June 2010 Archives
ESPN.com's Ted Miller, who blogs about the Pac-10, chimed in on Husky quarterback Jake Locker's recent trip to New York and ESPN headquarters.
Here's what Miller had to say.
Miller's piece includes several links back to gohuskies.com. You can get the final recap, along with three photo galleries from the trip, by clicking here.
Senior Katie Follett recently wrote a piece for GoHuskies looking back on her record-setting career and also how she rebounded from the disappointment of the NCAA final earlier this month. She does the same for Flotrack.org this week, as the site features Follett for a 10-minute interview right outside of Drake Stadium where the U.S. Championships were held last week.
Follett admits that she may have put too much pressure on herself heading into the final and that negatively affected her performance. She then touches on her USA effort where she placed 13th, and discusses signing with Brooks Running, a local Seattle company, to be able to run professionally.
"I'm so optimistic about the future and them as a company," Follett says about her new partnership.
If you haven't turned on ESPN or surfed the internet in a few days... you may not have heard that Jake Locker trekked across the U.S.A. to visit a number of media outlets (including ESPN headquarters at Bristol, Conn.) to talk about his decision to stay at the UW for his senior year, the upcoming season and his teammates. Check out these stories on Montlake Jake's big trip east:
Locker, Locker Everywhere; what are we to think? - Ted Miller, ESPN
Understated Jake Locker impresses on national stage - Jerry Brewer, Seattle Times
Locker has a simple goal: go bowling - John Taylor, NBC Sports
Jake Locker Heisman tour goes to New York - Kevin McGuire, The Examiner
Jake Locker's East Coast Trip - 710 am ESPN Seattle
Locker Room - ESPN's First Take
And don't forget to follow Jake's every move on the official twitter page of Husky Athletics!
Danielle isn't the only Lawrie having success on the field. Her younger brother, Brett, was chosen for the second time (in a row) to play in the Futures game on July 11. Only 20 years old, he has advanced to the Double A level in the Brewers' system.
UW alum Ryan Brown will compete in the 800-meters at the USA Track & Field Championships this week in Des Moines, Iowa, with the first round this afternoon. Brown won two NCAA titles in the 800m as a Husky, and has since made a name for himself on the pro circuit.
Brown's biggest professional moment was taking third at USAs last year to make Team USA for the World Championships in Berlin. But while he hoped that World Championship appearance would propel him on to another level, Brown describes this past year as a "roller coaster" with allergy problems and the departure of his longtime training partner Austin Abbott, who decided to give up the sport after graduating last year as a six-time All-American.
Despite having only three races under his belt this outdoor season, Brown thinks he'll be able to compete well this weekend, and talks about his body going into auto-pilot for races.
It's an insightful interview on the challenges of training as a pro track athlete without attaching oneself to the few professional groups that dot the country.
Former Husky football player Mark Stewart, recently inducted into the Husky Hall of Fame, will serve as a head coach in the annual East-West All-Star Game this Saturday at Everett Memorial Stadium.
Stewart, the head coach at Meadowdale High School, will head up the West team while Lakes High School head coach Dave Miller oversees the East squad.
Here's an interesting story from the Everett Herald that focuses on Stewart.
CROMWELL, Conn. -- Nick Taylor and Alex Prugh compete in the PGA Tour's Travelers Championship starting tomorrow at the TPC River Highlands course located outside of Hartford, Conn. Taylor, who earned an exemption for the tournament, will be competing in his first PGA event this year and is the only amateur playing. He will have Husky assistant Garrett Clegg on his bag. Prugh will have his normal caddy, former UW teammate Zach Bixler, on his bag.
Taylor will be in the last pairing of the day and tee off from the 10th hole at 2:06 p.m. ET. Prugh will start his day much earlier, teeing off at 7:00 a.m. ET in a threesome that includes John Daly and Lee Janzen.
The best way to follow all the action online is at PGATour.com.
Soon-to-be Husky Kayla Stueckle has been named the Tacoma News Tribune's High School Athlete of the Year across all sports. Stueckle, the state's top hurdler while also a standout soccer player, will bring her many talents to UW this fall.
Stueckle, an Emerald Ridge graduate, collected five 4A state track titles during her career, including three wins this season in the 100m hurdles, 300m hurdles, and the long jump, while also taking third at 200-meters.
The popular college football magazine, Athlon, penned a feature on Jake Locker that focused on his decision to return to Washington for the 2010 season, along with the developments he made from explosive athlete to complete quarterback. Some other familiar topics are touched on well, but the profile is definitely worth a read.
Current ESPN Pac-10 blogger Ted Miller also checks in with a breakdown of the strength coaches in the conference. In the Washington blurb, Ivan Lewis is noted for his work in slimming down the offensive line, a few by as many as 20-30 pounds. The article also notes Lewis works directly with QBs, and he's been instrumental in the strength maintenance of Locker, helping the Huskies quarterback develop a stronger core compared to upper-body bulk.
Several Husky women's golfers will be playing in tournaments in Washington and Minnesota today.
Darcie Richmond and incoming freshman Kelli Bowers are both competing in the Washington State Women's Amateur in Sequim. Heading into today's second and final round at The Cedars at Dungeness Course, Richmond is tied for 10th at 4-over-par 76 and Bowers is 12th at +6. Pamela Burneski leads the tourney after a first round 2-under-par 70. Follow live scoring from Sequim here.
UW sophomore-to-be Brittany Tallman and incoming freshman A Ram Choi are each participating in the Women's Western Golf Association's 110th National Amateur Championship at Rochester Golf & Country Club. Here is a look at Wednesday's pairings.
