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The Life of a College Athlete is very challenging but Jenna Lividini expresses that it is still a great experience and it is all worth it.

Life of a College Athlete

Life of a College Athlete

  1. Playing collegiate basketball at any level regardless of it being Division I, II, or III is a major achievement however, not everyone at the college or in the country see it as such.
  2. The ability to play in college means that the player is extremely talented and dominated the High School level. The problem with going to college is that some people believe they have an easier road to success.
  3. Students believe that they have people who do their work for them and they take easier classes so that they can stay eligible throughout the season. Division I schools have the toughest, due to the constant media coverage they receive.
  4. High power programs such as North Carolina and Syracuse have been recently found guilty of academic fraud by having tutors write athletes papers or allowing athletes to pass the class without doing any work.
  5. The lower division levels there are not as much media coverage because the talent is not the same. Players who play at the Division II or Division III level are not getting drafted into the NBA and Division II and Division III basketball is not as much as a business as Division I is.
  6. Division I basketball generates millions of dollars every year so there is a lot more pressure on the teams to perform. An institution like The College at Brockport a Division III school still has some of these issues. Students at the college take offense to the fact that people on the team get college credit for playing a sport.
  7. Tarchia Cox a junior at R.I.T and is also an athlete, and she believes that the credits given to student athletes are fair.
  8. “I think the fact that we get college credit is extremely fair because we sacrifice that time studying to go to practice and games and we don’t get put on scholarship for it so allowing us college credit is a fair trade,” said Cox.
  9. A typical day in the life of a college athlete is a lot more stressful than a normal student’s day. A normal student’s day is getting up going to class and then working a couple hours and going home to study.
  10. Hannah Spencer a member of the women’s basketball team at the college talked about what a normal day for her is like.
  11. “I go to class after a late night at the library. Then I go to practice which consists of timeon the court, film, and weight room. Then I go back to the library,” said Spencer.
  12. Jenna Lividini also a member of the women’s basketball team talked about how important time management is in being an athlete “If I know that we are going to be getting back late I will get all my homework done before so that I won’t be stressed out about it later,” said Lividini.
  13. Time management is a common theme among athletes because their day is so busy with mandatory things that they do not have the leisure time that other students get.
  14. They don’t have the time on weekends to go out and party or hang out with friends because they have games or work to make up that they couldn’t do during the week because of basketball related activities.
  15. Playing basketball at the college level is something that many people want to do and those who don’t play might not always see everything that they go through but the sacrifices that they make is something that not everyone would want or would be able to do.
  16. The early morning practices and the time commitment of playing a sport is something that people should have more respect and admiration for instead of degrading them and thinking that they are handed everything they get.

 

Womens vs Mens Basketball

In the middle of the Brockport women’s basketball game, the teams are going back and forth and when they look into the crowd they see empty spaces and they think to themselves if this was a men’s game would these empty spaces exist?

The sport of basketball is a universal sport that all people can and should be able to play.  The game is unique in the fact that regardless of who is playing the objective is the same, to get the ball in the basket.

The problem according to Cierra Dillard a Division I women’s basketball player is “men’s basketball gets more exposure and sponsorship opportunity than women’s does,” Dillard said.

Anne Feller a former Division III women’s basketball player talked about why men’s basketball is not as popular as women’s basketball “women’s basketball lacks the entertainment aspect of the game but focuses more on the fundamentals,” Feller said.

Fundamentals are great to have but fans want to see the excitement as well.  Another major issue of the topic of women’s and men’s basketball is the disparity of media coverage that the two sports receive.

Matt Seltzer a senior and broadcaster for the women’s and men’s basketball games at the college talked about this issue “men’s basketball gets more media coverage and attention due to their ability to perform more skills such as dunking and playing at a pace that is faster and more exciting to fans,” Seltzer said.

Schylar Laux a freshman at The College at Brockport and a player on the college’s women’s basketball team echoed these same thoughts by Seltzer about the pace of the game.

“I think it’s the pace of the game, the guys play such a faster game and it makes it more exciting for people to watch,” Laux said.

That appeal to watching the game is the key to success.  If people don’t find something interesting they will not watch it.

 

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Picture of the Brockport women’s basketball team hanging out enjoying each others company

The quiet Eagle

A player who plays over 50% of the game and who is a major contribution to her team is not expected to be a quiet person.

An individual of this caliber is not expected to be a quiet person.  They are expected to be experienced and be a vocal leader on the team.  Schyler Laux is neither.

