Friday, April 18, 2014

Wolves Own Four Selections in 2014 NBA Draft


Minneapolis/St. Paul – The Minnesota Timberwolves own four selections in the 2014 NBA Draft, to be held on June 26, 2014. By way of their 40-42 regular season record, the Wolves are currently slotted into the No. 13 selection, with a 0.6% chance of attaining the first overall pick. The final order of this year's Draft will be determined at the NBA Draft Lottery, which will be held Tuesday, May 20.

The Wolves will also have three second-round picks, the 40th (New Orleans' selection - acquired 9/9/2009 via the Antonio Daniels/Bobby Brown and Darius Songalia trade), 44th (own) and 53rd (Golden State's selection - acquired 6/27/2013 via the Malcolm Lee and Andre Roberson trade) overall draft choices.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

UND NCHC 2014-15 conference schedule



GRAND FORKS, N.D.The National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC), which completed its first year of existence in 2013-14, announced today its 96-game conference schedule for the 2014-15 season. All eight member teams will play a 24-game conference schedule leading up to the annual NCHC Frozen Faceoff at Target Center in Minneapolis.

North Dakota will open the NCHC slate Oct. 17-18 at Colorado College, one of six conference road trips UND will make in 2014-15. The defending NCAA Midwest Region champion will also travel to St. Cloud State (Nov. 21-22), Denver (Dec. 12-13), Nebraska Omaha (Jan. 30-31), Western Michigan (Feb. 20-21) and Miami (March 6-7).

UND’s conference schedule features six home series, including Miami (Nov. 14-15), Nebraska Omaha (Nov. 28-29), Minnesota Duluth (Jan. 9-10), Colorado College (Jan. 23-24), Denver (Feb. 13-14) and St. Cloud State (Feb. 27-28).

UND will announce its entire 2014-15 schedule, including non-conference and exhibition games, at a later date.

UND’s 2014-15 NCHC Schedule
Oct. 17-18         at Colorado College
Nov. 14-15       Miami
Nov. 21-22         at St. Cloud State
Nov. 28-29       Nebraska Omaha
Dec. 12-13         at Denver
Jan. 9-10          Minnesota Duluth
Jan. 23-24        Colorado College
Jan. 30-31         at Nebraska Omaha
Feb. 13-14       Denver
Feb. 20-21         at Western Michigan
Feb. 27-28       St. Cloud State
March 6-7          at Miami
March 13-15       NCHC Quarterfinals (Best-of-3)
March 20-21       NCHC Frozen Faceoff (Minneapolis)

Home games in bold

Summit League Baseball Championship Tickets On Sale Beginning Friday, April 18




 SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota State University Athletics, in conjunction with the Sioux Falls Sports Authority and the Sioux Falls Canaries, will host the 2014 Summit League Baseball Championship presented by First PREMIER Bank / PREMIER Bankcard on May 22-24 at Sioux Falls Stadium. South Dakota State University Athletics and the Sioux Falls Sports Authority will also host the 2014 Summit League Baseball Championship Postseason Banquet presented by First PREMIER Bank / PREMIER Bankcard on May 21 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.
 
Tickets for the tournament and the banquet will go on sale to the general public Friday, April 18 at
10 a.m. CST. Tickets can be purchased at the Sioux Falls Sports Authority office located at 200 N. Phillips, Suite 304, at the Sioux Falls Canaries box office located at 1001 N. West Ave., by phone at 605-373-2041, and online at Eventbrite.com, keyword search "Summit League baseball."
 
The four-team, double-elimination tournament is scheduled to be played May 22-24. The tournament format consists of two opening-round games on May 22, three games on May 23, and up to two games to decide the tournament champion on May 24. The winner of the tournament will receive the Summit League's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, which begins on May 30.
 
