Apr 24, 2020 5:39 PM

Following positive campus visit, Waufle chooses CSC for hoops

Posted Apr 24, 2020 5:39 PM
Olivia Waufle prepares to shoot a free throw in a high school game
Olivia Waufle prepares to shoot a free throw in a high school game

By: Dave Collins, Eagle Radio Chadron Sports Director

Let's meet a second newcomer to the Chadron State women's basketball program today, Olivia Waufle.

She signed her letter of intent recently and will come to Chadron from Horizon High School in Thornton, Colorado.  Waufle averaged 13.3 points per game and 6.7 rebounds in 2019-2020 and earned Colorado 5A all-state honorable mention honors.

Waufle tells us, "I chose Chadron State because of the town’s tight knit community. I think it’s important to go new places and meet new people. For college I really wanted to experience something different from where I live now and Chadron State will let me do just that!" 

She added, "Coming from Thornton, CO to Chadron will be a big change for me but it’s something I look forward to. I plan on majoring in either business management or entrepreneurship."

Coaching and facilities were important factors to Waufle's decision to attend CSC.

"One of my favorite things about the basketball program at Chadron State is coach Raymer’s straightforwardness. She was very upfront and honest with me and I think that will help me grow in basketball. You can tell she truly cares about her players and wants the best for them in life. I also loved the facilities. The Chicoine Center is something else! I can’t wait for that gym to be packed with fans!"

Olivia Waufle takes on two defenders in the post
Olivia Waufle takes on two defenders in the post

For recruits all across college athletics COVID-19 has made the process unlike any other in history for kids choosing their future schools.  Waufle was lucky and got to visit campus before making her selection.

"Fortunately I did get to visit Chadron State before the Covid-19 situation. The visit was amazing!! The team sat down and had lunch with me, which was super nice of them. I feel bad though, because I’m a little shy when I first meet people."

"My favorite part of the visit was probably the tour. My tour guide (Joel) was the nicest guy ever. Going on that tour gave me a true sense of Chadron State’s community because everyone smiled and said hi as Joel and I walked by. I was also accompanied by a senior from the women’s basketball team and she was extremely nice and answered all of my questions. We even took a little detour and she showed me her room!

"I then went and bought some Chadron swag, watched a practice, and talked with coach Raymer. I loved the visit and I feel bad for recruits who have to make a decision without visiting because it was a big reason why I chose Chadron!"

She's doing all she can to stay focused on her goals and skills during the pandemic situation, trying to make the process as enjoyable as possible.

Waufle says, "I’ve just been doing what I can at home! I’ve been conditioning and working on my skills. I do body weight workouts, go on runs, and do some basketball drills on my outdoor hoop. It’s actually kind of fun overcoming the challenge of the coronavirus because it forces me to be more creative. I feel like a I’m a little kid again playing on my outdoor hoop!"

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Apr 24, 2020 5:39 PM
American Legion baseball area and state tournaments cancelled-regular season could be played

By:  Mike Glesinger

The Nebraska American Legion on Wednesday announced the cancellation of 2020 Area and State Baseball tournaments, however regular season games can be played when restrictions are lifted. 

The Department of Nebraska Athletic Committee released the following statement in a news release on Wednesday..." American Legion Baseball’s highest priority is the health, well-being and safety of all our participants, families, volunteers and fans....." It is the intention of the Department of Nebraska Athletic Committee to hold as much of / or any part of a playing season here in Nebraska  that the situation allows, and to allow the local communities and regional areas to conduct their own tournaments as they see fit based on the current restriction for that region/area...." We ask that you continue to review the guidelines, restrictions and regulations established by your local, Nebraska and federal government to ensure doing whatever is required for the safety and well-being of everyone involved."

"Practices are NOT authorized until the date the Athletic Committee announces will be the initial date of practice. ALL registered and insured Legion teams will then be required to conduct 14 days of practice prior to their first official Legion baseball game against another team. Once the Governor announces a date to allow youth sports, the committee will stipulate a start date of the 14 day practice period. Even at that time, Legion teams will still be required to adhere to ALL local, state and national health measures."

On the local level, The Class B Area 7 Junior Tournament was scheduled to be held in Chadron with the Area 7 Senior Tournament scheduled to be held in Alliance.   The Class B State Junior Tournament was to be held in Waverly and the Senior State Tournament in Bennington.  All Tournament Host sites will remain the same for the 2021 season.