McCutcheon Helps Celebrate World Read Aloud Day

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As Gophers head coach Hugh McCutcheon is busy recruiting and planning spring volleyball practice, he took time out of his day to celebrate Read Across America week and World Read Aloud Day on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

McCutcheon was asked to participate in Jane Meyer's Wagner Elementary fifth grade-class (Litchfield, Minn.) and their "Wacky Wednesday." Taking part in one of Dr. Seuss' most popular books, McCutcheon read aloud Green Eggs and Ham via Skype. Following the book reading, a question and answer session was conducted with the fifth-graders. The Gopher head coach was one of nine guest readers for World Read Aloud Day within the Litchfield elementary education district.

Every year on the first Wednesday of March, World Read Aloud Day calls global attention to the importance of reading aloud. At least 793 million people worldwide remain illiterate, including two-thirds women. World Read Aloud Day is in its fourth year and over 60 countries around the globe participated in the event.

Read more about WRAD here.

Special thanks to Luke Stordahl for the video contribution.





Volleyball Announces 2014 Spring Schedule

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The University of Minnesota volleyball team has announced its spring schedule as it competes the entire month of April.

The Gophers kick off their spring schedule in a border battle with Wisconsin, Sunday, April 6 in Madison, Wis. at 2 p.m. Minnesota then travels to Cedar Falls, Iowa and competes at Northern Iowa, Saturday, April 12. The Gophers will compete against host UNI, Iowa State, Iowa, South Dakota State, North Dakota and North Dakota State. Play will get underway at 9 a.m. on four courts and admission is free.

Minnesota will then host a spring tournament on Saturday, April 26 at the Sports Pavilion and Williams Arena. Minnesota welcomes North Dakota State, South Dakota, Concordia-St. Paul, Minnesota Duluth, Northern Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota-Crookston.Times of the tournament are to be determined.

2014 Gopher Spring Volleyball Schedule
April 6: at Wisconsin (2 p.m. in Madison, Wis., UW Fieldhouse)
April 12: at Northern Iowa (begins at 9 a.m., in Cedar Falls, Iowa, UNI Wellness/Recreations Center)
April 26: Gophers Hosting NDSU, USD, CSP, UMD, UNI, UW, MN-Crookston (times TBD, Sports Pavilion/Williams Arena)

Gophers Celebrate Senior Night on Saturday

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Justin Holl, Michael Shibrowski, Tom Serratore, Jake Parenteau, Nate CondonGo Gophers!

For five Minnesota seniors,tonight's game against Penn State marks their final time taking the ice at Mariucci Arena. Among their many accolades, this year's group of graduating seniors earned a trip to the 2012 NCAA Frozen Four, won back-to-back MacNaughton Cups as WCHA regular-season champions, set a Minnesota attendance record at the 2014 Hockey City Classic at TCF Bank Stadium and helped the Gophers capture the inaugural North Star College Cup. In their four years with the program, the Gophers 92-41-17 -- a .670 winning percentage. Gopher Hockey and the University of Minnesota will honor the senior class before tonight's 6:10 p.m. CT game. 

Here's what the seniors had to say about their time with the Maroon & Gold. 

Nate Condon | #16 | Forward | Wausau, Wis. 

"Over the past four years, I have learned what a great honor it is to play for the Gophers.  Minnesota has a storied history that I am very proud to say I could be a small part of.  The time that I have been here has made me greatly appreciate the experience of college athletics, as well as recognize the efforts many have made to get me here.  The drive to succeed and unwillingness to settle for anything less than exceptional is a value given to me by my parents, Barb and Tim, and my brothers, Nick and Ryan.  Without them pushing me constantly I would not be in the situation I am today.  I would like to thank them, my teammates, my friends, and everyone else who has made my experience at the 'U' something I will never forget." 

Justin Holl | #12 | Defenseman | Tonka Bay, Minn. 

"I am honored to be a part of the Gopher Hockey tradition.  Playing in front of the best fans in college hockey at the best arena in college hockey has been an unbelievable experience that I will never forget.  I would like to thank my family; my parents, Jerry and Sue, my brother, David, and my sister, Julia, for their love and support throughout my hockey career.  I would also like to thank my teammates here at the University of Minnesota for an unforgettable four years.  Thank you all for making my time here memorable."

Jake Parenteau | #6 | Defenseman | Franconia, Minn. 

"I cannot begin to thank everyone who has helped me get to this point in my life, but I am incredibly grateful to have had so much support from so many people. Playing hockey at the University of Minnesota has been a dream come true for me, and I am so honored every time I get to put on my jersey. It has been a true privilege to play here at the 'U'. I want to thank my family - especially my parents, Tom and Shellee - and my friends for everything they have done to help me get here. I'd also like to thank all the coaches, teammates and fans who have supported me throughout my career."

