Monday, November 24, 2008

November 20 & 22 Games

To read about our games from this weekend follow the links

For the AUM game
For the Martin Methodist game
Thank you again to everyone who came out and supported our Lady Vikings this past weekend!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Athlete Spotlight- K.B.

Name: Lakisha Bryant
Nicknames: Kisha, K.B.
Birthday: May 28, 1987
Major: Government with an emphasis on Law
Hometown: Highpoint, North Carolina
Parents Names: Vickie & Wayne Bryant
Siblings: J.D. (14), Zay (28), Corey (28)
Hobbies: Play the piano

What do you enjoy most about college? Feeling independent

One word to describe you:
On the court: Determined
Off the court: Outgoing

Dream Job: Being an attorney

Best non-athletic talent: Singing

What do you like to do for fun? Go bowling

Movie: Love & Basketball
Candy: Starburst
Food: Mashed Potatoes
Books: Romance novels
TV Show: First 48
Music: Gospel
Quote: "It's easy being good some of the time, but hard being good all the time."
Stores: Wal-Mart
Class: Law
Sport (other than basketball): Volleyball and track
Thing about Coach Norton: Understandable

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Dinner at Tess' House!

Friday night after we played Xavier in the tournament at Lee University, Tess' family had our whole team over for a chili dinner. All the girls LOVE when someones parents cook for us, and this time was no different. Everytime we go to someones house for dinner, the families are so welcoming which shows the awesome support that we recieve from the friends and families of our Lady Vikings! Tess' aunt, Tonya, cooked and all the girls sat around and ate and watched Sister Act. It was so nice to be able to just relax around a house for an hour or so after a tough game. The dogs were also a huge hit! I think everyone misses their own dogs from home so they all flock when they see one! Luckily there were plenty to go around at the Phillips home! Thank you so much to all of Tess' family that helped put our wonderful dinner together!

November 14 & 15 Games

Here's the links to read about our games from the Lee University Tournament in Cleveland, TN.

For the Xavier Game
For the Langston Game
We want to welcome back Kayla Carlisle from the volleyball team that ended their season this past weekend in the Conference Tournament. She began practice with us this Monday.
Also, we found out on Sunday night that the Women's soccer team, with our teammate Kate Ross, has qualified for the NAIA National Tournament. They play King College of Tennessee on Saturday. We wish safe traveling and good luck to our women's soccer team!
The women's cross country team, with our teammate Alex Whitaker-Lea, leaves Thursday morning for their National Meet in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Good luck and safe traveling to them as well!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Athlete Spotlight- Nikki Jackson

Name: Shamere Jackson
Nicknames: Nikki
Birthday: 10-23-1986
Major: Marketing
Hometown: Chipley, Florida
Parents Names: Austin and Hattie Bowden
Hobbies: Tennis, reading, hanging with family and friends, shopping, cars, clothes, etc.

What do you enjoy most about college? Freedom!

One word to describe you:
On the court: Tough!!
Off the court: Fun!

What is one thing people don't know that would surprise them? I like to style; put different pieces of clothing together.

Best non-athletic talent: Styling & doing hair and clothes

One poster that hangs on your wall: none -> they're all boxed up!
What do you like to do for fun? I take life as it comes!

Movies: Sex & the City; Antwone Fisher
Candy: Hershey's Chocolate
Food: Anything! I like to eat!!
Book: The Color of Water
TV Shows: House; CSI
Music: Everything but country (but I do like Carrie Underwood)
Quote: "If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it!"
Stores: Express; GAP; Aeropostle; Forever 21
Snack: Hershey's Chocolate with Peanut Butter Crackers
Sport (other than basketball): Tennis, football
Thing about Coach Norton: He's very laid back, he has a great personality, outgoing, etc.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Athlete Spotlight- Briana Caldwell

Name: Briana Caldwell- forward #10
Nicknames: Breezy, Bri
Birthday: 12/21/1986
Major: Exercise Science
Hometown: Rome, Georgia
Parents Names: Scott and Angie Minge
Siblings: Only child!
Hobbies: Tennis, working out

What do you enjoy most about college? meeting new people

One word to describe you:
On the court: intense
Off the court: trustworthy

What is one thing people don't know about you? I love to dance!!

Dream Job: Professional Shopper

Best non-athletic talent: Community Service

One poster that hangs on your wall: No poster, just pictures with all my friends!
What do you like to do for fun? Hang out with friends, go to the movies

Movie: Sweet Home Alabama
Candy: Reese's
Food: Steak
Book: The Bible
TV Shows: The Hills, Regis and Kelly
Music: Country
Quote: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13
Stores: Coach, Polo
Class: Exercise Physiology
Snack: Combos- Pretzel & Cheese
Thing About Coach Norton: His quotes! "Ray Charles could've seen that!"

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Picture Day

We took a day off of practice this Sunday and took the opportunity to take some team pictures with the beautiful Berry landscape as the Fall colors are coming out. They thought it would be cute to dress in white shirts and jeans and it made for some outstanding pictures. There were plenty of laughs and smiles to go around as we all had yet another great time together off the court.

The Seniors

The Juniors

The Sophomores

The Freshmen

Opening Weekend

Thanks to everyone who came out this past weekend and supported us in our opening games at the Bob Williams Classic at the Steven J. Cage Center.

