Junior accounting major Randy Reid and sophomore exercise science major Kate Ryan were named to the All-Pennsylvania Athletic Conference Team. Reid was named to the second team and Ryan received an honorable mention.
Reid, the six feet five inches tall team captain has been playing basketball since he was in fifth grade. Reid is from West Philadelphia and is a Monsignor Bonner High School graduate in 2004.
Reid has continued playing the game for the thrill and excitement. “Basketball is like a drug; it becomes addicting,” Reid said.
Basketball is a way for Reid to stay focused on schoolwork because in order to play he would have to maintain a good academic standing in all levels of school. “My mom wanted me to succeed and I did that through basketball,” he said.
Another role model to Reid is Michael Jordan. As a kid he admired Jordan and still considers him a god.
Off-season for Reid is just as important as his basketball season. After a disappointing season, Reid and the team are already preparing for next season. “All we can do is rebuild off of this year and get ready for a successful season next year.”
Reid’s goal for next season is to win the PAC championship for his senior year. His plan is to take the season “one game at a time.”
In the future, Reid would like to play basketball overseas if the opportunity arose. He also hopes to own an accounting firm and coach a children’s basketball team.
Ryan, who received an All-PAC honorable mention, is a member of the women’s basketball team and is also one of the team’s captains.
Ryan is from Philadelphia and has been playing basketball since she was five years old. She began playing for fun at a young age but continued playing for the love of the game and the chance to meet many new people. Ryan attended Archbishop Ryan High School and said that the excitement on the court during games keeps her focused and gives her an adrenaline rush.
She recalls her Amateur Athletic Union team as very memorable. “My AAU team was a great experience for me because we traveled around a lot,” Ryan said.
The women’s basketball team lost the PAC championship this year, but Ryan hopes to win the PAC next season. “We have very young but strong players and because of that we hope to go farther next year,” Ryan said. The team this year was made up of strictly freshman and sophomores.
To prepare for next season, Ryan continues to lift, run and scrimmage with other team members to stay in shape.
In the future, Ryan said she would like to play basketball overseas and she hopes to be a physical therapist.