December 2009 Archives
Husky head coach Dean Wurzberger announced today that Seattle Sounders FC fitness coach David Tenney has been added to the list of special guests for the Huskies' MLK Day Coaches Clinic on Jan. 18.
Tenney joins another special guest, Richard Bate, the English FA Director of Elite Coaching Courses and former technical director of Watford FC, as clinicians and lecturers for the clinic.
The clinic also includes new Husky assistant coach Brandon Prideaux, who officially joins the Husky staff next week after recently retiring from the Chicago Fire in the MLS. For more information on the clinic, please click here.
Site preparation for Sound Transit's UW Station construction will start at the E11 parking lot (SW parking lot adjacent to the Husky Stadium) on January 4, 2010 at 7 a.m.
Here is a quick look at the work activities scheduled for January 2010:
• Fencing off a portion of the southwest parking lot of Husky Stadium;
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Former Washington Husky receiver Marcel Reece was recently promoted from the Oakland Raiders' practice squad and caught his first NFL pass in last weekend's loss at Cleveland. Now playing fullback for the Raiders, Reece caught a 9-yard screen pass in the fourth quarter and registered two 23-yard kickoff returns in the game.
Reece, a native of Hesperia, Calif., played the 2006 and 2007 seasons at Washington and caught 48 passes for 980 yards and a 20.4 per catch average. His most notable catch was a 98-yard touchdown reception against Arizona, the longest play from scrimmage in UW history.
• Jon Brockman and several other Sacramento Kings participated in a hilarious promo video for the team. Check out Brock's untapped potential as a singer in this Youtube video.
• The Seattle Times' Percy Allen asks can the Huskies defend the Pac-10 title?
• Also in the Seattle Times, they are examining Seattle Fandom and took a look at Husky fans in Part II and specifically did an examination on who makes up Husky basketball fans.
• Don Ruiz of the Tacoma News Tribune examines the past decade of UW basketball.
• From the San Jose Mercury News, Jon Wilner takes a pre-conference look at the Pac-10 and predicts Quincy Pondexter as the player of the year.
If you've ever wanted to see the Huskies on TV, this is the week. FSN Northwest will televise nearly 20 hours of Washington Husky-related programming this week, including two live and replayed men's basketball games, Huskies All-Access and College Hoops Northwest.
It's that time of the year. The last few days of 2009. Football bowl season is at its midway point. College hoops is jumping head first into conference play. And, local newspapers, websites and radio talk shows are reliving the highs and lows of the previous 12 months.
If you haven't had a chance to check out GoHuskies.com's version of the Year in Husky Sports, take a peek at some of the memorable events that took place around the UW over the past year. You can also add your opinion of the top moments for the Dawgs in 2009.
It's pretty easy to remember the USC victory in football, Jake Locker deciding to come back to school for his senior season, the softball and men's crew national championships and the Pac-10 men's hoops titles. But, here are a few cool things you might have forgotten about.
1. Dubs' Debut. The school's 11th Alaskan Malamute mascot made his debut prior to the football season opener against LSU. He replaces Whitepaw's Arlut Spirit of Gold Dust ("Spirit"), which served as the school's mascot since 1999.
2, Learfield Sports Director's Cup. Washington finished 11th among the 300-plus Division I schools in the annual all-sports competition. National titles in cross country and softball and NCAA postseason championship competition for 19 of the school's 23 sports keyed the effort.
3. New Pac-10 Commissioner. Okay, not a UW thing. But, the appointment of Larry Scott as the league's new commissioner will have a major impact on the Husky athletics program. He has a strong background in marketing and television and is expected to help drive the league's exposure to another level.
4. Hickman Honored By Obama. A recognizable figure at UW athletic events, George Hickman was one of the original Tuskegee Airmen and was honored at the inauguration of Barack Obama in Washington D.C.
5. World's Best Trains At UW. During its tour of the United States, the world's top professional soccer club, FC Barcelona, trained for a few days at Husky Soccer Field. Such notable players such as recently-named World Player of the Year Lionel Messi, Thierry Henry, Carles Puyol and Zlatan Ibrahimovic were part of the squad.
6. Solo Named USA's Best. Former Washington goalkeeper Hope Solo was named the 2009 Female Athlete of the Year by U.S. Soccer, the highest honor awarded to soccer players in the U.S.
7. Aretha Continues To Throw. Washington alum Aretha Thurmond finished 10th in the discus throw at the World Championships, matching her 2008 Beijing Olympics finish. It was her best career showing at Worlds, and Thurmond was the top placing American competitor.
8. Jon Brockman. His name says it all. The Snohomish native re-wrote the UW rebounding record books and finished his career as one of the most popular Huskies ever. He was selected in the second round of the NBA Draft by Portland and traded on draft day to Sacramento, where he joined former UW teammate and buddy Spencer Hawes. He has become a Kings fan favorite with his hard work and demeanor.
9. Golf Training Center. The Husky golf program opened its new state-of-the-art training center in Bank of America Arena. Featuring hitting and putting areas, the latest in video and techology aids and an ultra-cool players lounge, the Husky Golf Center will help keep the Dawgs in the national eye.
10. Jim Owens Remembered. Former UW head football coach and athletic director Jim Owens passed away on Saturday, June 6 in his home in Bigfork, Mont. Owens coached at Washington from 1957 until his retirement in 1974. He went 99-82-6 in his nearly two decades as Huskies coach, including three Rose Bowl trips. He also served as athletic director at UW from 1960-69.
Everett Herald sportswriter Scott M. Johnson took the concept just a bit further in today's edition, giving his thoughts on the top 10 local sports highlights of the last decade. The Dawgs appear in three of his top 10.
So, apparently Jon Brockman and some of his Sacramento Kings teammates have joined the entertainment industry? Perhaps they shouldn't quit their day jobs just yet!
Check out this video on YouTube..
The Husky basketball program enjoyed a couple well-known visitors at its recent game against Portland in Bank of America Arena.
Seattle Sounders FC standouts Kasey Keller and Steve Zakuani were among the near sellout crowd that watched the Huskies take down one of the West Coast Conference's title favorites 89-54 on Dec. 19.
Keller, a native of nearby Lacey and a Portland graduate, has played most of his career on the international stage in such high-profile leagues as the English Premier League and the German Bundesliga. The former U.S. National Team keeper recently captained Sounders FC in its phenominally successful inaugural season.
