Why We Play D-III Athletics

"It's not about getting a scholarship, getting drafted, or making Sports Center. It's a deep need in us that comes from the heart. We need to practice, to play, to lift, to hustle, to sweat. We do it all for our teammates and for the student in our calculus class that we don't even know.

We don't practice with a future major league first baseman; we practice with a future sports agent. We don't lift weights with a future Olympic wrestler; we lift with a future doctor. We don't run with a future Wimbledon champion; we run with a future CEO. It's a bigger part of us than our friends and family can understand. Sometimes we play for 2,000 fans; sometimes 25. But we still play hard. You cheer for us because you know us. You know more than just our names. Like all of you, we are students first. We don't sign autographs. But we do sign graduate school applications, MCAT exams, and student body petitions. When we miss a kick or strike out, we don't let down an entire state. We only let down our teammates, coaches, and fans.

But the hurt is still the same. We train hard, lift, throw, run, kick, tackle, shoot, dribble, and lift some more, and in the morning we go to class. And in that class we are nothing more than students. It's about pride in ourselves, in our school. It's about our love and passion for the game. And when it's over, when we walk off that court or field for the last time, our hearts crumble. Those tears are real. But deep down inside, we are very proud of ourselves. We will forever be what few can athletes."

- Sean Sornsin, former baseball student-athlete at Cornell College.

The article appeared in the Dec. 3, 1999 edition of The Cornellian (student newspaper)






2014 - 2015 SAAC OFFICERS


Laura Ettlin - President

Ryan Nordvedt - Vice President

Rachel Aubry - Secretary

2014 - 2015 SAAC MEMBERS

Holly Herzig, Soccer

Sarah Calhoun, Soccer
Jeremy Kaden, Soccer

Christian Wright, Soccer

Abrah Masterson, Cross Country

Rachel Moline, Cross Country

Josh Lindsay, Cross Country

Taylor Christen, Cross Country

Katie Sickleka, Volleyball

Molly Neiley , Volleyball

Brandon Davis, Football

Jacob Kvale, Football

Shashanna Moll, Tennis

Ariana Hudson, Tennis

Ty Hartman, Basketball

Peter Catchings, Basketball

Kellie Kuzmanic, Basketball

Tana Kemmer, Basketball

Bryan Walsh, Wrestling

Kevin Stahmer, Wrestling

Madison Acree, Track & Field

Breann Grell, Track & Field

John Bray, Track & Field

Charles Zilatis, Track & Field

Kari Martin, Softball

Brianna Carney, Softball

Beriah Quick, Baseball

 Jake Lehman, Baseball

Thomas Weiss, Tennis

Garrett Russikoff, Tennis

David Fischer, Sports Medicine

Brianna Mullan, Sports Medicine

Katlyn Arndt, Cheerleading

Stefanee Lucker, Cheerleading