By Dane Mizutani on Dec 1, 2014 at 12:47 p.m.
New Life Academy was fresh off an opening-season 72-62 victory over St. Paul Como Park last week and everyone around the program was ready to keep the ball rolling.
Not so fast.
Its only game from last week was cancelled and the Eagles were forced to wait another week to get back into the swing of things.
“We were able to practice pretty much all week except for Thursday so that was good,” New Life Academy coach Douglas Linton said. “It was good to get that extra practice time before we hit the grind of the season.”
Though practices last week went well Linton said his players are ready to put the practice to the test against a live opponent.
“I know they’re excited to get out there against some other guys,” he said. “There’s only so much we can simulate in practice.”
Linton said the prolonged break has its pros and cons, adding that he plans to reschedule the game against the International School of Minnesota that was cancelled last week. In the meantime Linton and his squad have been focused on a very busy week ahead that features contests against St. Paul Humboldt and Legacy Christian Academy.
“We just want to get out and build on what we did in the first game,” Linton said. “We’re hoping we’re able to do that against a couple decent opponents this week. … We’ve definitely got some stuff to work out so these first couple games will kind of be a test to see where we’re at right now.”