Thursday, July 24, 2014

NDSU Baseball Set to Host Fall Prospect Camp Sept. 14


FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota State University baseball will host a prospect camp on Sunday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Newman Outdoor Field.

The camp will include hitting, defense, pitching and catching instruction with lunch included for $125.

For more information, please visit 
www.ndsubisonbaseballcamps.com or call NDSU associate head coach David Pearson at (701) 231-8739.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

UMC Men’s Golf Officially Releases 2014 Fall Schedule


CROOKSTON, Minn.- The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s golf team officially release the fall portion of their 2014-15 schedule Wed., July 23. The Golden Eagles will partake in five events during the fall season including the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Fall Men’s Golf Championship at the Jewel Golf Club in Lake City, Minn. Sept. 29-30.

UMC will officially open up their slate at the Bemidji State University Invite Sept. 7-8 at the Bemidji Town and Country Club in Bemidji, Minn. The Golden Eagles will then trek to Axtell, Neb. to take part in the University of Nebraska Kearney Invite at the Awarii Dunes Golf CourseSept. 14-16. Minnesota Crookston will then head to the St. Cloud State University Husky Classic Sept. 21-22 at the St. Cloud Country Club in St. Cloud, Minn. The Golden Eagles will trek to the NSIC Championship Sept. 29-30 before concluding the season with an important regional tournament as they take part in the Men’s Golf Central Region Invite Oct. 13-14 at the St. Joseph Country Club in St. Joseph, Mo.

The Golden Eagles return an experienced squad led by All-NSIC Performers Matt McClure, UMC’s 2013-14 Student-Athlete of the Year, and Jesse Roscoe. The Golden Eagles also return Senior Seth Heppner and Junior Michael Roedl who played integral roles in UMC’s success last season. UMC will again be led by Head Coach Jason Tangquist.

For more information, visit the Golden Eagle Athletics website at www.goldeneaglesports.com.

Follow the Golden Eagles on Facebook at Golden Eagle Sports and on Twitter at @UMCAthletics.

The University of Minnesota Crookston is an NCAA Division II Institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). The Golden Eagle Equestrian team is a member of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA).

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Men’s Golf Schedule
Sept. 7-8    Bemidji State University Invite    Bemidji, Minn.
Sept. 14-16    Nebraska Kearney Invite        Axtell, Minn.
Sept. 21-22    SCSU Husky Classic            St. Cloud, Minn.
Sept. 29-30    NSIC Fall Championship        Lake City, Minn.
Oct. 13-14    Central Region Invite            St. Joseph, Mo.

Lynx to Host Breast Health Awareness Night

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Lynx today announced it will host its annual Breast Health Awareness game on Friday, July 25 as the Lynx take on the San Antonio Stars at 7 p.m. Hope Chest for Breast Cancer is the presenting sponsor for the evening's game and Apple Autos and Fillies Race for Hope at Canterbury Park are also partnering with the Lynx for the game. The Lynx will be wearing commemorative pink uniforms on Friday night and auctioning them off to fans after the game.

Following the game, the entire team will head back out to the court and auction the game-worn jerseys off their backs, autographing the jerseys and posing for a picture with the winners. All proceeds from the night will go towards the Lynx Foundation, which supports breast cancer research and support programs throughout the state of Minnesota.

The Lynx' Breast Health Awareness Week will finish up on Tuesday, July 29 as the team partners with the Hope Chest to host the sixth annual Catwalk for a Cure. Held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Mall of America Rotunda, the Lynx will trade in their sneakers for stilettos and strut their stuff in a fashion show. The event begins at 5 p.m. at Sky Deck Sports Grille and Lanes, where attendees will receive free dinner and free bowling, with special appearances by Lynx players. A silent auction, featuring sports memorabilia and unique experiences from around the Twin Cities, will also be held during dinner at Sky Deck Sports Grille and Lanes until 7:00 p.m. The fashion show, which features the entire Lynx roster and coaching staff, will start in the Mall of America Rotunda at 6:30 p.m. All proceeds from the evening benefit the Lynx Foundation.

