The Start of the Second Half

With the second semester beginning, it’s time for our athletes to get back in the routine. As a player, you always enjoy Christmas break. Even though our athletes may have only had five full days off, they enjoy the time away from class.

It can be difficult going to four classes in a day, then have a three-hour practice, then study for a quiz or exam and then doing it all over again the next day. It is nice for our players to get some mid-season rest and relaxation time. Christmas break is a time to grow closer to your teammates, especially in a town that is chopped in half over the holiday break.

As the semester begins we hope that all our athletes get off on the right foot academically! Some (those who played too much XBOX first semester) will experience study hall multiple times a week and will be monitored more closely. Those with a high GPA will continue to get the freedom and won’t be hassled daily about classes, tests and projects.

As the weather continues to be, well…BAD, the conference schedule heats up all the way through March. We currently sit in sixth place in our 11-team league. We continue the process of getting better everyday and though we aren’t too caught up in standings or rankings, we still realize we were picked to finish at the bottom of the league.

We will head to nationally-ranked Central Missouri on Wednesday before meeting up with a Southwest Baptist team on Saturday that’s led by NBA-bound, 6-11 forward Matt Rogers. Wednesday’s game will be in Warrensburg and we would love some road support, but we really hope everyone will come out on Saturday afternoon to catch what is hopefully a men’s and women’s sweep of the purple Bearcats!

I hope everyone is having a great New Year!!

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Austin Meyer

About Austin Meyer

Austin Meyer has been Northwest Missouri State's assistant men's basketball coach since the 2008-09 campaign. After earning his bachelor's degree in 2006, Meyer was hired as a graduate assistant under then-head coach Steve Tappmeyer, who would name Meyer his full-time assistant two years later.