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Lady Knights make the playoffs
Wenatchee World Article
By Doug Flanagan
March 5, 2015
At the beginning of the season, Rachel Bromiley-Goetz had a premonition about her Wenatchee Valley College women’s basketball team.
“(She) told us at the beginning of the year that we were different than a lot of groups,” said freshman guard Jillian Jacobs, “and we kind of questioned it because we hadn’t played any games.”
But now, as the Knights are preparing to play in their first Northwest Athletic Conference tournament in eight years, it’s perfectly all right to say that the coach’s vision was an accurate one.
“They’re winners,” Bromiley-Goetz said. “There’s a certain mindset on the team, and the coaching staff felt that from the beginning. They come winning programs in high school. We are freshman-heavy, but the reality is that they are kids that are used to playing at a high level, used to competing with the best and for the most part used to winning against the best, so there’s no reason to think that wouldn’t carry over, and it has. I think that we’ve had some of those runs simply because that’s what they’re used to.
“And they work so hard. That’s the other part, too. Their work ethic is just top-notch. They get into each other in practice, which from a coaching perspective is nice to see. We make our practices very hard on ourselves. That’s a mindset from the coaching staff — we want to make a challenging practice plan, but the reality is that they have to bring it. And they are so competitive in practice in everything that we do. Some days we have to back them off.
WVC enters tournament play having won nine of its past 10 games, but the Knights have played at a consistent high level for the vast majority of the season, save for their three-game loss streak at the start of East Region play.... Click to read more. (NOTE: log-in may be required to view the full article).
A Life Changed
Written by Keli Grover, WVC Spring 2012 Discover
Kate Patenaude is a starter for the Wenatchee Valley College women’s basketball team. She first visited Wenatchee last spring during her recruiting trip and immediately recognized how much it reminded her of her home town of Missoula, Montana, “without the mountains, but just as pretty,” she said. “It just felt like the right fit. I got along great with the girls and I could tell Coach (Rachel) Goetz was very passionate about what she does and the name we wear on our jerseys. I knew I was going to be able to get a lot more experience playing basketball at the college level. I would also be able to work towards what I wanted to do for a career, which is nursing.”
Kate grew up watching her mom, Nancy, interact with hospital patients and saw the true impact a nurse and a patient can have on one another. In her senior year of high school, Nancy introduced Kate to one of her patients. She explained that 18-year-old Emmanuel Nsubuga, nicknamed “Emma”, a young African man suffering from Legg-Calve Perthes disease and deformed hips, just needed a friend to talk to while he recovered from a difficult surgery.
Kate whole heartedly believes that opportunities are given to everyone, but it is what you choose to do with them that can change your life. With an open heart and a determination to help someone in need, she began meeting with Emma. What began with a simple introduction turned into a lasting friendship.
Kate also saw an opportunity to raise money for his family and the local orphanage where he lived, Musana Children’s Home. She opened a booth at the Missoula Saturday Market and began selling purses, backpacks and jewelry, raising $1,000 to support her friend.
Meeting Emma solidified the fact that nursing was Kate’s future. “There was no longer any doubt in my mind,” she said.
After obtaining a degree in nursing, she plans to become a traveling nurse, helping patients both in the U.S. and internationally.
Kate now finds the support she once showed Emma in her own teammates, and she is often reminded of their friendship when she listens to Coach Goetz’s locker room talks.
“On Saturday afternoon when we are sitting in the locker room, Coach will remind us that Lady Knights are about something bigger than ourselves; it’s about being a team,” Kate said. “The girls support me both on and off the court. We’re like a family.”
For a copy of this article as it appeared in the WVC Spring 2012 Discover, please click here.