Friday's game against the San Antonio Stars falls in the middle of Minnesota's Breast Health Awareness Week (July 22-29) as part of WNBA's BHA platform. For 16 years, the program has focused on generating awareness and educating women about breast cancer in addition to raising funds for the initiative. The WNBA, its teams and players are supporting the effort to fight breast cancer during WNBA Breast Health Awareness Week, which have raised more than $2 million to aid the fight against breast cancer. The Lynx website and social media platforms are also going pink as part of the campaign. 

Minnesota enters Friday's game with the second-best record in the WNBA at 18-6. The Lynx are riding a five-game winning streak and are scoring 83.9 points per game (2nd in WNBA). Tickets are still available for Saturday's game, and the team's five remaining home games, by calling the Lynx at 612-673-8400 or by visiting
www.lynxbasketball.com/lynxtix. Fans interested in attending or looking for more information on the sixth annual Catwalk for a Cure can contact Amanda Collins, Lynx CR Manager, at 612-673-1681 or collins@lynxbasketball.com.

Timberwolves Re-Sign Forward Robbie Hummel


Minneapolis/St. Paul – The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has re-signed forward Robbie Hummel. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

"We are excited to have Robbie back with us this season," said Flip Saunders, Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations. "He proved that he can be a key contributor off the bench and finished the season strong. Robbie's ability to stretch the floor with his shooting range is a valuable asset for our team."

Hummel, 25, played in 53 games (five starts) in his rookie season for the Wolves last year, averaging 3.4 points and 2.5 rebounds in 12.4 minutes per contest. The 6-8 forward shot 36.0 percent (36-for-89) from three-point range for the season, including connecting on 17 of his final 32 attempts (53.1%). Hummel scored in double-digits four times last year, netting a season-high 12 points at Orlando on April 5. He grabbed a season-high nine rebounds in the season finale vs. Utah on April 16.

Hummel was the 58th overall selection in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Timberwolves. He spent the 2012-13 season with Obradoiro CAB in the Spanish League where he averaged 10.1 points and 7.2 rebounds in 30 games. Hummel averaged 14.0 points and 6.8 rebounds in 127 games over his four-year collegiate career for the Purdue Boilermakers.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NDSU Women's Basketball Finalizes 2014-15 Schedule

FARGO, N.D. – The North Dakota State University women's basketball team will face a minimum of five teams that advanced to postseason play last season in its 29-game regular season schedule released Tuesday, July 22, by new head coach Maren Walseth.

"We worked hard to get a good schedule for this season," Walseth said. "I have high expectations for this team, and feel this schedule is one that will challenge us while giving us opportunities to be successful, and prepare us for The Summit League. There are a lot of good teams in the Summit League, and we look forward to competing with them all."
 
NDSU will play 14 games at home with 11 being played at the historic Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse and three at Scheels Arena while the new Scheels Center at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex is being constructed.

"There will be a lot of firsts this season, and playing in the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse is a first in quite some time," Walseth said. "I am excited to play in a classic building this year. The fans will be close to the court; the band and cheerleaders will be close to the action. The BBF will provide us with a great home court advantage."

The Bison tip-off the season with three consecutive home games inside the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse beginning with an exhibition contest against Bemidji State Friday, Nov. 7. NDSU will host Kent State a week later on Friday, Nov. 14, before closing out the three-game home stand against Milwaukee Sunday, Nov. 16.

NDSU will take its first road trip of the season Nov. 19 when it travels to Western Michigan.

The Bison head southeast over Thanksgiving Break to take part in the Florida Atlantic Classic Nov. 28-29 in Boca Raton, Fla., before closing out the road trip Dec. 2 in Starkville, Miss., against SEC foe and 2014 WNIT participant Mississippi State.

