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! 

What They're Saying - Aug. 5

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It all begins up front (GopherSports)
Some great items in the Goal Line Club Auction (GopherSports)
Kill talks about honoring Bob McNamara (Star Tribune)
Day 4 in photos (GopherGridiron)
More Leidner leadership, plus a chinstrap reference (CSNChicago)
The greatest individual season by a Gopher is... (ESPN.com)
VOTE BRONKO (ESPN.com)
What you missed yesterday (GopherSports)
Offensive line looks to be versatile (FSN)
A look at Eastern Illinois (The Daily Gopher)
Gophers fourth practice got a little intense (Star Tribune)
Anyanwu lost to knee injury (Pioneer Press and FSN)
Cobb doesn't want any regrets (Star Tribune)

Holl Signs With AHL's Rockford IceHogs

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MINNEAPOLIS (GopherSports.com) -- Gopher Hockey alum Justin Holl has agreed to terms with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League, the organization announced on Monday. The IceHogs are the AHL affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks, who drafted Holl in the second round (54th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. 

The Tonka Bay, Minn., native was a four-year letter winner for the Gophers and helped the Maroon & Gold to a pair of NCAA Frozen Four appearances as well as three-straight regular-season conference championships (a first for the program). The defenseman skated in 142 career games for Minnesota and ended his career with 38 points (eight goals, 30 assists). 

Holl's last point for the Gophers will go down as one of the program's top plays in the team's 92-year history. With the Gophers tied 1-1 with North Dakota in the 2014 NCAA Frozen Four semifinal, the senior sent Minnesota to the national championship game when he scored the deciding goal -- a shorthanded one at that -- with 0.6 seconds left in regulation. Moreover, it was his first and only goal of the season after tallying 12 assists heading into the Frozen Four. 

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Hoops Scramble Silent Auction is Live

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Hoops Scramble XII Save the Date

August 4, 2014

The silent auction is now live for the 12th Annual Golden Gopher Women's Basketball Hoops Scramble Golf Tournament, which will be held today at Oak Marsh Golf Course in Oakdale, Minn. The event is the Fast Break Club's biggest annual fundraising event and supports the University of Minnesota women's basketball program. 

New this year, even Gopher fans not able to attend the golf outing have the opportunity to bid on great items from the silent auction from your computer, tablet or phone by clicking here and registering for the auction. Then you can bid on all of the items available.

Head coach Marlene Stollings and her staff, as well as select players, will be on hand for the event, which includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, dinner, a program and an auction. 

The golf scramble is set to begin at 12:00 p.m., with dinner to follow at approximately 5:30 p.m. A silent auction will begin at 11:00 a.m. in conjunction with registration, while a live auction is set to correlate with the start of dinner.

Auction items could include exclusive trips with the team and VIP access to Stollings and/or her staff.

-UM-

Summer Roundup: Aug. 4

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Major Leagues
*Glen Perkins earned two saves for the Twins last week. His ERA is 2.72 on the season and he has 27 saves.
*Jack Hannahan has played in three more games with the Reds since his season debut on July 27. He is still looking for his first Major League hit of 2014.

Minor Leagues  
*Mike Kvasnicka (Double-A New Britain) picked up four hits last week, including a three-run homer on July 31.
*Seth Rosin (Reading Fightin Phils, Double-A) made three appearanes, two of them scoreless.
*Tom Windle (Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga Quakes) gave up one run and struck out two batters in a seven-inning start July 31.
*Alec Crawford (Rookie Grand Junction Rockies) has a 1.10 ERA after three shutout innings of relief over three games last week. He struck out two in a July 30 appearance.

Northwoods League
*Michael Handel (Madison Mallards) hit 8-for-25 last week, including a 3-for-5, two-RBI effort against the Woodchucks on Tuesday.
*Jordan Smith (Rochester Honkers) hit 4-for-5 with three runs, a double and an RBI on July 31, then went 2-for-4 with a run and a double the next day.
*Connor Schaefbauer (Rochester) was added to the NWL's Big League Dreams Showcase roster. The Mallards will host the showcase on Tuesday.

Other
*Toby Hanson (Delano) hit 14 home runs in two runs to win the home run derby at the state Legion tournament. Hanson, Jeff Fasching (St. Cloud Chutes) and Luke Pettersen (Excelsior) all made the state tournament. Fasching and Pettersen's teams face off Monday for third place or a chance to play in the championship.
*Gopher Sports Update's interview with head coach John Anderson aired last week. You can listen here.
*Click the links for more information about Siebert Field Fall Instructional Camp and the Dan Morgan Golf Open (Aug. 18).

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What They're Saying - Aug. 4

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Boys of Fall Elite Camp was a memorable experience for fans (GopherSports)
Joe C's notebook from Minnesota's third practice (Star Tribune)
What you missed yesterday (GopherSports)
Practice three in photos (GopherGridiron and Star Tribune)
Sophomore receivers taking on leadership role (FSN)
KFAN's Cake Show broadcasted live from Sunday's practice (KFAN)
Kill checks in at No. 25 (Yahoo Sports)
Cobb looking for a memorable season (Pioneer Press)

What They're Saying - Aug. 3

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Leidner is the Boss (Star Tribune)
Stellar secondary (FSN)
We are all thinking about Duke and wishing him well (Star Tribune)
The third and final (for the immediate future) Olson to wear No. 58 (Pioneer Press)
Day 2 in pictures (GopherGridiron.com)

What They're Saying - Aug. 2

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Quick recap, photos and honoring the late Bob McNamara (GopherSports)
Camp Audio: Kill l Leidner l Campion l M. Williams 
Where will Josh Campion end up? (Pioneer Press)
Gophers boast big tight ends (Star Tribune)
Complete camp schedule (GopherSports)
Minnesota relying on strong defense (Scoggins)
Leidner is clear leader for Maroon and Gold (FSN)
More pretty pictures (Star Tribune)