Here at Hudl, we love fall for many reasons: days fly by with hundreds of support calls, football games are playing on every TV in the office daily, and the chilly weather has made the Keurig provided by our office managers that much better. Now that fall sports are coming to an end, one may think the Hudlies are disappointed. Thankfully, winter sports are right around the corner. How can we not be excited with the new Hudl for Basketball in beta? Seasons may change, but at Hudl, we will always find a reason to celebrate.
For example: thirteen Hudlies got together this fall to form a slowpitch softball team. They made it all the way to the championship before a heartbreaking loss in the final inning. But the loss didn’t deter our guys from celebrating – the following week a post-season banquet was held with awards and plenty of food. Mark Ketcham, Jason West and Jared Stauffer all took home MVP awards, while Bailey Andreesen and Layne Anderson were recognized for helping the team succeed via snacks and score-keeping.
Really any kind of rec league is welcomed with open arms here at Hudl. Softball may be over, but the indoor soccer season has just begun and you can find our co-ed team hitting the turf every Sunday. After much harassment from the media, team captain Daniel Mickells recently came forward with the 2013-2014 outlook: “It’s early in the season so we’re still getting our legs under us.”
Our fall coaches at Hudl are also finding reasons to celebrate. In the football world, Greg Nelson and the Lincoln East Spartans went 8-2, while Jameson Rexilius went 9-2 with the Lincoln Christian Crusaders. Josh Megrue also worked with Lincoln Christian, coaching their boys’ tennis team. Kelli Thoms and Morgan Hohbein lead the girls at Lincoln Lutheran to a great season, before losing the fifth set of the Nebraska volleyball Class C-1 district finals.
While those coaches are excited to have a little free time after work, our winter coaches are just getting started. Erin Wacker will continue coaching the girls’ basketball team at Wahoo High School, while Trey Boyer will travel all over the state to officiate wrestling meets.
And with the new Pinnacle Bank Arena a stone’s throw from the Hudl offices, many are celebrating the start of the Nebrasketball season. However, no one is quite as excited as Brandon Gries, arguably the biggest Husker basketball fan in the nation. You can find Brandon hanging out his apartment window, a block from the arena, pumping up the crowd by blasting Jock Jams out of his window on any given game day.
Hudl’s SEC took the holiday season by storm, planning many events to keep the crew entertained. Husker football bye weeks are never something we like to experience, but a free Saturday did allow the team to get together for a flag football game. And if you happened to walk around the Haymarket on Halloween, you may have witnessed the Hudlies sporting their unique costumes – ranging from Bert and Ernie to Dustin Pedroia. That night, the Halloween party started with the youngest Hudlies trick-or-treating, and ended with a costume contest amongst the adults. Elizabeth Cain and her husband took home Best Couple Costume as Catwoman and Bane, while Todd Prauner sweated out the night in his Sasquatch attire, bringing home the coveted Best Individual Costume award.
Hudlies have been counting their blessings this past month, thanks to a great start to the school year with a busy fall season. It has given us a reason to celebrate and hope for an exciting winter. Our biggest challenge this month is tempting healthy Hudlies on the Paleo diet to indulge in holiday sweets.