NDSU returns home to face 2014 NCAA tournament qualifier North Dakota at Scheels Arena Saturday, Dec. 6, before welcoming Mayville State to the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse Monday, Dec. 8.

The Bison start a four-game road trip at Northern Iowa Dec. 11 before traveling to New Mexico State Dec. 14, Cal State Fullerton Dec. 19 and Grand Canyon Dec. 21. NDSU hosts Brandon University at the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse Monday, Dec. 29, to close out its non-conference schedule.

NDSU will play back-to-back Summit League doubleheaders with the Bison men's basketball team at Scheels Arena Friday, Jan. 2, and Sunday, Jan. 4, to open the 2015 league slate. The Bison will face Oral Roberts on the second before battling league rival and 2014 WNIT qualifier South Dakota State on the fourth.
 
"Moving out to Scheels Arena for the UND, Oral Roberts and SDSU games makes perfect sense," Walseth said. "Providing a big time environment for those games provides the Fargo community the opportunity to support their Bison in another great facility."

With the return of Oral Roberts to the league, all league teams will now play 16 conference games.

The Summit League Women's Basketball Championship will run March 7-10 in Sioux Falls, S.D., and will be played in the brand new Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

UMC Names Stopa Head Softball Coach




CROOKSTON, Minn.- University of Minnesota Crookston Director of Athletics Stephanie Helgeson announced the addition of Don Stopa as head softball coach for the Golden Eagles. Stopa comes to UMC after acquiring a myriad of experience coaching collegiate softball most recently at National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) affiliate Louisburg College in Louisburg, N.C. for the past three seasons.

“We are excited to add Don to the staff as head softball coach,” Helgeson said. “He is very highly respected and brings a great deal of experience coaching at a variety of levels. We believe Don will be a great addition to our staff.”

“I am honored to be a part of UMC as the head softball coach and I would like to thank Athletic Director Steph Helgeson for this opportunity,” Stopa said. “I am really excited about where this program could go and can’t wait to get to work. The university has so much to offer these student athletes and I hope to bring great success, on and off the field.”

During his time at Louisburg, Stopa led the Hurricanes to a 70-56 mark and helped to produce 14 All-Region players, two National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Americans and six NJCAA All-
Academic award winners. In addition to his duties as softball coach, Stopa was also the Sports Information Director for Louisburg.

A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Stopa spent three years at Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz. working with both the baseball and softball teams, as well as serving as the Sports Information Director. In 2011, he helped the Aztecs to a 51-14 mark and No. 9 ranking in the NJCAA poll. He also helped the team compete for a regional championship, finishing just one game short of a trip to the National Tournament.

Prior to his move to Arizona, Stopa was the head softball coach at Graceland University, a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) school in Lamoni, Iowa for three seasons helping to improve the Yellowjackets both on the field and in the classroom. Before his transition to softball, Stopa was an assistant baseball coach for two seasons at Graceland.

Before making the move to Graceland, Stopa spent time as the pitching coach at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M University.

Stopa earned his Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree in Mass Communication in 2002, a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Communication in 2004 and a Master of Science (M.S.) in Sport Management in 2007. Don and his wife Ashley has two sons Austin and Jaxon.

For more information, visit the Golden Eagle Athletics website at www.goldeneaglesports.com.

Lynx Forward Maya Moore Named Western Conference Player of the Week


MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The WNBA today named Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore its Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, July 14 through Sunday, July 20. The Player of the Week award is Moore’s second consecutive, third this season and eighth of her career.

In Minnesota's lone game this week heading into the All-Star break, Moore poured in a game-high 32 points in a 93-82 Lynx victory over the Tulsa Shock on July 16. It marked the ninth 30+ point performance of the season for the Moore, tying Lauren Jackson (2007) for the 2nd-highest single-season total in WNBA history. Moore shot 10-for-18 from the field and set career highs for free throws made and attempted, going 11-for-13 from the charity stripe. 12 of Moore's 32 points came in the 4th quarter, helping stave off a Shock comeback bid. The 2013 WNBA Finals MVP added nine rebounds, five assists and two steals in helping the Lynx win their 17th game of the year.

