Guest Sports Writer
The temperature starts to drop, the Christmas lights are put up, and every radio channel it seems is playing this year’s new Michael Bublé holiday hit; yes, indeed, it is the best time of the year.
The arrival of Christmas also comes with the New Year; another chance to change for the better. The 2015 year for Berea Athletics has been one for the ages, and it all started with the impressive switch from the NAIA to the USCAA, en route to the NCAA.
The year began with an impressive showing by our men and women’s basketball team, who fought to finish in the top four and the top two of the USCAA basketball national tournament, respectively. Coach John Hemenway was awarded the USCAA coach of the year in his first year up for the honor.
The 2015 spring was concluded with the softball team making a very impressive run to the national championship game in the USCAA after an up and down year, taking 2nd overall.
After the summer, the Berea College sport teams were back in action.
The Men and Women’s cross country teams got off to a wonderful start, while some of the other Berea College teams started a bit slower than usual. The golf team and volleyball team went from barely winning any matches in the beginning of the year to both finishing 8th as a team in the USCAA national tournament.
New volleyball head coach Sonya Petroski led her girls much further than their early record would suggest, and golf/women’s basketball coach Trent Milby was awarded the USCAA golf coach of the year award.
The Men and Women’s Cross Country teams proved to be the most impressive teams of 2015, however, as they were able to sweep the USCAA national championship under Coach Johnson and Jakubowski. They brought home the first national championships for Berea College in the USCAA, and hopefully will bring many more in the future.
But now, there will be a new year, with new seasons, new players, and new national tournaments. Who will step up and shine next year? Will it be the baseball team that bounces back after a rebuilding year? Or will it be the track and cross country teams that continue their dominance over their opponents?