Huntington, Ind.—Huntington University athletic teams received a little more than they expected over spring break. The baseball, tennis and softball teams traveled south to battle other NAIA, and even some NCAA, teams. But what they found off the field and court really made the memories.
The HU Foresters baseball team spent the week of spring break soaking up the sun in Daytona Beach, Fla.—while playing lots of baseball. When they weren’t on the field, however, Coach Mike Frame said the team participated in many tourist activities. They enjoyed time at the beach and in the pool, along with shopping and go-carting. The team visited Holly Hill United Brethren Church the first Sunday and came back later that week for a cookout. Frame also said several players attended an Atlanta Braves spring training game during free time.
Both men’s and women’s HU tennis teams trekked south to Hilton Head, S.C., for a week off the mainland. Coach Gary Turner said the team had only three tennis matches, so that left for a great amount of time to enjoy the island.
“Also, one of our condos was on the ocean front,” Turner said, “so we were able to take in the beautiful ocean every day, from morning until sunset.”
During free time, the teams spent time on the beach, in the hot tub, and shopping and site-seeing. One day in particular, senior team member Daron Short said he went on a three-hour, 17-mile bike tour of the island with sophomore player Adam Widener.
“In our other off time from playing tennis,” Short said, “we watched most of the NCAA tournament games.”
But not even March Madness was able to keep them away from wild dolphins. One their last day on the island, the teams went on a boat cruise and experienced dolphins up close and personal, Short said.
After taking an RV to Indianapolis and spending the night, the Forester softball team boarded a plane for Tuscan, Ariz. Throughout their week in Arizona, the team was 4-3. But that was just the beginning.
“Everyone really bonded and had a lot of fun together and played very well,” said senior April Snider. “There is no weak link on the team.”
Snider said when the team was off the field, they were swimming in their pool, going out for dinners, playing other games and having team Bible studies.
“We even had time to visit an ostrich farm—on accident!” Snider said.
Sophomore Ashley McCann recalls a slight incident that happened one night. The team members decided they wanted some oranges—fresh, not store-bought. So, spotting an orange tree in the distance and beyond a gate, McCann, Snider and freshman Stacy Socha decided to make a run for it, through the rain and through a hole in the gate. It was a success.
“But we decided to leave the oranges in front of our coaches’ room,” McCann said. “That was a bad idea.”
An orange fight later broke out—with the coaches.
“That little incident ended with three people in the pool, including coach,” Snider said, “with their clothes on.”