This season Moore leads the league in scoring and minutes played, averaging 24.1 points and 35 minutes per game. She also ranks 5th in steals (2.00 spg), 6th in free throw accuracy (87.7%), 8th in rebounds (8.3 rpg), 14th in blocks (0.87 bpg) and 15th in field goal accuracy (48.6%).
Indiana's Tamika Catchings was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week.

The Lynx are 17-6 heading into the post All-Star Game portion of the season and sit in second in the Western Conference standings behind Phoenix.

Minnesota will host the Atlanta Dream at the Target Center on Tuesday, July 22 in a rematch of the 2013 WNBA Finals. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 7:00 p.m. and can be seen on Fox Sports North Plus and heard on BOB 106.1 FM. Tickets are still available by calling 612-673-8400 or by visiting lynxbasketball.com/lynxtix.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

UMC Men’s Basketball Adds Beamish to Coaching Staff

CROOKSTON, Minn.- The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s basketball program announced the addition of Bryan Beamish as assistant coach. Beamish will join Head Coach Dan Weisse and Assistant Coach Mike Annese on staff for the Golden Eagles for the 2014-15 season. Beamish comes to UMC after one
season as a graduate assistant under Jim Larranaga at NCAA Division I University of Miami (Fla.).

“We are thrilled to be able to add someone of Bryan’s caliber to our coaching staff,” Weisse said. “All along his career as a player and a coach, he has had a chance to learn the game from some great basketball minds. I believe the players will thoroughly enjoy working with Bryan. He is someone who was a successful player at Wisconsin-Stevens Points and who could probably still hold his own in practice. Bryan will be a tremendous addition to our basketball program and our University, as a whole.”

As a graduate assistant for the Hurricanes, Beamish’s primary responsibilities were breaking down opponent’s game film, assisting during practice and helping run Miami’s basketball camps. During Beamish’s one season with the Hurricanes he helped lead the team to a 17-15 mark.

Prior to arriving at Miami, Beamish was an assistant coach for two seasons at Saint Leo University in Saint Leo, Fla. as a member of Head Coach Lance Randall’s staff. Before making the move to Florida, Beamish was an assistant coach for one season at his alma mater, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where he helped the Pointers to a successful 26-4 record and a Sweet 16 appearance at the NCAA Division III National
Tournament.

As a player, the Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., native had a prolific four-year career for the Pointers. During his time in Stevens Point, he earned First Team All-Conference honors twice and served as team captain during his junior and senior seasons. Beamish started every game during three of his four years with the Pointers. He hlped lead the team to two Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Regular-Season and Tournament Championships and three NCAA Tournament appearances.

Beamish earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication from
Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He earned a Master’s in Business Administration (M.B.A.) with an emphasis in sports business from Saint Leo University in 2014.

“For more information, visit the Golden Eagle Athletics website at www.goldeneaglesports.com.

Krouse Joins Athletic Training Staff at UMC

CROOKSTON, Minn.- The University of Minnesota Crookston athletic department and Director of
Athletics Stephanie Helgeson announced the addition of Steven Krouse as assistant athletic trainer. Krouse joins UMC from the College of Saint Scholastica where he recently graduated with a Master of Science in Athletic Training.

During his time at St. Scholastica, Krouse worked as a trainer for the University of Minnesota Duluth women’s basketball team, as well as the football and track and field teams at St. Scholastica and the football and volleyball teams at Northwestern High School in Maple, Wis. As a student at Saint Olaf College, Krouse assisted the training staff with the track and field and baseball teams.

“I think Steven will be a great addition to our staff,” Helgeson said. “He is familiar with the NSIC from his work at Minnesota Duluth and brings with him immense knowledge of the athletic training profession from his time at St. Scholastica. As a former student-athlete at Saint Olaf College, he also has an understanding of the importance of athletic trainers from the student-athlete perspective. We are excited to welcome Steven to the Golden Eagle family.”

