Summer of the Griz: The juniors

One can only guess what India Watne is doing this summer

One can only guess what India Watne is doing this summer

July 5, 2012

With America's summer holiday this week, we started wondering: How does a Division I soccer player spend her summer? The defending Big Sky Conference champions checked in recently with all the details. It is Thursday, which means the juniors finally have the floor.

There is a lot of golf, with Kendra McMillen playing it at home in Medford, Ore., and Maddey Frey keeping the ultra-exclusive course at the Iron Horse Golf Club in Whitefish in pristine condition.

(How exclusive is the Iron Horse? Since it's a member-owned development, only members and their guests are allowed on the course. Want to become a member? A maximum of 375 golfers are allowed to hold memberships at one time, and memberships come by invitation only. The price of exclusivity is not listed on the website, which leads one to clearly understand: If you have to ask, you definitely can't afford it.)

Mary Makris is working (for pay) at the Chico Hot Springs Resort just outside Yellowstone, Alyssa Nystrom is working (for no pay) at a Target pharmacy in her hometown of Port Orchard, Wash., and Courtney Watson, who is one of nine kids in her family, will be going on vacation soon to California. Her clan of 25-plus will be shoehorning itself into a five-bedroom house (which should come with pay).

India Watne is not listed, but she is not unaccounted for. She is in her hometown of Los Angeles and claims she is unable to reveal publically what she is doing. With no facts to go on, we can only guess that her highly secretive summer involves working for someone who could afford membership at the Iron Horse Golf Club. Expect full disclosure in August when Watne returns to Missoula and is unable to hide behind her email account.



Maddey Frey (Junior, defender, Kalispell, Mont.)

During the summer I've been back at home in Kalispell. During the week I work at the Iron Horse Golf Club in Whitefish doing lawn maintenance. I still have a lot of time to spend outside doing different activities and hanging out with friends. I've biked the Going to the Sun Road and have hiked and skied the pass in Glacier National Park. I have been on several hikes and mountain bike rides around the valley. I've also been rock climbing and slalom skiing. I still have been working out for soccer and practicing with the Flathead Rapids soccer team. I was able to go the Sasquatch Music Festival at the Gorge Amphitheater with my teammate Kate Wilkins. I've had a pretty good summer being with my friends and family, not to mention my dogs.

Britta Hjalmarsson (Junior, midfielder, Bozeman, Mont.)

This summer I have been in Missoula hanging out with all the other girls on the team. We have been doing workouts together and working the day camp for the Grizzly Soccer Academy. I have spent some time seeing family in Bozeman and out at the lakes in Minnesota. For the most part I have been relaxing this summer and preparing for the fall. I am excited to be back with the team again at practice!

Mary Makris (Junior, midfielder, Emigrant, Mont.)

This summer I have been working, working out, playing soccer and trying to enjoy summer in between. I am working at Chico Hot Springs Resort in the restaurant. It's a really beautiful location and I work with several friends, so I enjoy it. I am playing soccer on a Bozeman adult league team. We are orange and our record is 5-1. The participants range in age and skill, but it is a lot of fun to be on the team and have matches twice a week. I have been running as much as I can. I have been hiking, floating, playing music and hanging out with friends in my spare time. I hope to go on a few roads trips and have some fun nights before soccer starts up again.

Kendra McMillen (Junior, goalkeeper, Medford, Ore.)

This summer in Oregon has been pretty laid back. I started off the summer coaching a U19 soccer team to a Rogue Valley Cup title. I have spent most of the summer so far playing golf with my grandfather and hanging with family and friends. At the end of June, I ran in a half marathon in Bend, Ore. Currently I am taking stats, which stinks. To end the summer, I will be taking a memorable trip down to Reno. Hopefully everyone is having a great summer!

Alyssa Nystrom (Junior, defender, Port Orchard, Wash.)

This summer I have been balancing soccer, school and work. Right after finals finished I headed back to Port Orchard, Wash., where I started my first required rotation for my pharmacy degree. I had to complete 120 hours at the Target pharmacy within the span of three weeks to gain the experience necessary to graduate in 2015. Unfortunately those hours had to be done for free. Every day this summer I have gone to work for eight hours and then completed my soccer summer workout program. The YMCA is right next door to Target, so it has been easy to head over to the gym to knock out the workout for the day. I did get the opportunity to go on a seven-day cruise in the Caribbean, where I got to spend some time in Cozumel, Belize, Honduras and the Cayman Islands. The cruise ship had a nice gym, so I was still able to go running and then relax in the sun afterwards. In less than a month I head back to Missoula to take part in the fitness tests. And then it's time for the season to start!

Courtney Watson (Junior, defender, Scottsdale, Ariz.)

This summer hasn't been too eventful for me, but I have done some pretty cool things. I have been working at a daycare all summer and trying to save up money for the semester coming up. I am also doing my best to keep up with my summer workout plan by running early in the mornings and lifting at night to fit it around my work schedule. Every Sunday and Monday I have been doing indoor to keep my touch on the ball, as well as staying fit for the season to come. On top of that I am helping my sister collect money, soccer equipment and clothes for her trip to Haiti in July to help coach soccer to young children through a nonprofit organization called Goals Beyond the Net. Since I love hanging with my family, I have been doing a lot of family gatherings as well, and I am super excited for the one coming up in July in California. We have my entire family of about 25+ staying in a five bedroom house. It should be interesting to see how it turns out. We have plans to go to the beach daily, play soccer on the beach, run on the beach and eventually go to SeaWorld as well. It isn't really normal for me to be with only a few people anyways for a vacation, so I'm sure it will be a typical Watson bash. Following that trip is preseason and summer basically coming to an end.

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