KINGSTON, Wash. - Chris Williams shot a first round 3-under 69 at the Washington State Golf Association Men's Amateur Championship being held at Kingston's White Mountain Golf Course and is tied for second after day one.
Williams is one stroke behind University of Idaho's Jarred Bossio, who shot a 4-under 68. Husky alum Derek Berg is the next highest golfer with UW ties tied for fifth at +2.
Charlie Hughes, who just wrapped up his freshman season, is tied for 14th at +4. Dylan Goodwin is tied for 24th at +6 and Jens Bracht is tied for 37th at +8.
Tim Lincecum picked up his third head-to-head win of the season against Houston Astros ace Roy Oswalt tonight as Lincecum's Giants beat the Astros, 3-1.
Lincecum, now 8-2 on the season, picked up his third straight victory after having hit a rough patch through most of May. Tuesday night, he gave up just one run (unearned) on seven hits over eight innings, striking out seven.
Here's a box score and a recap via Yahoo.com.
UW All-Americans Courtney Thompson and Tamari Miyashiro went straight from helping Team USA to the silver medal in Montreux, Switzerland last week down to Tijuana, Mexico for the Pan America Cup.
Team USA is in the midst of pool play and is 4-0 with one pool match remaining tonight. The tourney serves as qualification for the 2011 FIVB World Grand Prix.
After not seeing much action during the first three matches, both Miyashiro and Thompson were instrumental in leading UW to a lopsided sweep over Costa Rica on Monday. Miyashiro started at libero for the first time in her international career. She posted seven digs and Team USA led Costa Rica in total digs, 28-11.
Thompson came off the bench in the second set and then started at setter in the third set, when UW ran away with a 25-2 set win. Thompson started at the service line for Team USA in the third set and led them on a 14-point run with two aces tossed in.
The USA Volleyball site is the best way to keep up to date with Thompson and Miyashiro's national team exploits.
For the fourth time in his career, former Husky All-American Robert Kendrick faced a Top-10 opponent in the early rounds of Wimbledon, and he put up another fantastic fight but ultimately fell in four sets today at the All England Club.
Kendrick and 10th-seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga were the first match on Court 1 today. Kendrick had to win three qualifying matches in order to make the main draw for the fifth time in his career.
Both of the first two sets went all the way to tiebreakers, but Tsonga prevailed in each, 7-2 and then 8-6. But Kendrick refused to give up despite the misfortune of being down two sets despite playing Tsonga even. He came back to win the third set, 6-3, before Tsonga closed out the 2.5-hour-long match with a 6-4 win in the fourth set.
Kendrick has taken at least a set in each of his Top-10 Wimbledon match-ups, going five sets against Rafael Nadal and Tommy Robredo in the past, and four sets against Andy Murray last year and now Tsonga.
When the Washington crew team headed to New Jersey for the IRA Championships earlier this month, it also served as a return home for a pair of coxswains.
Both Seamus Labrum (Cape May) and Samuel Ojserkis (Atlantic City) are from the Jersey Shore and have raced on the Cooper River course while competing in high school. Labrum is soon headed with the rest of the National Championship-winning Grunties over to England, where the team will race in the Royal Henley Regatta, one of the coolest spectacles the sport of rowing offers.
Leading up to the trip, Labrum was also featured in the Philadelphia Daily News by writer Michael Radano, who covered the Huskies in New Jersey as a freelancer for the Seattle Times. It's an enjoyable read on how he ended up in Seattle and the tremendous work he's accomplished already as a coxswain.
Another recently drafted Husky has made his professional debut in the minor leagues. Pierce Rankin started at catcher for the Blue Jays' team in the Gulf Coast League Monday in Florida. Here's a box score from that game against the Phillies' GCL club.
Rankin will, at least for the time being, play his baseball in Dunedin, Fla., Toronto's spring training site. All of the teams in the GCL play at their parent club's spring training home.
Rankin and Forrest Snow have both started their minor league careers. Doug Cherry also signed with the Cubs, but has yet to see any action.
Former Husky All-American Robert Kendrick has once again qualified for the main draw at Wimbledon, the fifth main draw appearance of his career. Kendrick will open on Tuesday at 5 a.m. Pacific time against 10th-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in what will be the first match of the day on Court No. 1. Expect this match to get a lot of air time on ESPN2 or watch online on ESPN3.com.
Kendrick has also reached the main draw of the most storied tournament in tennis in 2003, 2006, 2007, and 2009. Last year he faced Brit Andy Murray in the first round and took a set before falling in four sets. Kendrick has been notoriously pesky on the grass against several top-ranked players. In 2004 he made the second round then lost a five-set marathon to Rafael Nadal as Nadal went on to reach the final. He also went five sets with 7th-seed Tommy Robredo in 2007.
To reach the main draw Kendrick had to win three qualifying matches, as his world ranking has dropped to 161. He defeated Filip Krajinovic of Serbia, Josselin Ouanna of France, and Ryan Sweeting of the U.S. to make the main draw.
Kendrick was an All-American in singles and doubles for the Huskies in 1999 under current head coach Matt Anger. He made the National Indoor Championship final, losing to fellow future pro James Blake.
The final exhibition weekend of the Canadian Football League season was played Sunday with all eight league teams in action.
Cody Pickett, the all-time leading passer in Husky history, made his debut for the Calgary Stampeders, who he signed with last week. Pickett went 7-for-9 for 87 yards and two touchdowns in the Stamps' 41-17 win over Saskatchewan.
In limited duty, veteran defender and former Husky Kai Ellis was credited with one tackle in Edmonton's 36-32 win at BC.
The other Husky in the league, linebacker Joseph Lobendahn, was one of several veterans on the Winnipeg roster that stayed home rather than risking injury in the Bombers' game at Hamilton.
