Day in the life of a player at Cooper Invitational

9:00 a.m.: Alarm goes off.

9:05 a.m.: Finally get out of bed after five minutes of sophomore Eli Gordon jumping on me.

9:30 a.m.: Walk to Kroger’s for breakfast. Order almost everything from the bakery.

9:45 a.m.: Walk back to the hotel and put on my jersey.

10:00 a.m.: Meet the team in the hotel lobby.

10:05 a.m.: Jam the entire 13-person team into a single van and drive to the Jewish Community Center (JCC).

10:15 a.m.: Stretch and get ready for the game.

11:00 a.m.: Game begins.

12:15 p.m.: Celebrate after winning the game.

12:30 p.m.: Watch other games at the JCC.

1:30 p.m.: Drive to get lunch.

2:00 p.m.: Go back to the hotel and play PlayStation 4 games.

4:00 p.m.: Try to do homework, but get distracted by everyone screaming.

4:05 p.m.: Go to Kroger’s to get snacks.

7:00 p.m.: Order dinner to the hotel with the team.

8:00 p.m.: Ditch the planned activities.

11:00 p.m.: Go get doughnuts. They were pretty bad.

1:00 a.m.: Try to get to sleep. (Good luck sleeping with Gordon in your room.)

This story was featured in the Volume 37, Issue 3 print edition of The Lion’s Tale, published on November 21, 2019.