Team Blog Spring 2011 - Megan Rupp

Senior Megan Rupp is next up in a year-long softball team blog that will run through the spring season.

February 9, 2011

It's finally here! Our first tournament and the beginning of our season takes off in Tempe, Arizona at the Kajikawa Classic. After a long week of ice and snow, as well as barely any time outside, we are ready to head out. Our energy has been high and all of us are very excited to go.

 Playing in this tournament means a little bit more to me because we are finally going out west and being from Oregon, my whole family is able to come. My parents and my three brothers are very excited to see me play and it will be fun playing in front of them again.

Another special part of this trip is that we are playing both Oregon and Oregon State. I have friends on both of these teams and I am both anxious and excited to play against them again like I did in high school and in travel ball.

Besides Oregon and Oregon State, we are playing Cal St. Bakersfield, Appalachian State, Stanford, and Northwestern. Being able to play teams of this caliber will greatly help our team get off to a great start this season and we will definitely bring back some wins!

Megan Rupp #7

 



January 20, 2011

Hey Mean Green fans!

Well, Christmas break is over and now it is time to get back to work. It was great seeing everyone the first day back, but in the back of our minds, we all know that season starts soon and we are ready to get started. We had our first official practice of the spring Wednesday, and it was awesome getting back into the swing of things, even if the weather didn't want to cooperate.

We practiced again Thursday and Friday, and Saturday we went to Ft. Worth for a ropes course. I'd been dreading the ropes course since December because I am totally terrified of heights. Most of the girls were excited about it, considering we had never done anything like it before. So, Saturday morning started out with an overview of all the things we would be doing, and I wish I hadn't listened. I found out we were going to be climbing a 45-foot rock wall and jumping off of a 30 foot telephone pole with a little 1X1 box on the top. After that, I had my mind set; there was no way I was doing any of it. Luckily, we got to start with some smaller obstacles to get used to working together and learning all the safety measures we needed (SPOONS not FORKS!)

After our lunch, the real fun started. We had to find a way to get the whole team over a 14' wall using just each other, and I had flashbacks to my cheerleading days. Then we went to the rock wall, which wasn't as bad as I thought. I surprised myself that I actually did it, and other than accidentally sitting on Curly's head, it went well.

The real challenge came next. Literally, it was called the "Challenge Pole." You climbed up a telephone pole, stood on this little bitty box, then jumped off, trying to catch a trapeze bar that was like 6 feet away from you. This was the one I'd been dreading, so I went first, that way I didn't have time to chicken out. I made it to the top of the pole, looked down, and started freaking out. The pole was shaking, mostly because I was shaking, and I froze. Luckily, Renae was at the bottom and counted to 3 so I would jump off, because if she hadn't done that, I would probably still be on that pole.

Overall, it was an awesome day! We overcame a lot together as individuals as well as a team. Now school has started and the countdown has begun to our first tournament in Arizona. It's going to be a great semester and I can't wait to get my last season as a North Texas softball player underway.

Climb on girls and GO MEAN GREEN!

Courtney Bradshaw #5




December 3, 2010

Hi, I am Hayley, and I am a senior transfer on the softball team this year. On Wednesday, we had to do the Iron Eagle competition which was a series of physical events in which our goal was to complete all of them in a hour and a half. We have been working hard day in and day out during conditioning so we used that work to build up for this competition.

We started the event by doing the 26-minute drill on the field, and if you know what that is, you know it's hard! We immediately went on a run with our backpacks that had a galloon of water in them; this was interesting! Many other events followed this including the sled pull, running jump rope, sit ups, army craws (this was the hardest event in my opinion), stairs, balloon blowing, puzzle solving, and more!

We had 3 lives and we would lose a life if we were not doing an activity correctly or physically wasn't cutting it.  I absolutely loved the event! I felt like I was on amazing race and completing the task that I knew was going to be hard, felt priceless. I liked that during the competition it wasn't every man for them self, we worked as a team. I was working hard next to a few girls and we helped each other out during the competition. It was not all about who finished first; it was more about a quality workout and completing the adventure.

