Summer Roundup: Aug. 11

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Major Leagues

*Glen Perkins made three appearances last week and earned one save for the Twins.
*Jack Hannahan played in two games for the Reds last week.

Minor Leagues  
*Mike Kvasnicka (Double-A New Britain) had a 3-for-4 game with a run, two doubles and two RBIs on Saturday. Nate Hanson, back with the Rock Cats, hit a pair of doubles last week. Kyle Knudson went 2-for-3 on Sunday.
*Seth Rosin (Reading Fightin Phils, Double-A) made three scoreless appearances in relief last week. He has a 2.70 ERA in his last 10 games.
*Tom Windle (Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga Quakes) made two starts last week, pitching five shutout innings in the first one. His season ERA is 4.34.
*DJ Snelten is now pitching for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Class A Short Season).
*Alec Crawford (Rookie Grand Junction Rockies) pitched three times last week and has a 1.42 ERA in 18 games.

Northwoods League
*Dalton Sawyer (St. Cloud Rox) closed out the first game of the Big League Dreams Showcase for the North last Tuesday.
*Jordan Smith went 3-for-4 with a double last Wednesday for the Rochester Honkers.
*Michael Handel (Madison Mallards) walked nine times during the week.

Other
*Lance Thonvold finished the season with five saves for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks (Cape Cod League).
*Jeff Fasching's Legion team made it to the Minnesota State Legion Tournament championship last Monday after defeating Luke Pettersen's team earlier in the day. Fasching received the Fred Wannamaker Award as the tournament's most outstanding player.
*A good time was had by all at the Golden Era of Gopher Baseball reunion
*Pitching coach Todd Oakes helped women's basketball coach Marlene Stollings get ready to throw out the first pitch at a Twins game. 
*Registration for the Dan Morgan Open ends today. Sign up here.

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What They're Saying - Aug. 11

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Projecting a defensive depth chart (1500ESPN)
Like cool Gopher stuff? Then check this out (GopherSports)
Scrimmage photos! (GopherGridiron)
What you missed yesterday (GopherSports)
A healthy Derrick Wells could lead to more big plays (Pioneer Press)
These guys got the inside look (GopherSports)
Camp is a grind (Star Tribune)
Come to a game (MyGopherSports)
Some behind the scenes stuff (Instagram)
It's back (GopherSports)
New look to the equipment room...

Great to have Special Olympics Minnesota at the scrimmage on Saturday! Thanks for taking the time!

2014 Gopher Volleyball Season Begins

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The Golden Gopher volleyball team kicked off the 2014 campaign today, as it held the first practice of the season. Practicing for three hours this afternoon, the Gophers finished off the practice with a little six-on-six action.

Check out the photo gallery for a closer look at today's practice.


What They're Saying - Aug. 9

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Donovahn Jones checks in with his hometown paper (Henry Daily Herald)
Husker fan - and journalist - converts to the Gophers (Henry Daily Herald)
Gophers digs impressed Penn State alum and current Viking (Star Tribune)
Locker room video (GopherGridiron)
APMVP on TCF: "I know the locker room's awesome" (Pioneer Press)
A look at the secondary (GopherSports)
What you missed yesterday (GopherSports)
Five things to watch in today scrimmage (Pioneer Press)
Come see the Gophers live (MyGopherSports)
Zimmer and Cassel both impressed with TCF Bank Stadium (Pioneer Press)
Get a personalized helmet, indoor club room tickets and more at affordable prices! (GopherSports)
Why Connor Mayes is playing guard (Star Tribune)
Wolitarsky is motivated (Santa Clarita Valley Signal)
Alum Aaron Hill talked about playing in his first NFL game, which was yesterday (STLToday.com)
A look at MTSU (TheDailyGopher)
Defense giving the offense all it can handle in practice (Star Tribune)

What They're Saying - Aug. 8

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Fall camp notes from Marcus (Pioneer Press)
Joe C talks about the Gophers' practices so far (Star Tribune)
Notes from Thursday's media session (Star Tribune)
Practice 7 photos (GopherGridiron)
What you missed yesterday (GopherSports)
Bid on Goal Line Club auction items (GopherSports)
Former Gopher Brock Vereen will face his brother in the NFL this season (Chicago Football)

Kyle Rau Twitter Q&A Rewind

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In case you missed it, Gopher Hockey senior forward Kyle Rau joined us for a Twitter Q&A on Thursday afternoon in the Mariucci Arena locker room. Check out the highlights. 




Hoops Scramble Rewind

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The Minnesota Women's Basketball Hoops Scramble golf event proved once again to be a huge success in its 12th year.  The event, which is the Fast Break Club's largest annual fundraiser, attracted nearly 100 golfers to Oak Marsh Golf Course in Oakdale, Minn., and raised nearly $50,000 to benefit the Golden Gopher women's basketball team.

Auctions brought in a large portion of the funds raised, while sponsors, paid golfers and diners were the other main contributors to the total.

Silent and live auction items included dinner with head coach Marlene Stollings and her staff, a trip for two to an away game with team, an invitation for 10 to an exclusive team BBQ, dinner and date nights around the Twin Cities and official team apparel, among many additional items.

