Taking Flight

Eastern Washington women's basketball senior, Kyla Evans, is "bringing back the blog." As a freshman in 2007, Evans provided a blog for readers of www.goeags.com. Now, as a senior captain on the EWU squad, Evans will return to her role as the public voice of EWU women's basketball.  Every two weeks, she will provide commentary on the happenings of the squad, as they strive for another memorable season! Check back bi-monthly to the women's basketball page on www.goeags.com to follow Kyla and her creative contributions.

Entry #3 (Dec. 16, 2010): Taking Flight

Right now, I feel like a Boeing 747. Not because I am bloated from my steak and potato dinner, or because I have inadvertently busted a hole open in my practice spandex the last two days in a row. No, not because of that.

You see, an airplane must travel into the wind before it can take flight. To be perfectly honest, that is exactly how I would describe the path that I, along with the rest of my team, am currently on.

We are 3-6 right now and not in a place where we thought we'd be at this point in the season. We are enduring the wind, as we try to rise above the adversity we are currently nestled in. These past couple weeks have been a huge learning curve for everyone on the team in terms of responding when things aren't going our way. I have personally found that everything becomes a little trickier when you have 16 very different people, with very different personalities, trying to work through the same issue. And by tricky, I mean ugly.

At the end of the day though, after everything else is taken away, I have realized that we are simply 16 people who have the same goal; we all want to win. So with this goal in mind, we must press on. We must persevere through the struggles, through the fights, through the losses… because the wind will die down. And when it does, we together, as Eagles, will soar.

Entry #2 (Nov. 10, 2010): The First of the Lasts

As I kick back on my lovely living room sofa with my feet up and a Capri Sun in my hand, I can't help but think about the situation I am in. I'm a senior in college. This is it. As far as basketball, school and undergraduate college life goes, I am beginning the long brigade of last hoorahs.

Exhibit A: I recently had my last college Halloween. Because of this, I had to get my creative juices flowing and come up with something epic to dress up as. At the end of the night, I had scored fifty bucks for my efforts, so I chalked it up as a W.

Exhibit B: This coming Friday will be the last first game of my basketball career; a career that started when I was in the second grade. It has been a long road and I am about to turn onto the home stretch.

What I have found is that there is a certain something that comes along with knowing that there is no next time, no next year, no more chances. I will have a different feeling inside of me when I put on my jersey on Friday night.  I will still have the butterflies. I will still have a grumbling stomach full of Willow Springs breakfast. Along with that, though, will be the feeling of urgency and drive that can only come with knowing that this is the beginning of the end.

Entry #1 (Oct. 19, 2010) : Bringing Back the Blog

So I think most people are in agreement that in order for a sequel of any sort to be a hit, it has got to be special. I mean, Dumb and Dumber 2 was nothing short of a box office flop, and ultimately shamed the original American classic it was attempting to follow up. That is no small deal. Now, in no way am I trying to compare my blogging career to what, in my opinion, was Jim Carrey's greatest cinematic performance. However, I am feeling a little added pressure in this whole "bringing back the blog" business.

It's been three tumultuous years since I was sitting at my computer as a freshman pondering blog ideas. I'd like to think that in those three years I have become a wiser, more mature and sophisticated (that one might be a stretch) individual. Sheer probability tells me that I have, but I truly feel it too. I'm not the same naïve dorm rat, who lives her life from one conditioning session to the next. I've managed to adopt a little bit of perspective on my way to figuring this whole thing out.

Official practice started a little early this year. New NCAA legislation did us a solid and gave us about a week and a half extra of practice this year, so we have been getting after it for about two weeks now. The "freshies" are doing an impressive job of adjusting, and us old ladies are working on making the most of our last hoorah. At the end of the day though, we all have one thing on our mind: WE WANT TO DANCE!!! (And I'm not talking about Step Up 2)

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