I ended up crossing the finish line first and was followed by four other seniors. I felt proud winning the competition because I know I pushed myself the entire time to stay on top. I am proud of the 7 other girls who finished, 5 of the 8 of us were seniors! SHOUT OUT to Anna, Courtney, Renae, Monica, Megan, Lesley, and Brooke!  We all talked about how good we felt about ourselves just for completing it.

This is just one of the many days that we have worked hard to make ourselves better for the spring. Everyday at conditioning, we push ourselves to make certain times and complete any task given to us. In the weight room, this fall has been said to be our strong fall yet. We have all increased our maxes by so much and given everything we have everyday. I really enjoy being pushed to my limits and having a team that works just as hard as I do every second. I love the program and can not wait for some ball in the spring! Bring it on!

Click here to see pictures

 

Hayley Siebman #15




November 12, 2010

Here are a few questions for thought to give you a taste of the Mean Green Olympics...

  • If you divide thirty by half and add ten, what is the answer?
  • In two years, Suzie will be twice as old as she was five year ago. How old is she?
  • How many cubic meters of dirt are in a hole 6 meters long, 2 meters wide, and one meter deep?

Our most recent activity in this inter-squad competition was a friendly game of croquet with a number of Coach Evans famous twists.  We were divided into our respective teams and set off on a race through the croquet wickets. 

The catch-before advancing to the next marker, we had to answer a question like the ones above.  No matter how good a team is at croquet, if they failed to answer the questions then they would not be successful in the game.  Let's just say that we have quite a few brains on our team that like to think outside of the box and believe that while there may be a rule, there are always exceptions to the rule.  We had some crazy answers coming from some creative people (ahem Jordan).

There were croquet balls, mallets, and wickets flying everywhere, sometimes in the opposite direction of where they were supposed to go, but in the end it ended up being a good, healthy competition as always.  Team Legit prevailed and won this week's showdown, but the other teams picked up some much needed points as well.

The Mean Green Olympics are definitely a team favorite.  Everyone on our team is extremely competitive, and even in simple games like this, I see what makes our team work so hard on the softball field.  In a way, this is yet another preparation paving the way for the season to come.  Throughout the season, just like in these games, we will face challenges and adversity.  With the fire that I see in everyone's eyes, we will make this a season to remember!

Mallory Cantler #20

PS:  If those questions are stumping you as much as they stumped some of us, here are the answers...

                70, 12, none.

               



 

 

October 28, 2010

Hey Mean Green fans!

I thought I'd write the blog this week and tell you a little about our "Mean Green Olympics." The past couple of years we have done a "Mean Green Olympics/Adventure Run" combination of team-building activities and games that start once we finish our fall season. The team is broken up into 4 groups with colors and names. They compete in different activities once a week for four weeks.

The "Adventure Run" is a little different than the Olympics. Two different groups were paired together each week. It was about a 2 mile course that covered where the new football stadium is being constructed. There were 7-8 activities spread out over the course that the teams had to complete before moving on. These tasks varied greatly and consisted of physical and/or mental tasks.

As you can imagine it gets pretty competitive. It's very interesting to see the different dynamics among the girls. They definitely develop a love/hate relationship, but they all enjoy it in the end (more than just conditioning anyways). However, since the construction of the new football stadium (which is of course awesome) has taken over our course we are not holding the "Adventure Run" this year.

Our "Mean Green Olympics" has also been a little modified. Last year we stuck to board games and such, but this year since we're not doing our run, I'm incorporating more physical games such as flag football, which we played yesterday. Now none of my "games" are ever what they seem. I'm always throwing different twists into them and making them different.

Over the years I've gotten better at trying to think of everything, but the girls always seem to find things I missed and different ways to challenge the rules. Something I think is so simple they end up making very complex. It gets a little stressful, but it all ends up in fun. This year our four teams are the Ninja Turtles, Purple Nurples, Legit, and Skittles. Oh their imaginations.

The Purple Nurples and Legit came out on top yesterday in the football game with a tie. They were both awarded 3 points. The Skittles and Ninja Turtles tied for third and were awarded 1 point each. Visit us on Facebook to see pics and video from yesterday, as well as keep track of the Olympics over the next few weeks.