Tom Serratore | #14 | Forward | Colorado Springs, Colo. 

"I am very fortunate and honored to have been given a chance to wear the 'M' at the University of Minnesota. I am also very grateful to have been surrounded by so many incredible people who have helped me reach my goal of wearing the Maroon and Gold. I would like to thank my family, friends, teammates and coaches along the way who have supported me and helped me grow both on and off the ice. I would especially like to thank my parents, Frank and Carol, for helping me live out my dream of playing college hockey. Thanks for the memories!" 

Michael Shibrowski | #1 | Goaltender | Andover, Minn. 

"As a kid, I always dreamed of being a Gopher, so to have the opportunity to put on that jersey and wear the 'M' is pretty special. I am very thankful to have had the opportunity to play for the University of Minnesota. I want to thank our staff for the opportunity and support along the way, my teammates for the memories and friendships I have created, and my family and friends for all the support. Specifically I'd like to thank my Dad, Gary, Mom, Kathy, and my brother, Aaron, who sacrificed so much to give me the opportunity to be here and for that I will always be grateful. Thank you to everyone who has helped me throughout my career. It has been a thrill to play in front of the best fans in college hockey."

Gopher Hockey Press Report: Penn State

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Catch up on all the news around Gopher Hockey before this weekend's series with Penn State gets underway. 

Minnesota Daily: Bromance on ice

Reminder, Friday's series opener is set for 8 p.m. CT on the Big Ten Network and BTN2Go.com (Matt Shepard, Ben Clymer, Mark Strobel) while Saturday's finale is slated for 6 p.m. on NBC Sports Network (Dan Kelly, Ben Clymer). Friday's radio broadcast will be on 1500 ESPN while Saturday is on MyTalk 107.1. Both games will also be on the Gopher Radio Network (Wally Shaver, Frank Mazzocco).

Gophers Hope Experience Leads to B1G Success

By Ben Gotz, Athletic Communications Student Assistant

After finishing seventh at the 2013 Big Ten Indoor Championships, the Gophers are hoping a little bit of experience goes a long way. Over half of the track and field athletes that will compete at the 2014 B1G indoor championship also competed at last year's championships, and many of them are poised to take a big leap this time around.

The Gopher women are seeded high in several of the track events, sometimes with several Gophers near the top of the list. Here are some events loaded with Gophers to keep an eye on as the B1G championship gets underway this Friday and Saturday:

Pentathlon
Four Gopher pentathletes are set to compete, including three seeded in the top 10. The highest seeded Gopher is junior Jess Herauf who ranks third with 4,008 points. Sophomore Alex Beckman is seeded seventh with 3,669 points, and she looks poised to improve upon her 14th place finish from last year.

Rounding out the Gopher contingent for this event is freshmen Audra Winter, seeded eighthth, and sophomore Amanda Beckman, seeded 17th.

1 Mile Run
The mile looks to be a strong event for the Gophers, as they have four runners seeded in the top 12. The Gophers' highest seed belongs to senior Maggie Bollig, listed fifth with a time of 4:46.49. Following Bollig is the only Gopher with Big Ten championship mile experience, sophomore Becca Dyson, who is seeded 10th with a time of 4:50.89.

The other two runners for the Gophers, freshmen Haley Johnson and senior Kaitlin Mincke, are seeded 11th and 12th, respectively.

400-Meter Dash
The 400-meter dash features two Gophers who competed in this event last year, and they both are looking to make big improvements in their finishes this year. Senior Megan Geyen finished 11th at the 2013 Big Ten Championships last year, but she has dropped almost a full second off her time and is currently seeded fifth in the event with a 54.41.

Junior Jessica Waldvogel is seeded 15th in the event after finishing 18th last year with a time of 56.66. Freshmen Titania Markland is the final Gopher competing in the event, seeded 13th with a time of 55.77.

600-Meter Dash
Senior Alena Brooks is the lone Gopher competing in this event, but she is currently the favorite to win the event with a seed time of 1:28.57. Brooks finished fourth at the Big Ten Championships last year, but this year she is looking to be the first one across the finish line.

3,000-Meter Run
The Gophers have four runners seeded in the top 12 in the 3,000-meter run, including three returning competitors from last year. Junior Molly Kayfes and senior Laura Docherty look to repeat top-10 finishes from last year. Kayfes is seeded sixth with a time of 9:31.75 while Docherty is seeded 10th at 9:35.41.

