Monday, May 22, 2017

Lynx' Fowles Named Western Conference Player of the Week

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The WNBA today named Minnesota Lynx center Sylvia Fowles the Western Conference Player of the Week for games played May 14 through May 21. The Player of the Week award is Fowles’ sixth of her career and first with the Lynx.

The Lynx ended Opening Week as the league's only 3-0 team, opening a half-game lead on Los Angeles atop the WNBA standings. Over the three games played in the week, Fowles averaged 21.7 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks. She shot 57.5% from the floor (23-for-40) and 76.0% from the line (19-for-25) while collecting a pair of double-doubles to increase her career total to 109 (third in league history).

The 10-year pro from Louisiana State University tallied a game-high 26 points while adding a team-best 10 rebounds, four steals and three blocks in the May 14 win vs. Chicago, Minnesota's sixth consecutive Opening Night triumph. Later in the week, she added 12 points, seven rebounds and two steals as the Lynx overcame an early eight-point deficit to win at New York on May 18. Fowles rounded out the week with game highs of 27 points and 13 rebounds while adding two blocks in the May 20 victory at Dallas, her 42nd career 20+ point/10+ rebound performance. In the 89-87 win over Dallas, she hauled in eight offensive rebounds, the most by any Lynx player since Rebekkah Brunson collected eight at Atlanta on Aug. 20, 2013. After the first week of the season, Fowles ranks fourth in scoring (21.7 ppg), fourth in rebounding (10.0 rpg), seventh in steals (2.00 spg) and third in blocks (2.00 bpg); she's the only player among the WNBA's top 10 in all four categories

Atlanta’s Layshia Clarendon was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week.

The Lynx play next on Tuesday, May 23 against the Connecticut at Xcel Energy Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. CT and the game can be seen on ESPN2

Friday, May 19, 2017

UMC to Host High School Football Camp July 23

CROOKSTON, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Crookston football program will hold an individual football camp Sun., July 23 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the University of Minnesota Crookston campus.

The camp is for students going into grades 9 through 12 and will be a non-contact, non-padded football camp and will include: combine testing, position specific coaching, speed/agility training and competition drills. In addition, campers will be given important information relating to the recruiting process including academic eligibility and the character components that make or break a football career.

The camp will being with check-in at 12:30 p.m. at the UMC Wellness Center. The camp has helped to produce nine current Golden Eagles. 

The registration fee is $35. Last year, the program set a record with 70 participants. The Golden Eagles will look to build on that number for the 2017 camp as they continue to grow the camp. If you have any questions pertaining to the camp, e-mail Assistant Coach Tom Miller at You can register online at

Camp Schedule
12:30 p.m. – Check-In – Height/Weight
1 p.m. – Welcome – Coaches Intro
1:10 p.m. – NCAA Info Presentation
1:30 p.m. – Dynamic Warm-Up
1:45 p.m. – Speed/Agility Testing
2:45 p.m. – Primary Position Drills
3:45 p.m. – Competition Drills
4:15 p.m. – Camp Conclusion
4:30 p.m. – Optional Campus Tour

For more information, visit the Golden Eagle Athletics website

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Jennifer Lopez Named Interim Head Volleyball Coach at NDSU

FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota State director of athletics Matt Larsen on Wednesday, May 17, named former Bison standout Jennifer Lopez interim head coach of the NDSU women’s volleyball program.

Lopez has been an assistant coach at North Dakota State the past two seasons. She replaces Kari Thompson, who is leaving to pursue another coaching opportunity.

“I am incredibly excited for Jen. She is most deserving of this opportunity,” Larsen said. “As one of the all-time great players to ever wear a Bison volleyball uniform, Jen exemplifies what it means to be a Bison. I am confident she will bring that same energy, enthusiasm and competitiveness to the sidelines as the interim head coach.”

Lopez was the Summit League Setter of the Year, Player of the Year and Tournament MVP in 2011 as a senior for the Bison. She was a three-time All-Summit League selection, leading NDSU to four straight regular season league titles and three NCAA Tournament appearances from 2008-11.

She returned to NDSU in April 2015 after spending the 2014 season as assistant coach at West Fargo Sheyenne High School and the 2013 season as head coach at Oak Grove Lutheran High School in Fargo. She has also been highly involved in area instructional camps and club volleyball.

“I am very excited for this new opportunity to develop and lead the volleyball program here at North Dakota State University,” Lopez said.  “I want to extend my sincere gratitude to Matt Larsen, Todd Phelps, the entire athletic department, and Kari Thompson for their continued support and belief in me as a coach.

“We have a talented group of young women both on the court and in the classroom, and the time for us to work starts now,” Lopez said.

Lopez, a Glyndon, Minn., native, ranks among the NDSU all-time top 10 in total assists, assists per set and digs per set. She graduated from NDSU in 2014 with a degree in mathematics education and a minor in coaching.

A national search for a permanent replacement will take place at the conclusion of the 2017 volleyball season.