Athletes of the week

Alyssa Onan

(Robert Rashid)

Tom Vyskocil: Men’s Golf
How did it feel to get all-conference honors this year?

It felt great to get all-conference honors this year. Each year my goal was to place in the top ten at conference to receive the honors. It’s been disappointing the past couple years because I have played well at the course until the last few holes, then choked, essentially. Finally, after our home tournament this year, my swing finally clicked and I was confident going into conference and knew what I had to do. It took two hours to find out that I received the honors because we were one of the first teams to finish on the final day and I had to move ahead of about six people in order to place. Luckily it happened, and it was a great feeling going out of my senior year with honors and with a group of players that are really talented within the conference.
What is your favorite course and why?
My favorite course has to be the Orchards, which is up near [Bjorklunden]. We always play there when we travel to Bjork in preseason and the course is beautiful and isolated, so it’s quite peaceful playing there. Unfortunately we weren’t able to go up there this year, but I’d definitely drive two hours just to play that course.
What has been your favorite memory of your four years of golf?
My favorite memory of my four years has to be winning our home tournament this past fall. It was my first golf tournament win either in high school or in college, so it was pretty exciting. However, just memories of the rides to and from golf tournaments with all of my teammates have to be up there as well because I have never laughed so hard in my life [than I did] during some of them.
What are your plans for after graduation?
I don’t really have any specific plans for after graduation, but in the future I hope to be working in the music industry because it’s something that I really love doing. If I get the chance, I would love to move to Nashville and get a job out there and try to perform on the side because I’m a huge country fan.
What is the hardest part of golf?
The hardest part of golf is controlling yourself emotionally. It’s taxing mentally and one bad shot could destroy your round if you don’t tell yourself to forget it. Anyone who has played golf before will tell you the same thing. After two- or three-day tournaments, all I want to do is sleep or rest for hours on end because I’m exhausted, physically and mentally.Robert Rashid: Men’s Baseball
What was the team’s biggest challenge this season?
The biggest challenge this season was devoting enough extra time beyond practice to better the team. I mean, there are only so many hours in a day, and it’s tough putting in extra work while simultaneously running a fully functioning day care facility.
What is your favorite professional team?
My favorite professional sports team would have to be the Sage 401 Curling Team. With Murta’s strong hands, May’s broom skills and Benny’s knack for living the high life, we are the obvious favorite for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
What are the team’s goals for the offseason?
Our offseason goals are somehow smuggling in HGH so our team can stop looking like Sage 301. Just kidding, Coach Anderson… but seriously, we would hit bombs.
Do you have a routine for before you get up to bat?
Before every [time] at bat, I envision the baseball being the mirror that used to be in my closet… and the bat being my leg.
If you could play any other sport, what would it be and why?
If I could play any other sport it would be “cup stacking.” To be able to stack and unstack cups faster than I can steal a base is atop my “life goals” list.

(Tom Vyskocil)