Tickets on Sale:
• Friday, April 18 at 10 a.m. CST
 
Where to Buy:
• Eventbrite.com, keyword search "Summit League baseball"
• By phone: 605-373-2041 or 605-373-2033
• Sioux Falls Sports Authority Office – 200 N. Phillips Ave. Suite 304
• Sioux Falls Stadium – 1001 N. West Ave.
 
Ticket Prices:
• All-session – Premium Seat Location - $45 / $40 online
• Single Session – Premium Seat Location - $10 / $8 online
• Single Session – GA Seating – Adult - $7 / $5 online
• Single Session – GA Seating – Youth - $5 / $3 online
• Postseason Banquet - $25
 
Those who purchase Summit League Baseball Championship tickets online will have the opportunity to purchase all-session passes to the 2015 Summit League Basketball Championships to be held at the Denny Sanford Premier Center before they go on sale to the general public. Date of general sale is to be determined. To qualify for this offer, tickets must be purchased online before May 21. Youth tickets are excluded from this offer. Those eligible will receive an online code at a future date providing access to Summit League Basketball Championship tickets 24 hours before the general sale.

UMC Baseball Signings



CROOKSTON, Minn.- The University of Minnesota Crookston baseball team announced the addition of Brayden Larson (P/C, 6-0 195, Middle River, Minn./Greenbush/Middle River H.S.) to a National Letter of Intent. Larson is the second player to join the UMC baseball program during the Late Signing Period along with another local product Cody Magsam (IF, Crookston, Minn./Fisher Public School).

“We are excited that Brayden Larson has decided to attend the
University of Minnesota Crookston and play baseball for us,” said Head Coach Chris Vito. “Like Cody Magsam, Brayden is an area kid that we are excited to add to our program. We feel that he will bring passion and a strong work ethic to the program and are looking forward to having him as a Golden Eagle.”

Larson was a 2012 and 2013 Northwest Diamond All-Conference pick, as well as a 2013 Great North All-Conference selection. He was named the Most Improved Player by his team in 2011 and earned the Gator Award in 2012. Brayden was named the team’s top infielder in 2013. He was an Honor Roll and “Spotlight on Scholarship” student throughout his high school career. Brayden also played football and basketball throughout high school.

He is the son of John and Dawn Marie Larson. Brayden plans to major in agronomy at
UMC. He was born Feb. 22, 1996.

The Golden Eagles are looking to replace a large senior class which includes eight players. They are currently slated to have 12 players return to the team for the 2015 season.

All signees are contingent upon admission to
UMC and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center. Everyone released today has signed their National Letter of Intent prior to the release of information.

UMC Women’s Basketball Signings


CROOKSTON, Minn.- The University of Minnesota Crookston women’s basketball team announced the addition of Emily Gruber (6-0, F-C, Monticello, Minn./Monticello H.S.) to a National Letter of Intent Wednesday. Gruber is the first signee of the Late Signing Period, joining the four players who signed during the Early Signing Period.

“We are excited to add Emily to the
UMC women’s basketball program,” said UMC Head Coach Mike Roysland. “We love Emily’s length and her ability to run the floor. She also possesses the ability to finish with both hands, which is something we love. Emily is the type of player that plays taller than she is. As time went on in her high school career, she is a player that really came into her own. We really believe that her best days are in front of her and are excited to see her grow into the player we think she can be.”

Emily played her senior year at Monticello H.S. after transferring  in from Big Lake H.S. She led team to the Minnesota Class AAA State Tournament quarterfinals, where they lost to Washburn H.S. Emily went toe-to-toe with Metro Player of the Year Chase Coley, a
University of Iowa recruit, in the quarterfinals. She had 24 points and eight boards against Washburn H.S. Emily scored 1,000 points in her career at Monticello H.S. and Big Lake H.S. She played varsity for three seasons. Emily averaged 13.4 points per game during the regular season for the Magic. She is the daughter of Dave and Terri.

