V r 1 B E Y O N D -x 5 V 11 E T H SIGNPOST WEBER STATE UN IVERSITY i Belgian student works to balance school, basketball and new culture Jamie Peterson asst. sports editor t's been a long haul, but Sarah Sonveau, a senior on the Weber State University women's basketball team, has not only found a way to balance the demanding life of a student-athlete, she has managed to do it halfway around the world from the place that she calls home. Sonveau, a native of Accourt, Belgium, has played basketball since she was 8 years old. When she came to the United States as a foreign exchange student her senior year of high school, she thought her basketball days had been put on hold. "I went to Arizona to get experience in another culture and learn English," Sonveau said. "In my host family, my sister played on the varsity team, so I figured 'why not?'" Sonveau made varsity for Coronado High School in Scottsdale, Ariz. The team had a successful year, and much to Sonveau's surprise, she started to get phone calls from college coaches. "When people started calling me, I was like, 'what the heck?'" Sonveau said. "I had . no idea what was going on. My host dad explained to hie that you could get a scholarship for basketball." t Sonveau ended up signing with WSU'in May of her senior year. She said her family had mixed emotions about the decision. 'They were excited," she said. "But they didn't want me to stay because it was a four-year commitment, and I was only planning on being away for one." It was a bit of a culture shock for Sonveau when she finally arrived at WSU. She was surprised at the time she was expected to put into basketball. "I really didn't know what to expect." she said. "I knew it would be a big commitment, but I didn't know we were going to condition and lift everyday." Sonveau said in Belgium, there are no school sports so See Basketball page 3 : ' i vVC - . r f-4 Kx j , i . ' - . .jsWMs , " !. ' '..- 'f"fc. . ; .!..?' . j.. ' " . .Mi$&&" ;.: e . --"I - & - ' pr-tP-; f ..... , - . hi r ; IS l ' . - 'ff A A- ft t ' ) Sarah Sonveau and Kristen Hesselbach execute a drill during Thursday morning basketball practice at the Dee Events Center.