MAGIC Blog: Gophers Weekly Update (7/28/14)

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Summer Roundup: July 28

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Major Leagues
*Glen Perkins has picked up three saves since our last update, bringing his season total to 25.
*Paul Molitor has continued to coach first base for the Twins while usual first base coach Scott Ullger fills in for the injured Joe Vavra. Molitor took some time off from that duty this weekend to attend the Baseball Hall of Fame induction.
*The Reds activated Jack Hannahan, who had been on the DL all season, and he started at first base on Sunday.

Minor Leagues
*Nate Hanson's seven-game hitting streak ended Sunday. He hit 10-for-27 during that stretch for the Rochester Red Wings (Triple-A).
*Mike Kvasnicka (Double-A New Britain) had two 2-for-4 games last week, playing all seven days.
*Seth Rosin (Reading Fightin Phils, Double-A) pitched three one-inning outings, two of them scoreless, last week.
*Drew Ghelfi made a scoreless relief appearance for the Helena Brewers (Rookie).
*Alec Crawford (Rookie Grand Junction Rockies) lowered his ERA to 1.35 with two scoreless innings. Crawford has five saves.

Cape Cod League
*Lance Thonvold pitched twice last week and earned one save, his fifth.

Northwoods League
*Jordan Smith had a pair of two-hit games for Rochester this past week.
*Dan Motl went 2-for-5, 3-for-5 and 2-for-5 with three runs, two RBIs, a home run and a double during a three-game stretch.

Other
*All of Golden Gopher Athletics will miss Bob McNamara, who passed away last week. After his days as a football star, he remained involved in the athletic department for the rest of his life. Bob was a great friend to all Gophers, and he was part of the Siebert Field campaign.
*Alex Boxwell led his Coon Rapids Legion team with a .496 batting average (66-for-133) and 48 RBIs. The incoming freshman blasted eight home runs, eight triples and 17 doubles, and added seven stolen bases.
*Jeff Fasching (St. Cloud Chutes Legion) and Toby Hanson (Delano Legion) are also headed to the state tournament. Fasching has contributed both on the mound and at the plate this summer.
*As of Sunday afternoon, Luke Pettersen (Excelsior Legion) was hitting .409 with just nine strikeouts in 189 at bats. He will play in the Minnesota Legion State Tournament.
*As of July 23, Reggie Meyer (Totino-Grace Legion) had a 6-3 record and 1.55 ERA, leading the team with 70 strikeouts in 67 2/3 innings pitched.
*Recent graduate Kevin Kray is now coaching Legion ball. He is sporting No. 14 just like his college coach.
*Tony Skjefte is batted .404 for the Minneapolis Lakers during the regular season.
*Former Gophers outfielder Logan Gerken was on a SABR panel at the All-Star FanFest.
*Click the links for more information about the Siebert Field Fall Camp and the Dan Morgan Golf Open (Aug. 18).

Summer Roundup Archives
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Softball Summer Blog #4: Paige Palkovich

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Hi Gopher Fans!

After winning the Big Ten Championship, hosting and winning the Minneapolis NCAA Regional, and competing with Oregon in the Eugene Super Regional, my summer season had already kicked off on the right foot. As August is right around the corner, it's safe to say that two thirds of this summer has come and gone faster than I expected, and has been even more fun than I had hoped. 

Although I have thoroughly enjoyed the free time spent with my family and friends, I am still experiencing withdrawals every day from season and the great memories made with my teammates. I cannot wait for all of the out-of-staters to return so we can be one big happy family again!

My summer began with a trip to Michigan to visit my wonderful mother and her side of the family. I went sailing on Lake Michigan with her and some family friends and was very, very appreciative for some much needed mother-daughter bonding time. 

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Once I returned to Minny, I went on a Twins game "binge" and attended four different games over the span of seven days. As many know, Target Field is the second greatest place on the face of the earth (the first will be mentioned later on) and therefore, I was a very happy camper despite witnessing three losses and rejecting my hypothesis that I am, indeed, a good luck charm. Aside from lifting and conditioning and practicing daily, my time on campus is spent working University camps as a Gatorade representative and working softball clinics for my coaches. 

On my days off during the week, I've enjoyed spending time with my friends and teammates, exploring and experiencing all of the wonderful things that Minnesota has to offer. We've gone rollerblading at Lake Calhoun, eaten dinner in Uptown, walked the Stone Arch Bridge, tubed down the Apple River, visited the gorgeous city of Stillwater, and many more exhilarating escapades that I am failing to recall right now. 

I have been lucky enough to spend almost every weekend this summer up at my cabin in Balsam Lake, Wis., which is THE single greatest place on Earth (in mine and Sydney's opinion). My time there is spent doing water sports, tubing, and hanging out with my family on the pontoon. This weekend, instead of my usual cabin routine, I will be visiting my mom again in Michigan and sailing for a couple days with her and my sister. 