The CFL kicks off the regular season July 1 with two games and then continues with games on July 2 and July 4. Here's the complete league schedule.
Ben Guidos delivered a nine-inning complete game for his summer team, the Bend (Ore.) Elks, on Sunday.
Guidos, who will be a senior at the UW next year, gave up just two runs on seven hits over the nine innings. leading the Elks to a 10-2 win over Moses Lake in a West Coast League game. He didn't walk anyone and struck out six.
Here's the box score.
Former Husky pitcher Forrest Snow made his professional debut Sunday for the Everett Aquasox in a 7-6 win over Salem-Keizer down in Oregon.
Snow, who signed with the Mariners organization after having been drafted by the hometown team for the second time, worked one scoreless inning of relief for the Aquasox. He walked a pair, but didn't allow a hit and struck out one.
Everett surrendered a late lead, but came back with a run in the ninth to win it.
GALLOWAY, N.J. -- For a second consecutive day, Husky alum Paige Mackenzie shot a 3-over-par 74 at the ShopRite LPGA Classic to end up tied for 72nd overall at +4 (69-74-74-217).
Mackenzie's scorecard in Sunday's final round from the Bay Course at Dolce Seaview Resort had four birdies on it, but also had five bogeys and a double bogey on the par-4 second hole. She will pocket $2,843 for her week's efforts.
Ai Miyazato shot a 7-under 64 in today's final round and finished with a two stroke win at 16-under 197 overall.
Husky track recruits Sean Krinik and Mackenzie Carter joined Megan Goethals as national champions this weekend as the Newbalance Outdoor Nationals concluded in Greensboro, North Carolina. Goethals won the 2-mile run Friday with the second-fastest time in history.
Krinik, the U.S. leader at 800-meters this season and California State Champion, proved his poweful finishing kick works just as well on the East Coast, as he won the top heat in a time of 1:49.57. Krinik stayed patient through the first lap, then moved up on the outside and blew past the field down the stretch.
Carter ran the third leg for her high school, Fayetteville-Manlius (New York), in the 4x800-meter relay. Her split was timed at 2:10.48 and put FM in position to post an upset win over another New York squad, Garden State, which had defeated Fayetteville-Manlius at the state meet. Carter's crew finished in 8:46.98, the second-fastest time in U.S. history and a new meet record.
Carter's time gives UW four incoming women who have run 2:10 or faster this year in the 800, along with Goethals, Katie Flood, and Chloe Curtis. Curtis also competed in Greensboro this weekend, anchoring Redondo Union to second-place in the 4xMile relay on Saturday morning with a sub-five-minute mile split, before coming back to take 11th in the 800-meter final later that night in 2:10.18.
One other future Husky in competition this weekend was Ashley Schnapp in the women's pole vault. Schnapp tied for 9th with a clearance of 11-10.
Husky pitcher Andrew Kittredge, playing for the Orleans Redbirds, made his Cape Cod League debut Saturday and pitched well in Orleans' 4-3 win over Wareham.
Kittredge worked four and one-third innings in the seven-inning contest, allowing just one earned run and striking out four.
To see where all the Husky baseball players are spending their summer, check out this page at gohuskies.com.
GALLOWAY, N.J. -- Former Husky All-American Paige Mackenze made the cut for the ShopRite LPGA Classic at Dolce Seaview Resort and is tied for 67th at +1 overall for the 54-hole tournament.
Mackenzie was unlucky in Saturday's second round with a 3-over-par 74 but was just good enough to squeak by and make the cut right at the line. She would have been even for the day but was forced to count a triple bogey on the par-4 fifth hole.
Fellow UW alum Louise Friberg missed the cut by two shots. She was +3 overall for the tourney after following a first round 72 with a second round 73.
UW recruit Megan Goethals has collected a third national title in her senior season, as she won the 2-mile run at the New Balance Nationals on Friday in Greensboro, North Carolina. The Rochester, Michigan native posted the second-best 2-mile time in U.S. history, running 10:01.16, barely missing the national record of 10:01.08 set in 2002 by Molly Huddle, one of the top women's professional runners.
Here's an interview with Goethals after the race. She talks about how excited she is to join the rest of UW's stellar recruiting class, and says why she chose UW. Here is the complete race footage thanks to Flotrack.
Goethals says that win will be her final prep race and she'll now start getting ready to run cross country for the Huskies in the fall. It caps an epic senior year in which she won the Footlocker Cross Country National Championship in the fall, then won the 2-mile title at Nike Indoor Nationals in March. She was named the Gatorade National Cross Country Athlete of the Year. Also just a week ago Goethals won two titles at the Midwest Meet of Champions, lowering her 1600m PR to a U.S.-leading 4:43.05 and her 800m PR to 2:10.58.
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• Scorecards: Mackenzie | Friberg
GALLOWAY, N.J. -- Paige Mackenzie shot a 2-under par 69 in the first round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic at Dolce Seaview Resort and is tied for 31st overall. Fellow Husky alum Louise Friberg is 1-over par and tied for 78th after shooting a 72 on the par-71 Bay Course.
Mackenzie was two over-par after six holes but was able to get back to even with birdies on No. 7 and No. 9. She had one more bogey on No. 11, but was able to end strong with birdies on holes 13, 17 and 18.
Friberg, who started her round from the 10th tee, went birdieless and had three bogeys until No. 7 and 8 where she would card back-to-back birdies.
The tournament is just 54 holes and the top 70 golfers will advance to Sunday's final round after tomorrow's 18 are played.
The Milwaukee Bucks media relations staff passed along some quotes from Quincy Pondexter after his workout with the team. First are Quicy's followed by Milwaukee General Manager Billy McKinney.
