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Back in the USA

Posted in Updates on June 7, 2012 by pioneerathletics

We are back in the USA!!

After an awesome trip and an amazing experience, it definitely feels good to be back in our home country.
Starting from where we left off in our last post, Day 5 brought more amazing site seeing. We got to see the Notre Dame church which was spectacular AND we went to Louvre, which is a museum which houses the Mona Lisa painting. Later in the night we traveled to a small town in France for our fifth game. The team didn’t turn out to be much competition, but the after dinner and fun they provided was irreplaceable. Again, France showed us some great hospitality.
Day 6 was a travel day. We drove from France to amsterdam which is about a 7 hour bus ride.  After we checked into our hotel we went to a ” river party” at the house of the coordinator of our games in amsterdam.  His family and his neighbors prepared a BBQ feast for us.  There was so much food and alcohol…..they were joking that their plan was to get us too fat and drunk to be able to play well the next day.  Although their plan didn’t end up working, the hospitality and friendliness of these strange Dutch families was incredible.
Day 7 was our first full day in Amsterdam. We started the morning off by touring the Anne Frank house. This was a very interesting, but sad look back into history. We then spend most of the rest of the day in the gym. The boys team played first, got the win, and then we all did an hour long clinic with around 30 Dutch kids. This was a lot of fun, but also hard since we didn’t speak their language. We, the girls, then had our final game of our trip which ended up being the most competitive and fun game. We were lucky to get to play the U20 National team of Holland. they happen to be in the area for training camp. The game was close the whole way, but USA ended up pulling out the win, 66-64. We ended the night celebrating in downtown Amsterdam, which we found to be a very weird/bizarre/but fun place at night.
Day 8 we started with a boat tour down the famous channels of amsterdam.  Most people however, due to the craziness of the previous night, were rocked right to sleep and missed the entire tour hahaha.  After the boat tour we were given some free time and so we took a taxi to a different part of town and had a delicious lunch at an adorable lunchroom.  We also got our hands on a VERY informative pamphlet about Amsterdam.  Did you know that amsterdam was the first city to legalize gay marriage? I didn’t! After that we took the bus to the Heineken brewery, which was a lot of fun actually! We learned how the beer is made and the brewery has a number of fun interactive activities to do as you learn about beer! For dinner we went to the hard rock cafe.  Overall, we had an amazing time on this trip.  All the discomfort of being in a foreign country was washed away every night when we played basketball.  Everyone was so accommodating and friendly, it was truly a positive experience.
Thanks for reading!!
Neva and Kristina

Neva & Kristina in Paris, Update #2

Posted in Updates on June 1, 2012 by pioneerathletics

Hello from Paris, 

We have now successfully completed day 4 of our trip and we are having a great time! The first day was spent fresh off the airplane, in London. We met up with the rest of our team and drove into the city where we did some sight seeing. That night we played our first game in Europe which was in interesting experience. We have learned that the courts over here are very different than ours to start. I would describe the surface as something like hard rubber…we won our first game pretty easily against a club team from London. 
We started our second day bright and early. we took the train from nearby our hotel to downtown London and we saw the changing of the guards wearing those big fuzzy hats. then we went to the pica dilly center to have lunch n look around. We went to this giant toy store called Hanleys which was really cute and fun. Also we had the best ice creams evaaa. Next we met the bball coach of Westminster University and he showed us part of the campus which was old and lovely. That night we played against a team coached by the Westminster coach but was just a group of ladies who had played together before. They ended up beating us by 10 which was a bummer but we didn’t play very well soo that’s how that goes hehe. 
Day 3 started even earlier…we caught an 8:30 train called the EuroStar which took us under water from England to Paris. We got picked by our coach bus which we will have for the rest of the trip and drove straight into the city to see the Arc de Triumph which was a huge arch! and then we got some free time to walk around, shop and have a French lunch, crepes! We then headed to our hotel which was interesting in it self, modern, high tech, but poly pocket sized rooms which make us feel like we are in a space ship :). We headed to our third game after a hour of resting and we were greeted with GREAT hospitality! They even had a DJ in the gym…which played throughout the games. (side note: there is also a boys team traveling with us, so there is always two games. one for them and one for us.) They gave us presents and served us dinner after the game, o yeah, and we got back on track with the win!
That brings us to today, Day 4. We got to sleep in which was extra luxurious and then we took the bus to the Eiffel tower! We climbed the stairs up to the second level which prolly took 15 minutes and then we took the elevator to the top. Needless to say the views were spectacular and the tower itself is really cool/reminds me of a dinosaur. After some more ice cream we went to Montmartre which is this really rustic  little area on a hill. There was a beautiful white church at the top of the hill and we sat beneath it on the slope as we ate lunch. There was an art show in a little square next to the church and the artists were drawing amazing portraits of tourists. We went into some really impressive chocolate shops too. That night we played our 4th game in a row against a club team from the city. W

In London Park

e beat them about 90 to 42. woooooo

Look to hear from us again in the next couple days! 
Neva and Kristina 

Europe Travel

Posted in Updates on May 30, 2012 by pioneerathletics

Our blog has come back to life!  This time to chronicle the international travels of Kristina Williams and Neva Hauser.