Click here to watch the video from our first Mean Green Olympics

We will also be adding a new challenge this year. We have a 5th week (after Thanksgiving) where the girls will take part in the Iron Eagle Challenge. It will be a long, grueling event that will test their strength, endurance, and willpower. The challenge is to finish within the time limit. I haven't completely devised all the activities, but I'm trying to make it as hard as possible without it being impossible. They'll really have to break through some walls. Hopefully we'll have some Iron Eagles come through.

 

Coach Evans




 

October 14, 2010

Even though I'm 20 years old, I am considered a sophomore this year.  I had an obstacle that came up my freshman year of college and has put me behind a little bit.  I have a one-year old little boy that is the center of my world.  I had to take a little time off from school and softball to focus on other things. 

It was hard for me having to give up softball after working so hard for so many years to get where I was and everyone always told me that I would never get to play again, but I knew that I belonged on the field.  I didn't play for almost 2 years and I was so determined to get back into shape and play again but it was easier said than done.

 I wanted to try to play somewhere that was close so that I could still live at home and be able to play.  It was hard getting back into the swing of things but I worked really hard to be where I am right now.  As many times as I wanted to just quit trying and give up, I had to think about my priorities and think about what the right thing to do was.  I knew I needed to do this not only for me but for my son, too.

 It wouldn't be possible to do this without the help and support of my parents.  They have made many sacrifices for me to be here at North Texas and they are helping me go in the right direction with getting my education and being able to play ball.  Being on the NT softball team can be pretty time consuming but it is all worth it. 

I couldn't have picked a better team and program to go to. The coaches and the girls on the team are so supportive of me with what I am doing and they really do try to help me out as much as they can.  There is no way I could do this without their support and I am so gracious for the girls on this team.  Not many girls get that second chance to make their dreams come true and I am so thankful that I get that opportunity.

 I'm glad that I get to do something that I love to do and still get to be a mom at the same time, the two things that I enjoy most in my life. More than anything, I love to look up in the stands during a game and see my blonde hair, blue-eyed little boy watching me play.

Brooke Foster #12




September 22, 2010

Hello there Mean Green Fans!!

I'm back again but this time, this will be my last season. I cannot believe I'm a senior. I can still remember my freshman year in the dorms. Man, time flies! This season means a lot to me, it's my last chance to win North Texas Softball a Sun Belt Conference Championship. We have done some great things over the last three years and last year was the first time in North Texas history for softball to have an overall winning record. There is a very high expectation for us, but if any year, this year is the time to step up and really come out and show people the hard work and dedication we have put into this season.

On Saturday, we hosted our alumni game here at Lovelace Stadium. It was great to see all my old teammates and even some of the players we did not have the honor to play with. We got to let loose a little bit and have some fun but at the same time we were still serious about winning the game. The alumni, on the other hand, were having a good time having five, six, seven people in the outfield and stealing our hits and making some really good plays. The alumni game is always fun, but when it's done its back to focusing on the big picture, winning a Sun Belt Conference Championship!

Let's Go Green!

Mariza Martinez #14

 

 


 

 

September 10, 2010

You always hear people talk about how college is the best time of your life, and so far, I think I would have to agree with them.  Although waking up at 5:15 a.m. to run and lift weights might not be what people consider "a great college experience," I think that so far it is all worth it. 

After moving 13 hours away from my home and family, I found a new home at North Texas and a family with the softball team.  The girls have been nothing but amazing with everything! I was so nervous for my first day of classes after watching Legally Blonde where the character gets kicked out of class for not being prepared, but all of my classes have gone well so far.

We just had our first day of practice, and it was an eye-opening experience to say the least. We are going to be such a competitive team, and I can't wait to see how much we all will improve as a team and as individuals. After all the ice baths and tricks to getting the soreness out after workouts and practice, the dorms are not a bad place to catch up on all the rest. 

I have completely covered my walls with pictures and posters to make it feel like my home away from home. It's been crazy to see how much freedom you actually do have in college, but time management is crucial! As difficult as it is to be a freshman, I am learning so many things on and off the field, and I can't wait to see what this next year holds!!!

Jackie Miller # 9




 


 

 

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