With winter looming, some of Kalamazoo College’s proudest sports teams are preparing for what they hope to be their shining moments.
The Kalamazoo College Curling Club and Kalamazoo College Snow Shoveling Team are gearing up for their respective runs at the state championship in December. At the same time K’s Mall Walking Team is preparing for the National Collegiate Mall Walking Championship Dec. 23.
The K Curling Club is captained by Bob Robert ’16. He hopes the team can perform better than in past years where they’ve always finished dead last.
“Last year was tough,” said Robert. ”But this year I feel like we could take home the trophy.”
Robert’s newfound confidence stems from the addition of new star player Katie Katherine ’18. Katherine plays the curler position for the Hornets. She has done a great job delivering the stones this season and helping the team set new school records.
Similar to the Curling Club, the Snow Shoveling team is anticipating a better season than in the past. Because of last year’s Polar Vortex, the team struggled to clear it all. Thanks to a friendly donation the team has brand new shovels for the first time in 21 years and hopes the new equipment will lead to further success.
Much like the Curling Club and Snow Shoveling teams, the Mall Walking Team is trying to recover from last season’s poor results.
“Last year we had a chance at nationals, but our guys just couldn’t keep it together down the stretch.” Said senior team captain Cam Cameron ’15.
Cameron was referencing the final lap of the Mall Walking State Finals last year when a K walker succumbed to the pressure and walked into a Godiva chocolates stand disqualifying herself from the race.
This year K’s Mall Walking Team qualified for nationals by placing second at the State Finals held locally at The Crossroads Mall in Portage, Mich.
Next month the Mall Walking team will leave for Bloomington, Minn. where they will compete at the Mall of America. The National Tournament is designed to be closer to Christmas so competitors have to dodge last minute Christmas shoppers during the competition.
“We know that nationals will be tough.” Said Cameron, “But we are going to practice on Black Friday to get the best preparation.”