The 2019 regular season for the Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW) basketball teams has come to a close, along with the careers of many senior players.
In the CUW men’s basketball final regular season home game on Feb. 14, the Falcons matched up against Dominican, winning 81-66. Along with this victory, personal milestones were reached for senior Andrew Fratzke and Head Coach Shawn Cassidy. Fratzke scored his 1,000th career point while Coach Cassidy earned his 200th win.
Among the seniors playing in this record-setting game was Jake Jurss. According to Jurss, his confidence in this game came largely from the people surrounding him.
“I remember being calm and confident. I know I have great teammates and coaches that have my back at all times,” Jurss said.
The CUW women’s basketball team played their final regular season home game on Feb. 13, where they defeated Edgewood 75-71. Senior Baylee Barker made the most of this game by tying her career-high with 27 points.
According to Barker, this can be attributed to the confidence that she has gained in her time playing for Concordia.
“My freshman year I remember being a lot more nervous compared to this year. This year I am a lot more comfortable and confident in myself and my abilities,” Barker said.
According to Jurss, the past four years have not only been enjoyable, but have also taught him many things.
“The past four years have taught my senior teammates and I about leadership and commitment. All the success we have had over the past four years has been earned through hard work, perseverance, and commitment,” Jurss said.
Reflecting back on her career, Barker shares some advice that can be beneficial for any future athletes.
“Looking back, I would tell myself to enjoy each and every moment of the season because it goes by in the blink of an eye. Along with that, I would tell myself to work as hard as I can each day,” Barker said.
As another season comes to a close, it is important to remember the seniors who have committed themselves to their sport and to Concordia.
Written by Logan Jones.