Tornado turns Ursuline College athletes into road warriors
December 27, 2013
Ursuline College was recently featured in the News Herald regarding the status of our athletes after a tornado hit campus July 20, 2013. Click here to read the entire article.
Ursuline College freshman guard Erica Huber and her teammates gathered at center court recently after an 87-64 victory over St. Joseph’s College.
The schedule had it as a home game for the Arrows. By winning for the fifth time in nine outings, they had surpassed last season’s victory total of four.
Instead of chalking up the notable win on their home floor in Pepper Pike, though, the Arrows and second-year head coach Shannon Sword took care of business in nearby University Heights at John Carroll University’s DeCarlo Varsity Center.
The destruction of UC’s O’Brien Athletic Center on July 20 accounts for the displacement.
In the wee hours of that warm, summer Saturday, a tornado packing winds of up to 120 mph slammed into the 40-year-old complex that housed a basketball court, locker rooms, fitness center, athletic department offices, storage areas and four-lane, 25-meter indoor pool.
The twister blew apart the complex’s west wall, peeled back the roof and left the irreparably damaged interior open to the elements.
Since then, with the college awaiting a settlement from its insurance carrier and O’Brien slated for demolition, Sword and her Arrows have been road warriors for practices and games.
“This is our reality and we’re making the best of the situation. No excuses,” Sword said.
Added Huber: “We get in vans every day and drive to practices and games. It’s what we do. No big deal.”
Through the remainder of this season and, most likely, next season, the Arrows will practice at The Word Church in Warrensville Heights and other locales in the eastern suburbs.
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