Zakuani, a native of London, England, grew up playing in the Arsenal FC youth system and was the top pick in Major League Soccer's SuperDraft after earning national college player of the year honors at Akron. He is a forward for Sounders FC and is looking forward to meeting fellow London native and Arsenal fan, Matthew Bryan-Amaning.
"It was great. I've always been a huge basketball fan - even when I was growing up in London watching the Lakers early in this decade," said Zakuani, who played . "I love the NBA. I don't really follow college as much, but it was great. They won and it was a blowout. They played well and the atmosphere was good. The size of arena and the amount of fans there kind of surprised me, so it was a good night overall."
Sophomore standout Kendra Schaaf is a fast rising star in the NCAA but perhaps even moreso in her native Canada, where she won the Canadian Cross Country National Championships last month just a few days after taking second in the NCAA Championships.
On the Athletics Canada website, the home site of Canada's national team for track and field, Schaaf was named the Mondo Top Performer of the Month, complete with a large photo of Schaaf that dominates the home page.
Look for Kendra to make her mark on the track this indoor season at UW's Dempsey Indoor facility, which hosts five major meets from January through March.
• Fox.com's Jeff Goodman wrote a feature on Quincy Pondexter that was posted on their site on Christmas.
• Dick Vitale gave some Twitter love for Quincy saying: "A kid that deserves a little PR is Quincy Pondexter of Washington-one of the best in Pac 10!"
• Seattle TImes' Percy Allen notes that USC's Mike Gerrity earned Pac-10 Player of the Week, but asserts that it was probably not an easy week of voting by the conference.
Following last night's unfortunate injury to Texas A&M guard Derrick Roland, the University of Washington basketball office has received numerous requests from Husky fans wanting to express their well-wishes to the Aggie senior.
People wanting to send cards, letters or other correspondence to Roland can do so by regular mail to:
Texas A&M University
Or via overnight mail to:
Texas A&M University
UPDATE: Coach Romar commented on Roland's injury today after visiting him at Harborview Medical center.
"I think it's fantastic that our fans can separate the competition side from the humanity side. This game is very small when you look at it from the perspective of what happened last night and the overwhelming support and well-wishes from our supporters is amazing.
"I got a chance to meet with Derrick Roland and his buddy from all the way back in the eighth grade Donald Sloan. He is an outstanding young man and is doing about as well as can be expected. Those are two quality guys and it sounds like Derrick will be able to play again.
"I know I will always be pulling for him and rooting for him in whatever he does in the future and am sure Husky fans feel the same way."
The Washington men's basketball program sends its thoughts and wishes for a complete and speedy recovery to Texas A&M senior guard Derrick Roland, who suffered a suffered a broken tibia and fibula in his right leg in the second half of last night's game at Bank of America Arena.
According to ESPN,com's Andy Katz, Roland's surgery went well last night at Harborview Medical Center.
The team is on its way back to Texas this morning. Texas A&M Head Coach Mark Turgeon, Aggie guard Donald Sloan and Dustin Clark (athletic assistant) are staying behind with Derrick until his aunt arrives later today. Sloan intends to stay in Seattle with Derrick and his aunt until they all return home. It's likely he will be in Seattle through Christmas.
In FoxSports.com's Jeff Goodman's latest National Player of the Year rankings, Washington's Quincy Pondexter is fifth. You can check out his entire list by clicking here.
Kentucky freshman John Wall rules the roost at No. 1, followed by Syracuse's Wesley Johnson, West Virginia's Da'Sean Butler and Notre Dame's Luke Harangody.
The Sacramento Kings pulled off one of the most dramatic comebacks in NBA history on Monday against the Chicago Bulls, rallying back from a 35-point third quarter deficit. Coach Paul Westphal gave a lot of credit to Jon Brockman for helping the rally.
His hustle, defense and toughness is one of several reasons the Kings were able to roar back into the game. Check out the perspective from the Sacramento Bee.
There is never a shortage of restaurant choices when it comes to discussing food in Seattle. Seattle is home to a myriad of different ethnicities, each bringing their own distinctive culture and culinary flavor into the mix. But it's quality, not quantity right? Well Husky fans, we definitely have the quality as well! Don't take our word for it though, check out these prominent Seattle chefs that have been featured on the Food Network's Iron Chef and Bravo's Top Chef competitions:
Iron Chef Contestants:
Top Chef, Las Vegas Contestants:
The fact is, Seattle's diverse population has infused bold new flavors across the metropolis. Seattle has even become one of the few districts in the country to add ethnic entrees to its school lunch menus!
Here are some sites to get you started in exploring all the great eats Seattle has to offer. Start planning your "food tour" today!
And it wins every time.
Tune in to UWTV on Friday, January 1 as Husky Classics kicks off with three of the Huskies' most famous football games, including the 1994 "Whammy In Miami," the 1993 Apple Cup and the 1990 "All I Saw Was Purple" game. Husky Classics on UWTV presented by FSN begins at 10 a.m. on New Year's Day.
Continue reliving amazing touchdowns and thrilling three-pointers through Husky Classics at 7 p.m. every Monday on UWTV starting January 4. For more information, visit uwtv.org/sports.
UWTV, a service of the University of Washington, is available on cable channel 27 in the Puget Sound, or visit uwtv.org to learn how to watch in your area.
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The Husky Ticket Office reported this morning it has processed more than 550 new football season ticket deposits for the 2010 season. The recent announcement that Jake Locker will be returning to Montlake for his senior season, combined with the return of 10 starters on offense and seven on defense, has given the Husky Nation a serious cause for optimism.
Last season saw a surge in student support at Husky football games. UW students sold out the traditional "Dawg Pack" seating areas. The Husky Ticket Office created alternative student seating and increased sales by 15% over the previous season.
Single game football sales also saw a significant increase over 2008, going from 50,500 to 65,500 - a roughly 30% increase!
For information on season tickets for 2010, contact the Husky Ticket Office at (206) 543-2200 or visit the ticket pages on GoHuskies.com.
Tickets sales for the nationally-ranked Husky men's basketball team have also been brisk. Very few tickets remain to a select number of Pac-10 games, just days after tickets to league games went on sale last Monday. Following home games against 19th-ranked Texas A&M and San Francisco this week, Washington opens its conference schedule Dec. 31 against Oregon State.
Even though they won't play at home during the month of December, Husky fans shouldn't forget about the UW women's basketball team. The UW opens its league schedule Jan. 7 against Arizona State and single game tickets are available.
