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While our on-court workouts for the remainder of September are still considered "individual" workouts, the NCAA now allows us to put our entire team on the floor at the same time. We still have the two hour per week limit, so we will have two one-hour sessions per week until official practice starts on October 3rd. Yesterday's session was the first time our coaching staff had seen or worked with all 13 players at the same time. It was fun and exciting! Our players are not only talented, but they are very coachable and extremely hard workers.

1 + 1 = 3

You math majors may be wondering if this is some kind of "new math". The equation has actually been around since the beginning of team sports. 1 + 1 = 3 is the universal basketball (team sport) equation for synergy. Synergy is when the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts. Our team is already making great strides to this end and will continue to do so with our first team-building activity on Sunday.


Drive into Flagstaff from any direction and you will see Humphrey's Peak, a majestic mountain peak overlooking Flagstaff and NAU. It is part of the San Francisco Peaks, and is just 11 miles north of town and campus. Humphrey's Peak is the highest point in the state of Arizona with an elevation of 12,637 feet. My staff and I hiked it last September. (See photo below) This Sunday, our entire team will enjoy lunch and a photo op at the top.


This summer our freshmen were known around campus as the “yellow bike gang” as they quickly learned about and used the yellow bike program at NAU. Last Friday, a group of them took their transportation education to a new level by learning to ride Flagstaff’s Mountain Link - a high-frequency bus service linking Downtown Flagstaff, NAU and Woodlands Village. First stop . . . Harkins Theatre to see the newly released Insidious: Chapter 2, a terrifying sequel to the acclaimed horror film. Their collective review for the movie . . . a double thumbs up because, “It was actually scary.”


Our lone senior, Amanda Frost (Riverside, CA) shares her thoughts on when and how she developed her passion for basketball: “I was the only child to my dad, so he had me in almost every sport possible. I started playing basketball when I was 7 or 8 years old, but I was dribbling a basketball long before that. Basketball became my passion because of the competition and camaraderie - it’s just so heavy, there’s so much passion in it. Both teams are going at each other - you both want to win and you’re both playing for the same thing.”


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 first day of practice (October 3rd) = 14

Days until our home opener (Hawaii, November 10th) = 53

Days until semester grades are posted = 108

Days until the Big Sky Championship = 141

Hours of community service performed to date = 52


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