Emily joins the four players who signed with
UMC in the Early Signing Period which included; Dawn Leland (6-1, G-F. Merrill, Wis./Merrill H.S.), Micaela Noga (G, 5-7, Parkers Prairie, Minn./Parkers Prairie H.S.), Isieoma Odor (F, 6-0, Bloomington, Minn./John F. Kennedy H.S.) and Gabby Smith (5-10, G-F, Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson H.S.).

The signees join eight returnees from the 2013-14 squad led by 2013-14 All-NSIC Second Team pick Katrina Moenkedick (Jr., F,
Perham, Minn./Early Childhood Education). The Golden Eagles will also have seniors Ebony Livingston (G-F. Minneapolis, Minn./Sports and Rec Management), Kenzie Church (F, Fairmount, N.D./Management) and Ashley Martell (G, Somerset, Wis./Health Science) returning to the fray. Second-leading scorer Alexa Thielman (Jr., G, Buffalo, Minn./Health Science) also returns for UMC along with Christine Thorn (Jr., G, St. Michael, Minn./Elementary Education), Megan Taylor (So., C, Estelline, S.D./Animal Science) and Erika McRoberts (Jr., F-C, Byron, Minn./Health Science).

All signees are contingent upon admission to
UMC and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center. Everyone released today has signed their National Letter of Intent prior to the release of information.





UMC Women's Basketball Adds Junior College Guard Loughlin to Signing Class

CROOKSTON, Minn.- The University of Minnesota Crookston women’s basketball team announced the addition of Maria Loughlin (G, 5-7, Rogers, Minn./Anoka-Ramsey Community College) to a National Letter of Intent. Loughlin is the second signee of the Late Signing Period for the Golden Eagles joining Emily Gruber (5-11, F-C, Monticello, Minn./Monticello H.S.).

The pair rounds out UMC’s signees bringing the total to six new players who are coming in for the Golden Eagles. Loughlin is the only junior college recruit coming in, while the other five are coming straight from high school. Gruber and Loughlin join Dawn Leland (6-1, G-F. Merrill, Wis./Merrill H.S.), Micaela Noga (G, 5-7, Parkers Prairie, Minn./Parkers Prairie H.S.), Isieoma Odor (F, 6-0, Bloomington, Minn./John F. Kennedy H.S.) and Gabby Smith (5-10, G-F, Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson H.S.).

“We are excited to add Maria Loughlin to the UMC women’s basketball program,” said Head Coach Mike Roysland. “She is a lefty who is great off the bounce. In addition, Maria is a tremendous defender. She is the type of player that brings great energy to the team. She also has great court vision. We are also very excited to add someone with her experience, having played two years at the junior college level at Anoka-Ramsey Community College.”

Loughlin averaged 16.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game at Anoka-Ramsey Community College as a sophomore. She shot 74.5 percent from the charity stripe. Loughlin notched season-high 28 points against University of Wisconsin-Stout in January. She had 20 points or more on 10 occasions. Loughlin tallied 27 points against Vermillion C.C. She notched 25 versus North Dakota State College of Science. She was selected to the All-Tournament team at the NJCAA National Tournament. While at Anoka-Ramsey, she was a two-time All-State First Team. She was an All-Region selection at Anoka-Ramsey. Loughlin scored over 900 points during her time in junior college and shot 35 percent on three-pointers. She was named the Athlete of the Year at Anoka-Ramsey Community College in 2014.

Before Anoka-Ramsey, Loughlin played at Rogers H.S. She led her team to a Section Championship victory during her senior season. Loughlin had a career-high 22 points in the Section 5AAA title game over Monticello H.S., including three 3-pointers and seven boards. She led Rogers H.S. to the State Tournament in 2008 and 2011. Loughlin is a three-time All-Mississippi 8 Conference pick. She holds the school record for three-pointers made per game.