Washington senior goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins added to his growing list of accomplishments yesterday, being named First Team NSCAA All-West Region on Thursday. Hawkins, who carries a 3.92 GPA in Computer Engineering, now goes on the ballot for NSCAA Scholar All-American.
Hawkins has already been named to ESPN The Magazine's All-Academic First Team and was also a First Team Lowe's Senior All-American after being one of 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. He was named First Team All-Region VIII by ESPN The Magazine and also garnered First Team Pac-10 All-Academic for the fourth consecutive season. He was also named the Pac-10's Scholar Athlete of the Year for men's soccer.
The Shoreline, Wash., native also had a career-year on the pitch, being named honorable mention All-Pac-10 for the second time in his career. He started all 18 games and played every minute in goal for UW, allowing just 19 goals in 18 matches for a 0.97 goals against average, which ranked fourth in the Pac-10. He also allowed just 10 goals in Pac-10 play, tied for second in the league. His 73 saves and six shutouts both rank fifth on the UW single-season charts.
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Three-foot snowbanks greeted the Washington Huskies upon landing at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Mich., as did a blast of arctic air.
Welcome to December in the Midwest.
The Huskies are three games into their month-long road trip, which will canvass 8,648 miles through the air this month alone. They'll face No. 16 Michigan State on Saturday night at the Breslin Center.
Washington departed UW at 6:30 this morning, meandered through jam-packed security lines and then boarded a flight to Chicago's O'Hare Airport at 8:30. After a break, the team then took a small plane across Lake Michigan to Grand Rapids. Then it was a 61-mile bus ride to the East Lansing Marriott, right next to Michigan State's campus.
Then the team bussed the short distance to campus and practiced on one of the Spartans auxiliary courts. Dinner was waiting for the student-athletes back on the bus afterwards, and then some downtime at the hotel.
Keep it tuned to the Dawg Blawg and GoHuskies for all the insight from the Huskies trip to the Midwest.
The UW women's soccer team held its season-ending banquet last weekend, during which awards were handed out celebrating the team's second-straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
Seniors Lindsey Kasser and Veronica Perez were the big winners, taking home two awards each, with Kasser earning Most Inspirational Player and Goal of the Year for her exciting short-handed goal off a corner kick in the NCAA Second Round against No. 2 Portland. Perez, meanwhile, was named the team's Player of the Year and Offensive MVP after another stellar season.
Below is the complete list of awards for the 2009 UW women's soccer team:
Player of the Year: Veronica Perez
Most Valuable Player, Offense: Veronica Perez
Most Valuable Player, Defense: Kendyl Pele
Rookie of the Year: Louise Albin
Most Inspirational Player: Lindsey Kasser
Most Improved Player: Jane Mitchell
Unsung Hero: Alex Kirk
Goal of the Year: Lindsey Kasser, NCAA Second Round vs. Portland
Here is a look at what some of the media outlets are saying about the Huskies:
• Don Ruiz of the Tacoma News Tribune writes that the UW needs to find more scorers besides Quincy Pondexter and Isaiah Thomas.
• On Tuesday, three former Huskies (Jon Brockman, Spencer Hawes and Brandon Roy) and one almost Husky (Martell Webster) met on the NBA court in the Sacramento and Portland game. The SeattlePI.com's Todd Dybas caught up with Brockman and found out that the former Husky is digging the NBA.
• Seattle Times columnist wonders what has happened to Pac-10 basketball in his Wednesday column.
• Jeff Goodman of FoxSports.com has Quincy Pondexter No. 5 on his latest Player of the Year race.
Heidi McNeill is continuing to thrive professionally in Europe.
The former forward on the women's basketball team, who graduated last year, has played in 11 games for WBC Raiffeisen Wels, a pro team in Austria. (Web site is in German)
McNeill, who is from Oak Harbor, Wash., recently described the experience to a reporter from the Whidbey (Island) News-Times. The forward mentioned some of the differences in the pro game than in Division I, where practices are longer and players condition at practice. The team has free access to a local health club. Once a week, the athletes will meet with a fitness instructor who will work on their conditioning. Otherwise, practice time is devoted to skill development.
The language barrier has not been a problem either for McNeill. She's picking up rudimentary German, and most of her teammates speak English anyways. There have been some cultural differences, but McNeill said she's had no problems adjusting.
As always, we plan on keeping Husky fans updated on the professional endeavors of our former student-athletes, so keep it tuned to this space.
Husky student-athletes might be in final exams this week, but Washington fans can still study some UW-related programming on FSN Northwest!
On Wednesday at 7 p.m., you can catch the first of six airings of this week's Huskies All Access featuring Coach Lorenzo Romar and the UW men's basketball team. The show will also be televised on FSN Thursday at 1:00, 5:30, 7:30 and 10:00 p.m. and on Friday at 8:30 p.m.
Saturday's 7 p.m. home contest against Portland will be televised live with Tom Glasgow, Francis Williams and Brad Adam calling the action. FSN Northwest will also replay the game Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and Monday at 8 p.m.
Check out this great site for information on how to find FSN Northwest.
What a year! National championships in men 's rowing and softball, loads of All-Americans, a Pac-10 men's basketball title and (what seems like) a lifetime of great football memories highlighted a great 2009 for Husky athletics.
GoHuskies.com wants to know what you think are the top sports moments in Husky sports over the last 12 months. Give us your honest opinion and we will post all the comments (well, those that aren't appropriate due to language or content won't make the cut) on the site.
So, check it out and let us know how you feel about the Dawgs!
Sara Mosiman will have surgery on Dec. 16 to have a titanium rod inserted in her leg, which will put the senior out of action for the next 2-3 months. Mosiman had missed the past two Huskies games because of shin splints.
The news, announced by Coach Tia Jackson earlier today, is an obvious blow for a Huskies team preparing to travel to Michigan to face No. 16 Michigan State. Mosiman was third on the team in scoring at 7.5 ppg and provides a toughness not quantifiable in statistics.
Mosiman had the procedure 18 months ago in her left leg.
"She's in familiar territory," Jackson said. "She definitely didn't want to deal with something like this her senior year but unfortunately this is where we are."
The goal going forward for Mosiman is to play on senior night against Oregon on March 7. While she plans to explore all of her options regarding her future, Mosiman said she had circled that date as a comeback possibility.
