Morningside’s First Full Day in Durham Involves Play and Work

Published: Dec. 15, 2021 at 11:25 PM CST
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DURHAM, NC (KTIV) -The Morningside football team is in Durham, North Carolina for the NAIA National Championship game. The Mustangs will battle Grand View in Saturday’s title game.

As the first full day in Durham, North Carolina was coming to a close. The Mustangs took the field for practice number-2 of the trip. But earlier in the day, the team got to have a little fun off the field.

Morningside made the short trip to the Mardi Gras Bowling Center in Chapel Hill. Players and coaches hit the lanes to see who the best bowlers of the group are.

We saw some strikes, some spares, and some gutter balls. Quarterback Joe Dolincheck even called his shot and knocked down all ten pins.

The players cherish the times they get to spend off the field as a team, especially before a big game.

“Mood is really high. It’s a lot of fun right now. The guys are having a lot of fun together,” said senior Tyler Wingert. “It’s always good to get out and do something as a team. You grow together as a team doing stuff like this. I don’t know if we’d really compete with too many bowling teams around the country but it’s a lot of fun anyway what we’re doing out here.”

“For some of us guys, it’s our last time being together as a team doing an outing like this,” said senior Zack Keller. “Doing this, like you said, gets our minds off football and it just eases up everything so we’re more focused when we’re on the football field.”

After bowling, it was time to get to work preparing for the Grand View Vikings. After having a short walk-through practice on Tuesday, the Mustangs cranked things up in practice number 2.

For some guys, this is their first long trip for a big game, but a lot of this roster was part of the 20-18 and 20-19 championship teams. So they know the importance of everything they do during the week, which is having fun while staying focused on the task at hand.

“We came down here on a business trip. We came down here to win a football game and that’s always in mind,” said senior Reid Jurgensmeier. “But along with the rest of the season, we’re going to have fun while we do it so that’s the mindset going into the rest of the week.”

“It’s just a fun team experience. Because you get to get away. You get to get away from Iowa and you just get to be together in a hotel and guys being close,” said senior Joe Dolincheck. “There’s teammates that you didn’t really get to bond with over the season that you might get to know a little better here. So far, these first two days have been a really good time getting to know some guys.”

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