She is the daughter of Steve and Terry Loughlin. Loughlin plans to major in health science at UMC. She was born July 6, 1992. Her brother Cullen Loughlin plays basketball at Anoka-Ramsey C.C. Loughlin’s cousin Kaila Urick ran track at the University of Minnesota. Her cousin Paige Baldwin played hockey at the University of St. Thomas, while her cousin Sydney Baldwin played hockey at the University of Minnesota. Her sister Camille Laughlin (24) is a University of Wisconsin-Stout graduate.

The signees join eight returnees from the 2013-14 squad led by 2013-14 All-NSIC Second Team pick Katrina Moenkedick (Jr., F, Perham, Minn./Early Childhood Education). The Golden Eagles will also have seniors Ebony Livingston (G-F. Minneapolis, Minn./Sports and Rec Management), Kenzie Church (F, Fairmount, N.D./Management) and Ashley Martell (G, Somerset, Wis./Health Science) returning to the fray. Second-leading scorer Alexa Thielman (Jr., G, Buffalo, Minn./Health Science) also returns for UMC along with Christine Thorn (Jr., G, St. Michael, Minn./Elementary Education), Megan Taylor (So., C, Estelline, S.D./Animal Science) and Erika McRoberts (Jr., F-C, Byron, Minn./Health Science).

All signees are contingent upon admission to UMC and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center. Everyone released today has signed their National Letter of Intent prior to the release of information.
 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Tippett to lead Team Canada at 2014 IIHF World Championship

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Hockey Canada announced today that former University of North Dakota standout and current Phoenix Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett will serve as head coach for Team Canada at the upcoming 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championship.

Tippett recently completed his fifth season as head coach in Phoenix, where he has led the club to three Stanley Cup playoff appearances and a pair of 40-win seasons. Tippett, the franchise leader in career coaching victories, won the Jack Adams Trophy as NHL Coach of the Year in 2009-10. He is 193-126-57 with Phoenix and is 464-282-122 in an 11-year NHL coaching career that also includes a six-year stint as Dallas head coach from 2002-03 to 2008-09.

His ties to Hockey Canada run deep as both a player and coach. He twice served as associate head coach at the World Championships, winning a silver medal in 2009. As a player, Tippett spent two full seasons (1983-84 and 1991-92) with the Canadian National Team as a player and was also a two-time Olympian, captaining the 1984 team and winning silver with the 1992 squad.

Tippett spent the 1981-82 and 1982-83 seasons at North Dakota, leading the Fighting Sioux to a national championship as a freshman. He scored 28 goals and added 59 assists for 87 points in 79 collegiate games and was an All-Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Second Team selection as a sophomore.

After leaving UND, Tippett went on to enjoy an 11-year NHL playing career that included stops in Hartford, Washington, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. He finished his NHL career with 262 points (93 goals, 169 assists) in 721 games.

The 2014 IIHF World Championship takes place May 9-25 in Minsk, Belarus. For more information on Canada’s National Men’s Team and the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, visit www.hockeycanada.ca.

Lynx Trade Guard Sugar Rodgers to New York Liberty

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Lynx today announced the team has executed a sign-and-trade deal with New York, sending guard Sugar Rodgers to the Liberty in exchange for the right to swap third-round picks in the 2015 WNBA draft.

Rodgers, a 5-9 guard, was originally selected by the Lynx in the second round (14th overall) of the 2013 WNBA Draft. She appeared in 28 games during her rookie season, averaging 1.9 points and 1.4 rebounds while logging 7.6 minutes per game. Rodgers shot 31.7% from the floor and 31.3% from three-point range.

The 2013 WNBA Champion Lynx will kick off their 16th season in the WNBA on the road at Washington on Friday, May 16 at 7 p.m. The 2014 home opener will be on Sunday, May 18 vs. Connecticut at 4 p.m., which will feature a historic ring ceremony and championship banner raising for the 2013 WNBA Champions. Full-season and half-season memberships are available by visiting www.lynxbasketball.com or by calling 612-673-8400.

Minnesota Lynx Sign Guard Tan White

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Lynx today announced the team has signed free agent guard Tan White. Per team policy, terms of the agreements were not disclosed.

