Monday, December 7, 2009

Every end brings a new beginning

By Mark Siefert

Everyone knows, has read about, and digested the football team’s loss to University of Sioux Falls at the NAIA Championship Series Semifinals and I have done it in my head multiple times. So I’m not going to focus on or talk about it anymore, I don’t want to beat the drum over and over again.

I do want to congratulate the whole team on a great year, and for doing something that I have never seen in my four years at SXU. They turned the campus into one collective body of students who were all pulling for them. Also, a HUGE thank you to all the seniors for four great years and for continuing to build the athletics program’s tradition at SXU.

With the end of the football run, all eyes turn to our basketball teams. Despite being overshadowed for there first few weeks, the teams have turned numerous heads with their multiple upsets and great wins which have left the women at a 10-0 record and the men with a 9-2 record. Talk about hot starts.

The women have already beaten a couple of ranked teams and are ranked seventh but should move up a couple spots after the Dec. 7 poll is released. The men’s team is currently unranked but will definitely be receiving votes and possibly a spot in the top 25 after this current hot start.

Lastly, after the excitement and support for all our football team over the past few weeks, I’m wondering why the school and student body doesn’t give that support for all of the sports teams. I saw in the science wing they had a sign saying “the biology dept supports Cougar football,” why don’t they have a sign saying “We support cougar athletics”? I know that this is the first time that we have gotten this far with a team this good, but our athletic program as a whole is second to none.

And students, why don’t you get excited for games 1-10 and not just the playoffs? Go to every game, support the people who sit next to you in class and be a fan. I’m hoping that things may change with our new president Christine Wiseman. She was at major institutions which were in the Big East, Horizon League, and the Missouri Valley Conference; so hopefully she will bring her big school mentality when it comes to SXU’s athletic programs too.

Stay classy, Cougars.

Mark Siefert is a senior social science major from Crest Hill. He is a member of the baseball team. Consideration for the student bloggers is provided by Saint Xavier University.

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