The Washington softball team was featured in Friday's paper in The Daily. The article talks about the upcoming games against Arizona State this weekend and highlights the four seniors, Kimi Pohlman, Jenna Clifton, Niki Williams, and Taylor Smith, who will play their last regular-season series at home.
Check out the story here: http://dailyuw.com/news/2012/apr/26/end-road-awaits-uw-seniors/
I've officially retired from roller coasters. Even though my last concussion occurred almost 7 months ago, one ride on Viper was enough to make me feel like my brain is made of mush. While Disneyland is all about fun, Magic Mountain, where the softball team took a detour to on a recent California trip, is all about fear. Or rather, flying at the speed of it. There are many warnings posted for roller coasters, but concussions are not one of them. However, I'm now wondering if they should be. Not wanting to be a roller coaster wimp, I ventured onto a second, more low-key coaster. (There were a lot of little girls in line, so I figured I was safe.) Not so much. I threw in the towel and called it a day. I may have to live at "It's a Small World" speed for awhile.
Asparagus has come into season, and at 99 cents a pound, I recently stocked up. Considering I'd never cooked or even purchased asparagus before, even 2 pounds seemed pretty daunting. Asparagus is a surprisingly interesting vegetable. Its growth rate can be as much as 10 inches in 24 hours, making harvesting it every day during peak season necessary. Originating in Greece, asparagus produced in the United States is grown mostly in California, Michigan and Washington. Due to the body's digestion of the amino acids it contains, consuming it can cause urine to take on a certain odor. But don't let this put a damper on your asparagus enjoyment, as it is highly revered for its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. In addition, it contains a great balance of nutrients with high levels of folic acid (most out of any vegetable) and is full of fiber, potassium, Vitamins B6, A and C, and thiamin. Store it upright in 2 inches of cold water or wrap the ends in a damp towel to maintain freshness as it can spoil quickly. Try to use within 48 hours.
Asparagus is typically roasted or steamed and used as side dish, but it takes center stage in this creamy soup. The ingredients are all blended together at the end, giving it a smooth texture (for all of you wondering what chunks of asparagus in your soup would be like). Be careful to salt to taste as under-salting will result in a very bland flavor.
Adapted from Simply in Season
· 1 pound asparagus, cleaned, with hard ends removed
· 4 cups water or broth (chicken or vegetable), divided
· 1 medium potato (peeled and chopped)
· 1 small onion (chopped)
· 1 stalk celery (chopped)
· 1 cup dry milk powder
· 2 tbsp flour
· Salt and pepper to taste
· ½ cup plain yogurt (optional)
Cut the tip ends off the asparagus and set aside. Blanch the spears in boiling water until slightly tender, about 3-5 minutes. Drain, and reserve some of the water if not using all broth. Chop the spears.
Return spears to the pot and add in 2 cups water/broth, potato, onion and celery. Cook until spears are soft, about 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat and puree in a blender until smooth. (Can attempt to puree with an immersion blender but difficult to do with the asparagus.) Return to the heat.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the remainder 2 cups of broth/water, milk powder, flour and salt and pepper. Add to the soup and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens slightly. Add more salt and pepper to taste.
If using yogurt, drain it through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth. To serve, spoon a bit of yogurt into a bowl and pour soup over top of it. Garnish with asparagus tips.
The Gymdawgs were featured on Pac-12 Sportswatch, along with the Arizona gymnastics team, which recapped the NCAA Gymnastics National Championships at the Seattle Regional this past weekend.
The UW gymnastics team was featured in The Seattle Times on the upcoming NCAA regional at Edmundson Pavilion. Head coach Joanne Bowers and senior Ruby Engreitz talks about the high-level competition and team goals.
Read the full article here and make sure to cheer on the GymDawgs Saturday at 4 p.m. at Edmundson Pavilion.
The Washington softball team has been featured on UWTV's segment, UW|360. The show will air Sunday, April 8 at 9 p.m. on UWTV Comcast channel 27, or watch online at uwtv.org/uw360.
During the Winter Quarter at UW, one of the sports journalism classes dedicated its huge class project to the UW softball team. Every member of the class was assigned a student-athlete or coach on the team and wrote feature stories and produced video. It all came together and is now live on www.uwhuskyfever.com.
The Washington men's soccer team was recently featured in an article on TopDrawerSoccer.com. The article features interviews with Pac-12 coaches, including Husky head coach Jamie Clark. Incoming freshman Darwin Jones is also mentioned and listed as one of the players to watch in the Pac-12.
Check out the full article on TopDrawerSoccer.com: Pac-12 coaches focused on impressing committee
Washington sophomore pitcher/designated player Kaitlin Inglesby has been named to Madness Softball Pac-12 Player of the Week by College Sports Madness after her outstanding performance during this past week's action, announced Monday.
The Portland, Ore. native led the No. 3/3 Huskies to a perfect 4-0 record at the Judi Garman Classic last weekend, hitting .692 with nine hits. In the circle, she went 2-0 with a save in three appearances, owning a 0.68 ERA in 10.1 innings pitched.
College Sports Madness identifies the highest impact players nationally and from each conference in their weekly feature.
Check out the entire list of Players of the Week for each conference: http://www.collegesportsmadness.com/softball/weekly-awards
The Washington women's basketball program has enjoyed a successful first season under new coach Kevin McGuff, having enjoyed a recent berth to the WNIT. But looking at the accomplishments of the incoming Dawgs (all from the state of Washington), it's hard not to be optimistic about the future of the Husky program.
We'll start with Katie Collier, the first McDonald's All-American to sign with Washington. Collier, a 6-2 forward from Seattle Christian High School, was recently named the Seattle Times' Player of the Year - as much for her on-court accomplishments and her noted battle with leukemia off of it. Collier would sometimes play games following chemotherapy treatments, but never let it be the excuse for a loss or poor performance.
Heather Corral had a season to remember at Prairie High School in Vancouver, Wash. The 6-1 wing not only led her team to 3A State Championship at the Tacoma Dome, but also secured the Tacoma News-Tribune's Player of the Year Award. Corral, whose sister Ashley was a four-year letterwinner at USC, is a versatile forward who can score, rebound, defend and set up teammates. Even better for Corral, the state title came after the senior missed the previous two tournaments with knee injuries.
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