Hey Coug fans! It’s Selena back and better than ever! These last few weeks have probably been the most nerve racking but exciting few weeks of my life. The Cougs have been hitting the gym hard during spring season and we’ve been cracking down on the books harder than ever with tests, homework, projects, etc. all due before finals week, summer vacation, and GRADUATION DAY for our sophomores!
We recently hosted a Cougar Alumni vs. Cougars scrimmage and it was a great time! It was awesome being able to play together as a team on our home court one last time and it was very fun playing against the alumni’s. Let me tell you, they all still got it! Don’t let the word Alumni fool you because they were great and gave us Cougs a run for our money. Also, last Thursday we had some very special guests join us for practice. We were very excited to welcome the East Peoria 5th Grade volleyball team to come practice with us. We were beyond impressed with the skills these girls had. They walked into our practice ready to take action and learn and they did just that! The girls soaked up all the information and feedback given to them like a sponge and wowed us all! The best part, in my opinion, had to be the end of practice when the girls showed off their dance moves. OF COURSE I had to tag along and dance with them haha! Now you all are probably wondering, Selena, what’s so nerve racking about that?! Well, needless to say, that nothing about that was nerve racking, but if you stay tuned for another paragraph…you shall find out what was!
For those they may or may not know, I am a sophomore and will be graduating soon. That means going through the stressful but exciting process of figuring out where to attend next. I have been traveling almost every week of April going on college/recruiting visits trying to figure out where to attend my last two years of college. I can now say that my nerves are finally settled because, (drum roll please), I HAVE OFFICIALLY COMMITTED!!!!
I am beyond blessed and excited to announce that I have officially signed to play and continue my academic career at Lenoir-Rhyne University. Lenoir-Rhyne is a private institution located in Hickory, North Carolina and is apart of the NCAA Division 2, South Atlantic Conference. The recruiting process, as a whole, was nerve racking, but so humbling and rewarding at the same time. I could not have made it this far with out my coaches, family, friends, teammates, and all of you Coug fans and supporters out there! I am so ready to take on this next chapter of my life head on with full force! So, thank you all and stay tuned for more updates and stories from your current and future Cougar volleyball players!
Love, Selena Scudder #3
This past week was game week, which we have been waiting for (what seems like) forever! We spent our practices this week fine-tuning a few skills and working on game-like play to prepare for our Saturday tournament at University of Illinois Springfield.
Hey Cougar fans! This is Haley Peterson #14, for your Cougars! We are currently working hard in the weight room and on the court to get ready for our three tournaments in April.
Last semester flew by and this semester is moving quickly too! This semester I have a lot more classes within my major of Horticulture Landscape Management. The classes have given me a chance to learn more skills within the Horticulture field. I have a few classes at the Land Lab on campus which has multiple greenhouses and many types of gardens such as a Vegetable, Butterfly, Japanese, and Master gardens. These classes give me a chance to do the hands on work and learn new skills such as plant identification, pruning, and construction of retaining walls and paver walkways. We will soon be learning wood construction for landscaping. I am excited to learn new skills within this field and cannot wait to begin to apply what I am learning.
Last week we added a new addition to our cougar family- a cute 9 week old Boxer named Daisy. Daisy is so cute and she snuggles with all of us when she is exhausted from all the running, attention, and fun she has with everyone. There are times when she gets the chance to run with us and even chase a volleyball. She is a wonderful addition to our family and to quote TR, “she may be a Boxer on paper, but is a Cougar in our hearts.”
This week we will be gearing up for our first tournament of the spring season. Next weekend we will be going to the University of Illinois Springfield for a great day of competition. Check out next week’s blog to find out about the tournament!
Until next time!
Haley Peterson #14
Freshman Jess #12, here to discuss some of the wonderful things that have been going on lately! First I would like to wish everyone a wonderful Easter and lovely beginning of Spring! A new and exciting personal thing for me to share is that over Christmas break I received a Nikon camera so that I can take professional pictures of my teammates, fellow athletes, and friends. One day I would be super excited to share my photos with everyone!
