Bradley Associate Athletic Director Bobby Parker offers his take on Bradley Athletics and the sporting world in general in his "Blogging with BP" feature on BradleyBraves.com.
The temperature is pushing triple digits in Peoria today, but that won't prevent the Braves from heading outside for a little dinner and department bonding this evening for the annual Student-Athlete picnic. It doesn't seem like much on the surface, but the student-athletes rave about the picnic and list it among their favorite events every year. I'm looking forward to this year's event more than usual as I have been asked to join President Glasser, Dr. Cross, Jen Jones, Cody Roberts and Chris Williams as judges for the baking contest.
Going back to the weather ... Holy heatwave Batman! While we may not have hit a record high today - Peoria hit 100 degrees Sept. 9, 1933 - there is a good chance we'll hit the record mark Tuesday. Peoria's record high temperature on Sept. 10 was 97 degrees in 1897 and the Weather Channel is predicting a high of 98 Tuesday.
As the popular saying goes, though, if you don't like the weather today, just wait until tomorrow. Well, in this case, wait until Friday. The current forecast for Friday is a high of 75 and the 10-day outlook into next week is calling for a high-temperature range of 74-82 degrees from Sept. 13-18. Sign me up!
Great Start on the Links!
Congratulations to both the Bradley Men's and Women's Golf Teams on some great play right out of the shoot this Fall. Led by sophomore Danielle Lemek's 2-under 70, Mary Swanson's women's team matched the lowest team score in program history in its opening round of the 2013-14 season Sunday with a 294 in the Redbird Invitational at Illinois State's Weibring Golf Course. The Braves followed with a second top 25 round in program history in Sunday's second round (303) and finished fifth in their season-opening event, two shots behind the tourney host Redbirds while bettering three other Missouri Valley Conference rivals.
Associate Director of Communications Jim Rea just received the first-round results from the Derek Dolenc Invitational, hosted by SIU Edwardsville, and Jeff Roche's Bradley Men's Golf team fired a 2-under, 286 in Monday's first round. Based on available records going back to the 1960s, today's 286 is the third-best round in program history and has the Braves tied for first with host SIU Edwardsville in the 12-team event. Senior Kyle Gunther set the pace for the Braves this morning by firing a 2-under, 70 to tie for third. The second round is under way and the final round in the 54-hole tournament will be played Tuesday.
Delayed congratulations also should go out to the Bradley Men's and Women's Cross Country teams, as well as the Bradley Volleyball team, all of whom won their weekend events. It is waaayyy too early to make bold cross country predictions, but it has to be a good sign for the women's team that two-time All-MVC cross country runner Sarah McMahon cruised to a personal-best time in the 3-mile race ... and was our third-place finisher behind sophomore twins Caitlin Busch and Kristen Busch. Similarly, the men's team's top five finishers did not include Chase Coffey, who was consistently the team's top finisher throughout the 2012 campaign. Senior Nathan Davis earned MVC Scholar-Athlete honors after a seventh-place finish in the 10,000 meters during the outdoor track season and paced the men's team in Friday's 4-mile run. He was followed by junior Eric Delvo, freshmen Patrick Campbell and Caleb Beck and sophomore Marshall Moyer. It should be interesting to follow the progress of both these young teams throughout the Fall.
Johnah Sahrs Update
Bradley Basketball has garnered quite a bit of attention since Friday's special signing ceremony announcing the addition of grade school brothers Johnah Sahrs (5) and Jarret Sahrs (9) to the 2013-14 roster. Johnah is in recovery from Stage 4 High Risk Neuroblastoma, while Jarret has been an intimate witness to his brother's life-threatening illness.
While the publicity is nice, the purpose of this relationship is to build up the morale of the Sahrs Family and they need your thoughts and prayers. According to the family's Facebook page dedicated to Johnah's battle - Johnah's Journey The Neuroblastoma Ninja's Road to Recover - he was admitted to the hospital Sunday with a fever. Not to ever downplay his condition, but I am led to believe this is a somewhat preventative maneuver by the doctors whenever he develops a fever for whatever reason. As I was typing this entry, the family just sent the basketball staff word that he has been released. Great news! Next up is a trip to Memphis for tests to determine how successful his 18 months of treatment has been. Keep those prayers for Johnah and the Sahrs Family coming.
Community service is an important aspect of the Bradley Athletics experience and our student-athletes put in countless hours for the betterment of our community. The Bradley Women's Basketball Team volunteered at Sunday's Walk MS event in Peoria Heights. Great work, ladies!
Until nex time...
Blogging with BP
Sept. 4, 2013: Providing a Championship Experience
Aug. 27, 2013: Random Thoughts
Aug. 22, 2013: BP's Bucket List
Aug. 20, 2013: Bradley Soccer Promotions Review
Aug. 19, 2013: Bahamas Delinquency and Soccer Hype
Aug. 15, 2013: Random thoughts from the Bahamas
Aug. 14, 2013: A true Hall of Famer
Aug. 12, 2013: Perspective Check Monday
Aug. 11, 2013: Travel recap
Aug. 9, 2013: Live Stats for the Summer of Thunder Classic
Aug. 8, 2013: Bradley Athletics Provides Family-Friendly Entertainment Options
Aug. 7, 2013: Recapping the Bahamas Preview Luncheon and Scrimmage
Aug. 6, 2013: Check out the Bradley Team Store
Aug. 5, 2013: Introduction and Bahamas Preview
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