Kristi Kingma has started the past two games for the Huskies, scoring 18 points in wins over UCF and Seattle University.
GoHuskies.com has posted the full audio version of the media teleconference coach Steve Sarkisian conducted yesterday after Jake Locker announced he was returning to the University of Washington for his senior season.
With tickets going on sale this morning for the Washington Husky men's basketball team's Pac-10 Conference contests, the Husky Ticket Office knew it was going to be a busy day.
But, the announcement by Husky quarterback Jake Locker that he was going to return for his senior season at Washington really made business pick up.
UW Assistant Athletic Director for Ticket Sales & Customer Service David Gravenkemper reported that nearly 2,000 men's hoops tickets were sold today and that, afer Locker's announcement, (UPDATED: 65 by the close of business)
For ticket information, call (206) 543-2200 or visit GoHuskies.com.
Originally created by Royal Brougham and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in 1935, the PI Sports Star of the Year award banquet celebrated the achievements of local athletes, coaches and others in the sports industry.
There are several Husky athletes nominated for the award. You can vote for your favorite Husky here!
Despite a loss to Georgetown, Washington remains ranked in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls. The Huskies are 24th in the AP Poll and 21st in the Coaches Poll.
The UW dropped seven spots in the AP poll and five spots in the Coaches poll after a 74-66 loss to Georgetown, who is ranked 11th in both polls.
For a complete look at the rankings, visit our web partner CBSSportsline.com here:
There are eight Fortune 500 Companies located in the greater Seattle region. Six of which are located less than twelve miles from campus!
Here is the complete list of Fortune 500 Companies in the Greater Seattle Area and their rank on the list:
Expeditors International of Washington (434)
Many of these companies have made significant contributions to the UW or have used the UW as a scouting pool for their professional talent. Such as:
The Nordstrom Tennis Center, graciously donated by the late Lloyd Nordstrom, is one of Husky Athletics staple facilities situated between Hec Ed and Husky Stadium.
Microsoft founders, Bill Gates and Paul Allen, have funded multiple departmental buildings such as The Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science and Engineering that overlooks Husky Stadium and Mary Gates Hall which houses all undergraduate academic tutorials (student-athletes are able to use this facility as well as SAAS).
The Paccar Corporation made a splash when they donated upwards of 18 million dollars to establish a state-of-the art building, Paccar Hall, for the Foster School of Business.
University of Washington sophomore Liz Lay will have surgery next month on her knee, which will end her season.
The announcement comes with a great deal of sadness for Coach Tia Jackson. After consulting with doctors, it was determined surgery was the best option to treat the severe case of patella tendinitis in her knee.
"It is unfortunate that we lose yet another player for the year. This team has been hit with so many injuries and it is with deep regret that I report Liz has suffered an injury that puts her out for the season," Jackson said. "She is someone who is so very impactful to our game and we will miss her physical presence on the court a great deal."
Lay played in three games this season, averaging a shade less than 10 minutes a game. She is the third Washington student-athlete to undergo season-ending surgery this year, joining freshman Amanda Johnson and senior Lydia Young.
Going forward, the team has hopes on preserving a year of Lay's eligibility.
"A medical redshirt will be requested with hopes that she will be able to regain this year of eligibility once she is healthy again," Jackson said. "We are here for Liz to support her during her rehabilitation period. She is in great hands with our medical team at Washington so it will allow all of us to breathe a little easier knowing she will be under the best care in the country."
Washington is scheduled to head to the Honda Center at 11:00 am today to meet with the media before conducting its last practice before taking on Georgetown. Coach Lorenzo Romar is the only member of the team not here yet, as he was out recruiting last night and caught a morning flight.
Although the coaching staff is not entirely here, those that are present are still busy pouring over film and constantly discussing how to beat Georgetown. It is safe to say that the Hoyas will present the greatest challenge to date. They are disciplined, well-coached, talented and athletic -- a combination that will cause many opposing coaching staff restless nights.
Since arriving in California, the team has ate twice - an excellent buffett dinner of fried chicken, corn on the cob, salad, mashed potatoes and baked macaroni last night - followed by a full-buffett breakfast that had everything imaginable to eat. Darnell Gant is pictured above with his custom-made omelette. The guys are probably looking forward to getting on the court this morning to run off everything have eaten in the last 12 hours!
After practice, the team will return to the hotel to eat lunch (again!) and then hit the books for study tables. While the players are studying, coach Romar and the coaches for UCLA, Mississippi State and Georgetown will meet with the media and legend John Wooden.
Check back later for more updates and photos!
A trio of rowers took advantage of the record cold weather in Seattle recently to pay homage to their Canadian heritage through art.
Noah O'Connell, Anthony Jacob and Conlin McCabe chiseled an Inukshuk out of ice, and it's currently residing on the dock outside Conibear Shellhouse.
O'Connell and Jacob are from British Columbia, while McCabe is a resident of Ontario.
An Inukshuk is typically built out of stone by tribes in the Arctic regions of Canada, and vary depending on the tribes/culture of the regions.
There is still time to come over to Conibear and see the artwork before Mother Nature takes over and we return to our regularly scheduled December weather conditions.
If the sculpture design looks familiar, it's because the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver is using an Inukshuk in their official logo.
Photo credit goes to men's crew coach Michael Callahan.
It's been a few days since the women's hoops team at Washington returned to Seattle. But thanks to the advent of flip cams, we were able to capture some good behind-the-scenes footage of the trip, particularly the jaunt to Busch Gardens in Tampa. You can view it on the Dawg Channel All-Access on the women's basketball section of GoHuskies.com.
Our videographer was Sara Mosiman, who somehow managed to smuggle the Flip onto a few rides at the park (we probably shouldn't condone this). The footage was expertly edited by Lars Phillips, now in his third year as a manager on the team. And despite info on Sami Whitcomb's bio stating she enjoys roller coasters, sadly we see this is not the case.
The Huskies split on the trip with USF and UCF, but could not manage a win against Busch Gardens.
Who needs Mel Kiper Jr. when there's Steve Sarkisian?
Jake Locker, whom some experts think would be the first quarterback taken if he enters April's NFL draft, has an advantage Jimmy Clausen didn't have at Notre Dame and Sam Bradford didn't have at Oklahoma when those fellow star passers recently made their decisions to forego senior seasons.
Check out this interesting Associated Press story by Seattle-based writer Gregg Bell.
