Last weekend's road trip to Southern California was a good one. On the court, we beat a quality UC Santa Barbara team and then lost a tough game to Loyola Marymount University. Off the court, we took advantage of some pre-finals study time. We also enjoyed sunny and warm weather all the way up until Saturday when it rained in California.

A couple of our kids had never been to California or seen the Pacific Ocean, so the bus ride from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles along the 101 on Friday was a real treat. We practiced at LMU, stopped for a post-practice sandwich, then headed over to Venice Beach to check out the sites. We put our feet in the ocean and shot the breeze with some of the guys at Muscle Beach.


It was fun to see so many friends and family members at last weekend's games in southern California. During both games we felt like we had a home court advantage.


With last weekend's snowfall, Flagstaff is a winter wonderland. The holiday spirit can be felt all around town as the street lights and storefronts are decked out, and numerous holiday events are scheduled to take place between now and New Year's Day. The Vora Financial/Flagstaff Chamber Holiday Lights Parade kicks off the holiday season this Saturday, December 14th from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in historic downtown Flagstaff.

The holiday season finale is Flagstaff's unique version of a ball drop on New Year's Eve. While many people are familiar with the crystal ball dropping in New York City's Times Square, Flagstaff is host to the annual Pinecone Drop where a large (six feet tall, over 70 pounds) gold painted pinecone that is suspended from the roof top of the historic Weatherford Hotel in downtown is dropped just like the NYC celebration.


Our lone senior, Amanda Frost (Riverside, CA) shares her thoughts on playing in front of family and friends: “It’s a great feeling to play in front of family and friends. Their support is greatly appreciated and it keeps us motivated. We want to perform so well in front of them.”


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 = 7

Days until first Big Sky home opener (Montana, Jan. 2nd) = 23

Days until the Big Sky Championship = 95

Hours of community service performed to date = 78

Free throw percent and Big Sky FT rank = 10th place, 62.1%


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