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Off to Nationals. The Dordt track and field team sent its representatives to the NAIA National Track and Field Championships earlier this week. Through the course of the year its easy to get focused in solely on the numbers.  What was the time run? Was it a PR (personal record)? What did they clear?  What... Continue Reading →

.169

“I’m not really sure we knew you would be an all-conference player,” I said. “I’m not sure I knew I was either,” he said. .169 That was the batting average Colton Van Otterloo had as a college freshman for the Defender baseball team. Now, Colton’s not the first person to struggle when they hit the... Continue Reading →

Don’t Take It For Granted

Through the course of this last year I’ve given student-athletes assignments to reflect on specific times in their careers.  I’ve asked them to take a look back to determine how they’ve arrived at this point in their career.  Many times certain lines in the essays resonate with me.   Josh Van Eps took the challenge of... Continue Reading →

Seeing The Path

It’s just a Monday like any other Monday. The beginning of a new week. For a few young men on campus it’s a different type of Monday.  For the first time in a long time they are no longer gearing up for next year.  There’s no specific season to prepare for. There’s no coach putting... Continue Reading →

Not The Full Truth

Two weeks ago she sat across the desk from me. “Are you willing to write an essay about why you came to a school in Iowa and what the last four years have been like,” I asked. No thought given, she simply replied, “I’d like that.” I’ve watched her play softball for four years.  Her... Continue Reading →

Humboldt……

Bus accident. My heart sinks every time I hear that phrase. Heard it last Saturday.  More often than not it seems that phrase is tied to an athletic team traveling to or from a destination. 14 dead (at that time).  Hockey team. Wait, what? Kids with their whole lives in front of them just chasing... Continue Reading →

Taking Up the Baton

Why do you do what you do? The reasons are many for most. For Kyle Van Wyk, the questions are many.  Why do you spend time putting together training programs for 18 different teams—men and women, who need unique attention.  One group needs flexibility. Another needs bulk, strength and explosiveness. Another group needs to train... Continue Reading →

Broadening Horizons

I watch practices and games. It's what I do. I try to read body language.  I want to see how teammates respond to each other. One thing I've noticed is that self-appointed leaders rarely last. The irony is, those who don't look to be a leader, often find themselves in that role because of the... Continue Reading →

Reflections

Take a look at the photo. Look closely. What do you see? “That’s easy,” you might say.  “I see Siennah Stamness shooting a jump shot.” And you wouldn’t be wrong. Someone else could say, “I see some of the Dordt faithful who show up game after game no matter who the opponent is or how... Continue Reading →

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