On being a gritty player...
On matching up with Damion James...
On his hopes for draft night...
On breaking a lot of Marquette fans' hearts with his play in the NCAA tournament...
On what position he'll play in the NBA...
On how his shot is coming...
On Skiles liking players like Luc Richard Mbah a Moute who play tough defense...
Billy McKinney - Bucks Director of Scouting
On the uncertainty with last year's draft because Brandon Jennings didn't have a promise...
On Devin Ebanks and Quincy Pondexter...
On if Pondexter is more of a forward than a guard...
On the quality of small forwards in the draft...
On the importance of the Bucks picks...
There was much debate as to the merits of the new Regional format for track and field which made its debut this season, but athletes will have the same system in place for at least one more season, as the NCAA Division I Championships/Sports Management Cabinet ruled that the proposed new system needed more evaluation.
This year, the country was split in two with the West gathering in Austin, Texas and the East in Greensboro, North Carolina for NCAA preliminary rounds. Athletes had to finish in the top-12 in their respective region to move on to the semis or finals in Eugene, Oregon. Arguments against the system included travel costs, and a heavy workload on some athletes, especially distance runners.
The NCAA Cabinet was considering a proposal termed "24/8" which would send the top-24 athletes in every event straight to NCAAs based on best marks from the year, just as NCAA Indoor qualifying works. Then the top-eight conference champions not among the top-24 in each event would be added to round out the field. But that proposal will have to wait at least another year.
Schools will now bid to host the 2011 West and East NCAA Preliminary sites in advance of the NCAA Championships next year in Des Moines, Iowa.
Former Husky quarterback Cody Pickett, who threw for more yards than any QB in UW history (by a long shot), has signed a contract with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League.
Picket has played for both Toronto and Montreal in the CFL, having spent time in the NFL with San Francisco and Houston.
Here's Pickett's bio from the Stamps' official website.
There are also a couple of interesting newspaper stories in the Canadian press. Here's one from the Toronto Sun, which notes that Pickett spent a lot of time in Calgary as a kid, thanks to his (and his father's) well-known rodeo background. This Montreal Gazette story notes his rodeo history as well, but focuses on the notion that he should be able to step in quickly. Finally, here's the take from the Calgary Herald on the team's QB situation.
Calgary hosts Saskatchewan this Sunday in the second exhibition game of the season and then opens regular-season play July 1 vs. Toronto.
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (AP) -- Former Washingtoon Husky and Sacramento King center Spencer Hawes was traded today along with forward Andres Nocioni to the Philadelphia 76ers for center Samuel Dalembert.
"We are excited to add two players in Spencer Hawes and Andres Nocioni who will help us immediately and provide us with additional frontcourt depth," Sixers general manager Ed Stefanski said in a statement. "Spencer is a young seven-footer who will provide us with versatility at the center position, while Andres will provide us with a tough veteran presence."
Hawes, a 7-1 center, averaged 10 points and 6.1 rebounds last season. He was Sacramento's first-round draft pick in 2007.
Nocioni and Hawes join a rebuilding team that missed the playoffs last season and has the No. 2 overall pick in next week's draft.
The Sixers have a new coach in Doug Collins and some talented players already on the roster. They expect to improve significantly after an awful 27-win season.
Hawes, the 10th overall pick three years ago, has averaged 8.8 points and 5.5 rebounds in his career.
Here is a photo gallery of Hawes from his Sacramento days by the Sacramento Bee: Click here
During her senior season at Washington, Michelle Augustavo fostered a passion to coach. Since then she's put her efforts into learning the craft, whether it was picking the brains of her mentors or taking on an intern-level position at Seattle University.
Recently, Augustavo realized her goal when she was named an assistant coach at Sacramento State. She'll take on the responsibilities of a full-time coach, with her duties ranging from budgeting, scheduling, and recruiting, along with player development.
Augustavo played two seasons Washington, having transferred back home from the University of San Diego. While the Bothell native and former Bishop Blanchet star was a deadly outside threat, she made it quite clear to everyone around the program that she was destined for a future in coaching. Two years ago, she spoke with GoHuskies.com about the topic, noting how she used to pepper Huskies coach Tia Jackson with questions whenever she was around the basketball offices. The two would even break down game film during the early morning hours.
"To know that she now gets to start this new venture in her life makes me proud," Jackson said. "There is no doubt in my mind that she will do fabulously."
Once Augustavo graduated from Washington after the 2009 season, she set about tapping into Jackson's extensive network of contacts in the profession. Augustavo then moved to Seattle U, where she served as an intern for the women's hoops program in 2010.
It's a similar path to the one former student-athlete Sami Whitcomb also hopes to forge. The two-time All-Pac-10 honoree is interning with the Huskies over the summer, and during the season she was a frequent guest in Jackson's office, where the two would discuss goals and the steps necessary to achieve them.
Anyone spending time driving around the UW campus is likely aware that the replacement of the 45th Street viaduct is underway and that the viaduct is now closed to traffic.
The viaduct, and 45th Street as a whole, is scheduled to re-open prior to the first home football game of the 2010 season, Sept. 11 vs. Syracuse.
Today, the Seattle Department of Transportation sent out a reminder with information on commuting to the UW campus via bicycle.
For information on that, and for more on the entire project, visit Seattle DOT's website.
Lincoln Kennedy, an All-America offensive lineman on the Huskies' 1991 national champion football team, has signed a contract with the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League.
As this press release informs us, Kennedy played for the Storm in 2007.
Tampa Bay's season is more than halfway over as the Storm have just seven games remaining, including one at Utah on Saturday.