Follow the links to read about our games-

^ For the University of Mobile game

^ For the Trevecca Nazarene game

Congratulations to fellow Lady Viking, Alex Whitaker-Lea on setting a new personal record to help the Berry Women's Cross Country team win their conference meet Saturday morning. With this win they qualify for the National meet in Kenosha, Wisconsin on November 22.

Also, we wish good luck to Kayla Carlisle and the Women's Volleyball team as they begin their conference tournament this Wednesday and Kate Ross and the Women's Soccer team as they continue their quest for a conference title with a win on Tuesday.

We miss not having our whole team together but wish all of these girls the best in hopes that they help their teams win during post-season action.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Happy Halloween!

This year since Halloween was on a Friday night, most of the girls decided to dress up and head over to the guys game. We met and ate at Schroeder's in Armuchee. Then the men's team played at 8PM so we headed over there. We had a witch, a bumble-bee, a fairy, 2 devils, a crash-test dummy, 2 girls from the 80's, Robin Hood, a diva, a lion, a mummy, and a hillbilly named Stella. We met up with our coaches so we could see Anna Norton dressed up as a cat, but she was a little scared of us! We had a great time, and some even better pictures!

Everyone who dressed up for the Men's game

The cutest little insects you've ever seen!

After the game, some of us went to Sonic and had a dance party in the parking lot.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Athlete Spotlight- Kendall Davis

Once a week we'll have an Athlete Spotlight segment so everyone can get to know our players a little better. Our first is Kendall Davis, a sophomore post player from right here in Rome.

Nicknames: KD, Kenal
Birthday: January 6, 1989
Major: Health and Physical Education
Parents Names: Marty and Stacy Davis
Siblings: Stephanie- 23, Madison- 14, Jeff (brother-in-law)- 24
Hobbies: reading, playing with kids, scrapbooking

What do you enjoy most about college? The friendships you make along the way!

One word to describe you:
On the Court: Organized
Off the Court: Dependable

What is one thing people don't know that would surprise them? Chocolate makes me sick!!!

Dream job: Anything working with kids.

Best non-athletic talent: scrapbooking and craftmaking

One poster that hangs on your wall: Love Quotes

What do you like to do for fun? shop, tan, hang with friends and family, read

Movie(s): The Notebook, Bucket List
Candy: White chocolate Reese's
Food: Mexican
Book(s): any Nicolas Sparks
TV Shows: Grey's Anatomy
Music: Country
Quote: "God doesn't give you anything you can't handle"
Stores: Old Navy, American Eagle
Class: Any of Coach Pearson's classes!
Snack: Peanut Butter
Sport (other than bball): Football
Thing about Coach Norton: He never has a bad day!

Coaching Clinic at Buford High School- Sept. 12-13

On Friday September 12, our team left to go to Buford, Georgia for a coaching clinic at the local high school. We had practice then went to Brittany Howes's house for a home cooked meal by her parents! The spaghetti was so good and everyone always enjoys just being able to hang out with each other for a while. Coach Norton is from Gwinnett and so are 3 of our girls, so everyone spread out amongst these houses to sleep. We got to Buford High School at about 9:30 the next morning and began our long day at the coaching clinic. There were lots of big names there and our girls got to demonstrate all of their drills and plays for the local high school coaches. Machelle Joseph from Georgia Tech, Nell Fortner from Auburn, Andy Landers from UGA, Amanda Butler from Florida, and Susie Gardner also from Florida were the visiting coaches. They were super nice to all of our girls and our coaches got some great ideas from each of them. Our girls had a great time getting to meet all of these big time coaches and got their picture made with a few of them. After a long day, everyone was tired and ready to get back home to Rome.

Our girls with Amanda Butler and Susie Gardner from the University of Florida

Team Retreat: July 24-27

Our team came in from all over for our annual team retreat. This year we had a lock-in at our new Cage Center with lots of fun activities over the course of the entire weekend. The first night everyone got settled in and after we played pick-up, we had a big game of Pictionary. That was a pretty good time! Everyone laughed a whole lot!! We played a lot more pick-up and had some more great times over the next few days. Our coaches played some motivational videos for us and we got together to set some team goals for the season. Friday night we went down to Atlanta and went to Atlantic Station and to the Atlanta Dream game. On the way down we picked up our last player, Brittany Coughlan who was flying in from Maryland. Everyone had a great time and it was the first time a lot of the girls had been to a WNBA game! Saturday we played some more pick-up and in the afternoon, the coaches surprised us with a water balloon fight! They made it seem like everyone was going out to the fields for conditioning, but they had big buckets waiting on us. It had also just rained really hard so there were some awesome sliding puddles that everyone got in after we had used up all of the water balloons. On Saturday we also had some team building activities in the gym and some "share time" that helps all of us to get to know one another. Sunday was our last day and we got up and went to Coach Norton's church as a team to end our amazing team-building weekend. Our retreat is always a great time for everyone to get to know one another more and to help welcome our new players. Everyone had a great time and were ready to come back up to school in a few weeks and get started with our season!

At the Atlanta Dream game

Brit H., Alex, Bri, Carol, and Kendall all wore pink!

Pictionary Team 1 (winners!)

Pictionary Team 2

Everyone at the Varsity (minus Erica)

Thanks to our awesome coaches for putting this all together!!!