The Huskies will practice today in Seattle at 2:30 before climbing on a bus after 4:30 and heading to SeaTac to catch an evening flight down to Anaheim. The wheels will hit the ground in Orange County around 9:30, so it will be a late night for the Dawgs.
Many of you out there probably watched Georgetown play Butler on Tuesday and had to be impressed in what you saw. Georgetown has a solid inside-outside game. The Huskies will have to find a way to contain big man Greg Monroe down low, while trying to contain their three-headed guard group of Chris Wright, Austin Freeman and Jason Clark on the outside.
Isaiah Thomas and the rest of the guards like to penetrate and get to the line. When they go down low on Saturday, they'll be greeted by Monroe, Julian Vaughn, Henry Sims and Hollis Thompson -- all long and lanky athletes that help clog the middle.
Georgetown arrived in Anaheim on Wednesday, flying directly to California from New York after the Jimmie V Classic. So, jet lag should not be an issue for them as they are relaxing and adjusting to the west coast as we speak.
Keep checking back on GoHuskies.com as we'll have updates as much as possible on the Dawg Blawg.
Add another notch in the Nick Taylor belt of accomplishments as he has risen to No. 1 in the Scratch Players World Amateur Rankings (SPWAR). Taylor ascended to the top when Rickie Fowler went pro this season.
SPWAR is the only world or national ranking of amateurs recognized, officially or otherwise, by any major amateur event in the country for purposes of exemptions and/or invitations into their events. Every major amateur event in the United States only recognizes the SPWAR except the USGA which does not currently recognize any amateur rankings.
This week's Huskies All-Access will wrap-up the recently-concluded Washington football season, following the thrilling 42-10 season-ending victory over Cal last weekend. The show will also take a look at the early part of the hoops season and take a look ahead to Saturday's men's basketball game against Georgetown in the John R. Wooden Classic in Anaheim, Calif.
The show is scheduled for two showings on Thursday (7:30 & 10 p.m.) and three on Friday (12:30, 5:30 & 7 p.m.). Check local listings for the channel in your area.
Speaking of the Georgetown game, FSN Northwest will telecast the game live from Anaheim at 11 a.m. (Pacific). It will also show a replay that night at 6 p.m.
Check out this list of FSN affiliates for a complete telecast schedule of Saturday's game.
Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chairman of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Committee, announced that a provision to restore the ability for King County Metro Transit to provide service to a number of major sporting and special events has been included in the final version of the 2010 Senate Transportation Appropriations bill.
Senator Murray fought for the inclusion of the provision after a Bush administration rule resulted in the elimination of Metro service and imposed more costly service provided by private carriers on fans. The final version of the spending bill came out of a conference committee between the Senate and the House and is expected to pass both bodies shortly before being sent to the President for his signature.
"Senator Murray's leadership on this issue has been exceptional," said Scott Woodward, Athletic Director for the University of Washington. "It will allow the University of Washington and other major event venues to honor King County's long tradition of robust transit service for public events."
One of the best success stories in the past decade for Washington track and cross country was Mark Mandi, a walk-on who evenutally became a two-time All-Pac-10 First Team selection in cross country and led the men's cross country team to NCAA's in 2003 and 2005. Mandi earned a degree in engineering in 2006, but when Northwest University was seeking a head coach for track and cross country, he chose to stick with his passion. Only 26, Mandi is now heading the NAIA track program. Larry Hendry of the Everett Herald profiles the great response Mandi has received and the great experience he can impart on his student-athletes.
Here's one excerpt from one of Mandi's current runners, Tyler Hart.
"He's awesome," Hart said. "In college, he put in the work to accomplish things that didn't seem possible. Here, we're having people improve just because Mark believes in them. He sees himself in a lot of our shoes because he was a back-of-the-pack runner at one time."
Click here to read more.
Goodman spent considerable time on the phone with Quincy a few days ago and should be coming out with a big feature on the Husky senior in the near future.
Pondexter is also starting to get some love on the Mock NBA Draft sites. NBADraft.net has Quincy listed as the No. 38 overall pick in the draft. He is also listed as No. 25 on ESPN.com's Chad Forde's top 100 players.
Fans of the Washington women's basketball program have a unique opportunity to see the Huskies compete away from Bank of America - without really having to make a road trip.
Tickets are still available for the Huskies game tonight against Seattle University, but are going fast given the Connolly Center seats just 1,050 people. The block of tickets allocated to Washington has already sold out, but fans can ensure their seats by contacting the SU ticket office at (206) 296-2835.
Coach Tia Jackson mentioned on her radio show with Washington play-by-play voice Steve Sandmeyer on Tuesday night that she wanted their gym "packed with purple."
Located at 14th and Cherry in Capitol Hill, the Connolly Center is just a hop, skip and a jump from Montlake.
Program coordinator April Albritton recommends that fans who want to buy walk-up tickets "get there early." Parking is available on the nearby streets in Cap. Hill.
Congratulations to former Husky defensive back Nigel Burton, who was named the head coach at Portland State today.
Burton, who played one year at Pacific before transferring to the UW, was a three-year starter at safety, known for both his academic excellence off the field and his ferocious hits on it. Fans will remember several key hits he made on quarterbacks in the late 1980s (Stanford's Chad Hutchinson comes to mind) and knocking down a pass on a two-point conversion to preserve a win over Oregon State in a Husky Stadium thriller.
Nigel had been serving as defensive coordinator at Nevada, had previously served as an assistant coach at Portland State and Oregon State.
Read more about it, plus check the photo gallery, at Portland State's web site.
Before they were Huskies the University of Washington had a very different mascot. His short-lived life is a big part of Husky history!
Check out this recent KING 5 Evening Magazine feature on Sunny Boy.
Before the 1920's, Washington's football mascot was a three-and-a-half foot wooden statue named Sunny Boy, a sculptured replica of the happy-faced character, Sunny, who appeared in the University's humor magazine Sun Dodger. Maurice S. Holcomb, the artist who conceived Sunny, said the statue was meant to be a symbol of "Joe College" - books under one arm, a football under the other.
But when Washington changed its mascot in 1923, Sunny Boy disappeared and was not discovered until 23 years later in South Bend, Ind. The statue had been removed from the trophy room of a university fraternity house as a prank and shipped to South Bend by the prankster to keep it in hiding. It was returned in 1948, presented to UW officials at the Notre Dame game and resided for years at the UW Alumni Association. He now resides in the Husky Fever Hall of Fame in Hec Edmundson Pavilion.