NCAA Interim President Jim Isch said a report released Thursday by the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics coincides with ongoing NCAA reform efforts, and he urged presidential members of the commission to initiate legislative proposals through their conferences to effect further change.
Isch said the Knight Commission's latest report, "Restoring the Balance," advances positions that the NCAA "not only agrees with but also has taken meaningful steps to advance and implement across the Association."
While those positions align with the NCAA reform philosophy, Isch indicated that many of the actual recommendations the commission is proposing would have to be vetted through the NCAA governance structure.
Former Husky pitcher Tim Lincecum had an odd ending to his outing yesterday afternoon vs. the Baltimore Orioles as a line drive up the middle hit him in the shoulder. It was, at least briefly, a scary sight, but Lincecum was fine.
In the end, he gave up two runs and struck out 10 in six innings for the victory, a 6-3 victory over the O's in interleague play.
Here's a recap of the game from the San Francisco Chronicle, with some typically amusing quotes from Tim. Here's a box score.
Former Husky punter and placekicker Jared Ballman has signed a contract with the New York Jets. Ballman completed his UW career in 2009. He was primarily a punter during his time in Seattle, but also handled kickoff duties and did some field goal and PAT work as well.
As noted in this story (near the bottom) on the Jets' official website, he'll compete for kicking duties with Nick Folk, the older brother of current Huskies kicker Erik Folk.
Good luck to Jared!
Washington graduate Kris Sanford stepped down as the Syracuse women's rowing coach last week, and plans to pursue a career in nursing.
Sanford graduated from the UW in 1988 is widely considered one of the best rowers in the program's history, if not the Pac-10 Conference. She rowed in a boat that won four Pac-10 titles during her career on Montlake, and stroked the varsity eight to two National Collegiate Championships (which predated the NCAA's involvement) in 1987-88.
In 14 years at Syracuse, Sanford's teams achieved considerable success. In 2000 she stewarded the program when it achieved a milestone - an at-large bid for the varsity eight to the NCAA Championships. In 2002, the program earned its first team bid. Sanford has also coached three Olympic oarswomen at SU.
With final exams and graduation at the UW having happened, Husky baseball players are now able to begin their summer season (college players must wait until their university's spring quarter or semester ends before they can play summer ball).
Pitchers Jacob Clem and Ben Guidos put up an amazing run last night for the Bend (Ore.) Elks. Clem started the game, pitching five innings and allowing only one unearned run on two hits and no walks while striking out seven. Guidos relieved him and pitched four no-hit innings, allowing only one walk while fanning four. But, the Elks still fell to the Bellingham Bells, 2-1, in 12 innings.
Here's the box score.
Keep an eye on the baseball page at gohuskies.com, where we'll have a list of all of the Huskies' summer team assignments posted sometime early this week.
Sports websites have fun with NFL and NBA mock drafts, so Golfweek.com decided to come up with their own drill of a PGA Tour mock draft. Now, which teams would draft the golfers, that is another question, but this mock draft is based on what they feel is pro potential.
Four experts -- an East Coach coach, a West Coach coach and two agents -- were asked to each rank a list of top-10 seniors or juniors who declared their intetions to turn pro. Nick Taylor was first on both agents lists and the West Coast coach's list, while he was ranked second by the East Coast coach.
Richard Lee was ranked No. 5 on the list of both agents. The East Coast coach ranked Lee seventh and he was 10th by the West Coast coach.
To read the entire rankings and comments by the four guest panelists, click here.
BOSTON -- Nate Robinson and the Boston Celtics are one win away from capturing the NBA Championship after a 92-86 win in game five over the Los Angeles Lakers. The Celtics lead 3-2 and will head back to LA for game six and game seven if necessary.
Robinson had four points and four assists in 10 minutes of action on Sunday.
In Sunday's Seattle Times, columnist Jerry Brewer wrote a great feature on Nate-Rob saying that he is proving that he is more than just a goof.
Two former Huskies had a good night on the diamond Friday as both Tim Lincecum and Brent Lillibridge helped their teams win.
Lillibridge, only recently called back up to the White Sox, hit a pinch-hit double in a victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. The other day, he had a pinch-hit, three-run homer. He's also been enjoying the Chicago Blackhawks' recent success. Check it out on Lillibridge's twitter.
Meanwhile, Lincecum, who had suffered through a rough patch of late (by his very high standards), was back in the wins column as the Giants beat Oakland 6-2.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Good news for Husky hoops fans in that incoming freshman Desmond Simmons, who signed a letter intent back in the early period, has been invited to the U-18 USA National Team trials. He will be joined by Abdul Gaddy in Colorado Springs for the tryouts, which start next Monday.
Nineteen American hopefuls will audition for a shot at 12 open spots for the team that will compete in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship later this month in San Antonio.
Here are a couple of stories regarding the tryouts:
• MaxPreps.com story: click here
• SportsPageMagazine.com story: click here
Featured in today's Seattle Times website, former oarsman Blake Nordstrom discussed with a reporter the evolution of the "Nordstrom Way" of doing business in the Pacific Northwest.
Nordstrom, who graduated from Washington in 1982 and rowed for the Huskies, is now the president of Nordstrom Inc. As a member of one of Seattle's preeminent families, he's felt a duty as head of one of the Puget Sound's most successful company to serve the region.
"We're proud of our Northwest roots, and we really feel like it's served us well," Nordstrom said.
Much like his dedication to the Seattle-area, Nordstrom is a proponent of the Husky rowing program. His father, Bruce ('55), also rowed at UW when the team still featured a lightweight boat, and was recently honored with one of the most distinguished awards the UW bestows on a graduate - the 2010 Alumnus Summa Laude Dignatus.
