Sports / The Prairie Fire / May 28, 2008

2008 spring sports seniors

Greg Liebach – St. Louis, Mo.

Baseball – 4 years



Lasting Impressions:

I will never forget the sights or the feelings of the celebration pile in the middle of our infield after winning four games in 24 hours and the first conference championship in 22 years. Each year since I have arrived, we have set our goal at the beginning of the season as winning the conference championship and competing at the national regional. I leave my college athletic career satisfied in knowing that we finally achieved that goal with my last opportunity. The post-game feelings of that day, the exhaustion, the excitement, the team bond, the sense of history, are unforgettable.

Favorite Memories:

As I look back on my career, the people that I will best remember are the coaches and my two fellow seniors with whom I have shared all four years. I admire the coaches (Coach I, Jimmy, Coach Steck, and Coach Hunter) for their intensity, their belief in their team, and their desire to win. I am glad that I was able to share a championship with them on the way out.

Advice for Fellow Athletes:

Take a moment sometime, whether it be before a game in your sophomore season or the most intense situation of a playoff during your senior year, to appreciate the moment that you are in and the opportunity that you have been given. Look around, and soak in the feeling because when they are all finished, they seem to have gone by so fast and you want desperately to have a few more.

Jenny Golz – Evergreen Park, Ill.

Softball – 4 years



Lasting Impressions:

I was lucky enough to complete four years of two sports at Knox. This is something I would not have been able to do at a larger school. I made incredible friendships, which will last beyond college… I have learned true dedication with all of the hard work put into both sports. Early mornings, tough practices, pushing myself all pre-season through summer and fall in preparation for basketball and transitioning straight into softball as soon as it ends.

Favorite Memories:

Being the only team in MWC history to go 5-0 at the crossover tournament in softball. I will never forget the other six seniors I played four years with: Katie Schneider, Monyca Fisher, Katie Dura, Meryl Leventon, Ann Marie Albright, and Bridget McCune. Coach Wagner called us the best recruited class she ever had.

Advice for Fellow Athletes:

It is hard to balance the academic demands of Knox with the athletic demands. But it is 100 percent worth it. It develops character, dedication, and an overall amazing experience at Knox. You will find friendships that will last a lifetime and memories that you will never forget.

Arjun Rao – Chennai T.N., India

Golf – 4 Years



Lasting Impressions:

I will always remember all the spring break and road trips that we had, and all the great friends I made from them.

Favorite Memories:

Winning conference this year was an incredible feeling, and so was playing at nationals.

Advice for Fellow Athletes:

Cherish your four years of athletics at Knox because they go by in a hurry.

Katie Dura – Edwards, Ill.

Softball – 4 years



Lasting Impressions:

The great friends that I made, they are like family to me. Also, the success that I achieved in my four years. That will always be memorable to me.

Favorite Memories:

My best memories – the most humorous as well as the most sentimental – would have to be with our last coach, Kathy Wagoner. She was just a great person to come into Knox with. She taught me to believe in

myself.

Tim Rairdon – St. Charles, Ill.

Track – 1 year



Favorite Memories:

Running beside fields, over bridges, in circles and beyond town limits – from Illinois, over the Mississippi, into Iowa, next Missouri, then back.

Advice for Fellow Athletes:

Release the limits of your heart and the resistances of your mind – try to make them explode.

Brad Middleton – Rock Falls, Ill.

Golf – 4 years



Lasting Impressions:

I really enjoyed my four years playing golf at Knox. It allowed me to make a lot of friends, provided a release from my schoolwork and stress, and allowed me to be part of

something bigger than myself.

Favorite Memories:

I will never forget the golf spring break trips. They were always filled with tons of laughs and provided stories that we would retell endlessly for the rest of the season and beyond.

Advice for Fellow Athletes:

My advice for fellow Knox athletes would be to have fun at whatever sport you play. For most of us at this point in our lives, there aren’t many years left to play competitive sports. Enjoy it.

David Marquardt – Bloomington, Ill.

Golf – 4 years



Lasting Impressions:

Overall, I was very satisfied with my four years here as an athlete.

Favorite Memories:

Some of my best times have been on the road with the golf team, and nothing will beat winning conference and playing at the national championships.

Advice for Fellow Athletes:

Athletes spend so much time with their respective teams and it is important to get to know your teammates and become friends with them. It will make the experience much more enjoyable and memorable.

Ryan Cash


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