White, a 5-7 guard, averaged 9.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists last season with the Connecticut Sun. She appeared in 22 games during the 2013 campaign and ranked third on the team in steals (34) and fourth in three-pointers made (15).

“We are excited to welcome Tan to the Minnesota Lynx organization,” said Lynx Executive Vice President Roger Griffith. “Tan is a veteran of this league and will add depth and leadership to our backcourt.”

A nine-year veteran out of Mississippi State, White was originally drafted by the Indiana Fever in the first round (2nd pick overall) of the 2005 WNBA Draft. She spent the first four years of her career with the Fever, averaging a career-best 10.8 points per game in 2007, and collecting career-highs with 101 rebounds and 80 assists during the 2008 season. White spent the last five seasons with the Sun, appearing in 151 games. In her career, White has averaged 8.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game.

The 2013 WNBA Champion Lynx will kick off their 16th season in the WNBA on the road at Washington on Friday, May 16 at 7 p.m. The 2014 home opener will be on Sunday, May 18 vs. Connecticut at 4 p.m., which will feature a historic ring ceremony and championship banner raising for the 2013 WNBA Champions. Full-season and half-season memberships are available by visiting www.lynxbasketball.com or by calling 612-673-8400.

UND Goalie Gothberg gloves NCHC monthly honors

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – University of North Dakota sophomore goaltender Zane Gothberg has been named National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Player of the Month for March/April, the conference announced on Wednesday afternoon.

Gothberg backstopped North Dakota to a NCAA Midwest Regional championship and a Frozen Four appearance, leading the nation in appearances (11), starts (11), minutes played (681:17) and saves (284) during March and April while tying for the national lead with a pair of shutouts. The Thief River Falls, Minn., native recorded a 1.76 goals against average and .934 save percentage during that stretch and finished second nationally with an NCHC-leading six victories.

Gothberg allowed two goals or fewer in 10 of his 11 March and April starts and boasted a 1.48 GAA and .948 SV% in his three NCAA tournament starts. He made a career-high 44 saves in UND’s 2-1 double-overtime win over Ferris State in the regional championship game and stopped 66 of 69 shots in his two regional appearances.

A sixth-round draft pick of the Boston Bruins in 2010, Gothberg finished his sophomore season with a 20-10-3 record, led the NCHC with a 1.99 goals against average and ranked second with a .926 save percentage, the highest in UND history. He earned Academic All-NCHC honors and was a finalist for NCHC Goaltender of the Year.

Nebraska Omaha forward Jake Guentzel was named NCHC Rookie of the Month.

NDSU National Championship Fan Collection Now On Sale

FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota State University and Jostens have partnered to let fans claim their piece of history with a product line commemorating NDSU’s third straight NCAA Division I football championship.
 
The NDSU championship collection includes customizable fan rings and a replica of the 2013 championship ring that will be presented to the Bison football team at 1:15 p.m. prior to the April 26 spring game.
 
“In addition to creating the national championship ring, Jostens also collaborated with the team to create a custom selection of personalized jewelry and keepsake items all inspired by the team ring. The collection offers every Bison fan the chance to own a piece of history,” said Chris Poitras, Vice President, College & College Sports, Jostens.
 
Designed with input from NDSU’s six captains, the 2013 team ring features images of three NCAA trophies and the Bison logo on the top, recognizes the Missouri Valley Football Conference championship on one side, and “Back to Back to Back” national titles under an image of the Fargodome on the other side.  The inside of the ring band lists all 11 national championship seasons.
 
“Jostens designers worked closely with the team to create a one-of-a-kind championship ring that captures this special moment for players and coaching staff that forever will tell the story of their incredible season,” Poitras said.
 
The NDSU championship collection is available online and will be on sale in the Fargodome lobby April 26 at the annual Green and Gold spring game.  Doors open at 11:30 a.m. with kickoff set for 1:30 p.m.