In the wide-ranging interview, Blake Nordstrom touches on a variety of topics that have affected the company in the modern business climate. But he remains committed to Nordstrom's core values, such as a positive shopping experience for the customer.
"We take great pride in being a part of something that we think is pretty special," Nordstrom said.
Former Husky baseball star Brent Lillibridge has spent most of the 2010 season in the minor leagues, but he was recently called up to the Bigs and made a splash last night for the Chicago White Sox when his three-run homer capped a seven-run eighth inning. Batting right-handed, the switch-hitting Lillibridge belted a LONG homer to center field, and it was well out of the park.
It was the first big-league hit of the year for the Jackson High grad, who made his Major League debut for Atlanta in 2008 and played in majors for the White Sox much of last season.
Here's a video from MLB.com with highlights from that seven-run inning. Here's MLB.com's recap of the game. And the Associated Press recap.
In case you hadn't caught word yet, it's now official that the University of Colorado will join the Pac-10 Conference.
Here's the official press release from the Conference office.
Obviously, plenty more details to come later.
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- Jennifer Greggain, a 1999 graduate of the University of Washington, won the 2010 Washington State Women's Open at Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club on Wednesday. She shot a two round total of 1-over 145 to win the tournament by one stroke.
Greggain shot a first round 2-under-par 70 and then held on after a second round 3-over 75. She won by one stroke over Katy Jarochowicz.
Fellow former Husky Sung Ea Lee finished sixth overall.
Thanks to a heads-up from coachsark.com, here's a link to a story on rivals.com which names Jake Locker, Chris Polk and Jermaine Kearse as college football's best triplets for 2010
By "triplets," rivals.com is referring to the best combination of quarterback, tailback and wide receiver.
Washington's trio was one of two from the Pac-10 named in rivals' top 15. Arizona just made it in at No. 15.
The Husky men's golf team can take solace in that they ended up second in the final Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings that were released on June 8. Although they technically tied for fifth at the NCAA Championships, they are only behind Oklahoma State in the Golfweek rankings.
National champion Augusta State was fifth, while Oregon was seventh. See the complete list....click here.
Individually, Nick Taylor was third in the final rankings. He trailed only Georgia's Russell Henley and UC-Irvine's John Chin. Richard Lee was 26th and Chris Williams 27th in the final rankings. Darren Wallace came in at 123rd, while Charlie Hughes was 133rd. See the complete list....click here.
UW Libraries have received some interesting press lately for their rendition of singer Lady Gaga's popular song, Poker Face. Sarah Wachter, a graduate student of the UW Information School, created the music video parodying Lady Gaga's "Pokerface" for the iSchool's first iSight Film Festival. With the help of celebrity gossip columnist Perez Hilton, the video has already received over 437,000 views!
To see what UW's The Daily had to say, click here.
To see Perez Hilton's review, click here.
Husky football coach Steve Sarkisian will appear on ESPN College Football Live today.
The show airs at several times on a couple of different ESPN channels during the day. The first airing is at 12:30 p.m. PT on ESPNU. Later, it'll air on ESPN2 at 4:30 and 8:30 p.m PT.
For a full listing of ESPN programming, click here.
The Canadian Football League season gets underway this Sunday, June 13.
There are two Huskies currently playing in the CFL: Kai Ellis and Joe Lobendahn.
Cody Pickett had been in camp with the Montreal Alouettes, but as this story recounts, he was recently released.
Ellis, a ninth-year CFL veteran now with his fifth team, the Edmonton Eskimos, made news north of the border after a relatively innocuous altercation in training camp.
In Winnipeg, Lobendahn looks let to start at middle linebacker for the Bombers. Here's a rundown of all the CFL teams, with a note on Lobendahn.
Here's the season schedule for the entire Canadian Football League.
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Nick Taylor, Richard Lee and Chris Williams, who all qualified for the U.S. Open Sectional at Columbia Edgewater Country Club, failed to finish in the top three out of 48 players and failed to advance to the upcoming U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.
Taylor and Lee were two strokes away from qualifying at 3-under 139 overall and tied for sixth, while Williams was one stroke behind his UW teammates and tied for 10th.
Kent Eger was 8-under, while Jason Allred and Matthew Richardson were 5-under to qualify for the three spots at Pebble Beach.
The annual Major League Baseball draft begins Monday at 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time.
On Monday, only the first round will be held, with rounds 2 through 50 to take place the following two days.
You can read up on the draft at MLB.com's website by clicking here.
Also, here's MLB's drafttracker, which allows you to look up potential draftees in a number of different ways, including by home state.
Finally here's a link to live audio and video.
A number of Husky track recruits closed out their careers with big bangs over the weekend, led by state titles for Sean Krinik and Chloe Curtis in California and a trio of titles for Megan Goethals in Michigan.
Krinik of Valencia High in Yorba Linda, Calif. astonished with a new U.S.-leading mark in the 800-meters of 1:48.20, nearly a full second faster than the time he posted just a week ago which also led the country at the time. That time is the eighth-fastest high school mark ever run, and earned him his second-straight state title at the distance. If Krinik merely matches that time next season, he would rank sixth in UW history.
"Seeing that time makes me feel so accomplished," said Krinik to OCVarsity.com. "I never thought I would be there and it felt awesome to run that time."
Curtis, out of Redondo Beach, also led the nation at 800-meter on the women's side for much of the year but chose to focus on the 1,600m at state. She did not have the top time coming in, but she again proved to be the class of California's mid-distance crew as she turned in a new PR of 4:46.63 to take the win.
Curtis told local paper The Dailiy Breeze that her runner-up finish from 2009 fueled her all season and especially in Saturday's final.
