Jan. 30, 2007
Junior Jerrica Castagno will give weekly commentary right here throughout the softball team's 2007 season as part of the new Bronco Blogs feature on santaclarabroncos.com. With 2007 finally here, Castagno will give Bronco fans an inside view of what it is like to be a student-athlete at Santa Clara.
Castagno returns to the diamond for her junior year after having her 2006 season cut short by a season-ending injury. After a strong offseason, Jerrica is set to lead the Broncos in 2007 as Santa Clara contends for the Pacific Coast Softball Conference title.
Tuesday, January 30, 2006, 11:30 a.m.
Hey everyone! Practice is underway with a week and a half left before our first game. We started off practicing our first day back from christmas break. Our day started off with a lovely conditioning session at 4:45 in the morning. Sounds nuts, doesn't it? Well yea it was! We ran outside and I'm pretty sure it was about 20 degrees each morning. It was horrible! Thank god it only lasted for a week. It was our "help" week to get us ready to practice and inshape for games. Other than that, we have weights from 2-3 everyday and practice from 3-5/5:30 afterwards 5 days a week. On the weekends we haven't been practicing too much because we have been traveling around hosting softball camps for local youth softball leaugues on Saturdays and Sundays. It's so much fun, the little girls are the cutest things ever! I know it sounds like we do so much! Well, it doesn't stop there. After going to class in the morning, weights and practice in the afternoons, about 2 or 3 times a month we work the San Jose Sharks games as a fundraiser because we're trying to raise enough money to build a field for us to play on because right now we play on a community field down the street. The Sharks games are a lot of fun, we work concession stands and serve food and drinks, but it's a long night. We usually get there at about 4:30 and usually don't leave until about 11. We actually have to work one tonight!
Other than school and softball, last week Me, Maggie (junior catcher), Jackie (junior utilities), Noelani (soph. first baseman), and Meghan (junior middle infielder) decided to take a little roadtrip on our day off up to USF to see the men's basketball game. We had a little karaoke session in the car on the way up since it took us about an hour and half to get there thanks to traffic. It was such a fun night! We went up a little early and went to Haight Street and had dinner together and then headed over for the game that started at 7. Calvin, Dom and Joey (3 of the basketball players) were nice and put us all on the pass list so we got in for free. So that was pretty sweet.
Well I'm off to study hall before practice to get a little studying done since midterms started this week, catch ya next week before we head down to Cal Poly for a season opener on Thursday.
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