From throwing a 50 pitch bull pen to swimming a 50-meter freestyle, practice days have become pretty hectic for Ryan Gunderson, Grosse Pointe senior.
An entire season’s worth of hard work, early morning practices and record-breaking performances comes to an end next weekend when the Albion swim and dive teams travel to the University of Notre Dame to compete in the MIAA championships.
Since 1990, the Albion College men’s basketball team has had only one losing record. Opening the 2008-2009 season however, the Britons went 5-5 in non-conference play and dropped their first two games against MIAA teams. Jody May, rookie head coach, knew he would face challenges in his first season behind the bench, but he faced more hardships when three players were placed on the inactive list. Chris Farr, Walled Lake junior, David Bunn, Lansing senior, and week seven MIAA Player of the Week Drew Yancey, Okemos senior, are all out with injuries.
Doreen Carden, women’s varsity basketball coach, is no stranger to adversity. From the time she first began coaching at Albion, Carden led the team from 4-21 to a 17-9 record and has since taken the reins to a program posting seven straight winning seasons. With a strengthening conference and the issues of coping with a young roster, however, Carden faces what could be her biggest challenge yet: the possibility of her first losing season.