By Carley Bennecke |Staff Writer|
Senior Nicole Chapple has “no complaints” pertaining to playing for the CSUSB’s women’s basketball team.
Chapple started to love and play basketball when she was in the third grade.
“I have just loved sports ever since I was little. I took a liking to basketball at a young age, and just stuck with it,” said Chapple.
Chapple continued to play basketball into her adolescent years.
During her time at Clovis High School, Chapple was team captain for the Cougars for three seasons. As a sophomore and junior, she earned second-team all-league honors.
In her senior year, she took home first-team all-league honors. This achievement earned her the title, “Athlete of the Year.”
Upon graduating high school, she pursued higher education at Fresno City College (FCC) for two years.
Chapple continued her basketball passion at FCC and as a freshman earned second-team all-conference honors. In her sophomore year, she earned first-team all-conference honors while helping lead the team to the final four in the state playoffs.
After her second year at FCC, Chapple transferred to CSUSB.
In the 2012-13 season, which was Chapple’s junior year, she appeared in 25 games and averaged 3.7 points.
This season, Chapple has chosen to redshirt.
To “red shirt” means Chapple won’t be playing in games, but is still a valuable member of the team and still attends practices and games.
“The first season I had here wasn’t the best experience, and since this year we have new coaches, I want to develop for a year under them, have an extra year of school, and come back next season with devoted game and abilities,” said Chapple.
She is enthusiastic about how well the season is going.
“Although our record looks as otherwise, I think we have had a pretty good season. We had a lot of changes this past year and yet we’ve been growing and developing more and more every week. It’s exciting to see how much better the team has gotten throughout the season,” said Chapple.
Chapple believes teamwork is an important part of game success.
Chapple said her team has gotten along much better over the past year.
“We now get along off the court, I think that helps when it comes to playing with one another,” said Chapple.
Basketball is Chapple’s getaway.
“I love it,” Chapple declared. “I love my team, I love the arena, and I love my coaches. I really don’t have any complaints.”
Chapple explained how there have been many memorable moments from this season. One of her favorite memories was Head Coach Renee Jimenez’s 100th win.
“It was an exciting game, and the team was excited for her and we threw water on her when she came into the locker room, that was a pretty cool experience,” said Chapple.
Chapple is currently in pursuit of a Liberal Studies degree and is expecting to graduate in Spring 2015. Upon graduating, she plans on jumping into her career of becoming a special education teacher.