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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Battles Still Battling For A Spot

Chad Courrier of the Mankato Free Press penned a piece today on former Minnesota State offensive lineman Adrian Battles who is currently with the Minnesota Vikings.

Battles, who started for four years on the Maverick offensive line participated in last month's rookie mini-camp and is currently participating in Organized Training Events (OTAs) with the Vikings.  Minnesota is scheduled to hold a mini camp next month as well.

To view the piece, click HERE

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

I got a lot to say

I believe it was Joey Ramone who said...."I got a lot to say, I got a lot to say, I got a lot to say. I can't remember now, I can't remember now, I can't remember now."

Remember one of our first posts entitled......Wither Thou?   The gist of that post consisted of a piece written by Dustin Monke of the Dickensen (N.D.) Press speculating on the future of teams from Black Hills State and South Dakota School of Mines.  Here's a more-recent article (May 22) from the Rapid City Journal, in which, it appears, the schools have been green-lighted to apply for NCAA Division II membership and to start application for conference affiliation.  Butch Raymond, the commissioner of the MSU's league, the Northern Sun, is quoted extensively in this article. The commissioner of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, J.R. Smith, also chimes in.

Monke added to his original post in March, deducing that the non-contract renewal of Minot State's men's basketball coach Mike Hultz was due to his not being a big fan of Minot State's impending move to NCAA Division II.  Minot State, not unlike Sioux Falls College, is looking to make a move and, again, it's been speculated, that the NSIC might possibly be the favored destination.

And you thought it was just Notre Dame, Texas, Rutgers, Missouri, Nebraska, et al that have big decisions to make regarding their athletic programs.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Spring Hockey

There's a couple of former Mavericks still playing this spring with forwards Grant Stevenson and his Hamilton Bulldogs teammates taking on Travis Morin and his Texas Stars cronies in the western finals of the American Hockey League play-offs. Hamilton currently holds a 2-1 edge in the best-of-seven series. Stevenson has played in all 15 play-off games to date for the Bulldogs and is tied for seventh on the team scoring charts with 1-8--9. Morin has 3-8--11 in 14 games to tie for third on the Stars' scoring list.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

2010 College World Series Info

Fans can follow the Mavericks at the 2010 NCAA Division II World Series from the comforts of their own home.

To view a webpage full of tournament information, click HERE

To follow a blog of behind the scenes information and up to the minute news, click HERE

Update on Blakeslee Stadium

When the Minnesota State football team takes the field on historic Blakeslee Stadium this fall, it will do so with new turf under its feet.

Work began last week to remove the old playing surface, drainage and sprinkler systems and install new sod to go with updated drainage and sprinklers.

Here are some photos of the progress, which is on schedule for completion prior to the arrival of the Vikings for their annual training camp in late July.

Alas, the more things change, the more they stay the same....

Kind of a Big Deal Around Here

We're not quite finished yet with the Maverick baseball team capturing the Central Region title to earn a spot in the 2010 NCAA Division II championship tournament which begins this weekend in Cary, N.C.  More on that later, but as an FYI, MSU plays its first game Sunday vs. Southern Indiana.  Members of the MSU track and field teams will also be heading to North Carolina for the national championship meet in Charlotte, May 27-29.

Regarding baseball, the last MSU team to go to the DII CWS was in 1986 and there's several memorable moments from that trip.  It was the first time they had hosted the tournament in Montgomery, Ala., and the tournament organizers did a tremendous job.  The University of Tampa, who played in the first game that day and was one of the top teams coming in, had a first baseman named Tino Martinez.  Yep, that Tino Martinez.  Troy State, which had a very good team, was the host institution and was ranked #1 coming into the tourney, had a large and raucous crowd supporting them in MSU's first game of the championship.  The Mavericks played well against the Trojans and were up 6-4 heading into the ninth and, with one out and the umpire compressing the strike zone, starter Wes Weber walked the next two batters.  Scott Toop was brought in to relieve Weber and walked the first batter he faced to load the bases.  The next batter, Wendell Stevens, launched one over the fence in the deepest part of the park for a grand slam.  We lost that game, but went on to beat Tampa in our next game before heading home after losing to Columbus.   One other memory from that trip - Hank Williams, Sr., is buried in a grave site adjacent to the ballpark where the tournament took place and several of the Maverick ballplayers had a looksee while we were there.

Finally, we did do a Maverick Magazine on KMSU last Friday in which we went over some of the top moments of the year that was 2009-10 in MSU Athletics. The podcast for that show (dated May 14) is available here.

Speaking of Hank Williams Sr., enjoy one of Scott Nelsen's favorite songs honoring him.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

A little something about something

Linkorama time.     Former Maverick men's hockey forward Ryan Carter has been named to the Team USA Roster for the upcoming IIHF World Championships which are scheduled for May 7-23 in Germany.  In doing so he joins David Backes as former MSU men's hockey players to participate in the World Championships.  A native of White Bear Lake, Minn., Carter departed MSU following his sophomore year in 2005-06 to sign with the Anaheim Ducks.  He won a Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2006-07 and has totalled 11 goals and 15 assists for 26 points in 120 NHL games for his three-year pro career.  Anaheim's release on Carter being named to Team USA is located here.

Wrestler Brady Wilson cleaned up at MSU's annual Maverick Achievement Awards and Senior Honors Dinner, winning both the school's senior men's athlete of the year award and the Don Buchanan Award as the top student-athlete.  Faribault Daily News scribe Mark Remme has a nice piece regarding Wilson's accomplishments at MSU and it's located here.

In the event you didn't see it, Liz Trauger won the Georgene Brock Award and Brittany Henderson was named MSU's Women's Senior Athlete of the Year.  It hasn't been updated with this year's award recipients yet, but the list of MSU previous award recipients, both male and female, is located here.

How 'bout MSU catcher Kelsey Thompson being named NSIC Softball Player of the Year and MSU pitcher Blake Schwartz being named NSIC Baseball Pitcher of the Year!

As usual, it's great to be a Maverick.