The freshman Laux is not vocal at all however, she is still a leader.  She leads by her body language, there is never a negative reaction from her even when things are not going well.  The team may not be playing well and everyone is upset but Laux can always been seen encouraging her team by clapping and pumping her fists indicated that things will be alright.

This encouragement is something that she learned at her high school Paul V. Moore.

She also learned about hard work and being the best version of yourself.

“Learning how to compete and putting in the hard work to be the best I can is the one thing that helped me easily transition to college basketball ,” Laux said.

Laux who was recruited by many other colleges choose Brockport because “I loved the environment and how friendly everyone was. Also the coach was heavily recruiting me,” Laux said.

Laux is not a player who will surprise you by the stat sheet.  She is not a player who averages 20 points a game, but her drive and determination to win is something that other coaches have referenced during the season.

Her favorite memory of the season is a moment that had nothing to do with her personal success it was a moment of the team success “my favorite memory is beating Geneseo and our entire team screaming and throwing water on the coaches,” Laux said.

This is the type of person Laux is, the fact that she is so self-less and being all about the team is why she is a phenomenal player and person.

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Laux driving to the basket in a game against the Plattsburgh Cardinals.

Golden Eagle Workouts

The Golden Eagle Women’s basketball have been in off season workouts since the middle of March.  The workouts are the first off season workout that head coach Corinne Jones is in charge of.

Schyler Laux is a freshman on the team and she describes the workouts as “pretty tough” but she is gaining a lot from them.

The point of the workouts is for the team to continue to build continuity and improve on their skills.  The workouts are three days a week and last for an hour each.  The workouts consist of a lot of scrimmaging which serves two purposes.

Those purposes are conditioning and the ability to be in a real game atmosphere.  The best way to improve at a sport is to continue to play it.

The fact that they do drills is great but it does not compare to the continuous running of full court basketball.  The fact that the workouts are tough is only benefiting.  The team finished the season 13-13 and lost their first SUNYAC conference playoff game.

This is after a season where they did not make the playoffs at all and finished with a losing record of 8-17.

The continuous progression of freshman Laux and Hannah Spencer are going to be huge benefits for the eagles next season.  The progression that is occurring during the off season workouts does come at price.

Laux spoke about the way her body feels after the workouts ” I’m usually sore the day after, but after doing it for 2 weeks, it’s getting better,” Laux said.

The workouts that the team is doing is going to help them in the long run.  The team has a lot of talent and the best part is that majority of that talent will be coming back next year with 4 out of 5 starters returning to the team next season.

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The Brockport Golden Eagles women’s basketball team hope to add a trophy to this collection next season.

 

The fans of Brockport basketball are very energetic and passionate.  This is a story about the golden eagle fan base and the difference between the mens and womens basketball games.

The Sixth Man

Watching  college basketball warm ups and seeing a 5-11 160lbs player the assumption is automatically made that they ride the bench, at The College at Brockport this is not the case. Devonn Gavin has been a spark for the basketball team at the college since his arrival in late December.

Gavin sat out the first half of the season due to transferring from Kennedy King Community College. After his eligibility expired he transferred to Brockport.

“I choose Brockport because it was a good opportunity for me to further my education,” Gavin said.

Gavin played his high school ball at a public school in his hometown Rochester, New York, Graduating in 2011.

“He was a guy we recruited out of high school and wanted him to play alongside his friend Brandon Caruthers,” said Greg Dunne head coach of the Brockport Golden Eagles men’s basketball team.

“Coming off the bench allows me to watch the game and see what we may be missing at the moment and come into the game with a spark on offense and defense,” said Gavin.

Gavin is averaged 12.5 points per game, which was third on the team despite not playing in the first five games.

Gavin was able to make the baskets that change momentum of the game.  He was able to create his own lanes to the basket and finish difficult attempts.

Sitting out the first part of the season was difficult although Gavin never showed it.  Gavin is emotionally stable he never gets too high or low on the court.

“Sitting out the first semester was bitter sweet.  I was happy because the guys were playing so well, but frustrating because I wanted to be a part of it all.  I didn’t want to come in and mess up the chemistry that they had,” Gavin said.

Gavin did not ruin the chemistry at all.  In games he is another coach on the floor and if he has done anything it was to add to the already stacked talent which the team displays.

The moment is never too big for him and when.  In basketball the most telling statistic that shows a players ability to stay cool under pressure is free throw shooting.  Gavin was second on his team shooting 74 percent.

Gavin was rewarded for his approach and contribution to the team by making an all-conference team this past season.

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