In addition to his collegiate experience, Krouse also worked as an intern at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla. during the summer of 2013. During this time he provided medical coverage for male and female athletes competing in the sports of soccer, baseball, softball, lacrosse, field hockey, basketball, gymnastics, track and field, football, tennis, wrestling and volleyball. He has also provided medical coverage at the Drew Brees Passing Academy, the Wounded Warriors Softball Camp and the Special Olympics. He has also volunteered at the Minnesota State High School Cross Country Championship and Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Minn.

Krouse graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science in 2011 from Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. During his time at St. Olaf, Krouse was a member of the track and field and cross country teams. He is certified by the National Athletic Trainer Association-Board of Certification. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

Krouse joins Head Athletic Trainer Melanie Schulte and Assistant Athletic Trainer Liam Higginson as members of the UMC athletic training staff.

For more information, visit the Golden Eagle Athletics website at www.goldeneaglesports.com.

Golden Eagles Add Enriquez to Recruiting Class

CROOKSTON, Minn.- The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s basketball program announced the addition of Brian Enriquez (G, 6-3 195, Lakewood, Calif.) to a National Letter of Intent. Enriquez becomes the fourth player to sign with the Golden Eagles for next season. He joins A.J. Walton (G, 6-4 190, Hesperia, Calif.), Jim Warmack (F/C, 6-7 220, East Grand Forks, Minn.) and Gable Smith (G/F, 6-7 170, Lodi, Wis.)  who all previously signed with UMC.

“Brian is a combo guard that can step out and shoot, find the open man, or take it to the rim himself,” said UMC Head Men’s Basketball Coach Dan Weisse. “Brian is a guy that has a work ethic second to none. He wants to get better and in turn he makes his teammates better. We want players in our program that are hungry to get better and that is what he brings We are excited that Brian is a Golden Eagle.”

Enriquez played seven games for St. John Bosco last season, averaging 3.4 points per game, after transferring there for his senior season. He transferred mid-year for personal reasons to La Mirada H.S., where he did not play basketball. Enriquez previously played for Sultana H.S. where he averaged 20.5 points, five assists and 2.5 rebounds as a junior. His best game as a junior came with 44 points on 15-of-30 shooting from the field against Oak Hills H.S. Enriquez was 7-of-11 from beyond the arc in the game. In addition, Enriquez tallied 34 points on 14-of-22 shooting and was 4-of-6 from three-point range against Yucca Valley H.S. Against California Military Institute, Enriquez had 11 assists and four steals. As a sophomore for Sultana H.S., Enriquez averaged 12 points, four assists and three rebounds per game. He was an All-League selection during three of his high school seasons.

He is the son of Buck and Edith Enriquez. Enriquez was born Oct. 15, 1995. He plans to major in health science.

“I’m kind of speechless,” Enriquez said. “I am really excited for the opportunity to play basketball at UMC. I am ready for the next chapter of my life. The biggest thing I think I bring to the program is a floor general at the point guard spot. I try to be a leader on the floor.”

The Golden Eagles will have a large roster with 13 returnees and four newcomers for the 2014-15 season. Minnesota Crookston will be led by a large senior class which includes seven players with Tim Lubke (G, St. Paul, Minn.), Tomas Parker (F/C, Pequot Lakes, Minn.), Kevin Larson (G, New Ulm, Minn.), Tyler West, Jr. (G/F, Portland, Ore.), Lucas Reller (G, Lead, S.D.), Giorgi Koguashvili (G, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia) and Sam Howell (G, Seattle, Wash.). The 2014-15 season will be the first for new Head Coach Dan Weisse, who comes over after three years as an assistant coach at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

For more information, visit the Golden Eagle Athletics website at www.goldeneaglesports.com.