In true University of West Florida fashion, the bad weather has followed us to The College World Series. Day 1 consisted of waking up early, and traveling to North Carolina State (NC State) for a quick workout. Strength Coach, and former Argonaut Pitcher, Nick Presley was able to make the trip with the team to Cary, and used his networking skills to land us an hour in the Wolfpack weight room. Coming from a smaller school like UWF, it was cool to see a bigger ACC facility and compare it what we have. We were able to work out in the Basketball weight room, and honestly, I would have picked UWF’s weight room over NC State’s The strength team at UWF has done a great job with not only the baseball team, but all athletes at UWF!
Friday night was the annual Team Banquet, and that was when this whole experience really kicked in. Right when we got off the elevator, there it was…. The National Championship hardware! It was beautiful, and it just reminded us all of when we were rushing the field in chaos on Monday when we won the regional.
During the banquet, an award was given to Senior, Zach North. The award was called the NCAA Elite 88 award. This award is given to the top Student-Athlete at the Championship level. A extremely prestigious award, and Zach deserves it. With a cumulative g.p.a. of 3.97 it was hard for anyone else to really have a chance. Zach is a prime example of a STUDENT-athlete, and I emphasize the student part, because that’s what makes a truly successful athlete. Zach always put the same effort into his school work as he would baseball. That is why he has been successful in the classroom, on the field, and there is no doubt he will be a success in the working world. Congratulations Zach!
While at the College World Series, we will be taking part in a Kids Baseball Clinic. This is a great opportunity to help with younger students of the game, and be role models to kids who dream of being in a position that we are lucky enough to be in this week. I’ve always enjoyed doing baseball clinics, because when I was younger I went to every camp I could because there was always something new to learn. It should be an exciting day in Cary, and I’ll do my best to get some pictures for my next update.
My Stache is still going strong, but my blonde roots have started to grow in, so the blackness has worn off. It is still magical and majestic, but I am still not even close to the beauty of Jordan Raskinski’s bearded masterpiece!
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