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Sports Junkie: “Too Busy”?

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Caitlin Dorsch ~ Co-Editor in Chief

     Perhaps one of my pet peeves is hearing the words, “I am too busy!”  In my opinion, the word “busy” means that you do not have time to give to something.  This idea implies that you are giving your time to something else, not related to the thing that you are “too busy” for.  And, hearing this as a student-athlete was always something that aggravated me to no end.  

     Now, I want to make note that I understand that, sometimes, student-athletes genuinely are busy in their lives.  However, I refuse to believe that an individual literally has no time whatsoever to give to the sport that they say that they love.  For me, being “busy” is simply a matter of perspective. For example, if I tell myself, “Wow, I am really busy today,” then I am essentially given myself an excuse to not do something else that I could have done to make myself better that very day.  

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Sports Junkie: Mentality

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Caitlin Dorsch ~ Co-Editor in Chief

     Something that Coach Olsen insists that each of his players have is “grit.”  In reaction to Coach’s statement, many players typically think, “I have grit!  I do all this extra stuff, so he must be wrong.” Well, I am here to tell you that you can always do more than you think you can, especially as an athlete.

     Over my four years as a student-athlete on this campus, I saw the potential that each member on every sports team had at the University.  And, I finally realized something that was a weakness to practically all of our teams: mentality. In my opinion, mentality is all about adaptability to a situation.  Our fault is that we typically have fluctuations in our mentality based on conditions outside of our control. It is this uncontrollable factor that causes the mentality of players to drop, to become negative in some way that is against the benefit of the team.  

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Sports Junkie: “You Just Got to Have Fun”

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Black and white photo of a soccer ball found on Coast ink: The Future of Apparel Printing website, http://cisports.blogspot.com/2010/09/soccer-ball.html.

Caitlin Dorsch ~ Co-Editor in Chief

     Such a simple phrase, “You just got to have fun.”  But, honestly, I found this to be one of the hardest things for me to remember throughout some games and practices over my four years on the women’s soccer team at the University of Lynchburg.  Sometimes, at practices and games, I would find myself so stressed and anxious to make that one save as a goalkeeper that I forgot to “just play.” The coaching staff told me multiple times to “just play” throughout my years, yet I would always think, All I ever do is play.  What do they mean?  

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Sports Junkie:  Why I Chose To Be A Goalkeeper 

 

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Photo taken of fourth-year goalkeeper and co-captain Caitlin Dorsch by fourth-year photographer of Lynchburg Hornets Sports Network on Sat., Nov. 2.

Caitlin Dorsch ~ Co-Editor in Chief

     Throughout my sports career, both at the club level and collegiate level, I am often asked, “Why did you decide to become a goalkeeper?”  Typically, their statement is followed by a quick remark like, “You must be crazy. That position is too stressful for me. You are like the last person to stop a goal from going in!”

     In response, I say, “Yes, you are right.  It is a very stressful position, but that is why I love it!”  To be honest with you, I have a love/hate relationship with my position.  It is a ton of pressure knowing that you are the last person between the opponent team scoring and the sacred goal.  It is hard knowing that one mistake by you could inevitably lead to a loss for your team. For me, having the trust and love for my teammates and coaches on the women’s soccer team at the University of Lynchburg was the most important aspect for me to want to do well.  Without feeling supported and wholeheartedly trusted by my teammates and coaches, I would not have had the confidence during my final year of eligibility to believe in myself as a goalkeeper.  

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Sports Junkie: Experiences of a Student-Athlete:  The Student-Athlete Team

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Caitlin Dorsch ~ Co-Editor in Chief

     On November 6, 2019, my collegiate soccer career at the University of Lynchburg came to a close, losing in the quarterfinals of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) tournament by a score of 1 to 4.  

     To be completely honest, it was so weird for me the first few days that we were back from winter break.  I did not know when I was going to see my soccer family again. I was worried about how much I would be able to see them since I know how busy the off-season spring schedule is for all fall student-athletes.  

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Sports Junkie: Chicago Welcomes Mack

Chris Snan, Staff Columnist~

The former Oakland Raider, Khalil Mack, has a new home in the Windy City this upcoming season. It was made official Saturday when the Raiders and the Chicago Bears came to an agreement with the trade, which now makes Mack the highest-paid defensive in NFL history. A record breaking 6 year $141 million dollar contract was more than enough to land one of the best pass rushers in the league today. Read more

Sports Junkie: Lebron James or James Harden?

Chris Snan, Staff Columnist~

This past regular season was arguably one of the most entertaining seasons in NBA history, due in part to the star power in the league. Several players stepped up in big ways on game day, improving the quality of the competition. It was even sweeter to see rookies like Donovan Mitchell, Ben Simmons, and Jayson Tatum make use of their playing time and put up good numbers in their first season. Read more

Sports Junkie: Trades, Trades for Days

Chris Snan, Staff Columnist~

This NFL offseason has been quite the eventful one. Kirk Cousins signing with the Minnesota Vikings and Michael Bennett with the Eagles, and let’s not forget about the Cleveland Browns adding Tyrod Taylor and Jarvis Landry to their team. Just when you thought that trades were about to simmer down, teams decided to make even bigger changes to the NFL atmosphere involving guys like Aqib Talib, Case Keenum and Ndamukong Suh. Read more

Sports Junkie: Kawhi’s Return

Chris Snan, Staff Columnist~

In recent news, Kawhi Leonard is planning to return back to playing basketball in San Antonio sometime in March, after missing quite some time with the team. Leonard was originally sidelined due to injury in late September last year, which kept him out of play until mid-December. This is where things begin to get interesting with the All-Star forward. Read more

Sports Junkie: V-Day Weekend Upset

Chris Snan, Staff Columnist~

In Sunday’s NBA action, the Cleveland Cavaliers were able to pull off an upset victory over the Boston Celtics in what was supposed to be a big night for one of Boston’s own, Paul Pierce. The story of the night was that the Celtics were retiring “The Truth’s” (Pierce’s) jersey, and in doing so dedicating the night to him. However, Lebron James and company managed to steal the show with a 121-99 win. Read more

Sports Junkie: Fly Eagles Fly

Chris Snan, Staff Columnist~

Ladies and gentlemen, the wait is over. After months of regular season games and weeks of post-season games, the new world champs have finally been crowned. They always say “the first one is the sweetest.” Now, all of Philly knows that taste: the taste of victory. Feast your eyes upon the Super Bowl LII winners – the Philadelphia Eagles. Read more

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