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Allyson's Angle: An Inside Look at the Lady Flames' Preseason
Hello Lady Flames fans,
Since our first exhibition game is this week and I am so excited to get started, I'm starting this week's update with the countdown to Nov. 8: 3 days! I hope to see you all at the Vines Center on Thursday night. We are excited to showcase the hard work we have been putting in, and we are all excited the season is finally here.
It's really hard for me to believe I am a senior! I can still remember Courtney [Watkins] and myself coming in for summer school before our freshman year. These four years have gone by so fast, but I can say without a doubt that I have enjoyed every minute. Well, almost every minute. I'm not going to miss waking up at 5 a.m. to work out, but I will miss doing so with my girls.
This past week was a busy one for all of the Lady Flames. Last weekend, we had a couple of recruits come to visit our campus and spend time with us. Since Halloween fell on a Wednesday this year, we decided to have our team Halloween party on Saturday night. We all dressed up in our costumes and headed over to Coach Green's house for a little party and fellowship.
Now, I had been thinking about what my costume would be a couple of days before the party, but I wanted to keep it a secret. While everyone else was bouncing costume ideas off of each other, I remained silent. My teammates tried to get me to break, but I held strong. In the end, it was totally worth it. I won best costume at the party!
I dressed up as an alligator (or dinosaur, however you look at it). The story behind my costume is that it was homemade, by none other than my incredibly crafty mom. She made this costume, complete with headpiece, tail (so big I couldn't drive with it on), feet and hands. No one could believe she actually made it and that the costume has been in my family for many Halloweens.
Even though I'm biased and thought my costume was the best, everyone who dressed up looked great. We had Ninja Turtles, Daisy Duke, a football player, a soccer player, nurses and even a married couple. The award for cutest costume of the night had to go to little James Deyo. He came in a little dragon costume that was SO CUTE. We all absolutely love him. He is the best little kid!
This past Friday, we had our first actual scrimmage. We've been practicing against each other and our practice guys, but we were definitely ready to play against another team. We scrimmaged at the University of Virginia and played pretty well. Naturally, though, there are things which still need to be improved. The scrimmage was a good measuring tool to see where we are and where we need to be. We have a few more practices to improve upon some things before our exhibition game on Thursday.
The exhibition game is against Athletes in Action. They are the sports ministry branch of Campus Crusade for Christ and they are a great organization. I had the opportunity to go on an overseas tour with Athletes in Action, in between my freshman and sophomore year. We traveled to Barcelona, Spain for two weeks, playing basketball, putting on clinics, sharing the Gospel and learning with and from each other. It really was an awesome experience, and I gained some lifelong friends from the tour.
In closing, I want to say congratulations to the football team. We beat Coastal Carolina this past weekend, and the guys have really been fun to watch this season. I also want to say good luck to my girls on the women's soccer team, as they have their Big South Tournament this week. Let me just say volleyball has been tearing it up! If any of you basketball fans haven't seen a volleyball match, you are missing out. They are playing so well, and it's easy to see that they have been working hard! The men's basketball team also has an exhibition game today, and I'm really excited to see the guys play under Coach McKay. I know they have been working hard, and I'm excited for their season to start too.
Well, I guess that's all for now. I hope to see ALL of you out on Thursday night, at 7 p.m. in the Vines Center for our exhibition game! We are excited to show everyone how hard we have been working and get this year started off with a WIN!
Playing for His glory,
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