Alex Sheedy Blog: The End of an Era
April 11, 2014
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State women's basketball player Alex Sheedy is keeping a season-long blog on the team and their experiences both on and off the court. Here is her entry recapping the season.
This is it Bulldog Fans, the last blog.
First up - SORRY FOR BEING SO BAD AT THIS BLOGGING BUISNESS. I've already been chastised by Courtney Gaze, who is currently watching me write this blog to make sure that I finish this and get it in as soon as I finish this up.
**A Special Note**I would like to extend my deepest condolences to George and his family, for the loss of Kathi. Kathi was a remarkable, kindhearted woman. She had been sick for a while, but she still came out and supported our team. I think she was so brave and so lovely to do that. I am so sorry that she is gone, but know that she is no longer suffering and is in a better place. I know that my teams thoughts and prayers are with George and the rest of the family. May she rest in peace and watch over her loved ones.
Well, how about this last season? It was full of ups and downs, it was exciting and sad, and it was memorable to say the least. It was a tumultuous year, we faced a lot of adversity on and off the court, and we pulled through and ended the year back in the NCAA Tournament.
I was so glad that I was able to return for senior night and onwards.
I was out for ten games in conference - so many games! I don't remember the last time I was out for that long, and all credit to Colin [Mulligan], our fantastic athletic trainer, who helped to keep me in good spirits, in shape and get me back as quickly as we could - with the help of my doctor, Kelli Eberlein, and the coaches. Thank you all so much.
So here's a quick look back the year...
Pre-season, wow. Let's not even go there. It's the worst time of the year to be a student-athlete. But it's totally necessary. There was crying, vomit, asthma attacks (or near-enough) ... but everyone worked their tails off. The first day of team practice is a blessing and curse. A blessing because it means no more preseason running. But it's also a curse because it's tough learning new things and learning to play with new people. Luckily, we got there.
I'll be honest with you all, we lost some games in preseason that we should not have lost. It was disappointing to say the least, and it's important to remember that every year and every team is different, and it happens to every team. But from those losses, we ended up growing as a team and we found our flow when conference came around.
Conference was full of ups and downs as well. We lost some games, but we bounced back; we didn't lose back-to-back in conference play. As a young team, this is a really good thing. Even though a lot of the younger players didn't get as much court time, it's really good that they were able to share in our losses and taste that bitterness of defeat. It'll be a huge advantage for the team next year knowing how much we really hate to lose and how great winning feels.
Then I got injured. Not good.
I watched from the sidelines wishing so desperately to be on the court, but I couldn't.
I watched as the team fought and lost, and fought and won. I told Taylor that she was giving me a heart attack. I'm not joking. The games against Wyoming, Boise State and Utah State almost killed me. I was about to cry, it was horrible. But I'm glad we won.
And then came the conference tournament. It's my favorite time of year. I LOVE our tournament. UNLV has a great facility, and even though I hated Vegas the first time I went there, I sort of love it now.
And guess what, we won the conference tournament - again! For seven years in a row, this team has been crowned as champions (regular season or tournament). It's an amazing achievement. I have never lost a conference tournament game. Which is crazy. It was a fantastic week, we all felt like champions, we were confident and just had a great feeling.
And so we advanced to the NCAA Tournament. When we found out we were playing Nebraska, it was exciting. They are a good team, but they were a good match-up and we felt like we could win. As you know, we didn't, but it was still a really good game. We are going to get that NCAA win, I can feel it. We want it badly.
I know how much most of you love my mum more than you even like me (haha), so I hope you all enjoyed her company while she was here. It was great for her to visit. I really loved that she experienced the tournament. My auntie was also a visitor, it was really awesome to see her here as well. I know that she enjoyed her time as well. Thank you Auntie Donna for bringing me so much chocolate!!!
And now, well, post-season workouts start next week. Then finals and the end of the year and summer holidays. I'm excited to go home and see my friends and family again. I hope that everyone has a really nice summer.