For the remainder of the summer, you can find me either at my cabin, at WeFest showing off my beautiful singing voice at the concerts of some of my favorite country artists, or working the Fresh French Fries booth at the Minnesota State Fair. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I hope all of you are enjoying your summer as much as I am! 

GO GOPHERS!!!!!!!!!

Paige Palkovich

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

Sara's Summer in the Pros:
Entry #1

M.A.G.I.C. Weekly Update (7/21/14)

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Summer Roundup: July 21

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Major Leagues
*The big news last week was Glen Perkins' All-Star Game save. Find links to video, articles and a Twitter summary here. Perkins has made one appearance since the All-Star break, striking out two in a scoreless inning on Sunday.

Minor Leagues
*Mike Kvasnicka (Double-A New Britain Rock Cats) picked up two runs, four RBIs, a home run and a double in the last week. He is hitting .272 overall, and .329 in the month of July.
*Kyle Knudson is batting .321 in July for New Britain.
*Seth Rosin (Reading Fightin Phils, Double-A) gave up one run in four innings (two appearances) last week. He also struck out four batters.
*Drew Ghelfi made a scoreless relief appearance for the Helena Brewers (Rookie) lasts week.
*Alec Crawford (Rookie Grand Junction Rockies) did not give up an earned run until his 10th minor league appearance, which came last Friday. He has a 1.59 ERA on the season after giving up two runs. Crawford has four saves, and has struck out eight in 11 1/3 innings.

Cape Cod League
*Lance Thonvold has four saves and a 2.89 ERA for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks. He has 21 strikeouts in 18 2/3 innings. The Minnesota Daily featured Thonvold in last week's edition.

Northwoods League
*Connor Schaefbauer is batting .321 this summer with the Rochester Honkers. He went 9-for-25 (.360) last week, including a game in which he batted 3-for-5 and scored three times, and a three-RBI game the next day. Three of Schaefbauer's hits last week were doubles.
*Also for the Honkers, Jordan Smith had a 3-for-7 day at the plate with two RBIs on Saturday.
*Dalton Sawyer has a 2.41 ERA for the St. Cloud Rox. He pitched twice last week, striking out six and giving up one run in four innings.
*Dan Motl hit 7-for-21 last week for the Willmar Stingers and is at .265 on the summer.
*Jake Bergren was 5-for-13 at the plate last week and is hitting .262 for the Alexandria Blue Anchors.

Other
*The Gopher baseball program announced a new Siebert Field Fall Camp format. Interested teams can find more information about it and how to sign up here.
*Learn more about the Dan Morgan Golf Open and find the sign-up form here. The annual event raises money to support the Gopher baseball program. 

Summer Roundup Archives
July 14
July 7
June 30
June 23
June 16
June 9

Softball Summer Blog #3: Madie Eckstrom

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Hello! I hope everyone is enjoying this amazing summer just as much as I am! This summer has been quite a busy one for me. I have been lifting, running, and hitting in order to get ready for my last season as a Gopher. Otherwise, I have been taking a human evolution class and lab and have been working two jobs. 

I feel like Im constantly running around trying to keep busy. I've been hanging out with a lot of my teammates who stayed on campus for the summer and I love being in their company. During the summer months I love to spend my free time being outside at Lake Calhoun or back home in Stillwater.

I'm currently re-reading the Harry Potter series, as I do every summer. The HP series is one of my favorites and I encourage all of my teammates to read the books, though many shake me off. One of my very good friends, Adrianna Nora, who is also is a student-athlete, is someone I also like to spend a lot of my time with. Our seasons are opposite so we do not get to spend much time together in the school year. 

The various jobs I've been a part of consist of being a representative for Gatorade during Minnesota summer camps, working some summer softball clinics, and working with kids in a fun zone during large events such as USA Volleyball and the World Cup Soccer tournament. These experiences have allowed me many new connections and some very fun memories. 

I've enjoyed the summer but I am so excited to get back to softball and get down to business. With the way our last season ended, I'm beyond confident this upcoming season will be just as, if not more successful. With how hard my fellow teammates are working this summer I know know this team will be capable of anything. I am also excited to have some new faces come to Gopher Softball. I'm sure they will add some great talent to this team!

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

Sara's Summer in the Pros:
Entry #1

All-Star Game Gopher Connections

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Summer Roundup: July 14

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MLB is taking an All-Star break, but the Gopher baseball summer roundup keeps right on going.

Major Leagues
*Glen Perkins enters the All-Star break with 22 saves, fourth in the American League. He has a 2.97 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings pitched. Tuesday night, he will hope to make an appearance for the AL in the All-Star Game at Target Field.
*Seven former Gophers (plus Dick Siebert) have appeared on MLB All-Star rosters. Check out our photo gallery of all of them.
*Former Gophers and past All-Stars Paul Molitor and Dave Winfield will be among those throwing out ceremonial pitches at the All-Star Game.
*Jack Hannahan is still on the DL for the Reds, but has gotten a few minor league at-bats recently as part of his rehab.