Sophomores Becca Dyson and Kaila Urick round on the Gophers' competitors in the 3,000m. Dyson is seeded ninth with a time of 9:34.69. Meanwhile, Urick returns to the Big Ten championships much improved, as she has dropped over 20 seconds off her time from last year and is seeded 12th after finishing 27th last year.

Distance Medley Relay
Three of the Gophers' four distance medley relay team members competed in the event last year. The team of Katie Hill, Alena Brooks, Te'Shon Adderley and Maggie Bollig finished fourth last year in 11:17.94. This year, the team of Hill, junior Jessica Waldvogel, Brooks and Bollig are seeded second heading into the meet with a time of 11:12.85.

5,000-Meter Run
The Gophers will have four competitors in the 5,000-meter run, all seeded within the top 15 in Molly Kayfes (second), Liz Berkholtz (fourth), Laura Docherty (seventh) and Kelli Budd (15th). Docherty and Kayfes led the Gophers in the 5,000m at the 2013 Big Ten Championships, taking second and third, respectively.

Kayfes is the highest seeded Gopher at second (16:19.12), while Berkholtz has shown tremendous improvement in the event in dropping her time by almost 25 seconds to put her as the fourth seed at 16:31.86. Berkholtz finished 19th in the 5,000m at the Big Ten Championships last year. Docherty is seeded seventh, less than five seconds out of fourth at 16:36.49. Budd also returns to the B1G 5,000m stage after finishing 18th last year.

4x400-Meter Relay
The Gophers' 4x400-meter relay team brings back three of its competitors from last year, with a final runner entering the fold to hopefully improve upon the team's fourth place finish in 2013. The Gophers are seeded third with a time of 3:38.10, with freshmen Titania Markland joining seniors Te'Shon Adderley, Alena Brooks and Megan Geyen to complete the team.

Pole Vaut
Junior Katie Murgic and sophomore Cami Gilson are both ranked in the top 10 in the pole vault. Murgic is seeded sixth at 13-02.25 (4.02m), and Gilson is ninth at 13-01.50 (4.00m). The duo has consistently cleared the 13-foot mark this indoor season.

Shot Put
Three Gophers are seeded in the top 12 in the shot put, led by redshirt freshman Kailee Kamps in eighth at 48-10.75 (14.90m) and sophomore Becci Osterdyk in ninth at 48-07.50 (14.82m). Sophomore Lyndsey Thorpe comes in 12th at 47-01.75 (14.37m).

Weight Throw
Junior Devin Stanford returns for the Gophers in the weight throw after finishing 12th at the 2013 B1G championships. Stanford's 2014 season-best throw of 62-01.00 (18.92m) positions her as the seventh seed in this year's championship. Fellow Gophers Lyndsey Thorpe (15th), Angie Guenther (19th) and Kailee Kamps (23rd) are also set to compete.

The 2014 Big Ten Indoor Championships get underway at 9 a.m. CT Friday at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. Action continues at 9 a.m. CT Saturday.

Gophers in the News: UMD Recap, WCHA Preview

Catch up on Gopher women's hockey in the news following Minnesota's back-to-back 6-0 wins over Minnesota Duluth to close out the regular season. The Gophers host St. Cloud State in a best-of-three series for the WCHA first round this weekend.

Minnesota Daily: Minnesota finds answers during season
Feb. 27, 2014

Minnesota Daily: Brandt, Bona among top-10 finalists for Patty Kazmaier; Leveille given weekly honor
Feb. 27, 2014

Minnesota Daily: Women's hockey attendance up
Feb. 26, 2014

Minnesota Daily: Gophers end regular season with sweep
Feb. 24, 2014

Minnesota Daily: Gophers recruit wins Ms. Hockey
Feb. 23, 2014

Let's Play Hockey: Sydney Baldwin of Minnetonka named Ms. Hockey
Feb. 23, 2014

Pioneer Press: Gopher women's hockey: U ends WCHA regular season with sweep
Feb. 22, 2014

Star Tribune: Gopher women overpower UMD in regular-season finale
Feb. 22, 2014

CBS Minnesota: Gopher Women's Hockey Wins WCHA Title
Feb. 22, 2014

Minnesota Daily: Gophers seniors reflect in final season
Feb. 20, 2014

Gopher Meet the Media: Penn State

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MINNEAPOLIS (Gophersports.com) -- The No. 2 Minnesota men's hockey program met with the media on Wednesday afternoon to preview this weekend's Big Ten series with Penn State. 

For Minnesota seniors Nate Condon, Justin Holl, Jake Parenteau, Tom Serratore and Michael Shibrowski, this weekend's series  will be their final games at Mariucci Arena. Hear what they had to say about the upcoming games. 

