Softball Summer Blog #8: Hannah Granger

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Hello folks! This summer has been quite a whirlwind of hard work and good times. I started out the summer at home in Wheaton, Ill. for a couple of weeks where I got to spend some nice quality time with my family, friends, and my dog, Sugar.


It was nice to be home and relax for a bit before I returned back to campus to start my summer classes. I took a Spanish course to fulfill a minor requirement and a course about technology in the elementary classroom for my major, Elementary Education. When I wasn't in class, I was putting in work in the weight room with our strength coach, Sara Wiley, to get ready for the season.

I also spent some time hitting with Erica Meyer in the mornings and volunteering when I could. The rest of my days were filled with some fun projects including: creating fun, new wall art for my room, organizing my ever-growing closet, and catching up on television shows I was too busy to watch during the school year. On nice days, I am fortunate enough to go to the Meyer's house and spend some time on the lake with Erica and some other teammates.

Other than the normal schedule, I had three really special days this summer. The first was tubing down the Apple River with some of my teammates. It was a beautiful day and we just got to lay in some inner tubes and float along the Apple River for three hours just relaxing and talking. When we were done, we headed into Stillwater for a nice dinner and some more fun.

The second was my trip home in the beginning of August for Lollapalooza, a music festival in Chicago. Everyone on the team knows that I am a HUGE music fan, and going to concerts is what makes me happiest. So, going to Lollapalooza is a real treat. This year, my whole family went and it was really special to get to share our love of music and concerts with each other for three days in Chicago.

My third favorite day of summer would have to be actually a couple of days this past week. The seniors on campus got to help the freshmen move into their dorms and get settled. It is really great to see them excited to get started and be a part of the Gopher Softball program. We are really fortunate to be adding six more girls and their families to the Gopher Softball family. These freshmen are extremely talented and great to be around. It is going to be really fun to see their impact this year and in the years to come after my senior class leaves the program.

I am looking forward to starting this fall season; hope to see you all at some games!

Previous Blogs:
Softball Summer Blog #1: Erica Meyer
Softball Summer Blog #2: Erika Smyth
Softball Summer Blog #3: Madie Eckstrom

Parenteau Joins Orlando Solar Bears

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MINNEAPOLIS (GopherSports.com) - Gopher Hockey alum Jake Parenteau has agreed to terms with the Orlando Solar Bears of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL), adding to the list of former Gophers on the organization's roster entering 2014-15. 

A native of Franconia, Minn., Parenteau played in 113 career games for the Maroon & Gold and totaled 22 points (four goals, 18 assists) as a member of the team's defensive corps. Parenteau and the senior class took Minnesota to a pair of Frozen Four appearances in 2012 and 2014 including reaching the national championship game last season. The senior class also guided the Gophers to three-straight regular-season conference championships for the first time in program history (2012-14). The defenseman closed out his academic career by earning Academic All-Big Ten honors and the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award in 2014. He was also honored with Minnesota's Donald M. Clark Community Service Award during his final year with the program. 

Orlando now boasts three Gopher Hockey alums on roster with Parenteau joining goaltender Kent Patterson and forward Jacob Cepis. 

-Pride On Ice-

What They're Saying - Aug. 29

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Everything you need to know for tonight's game (GopherSports)
Gophers looking for big plays (Star Tribune)
Minnesota making progress (Pioneer Press)
Predictions from Joe C (Star Tribune) and Marcus (Pioneer Press)
These Gophers play defense (Star Tribune)
Setting high goals (FSN.com)
Breaking down the Gophers' schedule (1500ESPN.com)

What They're Saying - Aug. 26

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Buy Tickets! (MyGopherSports)
Come have lunch with Coach Kill today (GopherSports)
Back to the box for Coach Claeys (Pioneer Press)
Some stuff you didn't know - but should - here (GopherSports)
All the audio you want to listen to (Audioboo)
What will make this year a success? (1500ESPN)
Minnesota is finally a one quarterback team (Star Tribune)
Eastern Illinois has Gophers attention (Pioneer Press)
Epping sees good things for the offensive line (Star Tribune)
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Gophers at the Minnesota State Fair

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Join Gopher Hockey at the 2014 Minnesota State Fair on Wednesday as head coach Don Lucia and members of the Maroon & Gold hit up the "Great Minnesota Get-Together" before the start of the 2014-15 season. 

Coach Lucia and Minnesota Wild head coach Mike Yeo kick off the day with a Hockey Roundtable at the 1500 ESPN booth (Chambers St. & Carnes Ave.) at noon as part of the Mackey and Judd morning show before Lucia joins WCCO News at Noon at 12:20 (Nelson St. & Carnes Ave.). 

Kyle Rau, Seth Ambroz and Ben Marshall will then join Lucia at the University of Minnesota Stage on Dan Patch Ave. (between Underwood St. & Cooper St.) for a Q&A session starting at 1 p.m. Fans are invited to get autographs and take pictures with the Big Ten regular-season championship trophy and the North Star College Cup before and after the Q&A session. 