"This year, I came a lot more focused. I was desperate to win that title. This was my last race," Curtis said. "There was no way I was letting someone run away with this race. In that last 200, no one was going to run with me. I had a year of boiling over it in my head to think about this race."
Also turning in fantastic finishes at the CIF finals were Liberty Miller (Canoga Park, Calif.) and Megan Morgan (Del Mar, Calif.) in the 3,200-meters. The future U-Dubbers were the top two senior finishers at the longest distance. Miller was second in 10:23.00 while Morgan was right behind in third in 10:29.70.
In Michigan, Megan Goethals closed her record-setting career in proper fashion, winning state titles in the 1,600-meters, 3,200-meters, and on the 4x800-meter relay. Every one of her runs resulted in a new state meet record. She won the 1,600m in 4:47.37, six seconds ahead of her nearest competitor. She took the 3,200m in 10:22.75, breaking a 14-year-old record, and led off the 4x8 relay with a 2:11 split.
Goethals gave the following interview to MileSplit last week following her incredible 10:00.15 3,200-meter effort.
As you're probably aware if you're reading this, Washington's 2010 softball season ended yesterday here in Oklahoma City, in a 4-3 loss to Arizona at the Women's College World Series.
Let's have a look at some of the coverage of the game:
• First, check out the recap at gohuskies.com, which also includes a box score, quotes from both teams and a photo gallery.
• Jerry Brewer, who traveled from Seattle to cover for the Times, filed this story, focusing on both Coach Heather Tarr and Danielle Lawrie.
• John Boyle of the Everett Herald groups Lawrie in with a couple other Seattle sports icons, whose careers ended recently: Ken Griffey Jr. and Walter Jones.
• Here's the Associated Press coverage of the game.
• The Norman Transcript's Jeff Johncox writes about the class with which Tarr and Lawrie conducted themselves postgame.
• Finally, a story from KUOW/National Public Radio on Lawrie's post-college softball career options.
The Huskies' flight back to Seattle is due to land at about 9:30 p.m. and they should be back to campus around 10:00 or 10:15 tonight. The bus will pull up near the left-field corner of Husky Softball Stadium, near the Dempsey Indoor on the road that runs beyond the outfield fence.
VICTORIA, B.C. -- Former Husky All-American Brock Mackenzie holds the lead after three rounds of the Canadian Tour's Times Colonist Open being held at Uplands Golf Course in Victoria, B.C. Mackenzie is 10-under par after Saturday's third round and holds a one stroke lead over Aaron Goldberg.
On Sunday, he will be seeking his first win on the Canadian Tour. The winner takes home a payday of $40,000.
Read more about Mackenzie's effort from Canam.com.
In other professional golf news, albeit a little late, Alex Prugh failed to make the cut at the Memorial in Dublin, Ohio this week. He was 10-over par for the tournament.
On the Nationswide Tour, 2003 UW grad Troy Kelly failed to make the cut of the Melwood Prince George's County Open in Maryland.
The Washington softball team will have its back against the wall today as it tries to play its way out of the losers' bracket at the 2010 Women's College World Series. The Huskies take on Arizona today at 1:30 p.m. CDT (11:30 a.m. Pacfiic) on their first of four possible steps to get back to the WCWS championship series.
Good news is that they have just the team to do it, or to at least give them a good chance. That's the feeling you get from some of the papers today, anyway. Here's a look:
• Jerry Brewer, columnist for the Seattle Times, was busy yesterday despite the UW not playing. He filed two detailed columns on two of the Huskies biggest names: this one on Heather Tarr, and this one on Danielle Lawrie.
• The Arizona Daily Star also has a couple stories on the upcoming game. Here's a brief preview of the game and a notebook that includes a few Husky tidbits.
• The Daily Wildcat, the Arizona student paper, has this story, which looks back at the Huskies' sweep of the 'Cats earlier this year in Seattle.
Here's a nice feature on former Husky and current Philadelphia Eagles defensive lineman Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, from the Wilmington (Del.) News-Journal.
For those who know Daniel, it just confirms what you already know: he's very soft-spoken off the field and just the opposite on it.
Continued good luck in Philly, Te'o!
With the sunny afternoon today, the line had already started to snake around the HUB lawn before Dubs even arrived! Despite the gloomy weather yesterday, over 150 people came out for a photo op with the UW mascot. Because he is still a puppy, Dubs was available for photos for one hour both days.
When Dubs arrived, his handlers quickly cued him up and it was quite evident that Dubs definitely loves the camera, striking a statuesque pose! Woof.
The 2010 NCAA Women's College World Series starts today. Four games are on the docket at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, the last of which pits Washington vs. Georgia in a repeat of an opening-round game last year.
So, let's have a look at the newspaper coverage:
• The UW Daily has this preview with capsules on each of the eight teams, from Christian Caple.
• A look at the Huskies' first-round game from SeattlePI.com.
• Terry Wood of the Seattle Times breaks things down in his story
• Graham Hays, who covers college softball for ESPN.com, has this preview, which includes a segment on Danielle Lawrie.
• More "capsules," these from the Oklahoma City paper, the Oklahoman. Also, an Oklahoman piece on Lawrie. You can also find links to more stories and video from the Oklahoman right here.
• Yesterday, the NFCA announced its All-America teams. Check out this video. Three Huskies -- Lawrie, Jenn Salling and Niki Williams -- made the first team.
One side note to how the Huskies finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships next week is that as long as they score on both sides, both the men's and women's team should be in line for another impressive finish in the USTFCCCA Program Of The Year standings.
The awards, named for John McDonnell on the men's side and Terry Crawford on the women's side, are in their second year of existence, and average out a school's finish at the NCAA Championships in cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track, to show which overall program earned the most distinction over the full year. The only requirement is competing and scoring at all three championship events; two out of three doesn't cut it.