Reminder, Friday's series opener is set for 8 p.m. CT on the Big Ten Network and BTN2Go.com (Matt Shepard, Ben Clymer, Mark Strobel) while Saturday's finale is slated for 6 p.m. on NBC Sports Network (Dan Kelly, Ben Clymer). Friday's radio broadcast will be on 1500 ESPN while Saturday is on MyTalk 107.1. Both games will also be on the Gopher Radio Network (Wally Shaver, Frank Mazzocco). 

Big Ten Totals 20 Medals at 2014 Olympics

The Big Ten Conference was well-represented at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games as 18 current and former Big Ten student-athletes, coaches and university students earned 20 Olympic medals in Sochi, Russia. The conference brought home medals in both men's and women's ice hockey, bobsled and ice dancing, including five gold, 11 silver and four bronze.

The Big Ten broke down how the 20 medals were awarded, including seven current and former Golden Gopher women's hockey players accounting for five silver medals:

Minnesota led all schools with five participants and one coach medaling, while participants from Michigan and Wisconsin took home five medals each. In addition, Illinois, Michigan State, Nebraska and Ohio State saw their Olympic competitors bring home medals.

The Big Ten was well represented in the women's ice hockey final, as the United States challenged Canada in the gold-medal game. The Canadians came out on top, 3-2, in an overtime contest for the gold behind the play of former Ohio State forward Natalie Spooner and former Wisconsin defenseman Meaghan Mikkelson. Fellow Badgers Brianna Decker, Meghan Duggan, Hilary Knight and Jessie Vetter and former Gophers Megan Bozek, Gigi Marvin and Anne Schleper took home the silver skating for the United States. Current student-athletes Amanda Kessel and Lee Stecklein and assistant coach Robb Stauber, all from Minnesota, also earned silver as members of Team USA.

On the men's side, two Big Ten representatives took part in the final, with Canada defeating Sweden, 3-0. Former Michigan State student-athlete Duncan Keith helped Team Canada to the gold medal, while former Michigan standout Carl Hagelin took home the silver skating for Sweden.

In ice dancing, Meryl Davis and Charlie White added four medals to the Wolverines' lot. The pair became the first American ice dancing duo to capture Olympic gold. They also helped Team USA to a bronze medal in the inaugural team figure skating competition.

Former Illinois track and field athlete Aja Evans and Nebraska football player Curtis Tomasevicz each earned bronze medals in bobsled. Evans placed third in the USA-2 sled, helping Team USA to two medals in women's bobsledding for the first time. Tomasevicz was part of the USA-1 team that snagged the bronze medal in four-man bobsled with a time of 3:40.99, beating Russia-2 by 0.03 seconds.

Big Ten student-athletes and coaches have been a part of the Olympic experience on more than 1,370 occasions, including many taking multiple trips to the international event. That list of conference standouts has accumulated at least 480 medals, including 248 gold.

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Big Ten Conference: Big Ten Totals 20 Medals at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi

2014 McCutcheon Camp Registration Open

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McCutcheon Camp and Registration Information

Hugh McCutcheon is holding his annual volleyball camps, July 7-19, held at the University of Minnesota Fieldhouse. Both overnight and day camps are available throughout the camp sessions.

A variety of eight camps will be held, starting with the All Positions College Prep Camp, July 7-10. New to this year is the Boys All Skills Camp, also July 7-10. Events continue the next week with setting, attack and libero camps (July 11-13), followed by two all skills camps (July 13-15 and 15-17). Also new to this year's McCutcheon Volleyball Camps is a kindergarten through eighth grade Volley School (July 14-15 and July 16-17). The last camp scheduled July 18 and July 19, is geared towards Varsity and Junior Varsity athletes as they prepare for their high school training competition season.

Last year, a total of 350 campers visited campus and were split up into different locations. The University of Minnesota Field House will be this year's sole site for McCutcheon Volleyball Camps. With up to 14 sport courts and net systems, the Field House will accommodate all campers in one location. Overnight campers in our College Prep Camp and our Team Camps will stay in Territorial Residence Hall on the Super Block in the hear t of the U of M campus.

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Unlimited Through Social Media

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Gopher Athletics assisted the Unlimited Dance Marathon to raise $83,746.59 in monetary and gift in kind donations, all of which goes towards Amplatz Children's Hospital. The University of Minnesota went from raising $13,800 in 2012 and 2013 combined to raising $83,746.59 this year. Gopher student-athletes, the Greek community and the general student body came out to support Amplatz and Unlimited, Feb. 22-23 at Mariucci Arena. Here's a look at what was being said on social media.