Sunny Boy was abducted one other time, in the spring of 1994 in what was believed to be a fraternity prank. He was found a couple of days later in Issaquah and once again is back in the Hall of Fame.
It's getting to be that time of year. And as the holiday season eases into Seattle, the University of Washington's athletic department is doing its best to help out around the community.
Several Husky coaches will be volunteering for the Salvation Army at the downtown Nordstrom (5th & Pine) department store tomorrow, Dec. 8 from 12 to 1 p.m. This includes men's basketball coach Lorenzo Romar and football coach Steve Sarkisian. Assistant coach Judy Spoelstra will be there representing women's basketball. The group will be ringing bells and taking donations for the Seattle-area needy during the holidays.
If you want to swing by and say hello and give to a worthwhile cause, the Salvation Army suggests people park at Pacific Place or Westlake Center, where there are several large garages.
The Husky Ticket Office is accepting deposits on 2010 football season tickets. Get in line early for your opportunity to get the best available new season tickets in 2010. Contact the Husky Ticket Office at (206) 543-2200 (M - F 8:30 - 4:30) or download this deposit form and send it in with payment and preferences.
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It took nearly seven hours in the air, but the Washington women's basketball finally made it back home to Seattle late Sunday night.
The grueling travel schedule, which featured almost 5,000 miles of air travel to Florida and back, means the team was given today off to rest their legs and re-acclimate themselves to Pacific time.
For most involved, the flight home was uneventful. Coach Tia Jackson broke down film of the upcoming game against Seattle University, while players watched movies and listened to their iPods. The cold snap in the air gave the players a bit of the shock once they exited Sea-Tac, as most had acclimatized themselves to the warm Floridian air.
The Huskies will get back on track Tuesday morning with weights and practice. Jackson also hopes to gain some clarity on injuries to Laura McLellan (right knee) and Sara Mosiman (shin splints). Both players will be examined by team doctors on Tuesday. Kristi Kingma also tweaked her right ankle during the game against UCF.
In other injury news, Lydia Young had successful surgery over the weekend on the degenerative condition in her knee and is resting comfortably.
Up next are the RedHawks from SeattleU, who are in the second year of their transition to Division I status. The campuses are separated by just three miles, making this the shortest road trip for the Huskies since the teams last played on SU's campus in 1984. The series was renewed last season, with the Huskies thumping the RedHawks, 82-56.
The Connolly Center seats just 1,050 fans, making it the smallest venue the Huskies will play in this season. The Peter W. Stott Center on the campus of Portland State sat 1,500 people.
We're 10 minutes from the tip here at UCF Arena in Orlando, Fla. The Huskies (2-4) are attempting to rebound from their road-trip opening loss at South Florida with a win over the Knights (2-1), a Conference USA squad.
The Knights have nine consecutive games at UCF Arena, and will be facing a Pac-10 opponent for the first time in their history. The Huskies will have to careful of a UCF squad that is heavy on athleticism, led by 6-2 forward Emma Cannon, who is averaging 16.3 ppg and 11.7 rpg. Other weapons for UCF are Aisha Patrick (12.3 ppg) and Chelsie Wiley (10.7 ppg).
Tune in now to 1150 AM KKNW for Steve Sandmeyer's call of the game. You can also follow along at our Twitter feed (@uw_wbb) to in-game updates.
In between the first and second quarters of the Washington-Cal football game, Nick Taylor was recognized on the field for his amazing accomplishments during the 2008-09 season. He received a standing ovation from a large portion of the 60,000 fans in attendance, probably the largest crowd Taylor has ever been in front of! Congrats Nick! Keep up the good work.
Today's Husky football game against California isn't only the final game of the season, it marks the final appearance for 15 Washington seniors. A special pre-game ceremony will honor these fine student-athletes to give the UW athletics program and UW fans a chance to show their appreciation.
POSTGAME: You can read all about tonight's performance, including stats, quotes from each team's players and coaches and game notes on GoHuskies.com There is also a great photo gallery with images from the Associated Press and Max Waugh.
4th Quarter (0:00, 42-10): Washington concluded its most dominating performance in a while with another TD in the fourth quarter - a 10-yard run by Chris Polk. After the game, the players joined the student section and band for a rousing rendition of "Bow Down To Washington."
3rd Quarter (0:00, 35-10): That's the end of the third quarter with Washington leading California 35-10. The Huskies have outgained the Bears 390-264 so far. Jake Locker is 17-of-21 for 222 yards and three passing TDs. He also has eight rushes for 52 yards and two TDs.
3rd Quarter (6:20, 35-10): Following a 65-yard kickoff return, Cal drove down to the UW 14 yard line. The Bears went for the fourth down and four yards to go. QB Kevin Riley avoided a sack and rushed forward for three-and-a-half yards - just short of the 1st down. Washington took over with a 1st and 10 at its 10 yard line.
3rd Quarter (7:41, 35-10): The Huskies don't appear to be slowing down offensively. After allowing Cal to drive downfield for a score, Washington took the ensuing kickoff 51 yards in five players and used just 2:19 to go ahead 35-10 midway through the third quarter. Jake Locker found Devin Aguilar on a 13-yard TD strike. Locker has accounted for all five of the team's TD's tonight so far, three passing and two rushing.
ATTENDANCE: Tonight's attendance is 62,334.
3rd Quarter (12:41, 28-3): Jake Locker threw his second TD pass of the night, a 21-yard strike to Devin Aguilar in the corner of the right side of the end zone to give Washington a 28-3 lead. The score ended a five-play, 65-yard drive that took just 2:12 to open the second half of play. After the play, the student section started a "four more years" chant. After the PAT, Captain Husky led the stadium in a "Don't Go Jake" chant.
HALFTIME (21-3): Washington's 18-point lead is the team's largest haltime lead of the season and the 21 points is the most scored in the first half this season.
HALFTIME (21-3): Washington goes into the locker room with a 21-3 halftime lead. Jake Locker went 10-of-14 passing for 162 yard and one TD. He also rushed five times for 24 yards and two TDs. Jermaine Kearse caught seven passes for a career-high 147 yards and one TD. The Huskies passed for 200 first half yards overall and grabbed a 262-156 total offensive yards edge.
