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Alums, Athletes Enjoy Arizona Atmosphere

By Brent Harris

The Wabash baseball team would have been a little happier Sunday night had it picked up a second victory against RIT to go 2-0 to start the season. But many of the thoughts of the day’s events faded into the distance with a get-together for the Wabash athletes, coaches, and their families at the home of Mike Rapier ’87 and his wife, Cindy.

Joined by the Little Giant golf team, the athletes and coaches shared food, stories, and laughter while enjoying the start of a week of activities in Arizona. Both teams will practice and play in the sun-drenched Southwest before returning to campus at the end of spring break. Sunday night was less about athletic endeavors and everything about the special connection between Wabash men. Golfers and baseball players enjoyed great food and conversation, along with the incredible hospitality of the Rapiers. Talk of birdies, putts, base hits, and RBIs turned to midterms and summer plans amid the cool Arizona breeze.

Both teams return to their various arenas Monday. The golf team will head to We-Ko-Pah Golf Course, then travel to Eagle Mountain Tuesday thanks to the efforts of alumnus John Gallios ’52. Wednesday Dick Hurckes ’56 will host the team for a practice at the Desert Forest Golf Course before a Thursday match against Mesa Community College at Dobson Ranch Golf Course. The linksters close the week at Wigwam Golf Course and an afternoon with Roger Colehower ’65.

The Wabash baseball team will play Monmouth College Monday, followed by a Tuesday doubleheader against Wartburg. After a day off Wednesday, the Little Giants play Coe College, then take on Wisconsin Lutheran Friday. The final two games of the Arizona trip come Saturday morning against William Paterson of New Jersey before heading back to the airport and trip to Crawfordsville.

On behalf of the baseball and golf teams, thanks to the alums and the families who have supported the two teams during their Arizona trip. And a special thank you to the Rapiers for the wonderful event at their home Sunday night!

Photos – (Top left) Freshman Matt Dodaro and Mike Rapier ’87 chat before dinner.

(Bottom left) Head baseball coach Tom Flynn and senior golfer Elliot Vice share a laugh at dinner.