Join the Gophers at the MN State Fair

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Head coach Marlene Stollings and members of the University of Minnesota women's basketball team will join the throngs headed for the "Great Minnesota Get Together" Wednesday, as the squad is scheduled to make its annual appearance at the Minnesota State Fair on the U of M Building stage at 4 p.m. The Gophers will preview the 2014-15 season and participate in a question and answer session. 

The U of M Building is located on Dan Patch Ave., and also houses videos and photos from the 2013-14 athletic season, as well as Golden Gopher merchandise. 

Full Minnesota Women's Basketball State Fair Schedule
12:30 p.m. - Coach Marlene and Rachel Banham on 1500 ESPN with Mackey and Judd
3:15 p.m. - Coach Marlene and Rachel Banham on 105 The Ticket with Mike Morris and Bob Sansevere
4 p.m. - Coach Marlene and Gophers on stage at the UofM Building
4:45 p.m. - Coach Marlene and Gophers live on WCCO-TV
5:15 p.m. - Coach Marlene and Rachel Banham on 1500 ESPN with Patrick Reusse

U22 Series Game 3: USA Wins, Sweeps Canada

The U.S. Women's Under-22 Select Team earned a three-game sweep over Canada in the 2014 Under-22 Series with a 3-2 shootout victory in game three on Sunday. The U.S. rallied to tie the game at 2-2, scoring two goals in the final two minutes of regulation to force overtime.

With Canada leading 2-0 late in the game, Hannah Brandt redirected a shot by Lee Stecklein on the power play to cut Canada's lead to one. Alex Carpenter then scored the game-tying goal for the U.S. just 29 seconds later. Neither team scored in overtime to send the game to a shootout. Carpenter also scored twice in the shootout to help secure the U.S. victory.

The U.S. won 2-1 and 6-0 in the first two games of the series. Fellow Gophers Milica McMillen and Dani Cameranesi (2G) joined Brandt (1G-3A) and Stecklein (1A) in representing the Maroon and Gold on the U.S. squad. The Gopher quartet combined for seven points in the series, led by Brandt's four points.

Catch up on highlights and tweets from game three of the series.

What They're Saying - Aug. 24

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Five Things You Need to Know (GopherSports)
Looking to build on last season's success (Star Tribune)
Team believes in Leidner (Pioneer Press)
Auction ends today...great items at 50 percent of retail (GopherSports)
Healthy Maye could be offensive weapon (Star Tribune)
#BrickByBrick (GopherSports)
Gophers will play some freshmen (Sid)
Come to a game (MyGopherSports)
Chris Streveler news (Star Tribune and Pioneer Press)
Gophers looking to be more versatile on offense (FSN)

U22 Series Game 2: USA Wins 6-0

The U.S. Women's Under-22 Select Team picked up its second-straight win over Canada in the teams' annual under-22 series, skating to a 6-0 win Friday afternoon. The U.S. scored four goals in the first period and rolled past Canada to take a 2-0 lead in the three-game series.

The line of Dani Cameranesi (2G), Hannah Brandt (3A) and Haley Skarupa (1G-2A) led the U.S. with eight points. Cameranesi's two-goal effort included scoring the game winner just over four minutes into the game. Brandt picked up two assists in the first period before she and Skarupa set up Cameranesi's second goal of the game at 1:54 of the second period.

Fellow Gopher Lee Stecklein was also in the U.S. lineup for game two while Milica McMillen was a scratch at the blue line after playing in game one.

The U.S./Canada series concludes at 11 a.m. CT Sunday at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta.

Check out highlights and tweets from game two of the U-22 series.

Softball Summer Blog #7: Kaitlyn Richardson

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Hello Gopher fans! I have had a fantastic summer. It has been full of family, fun, and coaching.


I left for Arizona a week after our season was over. When I got home I received many congratulations from family and friends who followed our season closely. It was amazing to see all of the support we received throughout this memorable season.  

I was lucky enough to coach for the team I played for when I was in high school. It was a special team and we had 12 seniors that are going to play at major universities this fall. Six of them are going to Big Ten schools and I even got to coach Danielle Parlich, who will be an incoming freshman this fall for us.

Although we traveled to many different cities, I only ventured to Colorado and California with the team. We did well in both tournaments and placed in the top 25 at nationals. It was interesting learning the game through a coach's standpoint.

Even though I was kept busy between practices and tournaments I was able to spend time with my family and do some traveling of my own! Within two weeks of being home, I took off to San Francisco. It was amazing! We went to a Giants game, Six Flags, Union Square, The Cliff House, Fisherman's Wharf, and Pier 39. Thanks to Tyler Walker, we knew all the good spots to go!

After I got back I really took advantage of being home with my family. One of my favorite memories was when my nephew jumped into the pool for the first time by himself! My family is a riot and anytime we are together it is sure to be fun.

Although I had an absolute blast at home, I was excited to return to campus in early August. As soon as I got back I was able to work out, volunteer, and just enjoy being around my team. There is nothing like getting back into the weight room with everyone. We are excited for the upcoming season and to get to know our new teammates September 2nd is right around the corner and we cannot wait to hit the ground running.

Thank you for reading my blog; I can't wait to see you all this season!

Previous Blogs:
Softball Summer Blog #1: Erica Meyer
Softball Summer Blog #2: Erika Smyth
Softball Summer Blog #3: Madie Eckstrom