter will bring the pies and whip up the mashed potatoes. Erikka is making macaroni and cheese, while Raven bakes cornbread. Jamie is bringing the sweet potatoes. Catelyn - stuffing. Shay - collard greens. Brittani doesn't know it yet but she's making a lime jello salad. I'll cook the turkey, ham and green beans. Our centerpiece was sent by the Caverly's of Brighton, Michigan. Everybody else . . . clean-up duty! Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!

FROST BITE

Our lone senior, Amanda Frost (Riverside, CA) shares her thoughts on Thanksgiving: “Thanksgiving reminds me of all that I am thankful for. My family, friends, and teammates, and all the little things that not everybody has.”

CATELYN'S COUNTDOWN

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 semester grades are posted = 21

Days until first Big Sky home opener (Montana, Jan. 2nd) = 37

Days until the Big Sky Championship = 109

Hours of community service performed to date = 78

Free throw percent and Big Sky FT rank = 11th place, 58.3%

RAVEN AND ERIKKA'S QUOTE OF THE WEEK

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