Ever since I was a freshman in high school, I have played non stop volleyball. I went from school season, to club season and back again. I was sad to think that in college there was only one season, but boy was I wrong! There is fall season, spring season, and sand season. We have been practicing extra hard the past few weeks as we get ready for our spring season.
Within the next month we will be traveling to various tournaments to better ourselves as athletes. Even though we take our work very seriously, we also know how to have fun while we do it. The week before spring break we had different themed practices to make each other smile and laugh. My favorite day would be the last practice of the week where we picked our favorite movie characters to dress up as. If you want to see all of our themed practices we posted them on our instagram @iccvolleyball check it out!
The next few weeks we have our work cut out for us, but I am excited to get the season started. Be sure to keep yourself updated on how we are doing throughout the spring season. Until the next time I talk to you always remember to keep all your cougars in your hearts!
Talk to you soon, Jess Norris #12
Hey Cougar fans! It’s Jackie Beaver, #8 for your lady cougars! Last time I talked to you guys was at the end of August. I had mentioned that I was undecided in my study and that I was looking for ICC to help me on my path. My first semester did that for sure! I know now that I will be transferring on to majoring in social work with a minor in psychology! My first semester flew quickly but was a complete blast! Second semester is going by even faster! It’s hard to believe that spring season is here and we are reaching the end of second semester! I would say my biggest piece of advice for someone new in college would be to stay on top of your work. You might think that you have forever to get an assignment done, but before you know it, the due date is here. First semester did come with challenges, but I pulled through academically ending the semester with a 3.6 GPA. I was not the only cougar to accomplish this, Hailey Peterson and Jess Norris, finished first semester with outstanding GPAs as well. We were recognized for our achievements and were inducted into the honors society Phi Theta Kappa.
My christmas break was an exciting one! I flew for the first time and got to see my oldest sisters new house in Henderson, Nevada. While I was out there I visited many sights of Las Vegas! My favorite one was the Secret Garden and Dolphin habitat! Along with exploring the strip, I did lots of hiking out there. The highest mountain I walked up was Frenchman Mountain. At the highest point, I was 4,031 feet! Looking from the top was absolutely gorgeous, you could see for miles. On top of my exciting trip to my sister, I welcomed into this world my niece, Josette. Josette was born at 5:18 AM on January 3. Josette is finally smiling and loves to have her feet tickled! She is an absolute blessing to have and wouldn’t change anything about her.
Although its March and there is snow on the ground, the team is thrilled to be in the gym and working hard for upcoming tournaments. I have loved every opportunity I have had to get into the gym and weight room to improve for next season! We are pushing ourselves both mentally and physically to be the best we can. We have been focusing on the positives and recognizing how to pick up ourselves along with teammates when a challenge arises. On top of pushing ourselves on the court we have all been pushing ourselves in the weight room. The strength we are building up now will be see in our fast approaching tournaments. We have had to change some spots on the court and that is opening a world of opportunities for this team!
Till next time, Jackie Beaver #8
Hi Everyone! I’m Back, Amanda Pratt, freshman outside hitter. I have one semester under my belt as a Cougar volleyball player and my second semester is flying by! I have looked forward to spring season but since we are here now, let’s look back. One year ago I was trying to decide which college to attend. One close to home? One distant from friends? To play volleyball or not? ICC was a perfect choice for me. At seventeen I made the decision not only to attend college at ICC, but to become part of the Cougar VB family. As a Cougar, I have been blessed with the opportunity to make friends, push myself independently, and even return home when I want.
As a senior in high school, I never realized how much I had taken for granted seeing my family (and dog). I was thankful for all of the support my teammates had provided me this past season. I found out that my greatest support system was an hour drive home. Thankfully, I had made the decision to attend a college only an hour from family and could check in frequently.
So, for seniors who are making those important decisions, Such as which college to attend… Be sure to visit the campuses and teams you are interested in, make a list of the pros and cons, and ask those closest to you for their advice. The best fit is different for each of us. I’m glad I found a good fit. College is a new chapter in life, a place where you can continue to learn and make new friendships. Best of luck!
~ Amanda Pratt #7