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Message from Kelly Frings - Bradley University

Hey Coach Nellen,


Just thought I would drop you a quick note. We have been doing 'individual workouts' where there is three to four of us working with one coach.  They break us down according to position, and it's so crazy how much I better I am at ball handling then the bigs who already have that college experience. Koodos to you - keep telling all the kids (Bigs and Littles) that ball handling is key. Being able to handle two balls is especially clutch.  We have one drill where we zig-zag from one baseline to the opposite three point line, then pass one of the balls to a coach standing at the wing. Then we shoot the ball we are still dribbling, while immediately catching another to shoot right away.  They do this drill with everyone! Don't know if that made any sense, but thought it could be a drill you could use or create something off of for workouts.  

It's weird not coming to Pius every Sunday for a workout. 

I hope all is well!!! 

Kelly


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FRIENDSHIPS ARE PRICELESS
Coach Mary
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Every so often you meet someone in this journey that enriches not only your life, but your entire family also. Coach Mary Chrnelich-Nellen is one of those special people. I know Coach Mary has been such a positive influence with many kids that love the game of basketball. If you doubt what kind of impact she has had in the Milwaukee area all you have to do is see what the Pius XI program has achieved the last few seasons. And that is just one program where Coach Mary has made her positive impact felt. She is never one to pat herself on the back or look for any kind of credit. She does what she does because she truly loves kids and being a teacher of the game. This morning I received a text from Coach Mary advising she had a couple of her Milwaukee youth teams playing at the Janesville Craig High School. I headed over to The Den and took several shots of her girls in action.

Boy did this bring back wonderful memories when we coached against each other during the youth years. The battles we had and the talent on the court was amazing. State tournament? Coach Mary hosted the real state tournament at Pius High School where teams like Pius, Milton, Janesville, Luxemburg-Casco, Verona, Playground Warriors AAU, Middleton, Green Bay Notre Dame battled for the ONE championship. 

Over the years Coach Mary and I have kept in touch on a regular basis. She runs her 1 on 1 Teaching Hoops business and it's keeping her hoppin'. I don't know if those young ballers on the court really know how fortunate they are to have Coach Mary influence them not only with the game but also with all those valuable life lessons you learn from basketball. She has her priorities straight up and these kids will forever thank her for all she will do for them someday.

Mary, it was great to see you in the coaching box today. Your passion is admirable. So much positive energy. Even in defeat you and your kids are winners! Keep shootin' out those positive vibes!

You are the best girlfriend!

Negie



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A FUTURE 1 ON 1 STAR?

When You Are Not Practicing, Remember Someone Somwhere Is, And When You Meet Her She Will Win! . . . . Click on the headline to view a  current 1 on 1 Baller and a future Hoop Star! Your Hoop Dreams Are Possible With Hard Work & Commitment! 



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Email from Britt: University of Concordia, Chicago

Mary,

Tell your girls that the things you guys are doing in camp are absolutely essential! We do those same things every day at practice. How's everything else?  When does ds play pius??! I miss you guys a ton!
Had a game tonight... 14 points and 7 rebs. We won.Hope all is well. I will def look to connect over break!

Miss ya!
Britt



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New from Kelly Frings - Bradley University

Hi Coach Nellen,


Just thought I would drop you a quick note. We have been doing 'individual workouts' where there is three to four of us working with one coach.  They break us down according to position, and it's so crazy how much I better I am at ball handling then the bigs who already have that college experience. Koodos to you - keep telling all the kids (Bigs and Littles) that ball handling is key. Being able to handle two balls is especially clutch.  We have one drill where we zig-zag from one baseline to the opposite three point line, then pass one of the balls to a coach standing at the wing. Then we shoot the ball we are still dribbling, while immediately catching another to shoot right away.  They do this drill with everyone! Don't know if that made any sense, but thought it could be a drill you could use or create something off of for workouts.  

It's weird not coming to Pius every Sunday for a workout. 

I hope all is well!!! 

