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Thursday, March 17, 2011
Living in the moment

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- It's the morning of the Horizon League championship game and the staff and players who comprise one of the most successful programs in women's basketball are gathered around waffles and eggs at a local restaurant, the blank expressions of the insufficiently caffeinated placeholders for the emotions the day will bring. It's quiet enough, in fact, to hear the background music, and Green Bay associate coach Mike Divilbiss perks up when Van Morrison's "Into the Mystic" starts to play.

Across from him, junior starter Julie Wojta is unimpressed, or more precisely, unaware of Morrison. Divilbiss tries to give her a hint, offering up "Brown Eyed Girl" as the clue that will unlock the mystery identity.

"Yeah, that doesn't help," Wojta responds.

Apart from a bit of a sucker punch to the solar plexus of anyone of a certain age who believed that surely their music would endure as the definitive soundtrack of youth, the exchange is a reminder of the particular moment in time Wojta and her teammates occupy. In minutes together on the court, or hours off it, they are still creating the kind of memories a song might bring to life a decade or four down the road. Yet the whole scene also says something about the staying power a program has in a community.

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