Redhage Having Fun In Spain

Aug. 12, 2002

Men's basketball senior Shawn Redhage is playing for an Athletes In Action team in Malaga, Spain from August 5-20. Redhage is part of the 16-person team party that includes players from Valparaiso, South Carolina, Miami of Ohio and Colorado State. Redhage is a two-time Pac-10 All-Academic pick from Lincoln, Neb. He has played in 90 games in his three-year career and averaged 7.2 points per game. Here are excerpts from Aug. 9-11.

Friday, Aug. 9--These last two days have been very busy but exciting. Yesterday we practiced in the morning outside in the sun for about two hours. In the afternoon we had another practice at a gym in Malaga for about an hour an a half. At night time we helped with a basketball camp at the place we are staying. Two national team players from Spain also came to speak to the kids. We then went for dinner and at that time I was so tired I went to sleep at 11:30 p.m. The people of Spain eat the meals really late. Tonight we ate dinner at 12:30 am after the game.

Saturday, Aug. 10--Today we had a short shoot around in the morning and then we went to lunch and had a bible study. The rest of the day we had free time to do whatever we wanted to untill the game at 11 p.m.. All the players caught a bus and went down to the beach which is about 10 miles away from where we are staying. The beach was very nice and crowded but the sand had a lot of rocks in it and the water was semi-cold. After staying down there for three hours we came back in to town to eat dinner and rest up for the game. The game was originally schedule for 10 p.m. but the spaniards are pretty easy going and laid back when it comes to time. We started the game on the outside court at 11:15 p.m. and played 2-30 minute halves with a running clock. We won the game 84-34 but the players on the other team were much better than the score indicated.The team was composed of the best players from around the region here in Frigiliana. I believe I had 26 points, 15 rebounds, and 9 assists. It was really fun to play a game like that especially on a outside court under the lights. After the game we met with the team and I shared a brief testimony about my life with Ruben Fernandez( Trip Director) interpreting what I said. The players on the other team were very nice and excited to play us. We have a game tomorrow against a team in Malaga which should be better than the team we played tonight. The guys on the team are great guys and everybody is beginning to build frienships. I�m having an awesome time and learning a lot.

Sunday, Aug. 11--A relaxing day with a shootaround in the afternoon and a bible study around 4 p.m. At six o�clock we went down to the game in Malaga which is about 40 minutes away from the village of Frigiliana. Our opponent was the Unversity of Malaga and they were better than the team we had played the night before. We got out on them quick though and led 16-0 to start the game. We ended up winning the game by 30 pts. Midway through the second quater though I went up to block a shot and came down on a players foot and twised my ankle. I did not play the rest of the game. The sprain does not seem to be too severe and hopefully with proper rest and ice I will be able to play in our next game on Wednesday. Up untill that point I had been playing very well with 15 points on 7-8 shooting with 6 rebounds and 5 assists in about 12 minutes of playing. After the game we went to a nice restaurant and eat some good old fashion steak and potatoes. When we finished the meal we headed back to Frigiliana and got there at about 1 a.m. It seems like the Spaniards don�t go to bed till 4 or 5 in the morning on the weekends. Some players headed into to town as others were very tired and went back to the school to catch some sleep. Everyone is starting to pick up on the language and are able to carry a conversation in Spainish a little bit. I guess those four years of Spanish are becoming useful. The next couple days we are going to do some sight seeing and relax as it looks like we are going to be playing games six days in a row from Wednesday to Monday. Gotta go put some Ice on the ankle but I�ll keep you all posted.

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