Kelly


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Julie Raeder: 1on1 girl playing college ball at Cardinal Stritch
1 on 1 players: Julie is a 1 on 1 girl. The recruiting process was stressful and Julie looked at many colleges. In the end Julie chose Cardinal Stritch. Could Julie play at a higher level, I believe she could. However, could she be on the floor as a freshman doing what she is doing, probably not. At a higher level Julie would have had to work her way on to the floor. Basketball is basketball. D1, D2, D3 all have great basketball, they all have conferences and they all have post season tourneys. What level you play at doesn't matter, what matters is that you get to play! Just ask Julie!!! 
Congrats Julie, keep up the good work.
Coach Mary
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Julie Raeder named player of the week ~ Milwaukee, Wis. – The Cardinal Stritch University women’s basketball player, Julie Raeder (Sheboygan Falls, Wis.) has been named Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Division II player of the week. Raeder is the first Wolves player to be named player of the week this season.

Raeder collected her first double-double, of the season and career, as she helped the Wolves to a 2-1 record on the week and are 10-3 overall on the season. Raeder’s double-double came in a key CCAC contest against Judson University, as she scored 10 points and collected 12 rebounds. With the win against Judson, the Wolves stayed atop the standings.

The Wolves lone loss of the week came against no. 12 Iowa Wesleyan College, where Raeder collected nine points and five rebounds. Raeder rebounded the next day as she scored 20 points and collected five rebounds in a 22 point victory over Rochester College.

On the week, Raeder averaged 13 points, 7.3 rebounds, one assist, and 1.3 steals per game. Raeder also shot 83% from the free throw line.


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1on1 Girl Shines at National Tourney
Mary,
   
Thanks for working with A.J.. The 1on1 workouts really paid off recently at the "National Christian Homeschool Basketball Tournament " in Springfield Missouri. A.J. helped her team ( USA RED )  knock off the 12U Texas girls State Champions . Then scored 17 points in the next game beating a Kansas City team which advanced them into the final four. Her team ended up 3rd in the NationalTournament and she was named to the All Tournament Team.
Thanks for all your support and encouragement!
Joe and A.J


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Learn How to Juggle

Hi Girls,

I promised to find information on juggling for you, and as luck would have it one of our new 1on1 girls has a brother who is a pro juggler.    Go to www.youtube.com and type in:

Bob and Trish - Trick Shot of the Month (April 2011)

Bob does a great job of breaking down the skill of juggling.  It's a great way to improve your hand eye coordination, and it's fun ! Thanks Bob.



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Note From a Player

Hi Mary,

I hope this email finds you well; it has been ages I feel since the summer!!!! I wanted to give you a huge thank you from Christina and myself for all the training and skill development you provided her over the years. You taught her the building blocks of BB; shooting, passing, dribbling; to have fun; to do your best; and to work hard. It definitely paid off; as she made the JV team. THANK YOU and THANK You for your incredible teaching, instruction, training, guidance, and support.

Hugs to you my friend,

Caroline



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1on1 Freshman

Hi Coach Mary!
It’s Savvi! I was just sending you a quick email to say thank you for everything you have don’t for me throughout the years. I have been involved in the 1on1 program for as long as I can remember, and have been coached under you for years! Through the 1on1 program and your coaching and basketball skills I have grown so much as a player and a person. I can honestly not express my gratitude enough for all you have done for me. Without the numerous Sunday workouts and practices I would not be where I am now; a (hopefully!) starter on my freshman basketball team and a mentally strong basketball player. Not only did you teach me to be a good sportsman you taught me how to be a better friend and daughter! To listen to others and of course TEAMWORK! I have heard multiple times how good my "core" basketball skills are, and I owe that all to you. Before I started in the program I could barely shoot a layup nor did I have the confidence to! Now six years later I live for a break away! Basically I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you have ever done for me. Though I am not a pope, Pius and the 1on1 program will always be a part of my life! I hope to get to a workout soon and I hope you are doing well!

~Savvi



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Note from a Parent of a new 1on1 girl

Mary,

I finally found time to send you this e-mail. I want to thank you for making Alexis feel so welcome at her first workout. She hasn't stopped talking about it. She actually came home and showed my wife all the drills she did during the workout, that hasn't happened from any other camp she has gone to. She also keeps talking about the idea of playing next summer for one of your teams. If that's still possible she would love to do it. I personally want to thank you for making it a great day for me. It made me feel fantastic to watch my daughter work hard, learn and smile while she is doing it.

Thank you,

Mike