2nd Quarter (1:12, 21-3): Jake Locker scored on a two-yard run over the right side of the line to give Washington a 21-3 lead late in the 2nd period. UW went 81 yards in 10 plays and used 3:58 of the clock.
2nd Quarter (10:50, 14-3): It must be quick strike night at Husky Stadium! Jake Locker capped-off a three-play, 34-yard drive in 1:17 with a 19-yard rushing TD to give the Dawgs a 14-3 lead. Locker is 6-for-9 for 115 yards and a TD passing and has three rushes for 13 yards and a TD.
1st Quarter (0:00, 7-3): The Dawgs ended the quarter with a 7-3 leading and driving. Jermaine Kearse registered all five of Washington's receptions in the quarter, gathering in five catches for a career-high 135 yards.
1st Quarter (5:46, 7-3): The bad news. Washington's Desmond Trufant appeared to have picked-up a fumble after a Cal reception and looked like he was on track to return it about 90 yards for a TD. But, officials ruled the pass play an incompletion. The good news. The Washington defense limited Cal to just a field goal.
1st Quarter (7:45, 7-0): Razzle Dazzle time. Sophomore receiver Cody Bruns took a pitch out from Jake Locker and completed a 38-yard pass to Jermaine Kearse. It was Bruns' first pass attempt this season. After a penalty pushed the UW back 10 yards, Locker completed a 40-yard touchdown pass to Kearse, giving the Dawgs a 7-0 lead. The quick drive went 74 yards in three plays and took just 1:34. Kearse now has eight touchdown catches on the season and is approaching 800 receiving yards.
1st Quarter (9:19, 0-0): Cal's kicker Vince D'Amato missed a 42-yard field goal, marking only the second UW opponent to miss a field goal this season against the Huskies. Arizona State went just 1-for-3 against the Dawgs in Tempe, Ariz. earlier this year - the only two previous misses. UW opponents are 21-of-24 this season against the Huskies.
PREGAME (3:34 p.m.): Today's game captains for Washington are: Jake Locker, Ryan Tolar, Donald Butler, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim. The rest of the senior class are behind them as honorary captains. Washington won the coin toss and elected to defer its decision to the 2nd half. Cal will receive and defend the west end zone.
PREGAME (3:30 p.m.): The 15 Husky seniors playing in their final game are currently being recognized. Each senior is announced individually, runs out of the tunnel and is met by his family/significant others. This is generally a very emotional day for these guys, who have put at least four years of blood, sweat and tears into the program.
PREGAME (3:25 p.m.): The official temperature is 42 degrees with a slight wind from the NNE at 7 mph. It is supposed to drop to the high 30's by the end of the game.
PREGAME (3:14 p.m.): The teams have finished their warm-ups and have returned to the locker room for last-minute preparations. Fans are filing into the stadium, getting ready to cheer on the Dawgs. Today's regular-season finale is the latest regular-season home game for Washington since 1932. That year, the UW defeated West Seattle Athletic Club 66-0 in front of 3,236 fans.
PREGAME (1:55 p.m.): The team has arrived and a few of the special teams players are coming onto the field for some initial stretching and warm-ups. It is just a glorious day in Seattle with the bright sunshine and not a cloud in the sky. The team looked all business as they conducted the Dawg Walk with the band, cheerleaders and fans welcoming them to the final game of the year.
PREGAME (1:06 p.m.): It's sunny skies and chilly conditions today at Husky Stadium. A rather lively crowd is enjoying the sun while tailgating before the game. The Zone is open and awaiting the arrival of the Husky football team for the Dawg Walk.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- A 90-minute bus trip brought the Washington women's basketball team directly to the University of Central Florida's campus, where they immediately made their way to an auxiliary gym for practice.
The bus made one stop in Lakeland, Fla., at a mall where the team fueled up and got a chance to stretch their legs.
After some quiet moments following a loss to USF on Friday, the players were in better spirits on the ride, where they watched film of UCF's last game against Jacksonville. Later, the team will check into their hotel, the Courtyard Marriott at UCF.
The weather has also cooperated for the Huskies. After nothing but gray skies and rain on Friday, the team was treated to a smidgen of sun. Good, because most everyone had tired of the "you must have brought the weather with you" jokes we've heard countless times so far.
Washington is trying to keep warm in frigid Fort Collins in anticipation of tonight's NCAA Second Round match against the Colorado State Rams. Temperatures in town today did rise near the freezing point after dropping into the teens and single digits much of the past two days.
The Huskies will try to turn up the heat on the Rams at CSU's Moby Arena tonight at 7 p.m. local time, 6 p.m. Pacific. A live stream will be available on Colorado State's website here.
Washington had a light practice this afternoon, concentrating on serving and passing drills. Coach McLaughlin has had the Huskies working all week on adjusting their service aim to factor in the high altitude in Colorado. The Dawgs served up four aces and nine errors last night, but the later match between CSU and Middle Tennessee was filled with service miscues by both teams, and tough serving will be a big key tonight for UW's success.
Lunch was picked up at Panera, and Washington also had two film sessions today focusing on the Rams in one of the hotel conference rooms. The team will load up the bus and head back to Moby Arena around 5:30 p.m. local time. Hopefully Eaton, Colorado native Kindra Carlson's big contingent of fans will once again help offset Colorado State's home court edge!
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times wrote about some of the changes that will happen to UW football parking earlier this week after UW athletic department officials briefed the media.
Chris Fetters of Dawgman.com also wrote this story on the parking changes.
TAMPA, Fla. -- While everyone is waking up in Seattle, the coaching staff for the Washington women's basketball team is huddled over tonight's game plan against South Florida. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at the Sun Dome.
The Bulls are 5-2 on the young season, having lost in their home opener to Florida A&M and at Wake Forest. But USF comes into this game on a high note, having swept three games on their recent trip to Southern California.
The Huskies, meanwhile, are trying to rebound after a disheartening loss to Sacramento State in the finale of the Husky Classic last weekend. But if there's any worry of potential reverberations from that game, well, think again. The practices this week have been especially crisp and focused.
The team has also been able to enjoy some downtime on their Florida trip. The student-athletes and some staff members went to Busch Gardens yesterday, where we learned that student manager Lars Phillips has a weak stomach for roller-coasters (sadly, there's video of this).
Afterwards, the team dined at at a nearby Carrabba's Italian Grill and then settled back at the hotel to watch the men's basketball game at Texas Tech.
Remember, you can follow the game on our Twitter page (@uw_wbb) for live updates of the action.