Join them in their journey:

Greetings world! 

 This is Kristina and Neva writing you from the Philadelphia airport. We are on our way to London with USSAAI (USA Athletes International). We have met several members of our 9 person team including our friendly coach brucey. We have our first game tomorrow against a team from London, but what team that is, no one knows. Game plan is we just pick n roll the whole time and teen scores 30 minimum………and Neva gets 20 rebounds, minimum. We have a 7 hr flight ahead of us and when we arrive, it will be 10am London time, and we will have the whole day ahead of us, so really hoping to get some sleep on this flight! You will be hearing from us a few times during the trip, and we hope to also be taking pictures and sharing them with you. Well, Cherrio!! Pip pip!! Yeh. Xoxoxo
Kristina & Neva

Sudden Death Free-Throw Contest!!

Posted in Updates on November 18, 2010 by pioneerathletics

This past Tuesday marked the beginning of the season for our team! We had a strong start and earned a decisive road win against NAIA Evergreen State.  Tomorrow is the season home opener and the start of our Fall Sudden Death Free-Throw Contest sponsored by women’s basketball.  We will be having the contest on Nov. 19th, Dec. 3rd, and Dec. 4th. 

Here are the official rules and regulations! 

1. All L&C students, staff, and faculty are eligible to participate.

2. Participants will receive their raffle ticket upon entrance into the game. You must be there by tip-off to receive a ticket.

3. During 1st half time-outs, 12 tickets will be called for the half-time event.

4. The 12 winning ticket holders will split on both ends of the court (6 per end) and shoot 1 free-throw at a time and rotate. To stay in the competition, you must make your free-throw each round. If no one makes a FT in THAT round, each contestant in that round only will start over. The rounds continue until each basket has 1 winner.

5. The 1 winner at each end will join the other winner (opposite end) and have a 2 person competition for the $50.00 Visa Gift Card.

6. The final winner will receive their gift card from Coach Fulks after the game.


Portland Parks Community Service – Year 7

Posted in Updates on October 18, 2010 by pioneerathletics

A lot has happend since our last blog post, but the start of the new season seems like the perfect time to get rolling again.  Our seven new players have arrived on campus, we’ve just passed fall break, and on Saturday we colloborated with Portland Parks for the 7th year in a row for a morning of community service.  We have participated in this event in all sorts of weather, but were blessed this Saturday for a gorgeous Portland day working along the scenic Willamette River.  Our team and coaches began the morning by pulling non-native species at Willamette Park, moved on to planting a variety of native trees and plants… and after a few hours of work- found the playground.   Not a bad way to spend the last Saturday morning before practiced kicked off in high gear of Sunday!  Click here to see more pictures!

Pancake Breakfast!

Posted in Updates on May 3, 2010 by pioneerathletics

Alums + 1 to be

Dub cookin’ it up!

Our Pancake Breakfast celebrates a few things each year..besides how much our players, coaches, and alums like to eat!  The first is that our players have made it through the academic class year and only have finals remaining ahead of them. Good luck to all as finals started this morning! The second celebrates the legacies passed down from our alums and seniors as we finish this season and announce internally our 2010-11 freshman class that will soon be joining our team and our traditions.  The breakfast itself is held the Saturday of reading days every year and Coach Whitesel spends hours cooking up pancakes one by one for our players, coaches, and alums in the PDX area. This year’s pancake selection included: strawberry, banana, chocolate chip, raspberry, a combination of

Waiting patiently

above, or plain.  Additionally, the players whip up some scrambled eggs and sausage while Coach Fulks keeps the coffee flowing. All in all, a great morning and a great way to help finish off the year! Click here for more pictures!

Pio Pong!

Posted in Updates on May 1, 2010 by pioneerathletics

Today marked the second annual event of Pio Pong!  Pio Pong is sponsored by our Student Athlete Advisory Commitee (SAAC) and promotes alcohol education and awareness to L&C students while playing our “Pioneer” version with Gatorade (thanks Coach Hristou for supplying the Gatorade!!).  Eighteen teams, including 5 women’s basketball players, competed for the Pio Pong Title in a double elimination Pio Pong Tournament.  Thanks to all those who helped run and sponser the event! Click here for more pictures!