ICC walk on makes contribution

Better late than never

By Marc Strauss

July 13, 2010 Updated Jul 13, 2010 at 2:27 PM CDT

Rachal Waldschmidt wasn't planning on playing basketball this season.

"No, I wasn’t. I needed to stay in shape for soccer, so I decided to do something that I like to do."

But when a series of injuries left the ICC women's team with only 3 healthy guards, Kylee Grant approached her former Richwoods teammate about walking on.

"I twisted her arm a little bit. But since I played with her in high school it wasn’t that much. She missed basketball, so it wasn’t that hard."

Waldschmidt did play soccer this past year at ICC, but she didn't join the basketball team until after the season started. Consequently, she's not even listed in the program. But after participating in just 3 practices Rachel got into a game. And soon after that, she was starting.

"It makes me even more nervous to start. It’s more pressure because I feel like they expect more out of me."

"It’s a great tribute to all of our players that accept that in Racha." says ICC coach Steve Gaberl. "To have her come on at a late date like this – not have any pre-season or all of those other practices that we’ve had – and accept her role with open arms."

"I didn’t even join expecting to play," revealed Waldschmidt. "At first I just came to practice with the girls. But now that I’m playing I’m glad that I could join. I’m glad that I’m playing again."

Looks like Rachal's basketball career isn't over afterall.

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