The Washington women's soccer team was honored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) recently for their team grade-point average.
The Huskies, who have a 3.15 team GPA, were one of 331 women's NCAA teams (across all divisions) to be honored.
UW had eight players named to the Pac-10 All-Academic teams recently, their most since 2000. Kari Davidson was named to the First Team while seven other Huskies earned honorable mention honors. Davidson's 3.69 GPA is second-highest on the team behind fellow sophomore Faustine Dufka, who carries a 3.80.
TAMPA, Fla. -- The first thing the Washington women's basketball team noticed upon arriving at South Florida's Sun Dome this morning was the humidity, something the team doesn't have to factor in often back home in Seattle.
Coach Tia Jackson wanted everyone to double-up on their fluids to avoid cramping up. After stretching, the team moved onto practice.
Women's hoops at UW doesn't have much of a history in the state of Florida. In the regular season, Washington is 2-1 in the Sunshine State. Their last trip came in 2005 to Tallahassee, which featured a win over Florida State.
That doesn't mean the players aren't familiar with Florida. Most have played in the state in an AAU capacity. Kristi Kingma and Sarah Morton played at the Milk House Complex at Disney in the sixth grade. Senior Christina Rozier is from Miami, and has a large chunk of her family is making the four-hour drive to attend Friday's game against USF. Wingate Smith, the team's Director of Operations, noted his family was making the eight-hour drive from North Carolina to show support.
USF is expecting a better-than-average crowd at the Sun Dome. The team is raising their WNIT Champions banner that night.
Talk about your strange occurrences.
Exactly 25 years ago to the day, an undefeated and nationally-ranked Washington Husky men's basketball team traveled to Lubbock to face an undefeated Texas Tech squad.
On December 3, 1984, Marv Harshman's 2-0 and eighth-ranked Huskies made the trek from Seattle to play the 3-0 Red Raiders at the old Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. Much like today, the weather outside the gym hovered around freezing with a threat of snow.
In front of an enthusiastic crowd of Red Raider faithful, the two teams played to an even draw during regulation as well as after the first overtime. Paul Fortier scored on a rebound of his own miss with eight seconds remaining in the second overtime period to give Washington a tight 59-57 victory. Fortier scored a team-high 21 points in the game.
"I remember that was a very good Washington team that was well-coached by Marv Harshman," said former Texas Tech coach and current athletic director Gerald Myers. "We tried to spread the court and keep the score low to give ourselves the best chance to win. That Washington team with Detlef Schrempf, Christian Welp and Paul Fortier was very talented. It was a very memorable game."
Washington would go on that season to post a 22-10 overall record and finish the Pac-10 with a 13-5 mark. The Huskies eventually tied for the league title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, where they lost to Kentucky.
Texas Tech, which defeated USC in its next game, ended the season with a 23-8 mark and won the Southwest Conference regular season and tournament championships. The Red Raiders lost to Boston College in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
A few folks who were involved in that game will also be at tonight's contest. Current UW assistant coach Paul Fortier played in that game, as did current Texas Tech assistant coach Bubba Jennings. As mentioned earlier, Myers was Texas Tech's head coach at the time, while UW's associate athletic director Richard Kilwien was at the game as a TTU student.
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Washington women's basketball team has bunkered down at their hotel following a long flight from Sea-Tac to Orlando. A tail wind cut the trip to a brisk 4 hours and 50 minutes.
It's still up in the air whether jet lag will be a factor, with the Huskies having to set their clocks forward three hours. By the time the team picked up their luggage and boarded the bus for Tampa, the time was already 10:30 p.m. (EST). Factor in a stop by Pizza Hut for a late dinner and the 90-mile drive down Interstate-4 -- which featured a ridiculously bad Sandra Bullock comedy on the screens -- and it was nearly 12:30 before everyone received their hotel keys and roommate assignments. The team is staying at the Hilton Garden Inn next to the University of South Florida.
Because of the hectic travel, the Huskies will have a light schedule tomorrow. Following breakfast at the hotel, the team will bus over to campus and practice at the Sun Dome in preparation for Friday night's game against the Bulls. Fans can listen to the game on 1150 AM KKNW in the Seattle-area or the online stream.
The 10th-ranked Washington men's basketball team, along with several supporters and athletic department staffers, landed at the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport early this afternoon to sunny skies and a cold West Texas wind. The Huskies traveled to the South Plains today in advance of their Thursday evening game at Texas Tech, which is part of the annual Big 12 / Pac-10 Hardwood Series.
The 4 p.m. (Pacific) contest will be televised live on ESPN2 and ESPN360.com with Carter Blackburn and Stephen Bardo calling the action. Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton will provide the analysis for the Washington ISP Sports Network and GoHuskies.com. There will also be a live Gametracker available during the game.
Upon arrival, the team checked-in to its hotel - the Overton Conference Center and Hotel. Junior guard Venoy Overton joked that his family is putting the team up for the night!
After a quick lunch and a little rest, the team went through a two-hour practice at Texas Tech's United Spirit Arena. The Huskies were only able to get about 30 minutes on the main arena floor due to a Lady Raider game against Texas State that was scheduled to tip-off at 8 p.m. So, they went into the adjacent practice court for the remainder of the practice session.
Afterwards, the team and its travel party enjoyed dinner at Cagel Steakhouse, noted as one of the top steak restaurants in the area.
Quincy Pondexter is No. 7 on FOXSports.com's Jeff Goodman's early list of the Top 10 Player of the Year candidates. Overall there are three players from the state of Washington that cracked his list: Gonzaga's Matt Bouldin (10) and Washington State's Klay Thompson (8).
Goodman spent considerable time talking to Pondexter on Monday and will have a article on the Husky senior on Thursday.
To see the complete list, click here.
Today's Seattle Times features a profile on senior outside hitter Jill Collymore. At this point most Husky fans are certainly familiar with her wide array of talents, but today's feature has some insightful thoughts from Jill on her current role and how she deals with ceding some playing time to one of her best friends, Becky Perry.
Here's a brief excerpt:
"You're giving it everything you have, so when you don't get to the place you want to be it's natural to feel crushed, especially after such a long time. But if you're giving your all, you have to be satisfied with that while still working toward the ultimate goal."
Said Washington coach Jim McLaughlin: "She works so hard. She just has to let her thoughts serve her well to make the right choices in every situation."
To read the full story, click here.
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