Last year the UW women's program took ninth in the final standings. Right now they sit in 10th place following a 3rd-place finish in cross country and a 28th-place finish in indoor track. They are second among Pac-10 teams behind Oregon.
The Husky men are 12th overall heading to Eugene, following a 10th-place Program Of The Year finish in 2009. The men's cross country squad was 18th at nationals, followed by a 20th-place finish in indoor track. Oregon and Arizona State are the only Pac-10 teams ahead of the Dawgs.
New weekly outdoor rankings were also released by the USTFCCCA prior to next week's showdown at Oregon. The men's team moved up two more spots to 18th in the nation, boosted by PRs from James Alaka in the 200m, Zack Midles in the hammer, and Joe Zimmerman in the javelin. The women ticked up one spot to 41st as Mel Lawrence and Falesha Ankton made NCAAs with season-bests.
Nate Robinson will make his NBA Finals debut on Thursday at 6 p.m. when his Celtics travel to Los Angeles to play the Lakers.
Robinson will be the first Husky since Todd MacCulloch to play in the finals. That year MacCulloch's New Jersey Nets lost to the Lakers.
Robinson has not played much in the playoffs, but he did play an integral part in Boston's Eastern Conference Finals clinching win over Orlando.
It'll be a busy day for the Washington softball team here in Oklahoma City. The day before the start of the 2010 Women's College World Series features a press conference, practice time and an hour with the ESPN TV crew, taping various bits that will be used in the game broadcasts.
A reminder that the Huskies take on Georgia tomorrow (Thu.) night at 6:30 p.m. Pacific Time. The game will air live on ESPN2, online at espn3.com, on KKNW AM-1150 radio and online at www.kknw1150.com.
The big news in the papers today is that Husky star Danielle Lawrie has won her second straight ASA/USA Softball National Player of the Year award, which was presented in a banquet last night in OKC. She's just the second woman to win the award more than once and is the first Husky athlete ever to twice win a national player of the year award at the collegiate level.
Here's a look at what's in today's papers:
• The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City's paper) has this feature on Lawrie and the rise of the Husky softball program.
• Also from the Oklahoman, for those who might be joining us at the WCWS, here's a rundown of information for fans.
• In the UW Daily, Christian Caple covers Lawrie's award.
• Lawrie's hometown newspaper, the Vancouver (B.C.) Sun, has this story.
We'll have more from Oklahoma City later today here at gohuskies.com. Make sure to check back!
Former Husky quarterback Isaiah Stanback, who has been a wide receiver in the NFL, was signed by the Seattle Seahawks today. The former Garfield High star is one of several former Huskies signed (or re-signed) by Seattle recently, along with Lawyer Milloy, Louis Rankin, and Joe Toledo (plus Roy Lewis, who was already on the roster).
Here are a couple of stories from the Seahawk's website on the signing: first, the official press release, and then a bit longer story from Seahawks.com writer Clare Farnsworth. Here's a take from Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times.
Welcome back to Seattle, Isaiah!
One of the most legendary days in Washington track and field history, and all of UW athletics history for that matter, was the 1963 Modesto Relays, 47 years ago this week. At that meet, within an hour of each other, Husky teammates and roommates Phil Shinnick and Brian Sternberg each set new world records in the long jump and pole vault, respectively.
But as this AOL Fanhouse story by John Hickey details, the day has had a black cloud lingering over it since. Sternberg, who cleared 16-7 in the pole vault at the meet and later raised the record to 16-8, was paralyzed in a trampoline accident just five weeks after Modesto. Shinnick's record-setting jump of 27-feet, 4-inches, has been seeking ratification for decades, as there was no wind reading taken for his jump. Wind requirements had just been instated that year, and as this excerpt explains, the officials simply weren't expecting to need one.
"Shinnick's Pac-8 credentials weren't enough that anyone in Modesto had any real clue who he was. He was a sophomore at the University of Washington and hadn't competed in his freshman year -- the NCAA didn't allow freshmen to compete in any collegiate sports in those days. So he was in just his fourth or fifth competition since graduating from high school in Spok
ane almost two years earlier. Most of the jumpers knew him, but the officials didn't. He certainly wasn't somebody who should be breaking world records. All of a sudden, instead of celebration time it was inquisition time.
The story is a must-read for all fans of Husky history. Both Sternberg and Shinnick have been enshrined in the Washington Hall of Fame. As the story details, Shinnick's mark was eventually recognized as an American record, but the governing body of international track continues to hold out.
For what it's worth, Shinnick's spot on the Washington Top-10 is secure. Whereas new technology has taken vaulters up above 19-feet, including American record-holder Brad Walker, another UW alum, Shinnick's mark would still rate among the best in the world event today. 27-4 would have won this year's Pac-10 Championships by a foot and a half, and taken second at the Beijing Olympics, as the story points out.
The Washington softball team made its way to Oklahoma City Monday, ahead of the start of the 2010 NCAA Women's College World Series. The Huskies' first game is Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Pacific Time against Georgia. You can watch the game on ESPN2 or espn3.com, or listen on KKNW AM-1150 and kknw1150.com.
For now, here are a few links to some newspaper stories about the Huskies:
• Christian Caple of the UW Daily has this preview of the Huskies' trip to OKC.
• From Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald, we read about how Coach Heather Tarr had a feeling that the UW would face Georgia in the first game.
• Sort of a cool mention of Danielle Lawrie and the Huskies in a Virginia Beach newspaper story about a high-school softball game.
• Here's a view from Athens, Ga., on the Georgia perspective.
• Finally, a wrap-up of the Super Regionals from ESPN writer Graham Hays.
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