Current Minnesota women's basketball staff and team members participated in the event, mingling with golfers, sponsors, volunteers, players and staff. 

What They're Saying - Aug. 7

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A look at the QBs heading into the season (GopherSports)
Campbell paid his dues in junior college (FSN)
Win an auction, help the Gopher football team (GopherSports)
What you missed yesterday (GopherSports)
Practice pictures (GopherGridiron)
Claeys believes in the defense (Sid)
Gophers are well into fall camp (Minnesota Daily)
Buy some football tickets (MyGopherSports)
More Mitch (1500ESPN)
The men behind Mitch (Star Tribune) bring different strengths (Pioneer Press)
That's pretty fast (Pioneer Press)
Looking at the WRs (TheDailyGopher) and RBs (TheDailyGopher)
TCF Bank Stadium is ready to go (Pioneer Press)

What They're Saying - Aug. 6

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Wolitarsky is "just plain driven" (Signal Sports)
Gophers use cutting edge technology to stay on track (Pioneer Press)
Young receivers look to step up (Star Tribune)
De'Vondre Campbell gets specific when asked to list his weight (Star Tribune)
Practice 5 photo gallery (Gopher Gridiron)
Big Ten still focused on the run game (Minnesota Daily)
Tidbits from the first five days of practice (Minnesota Daily)
Going once...going twice...sold! Goal Line Club online auction is underway (GopherSports)
What you missed yesterday (GopherSports)

Sara's Summer in the Pros: Entry #4

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Sara Moulton, a senior on the Minnesota softball team in 2014, left the Gophers as one of the most decorated players in program history after helping lead to the team to its first Big Ten Tournament title in 15 years, as well as its first-ever NCAA super regional appearance. Upon completion of her collegiate career, the Eagan, Minn. native signed on to play professionally with the Chicago Bandits of the National Pro Fastpitch league. The Bandits selected Moulton with the fifth overall pick in the NPF Collegiate Draft in March. Throughout the summer, Moulton will document her first season in the professional ranks.

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Bandits at Soldier Field

A lot has happened since my last blog post, so I have decided to recap the last month or so. One month ago from today on July 1, I joined several of my teammates at the center of Soldier Field to watch the USA Soccer game on the big screen surrounded by thousands of diehard soccer fans. Even though I wouldn't consider myself to be a huge soccer fan, everyone becomes a fan during the World Cup. We had a blast watching the game and getting to stand on Soldier Field was an incredible experience.

Next came the Fourth of July! A bunch of my teammates and I went to dinner at Jenna Grim's house. Jenna is from a small town and on the Fourth of July every year, her town puts on a carnival and a fireworks show. After a delicious dinner and some intense games of corn hole, we headed to the carnival. The carnival had a live band and lots of food and rides. We ended up watching the fireworks on a baseball field which just felt fitting for us.

In mid-July we traveled to St. Louis for another "Battle of the Sexes" game. This time we took on the men's Frontier League All Stars. Even though they put their best men on the field, the boys once again came up short and only managed to get one hit against the Bandit pitching staff. The Bandits scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh on a throwing error at the plate. Victory never tasted so sweet!

After our trip to St. Louis, we traveled back to Chicago and played against the Netherlands' softball team. This was the first time I had ever pitched/played against an international team. The girls on Team Netherlands were talented and a lot of fun to play against. The Bandits ended up taking both games, and overall it was a great experience.

The day after defeating the Netherlands, we headed to Orlando, Fla. to begin a 13-day, 10-game road trip. Florida at this time during the year brought humidity, a lot of rain, and three losses to the USSSA Pride. We even got to make our first TV game appearance on CBS Sports Network. There were some familiar Minnesota teams in the crowd to watch. Even though our games didn't go the way we wanted them to, we still managed to have fun while we were there. The outlet stores, particularly Nike and Lulu Lemon, stole most of my money, but it was worth it!

After spending five sweaty days in Florida, we headed to Pennsylvania to take on the Rebellion in a six-game, six-day match up. Pennsylvania was a lot different than Florida temperature wise, but we seemed to have brought the rain from Florida with us for the first few days we were there. After several games with rain and lightning delays, we somehow managed to get all of our games in! We came out on top and clinched the series with the Rebellion with a record of 4-2.

So what's next you ask? We are heading into the home stretch! August is going to fly by. The first weekend in August we have a home series against the USSSA Pride. We played our first game against the Pride last night and got the W. The first game was important to us because it was Les Turner's ALS Foundation night and we got to wear custom Bandit jerseys, which were auctioned off during the game. 

Also this weekend, Jennie Finch will be coming to a game and throwing out the first pitch. I can't wait to meet her seeing as she has been one of my biggest softball idols since I started playing. After this weekend we only have eight games left before playoffs.

We head back to Pennsylvania next week for a four-game match up with the Rebellion and the following week we take on Akron at home. After that, it's playoff time! We will be traveling to Hoover, Ala. for a week of playoffs and hopefully a championship! After our week in Alabama, I will be heading home! It's crazy how fast the summer has gone but we still have a lot of softball left to play and some unfinished business! Go Bandits!