High School Hoops Blog
A volleyball interlude
By Katie Peterson
Since August, I have been playing volleyball for my high school. Our season is
not going too well, but I have had a lot of fun playing, and enjoyed seeing
people that I wouldn't usually see. However, even though I have been playing
volleyball, I have still been practicing basketball every day that I don't have
a volleyball game. This is difficult, but it's the only way I can get better
at basketball. I work on making 120 baskets every workout, and I also jump
Last weekend, my AAU team had one final tournament in Philadelphia. On my way
to Philly Friday afternoon, my family and I visited Lafayette College in
Easton, Pennsylvania, where I dropped in on the assistant coach. I was pretty
nervous to be meeting a college coach for the first time, but once we started
to talk about basketball, she put me at ease, and I really started to like her
and the program. Then, we proceeded to the "Best of the Best" shootout at
Villanova. There, girls were randomly put on teams based on their positions
and we played two games Friday night, without our AAU team. Only myself and
one other girl from my AAU team participated. I had a lot of fun meeting new
people and getting to play in front of a ton of coaches! My team won both of
the games, although the most important part was that we all played well as a
team in front of scouts.
The next day, my actual AAU team played one last tournament in Philadelphia.
For the seniors on the team (I am a junior), it was the last time they would
ever play AAU. We also had some new girls come play, to see if they will play
be us in the spring. We went 2-2, and had so much fun playing together for the
last time. Although I won't be playing with some of these girls again, we will
definitely keep in touch.
Volleyball ends in about two weeks, and then my school basketball team season
begins again. I really enjoyed playing with the girls on the volleyball team,
even though we didn't win a lot. I am very excited to play with my old varsity
basketball team, and I am looking forward to seeing how well we play together
with the newer girls. If we work hard in practices and push each other, we can
have an even better record this season than we did last year. One of the
things that I am working on is my strength and conditioning, and setting goals
for myself in games. I am really looking forward to this year!
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