Minor Leagues
*Mike Kvasnicka is hitting .342 (13-for-38) in his last 10 games with the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats. His past week included a four-game stretch of 10-for-16 hitting with three runs, four doubles a home run and five RBIs. The outfielder has a .275 season average.
*Kyle Knudson had a pair of 2-for-3 games last week for the Rock Cats. He scored twice and drove in three runs.
*Seth Rosin (Reading Fightin Phils, Double-A), Tom Windle (Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, Advanced A) and Alec Crawford (Grand Junction Rockies, Rookie) all pitched twice last week. Crawford has a 0.00 ERA and seven strikeouts in 10 innings pitched. He has only walked one batter.

Northwoods League
*Jake Bergren went 2-for-4 with two runs, two RBIs, a double, a triple and a walk for the Alexandria Blue Anchors on Sunday.
*Connor Schaefbauer turned in three multi-hit games in the past week and is batting .311 for the Rochester Honkers. He also stole two bases on July 10.
*Jordan Smith hit 3-for-5 with a double and four RBIs for the Honkers on Sunday. He went 2-for-4 with a run on July 9.
*Dalton Sawyer picked up his third and fourth saves of the summer for the St. Cloud Rox.

Other
*With the All-Star Game and all its surrounding festivities coming to town, baseball in Minnesota has taken center stage. ESPN.com featured the state's baseball culture. The Star Tribune included the Gophers' championship teams in its series of articles leading up to the All-Star Game. Mpls. St. Paul Magazine put together a Minnesota-born All-Star roster that included a handful of Gophers.

Summer Roundup Archives
July 7
June 30
June 23
June 16
June 9

M.A.G.I.C. Weekly Update (7/14/14)

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Softball Summer Blog #2: Erika Smyth

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Hi Gopher Softball fans! I have had an amazing summer thus far. As a Washington native, it has been nice to see some rain this summer but nothing beats the warm sunshine we have been getting recently. I have had a fairly busy schedule throughout each week for the summer of 2014. You can either find me in the weight room, on the field, in the classroom, or in a small office in Mariucci Arena making some sales for Gopher Sports.

I hope everyone had a fun summer and great Fourth of July weekend--I know I have had an amazing time! I was lucky enough to go out on an incredible yacht on Lake Minnetonka and experience the fun of "Big Island" for the fourth. All I can say is: WOW. The houses on Lake Minnetonka are unbelievable. Thankfully, I was able to experience my great Fourth of July with some of my best friends (and fellow Gopher student-athletes) Kendal Shell, Rachel Banham, and Andre Hollins.

I'm currently taking one class this summer and working a job as a fan relations representative in the sales and services department at the University of Minnesota. Typically, I work Monday through Thursday with hours ranging from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For the most part, my job consists of answering phone calls in regards to Gopher Sports, creating up sale opportunities for season ticket holders, and handling all calls with great care and the best customer service that anyone could ever offer. I am VERY thankful that I work in an office with a great manager and supervisor and some hilarious coworkers (let's hope they all read this blog). The class that I am taking is actually called a "Field Experience" where there aren't many face-to-face meetings. This class is required in my major, business and marketing, and my job actually qualifies as my "Field Experience" for this class. By the end of summer I am required to finish and turn in a portfolio of my experiences as a fan relations representative.

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The summer is definitely special this year because a lot of my teammates were able to stay on campus. It's always great to build camaraderie over the "offseason" doing our tough workouts together. With the way Coach Y (our strength & conditioning coach, Sara Wiley) is kicking our butts this summer with her workouts, the future looks bright and buff for this team.

It has also been nice to work with Coach Allister, Coach Merchant, and Coach Ritter for the camps that have taken place on our field throughout the summer. One of my favorite things to do is work these camps for Gopher Softball and Coach Allister; nothing is better than seeing kids get better at softball. Running these camps definitely makes me miss playing and practicing on Jane Sage Cowles with the team.

Speaking of Gopher Softball withdrawals, I was happy to see the Big Ten Network replaying the Big Ten Softball Championship game this past Tuesday night. It's hard to decide what my favorite part of that incredible game was. Obviously the Sammy Macken walk-off was awesome, but I'm going to have to go with the slow-mo of Kaitlyn Richardson sprinting around the bases after her home run.

Other than that, I have a lot to look forward to for the rest of the summer. I will continue to prepare and work hard to ensure a solid senior season. I'm excited for the freshmen to get on campus so we can all get to work together and let them know the high expectations for Gopher softball next season. 

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I will continue to have fun spending time with my amazing teammates. In fact, I'll be heading to the Imagine Dragons and Atmosphere All-Star Game Concert this coming weekend with Sydney Fabian, Hannah Granger, and Erica Meyer. Speaking of Bert, happy 21st birthday to my great teammate! I expect to see you all at Jane Sage Cowles stadium this coming fall!

Previous Blogs:
Softball Summer Blog #1: Erica Meyer

Sara's Summer in the Pros:
Entry #1