Women’s team will dispense candy for the Halloween game against Palo Alto Oct. 28
By Alyssa Zapata
The women’s basketball team will be raising money for Susan G. Komen San Antonio by donating money from the admission fee and sale of raffle tickets for gift cards during their season opener at the 6 p.m. home game Oct. 14 against Victoria College.
The team won each game of their scrimmage matches Oct. 4 against Northwest Vista College, St. Edward’s University and Palo Alto College.
Northwest Vista was a team they did not beat last year, head coach Haley Capestany said.
Capestany, returning for her second year coaching here, said she chose to coach at this college because she thinks people usually don’t expect to see much talent from Alamo Colleges, but she can change that.
Capestany said the program here is getting stronger, and Marisa Martinez, student success specialist, has helped provide equipment and works with the team to get things done in a timely manner.
“In community colleges, you get the kids that didn’t get a chance to go play at a four-year university, but a lot of them have the potential,” Capestany said.
“So what I set out to do was help them get to the next level or give them that chance to play again and be a part of the team.”
Capestany’s goal is to show that there is more to Alamo Colleges athletes than people see, and she is building the program by teaching each detail of basketball and breaking down plays to show them all options, she said.
Capestany has coached summer leagues, Amateur Athletic Union teams and youth leagues.
She was a point guard and played nationally with an AAU team, Texas A&M University-Kingsville and the University of the Incarnate Word.
Capestany teaches her team management skills, discipline, dedication and practice makes perfection.
“Coach is tough on us, but I have respect for her because she knows what she is talking about,” said Cheyenne Baxa, team captain and kinesiology sophomore.
“We did good in our scrimmage tournament, but we didn’t do great because we’re still building a relationship of trust since it is our first time playing together.”
For tryouts this year, 40-50 players turned out, but the team was cut to 13 women.
“The players this semester are amazing, and they have the will to win, great chemistry on the court, great respect and they work hard,” Capestany said.
Capestany thinks the team’s chemistry will set them apart from their opponents.
“During warmups before a game, they take it seriously and know it’s game time,” Capestany said. “I noticed other teams are very lazy in warmup, but not my team.”
Destiny Solis, kinesiology freshman and first-time player for the Rangers, says the team performance is improving because as they recognize weaknesses, they work on it.
“We have a great coach who is pushing us a lot, and our three returning players have welcomed us and help us improve,” Solis said.
The team’s biggest opponent will be Victoria College, Capestany said.
Solis said, “They better be ready for us ’cause we’re coming for them.”
Baxa said, “I’m ready to go hard and win.”
The women’s next game will be 6 p.m. Oct. 21 at Incarnate Word, and the team will hand out candy to fans for the Halloween game Oct. 28.
“I just hope the school comes out and supports us,” Capestany said.
“The girls work hard, and the support will help the momentum of the game because I know it did for me.”