Arizona Women’s Golf Wins National Title After No. 8 Seeding
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) – Haley Moore beat Lakareber Abe with a birdie on the first extra hole Wednesday to give Arizona a 3-2 victory over Alabama in the NCAA women’s golf championship.
Three days after the Wildcats were one putt away from being eliminated, Moore made a 4-foot putt on the par-5 18th to finally finish off Abe in the last match at Karsten Creek. Abe putted first and missed from about the same distance, with her ball going by on the left.
“It means so much. It is actually like a dream,” Moore said. “I never would have thought that it would be like this. I’m just so happy right now and for my team, and I did this for them.”
Abe birdied the 18th in regulation to force overtime.
“I kind of screwed up on 17 and then came to 18 and I knew I was going to have to make a birdie or eagle because Hayley had been outdriving me all day,” Abe said. “Just to hit a good drive and a good 3-wood and to have a chance to play 19 holes is the best feeling.”
Arizona, also the 1996 and 2000 winner, became the first No. 8 seed to get past the quarterfinals.
“Arizona is my home. It’s where I went to school” said coach Laura Ianello, a member of the 2000 title team. “It needed to be back home. I’m so proud I got to be the coach to bring it back.”
The title was decided in a playoff for the third time in four years. The Wildcats are the fourth straight Pac-10 winner, following Stanford, Washington and Arizona State last year.
Arizona appeared to have blown its chances in the final round of stroke play Monday, going from third to outside the top eight until Bianca Pagdanganan eagled the final hole to send the Wildcats into a playoff against Baylor for the eighth and final spot in match play. Arizona won on the second extra hole, and went on to beat UCLA in the quarterfinals and Stanford in the semifinals.
“It was such a huge dream of mine,” Pagdanganan said. “Knowing that it has come true, it’s amazing. It’s the best feeling in the world. I am so honored to have these girls as my teammates and to have met my coaches. They have made me a better person and player. I am just really blessed and honored to be a part of this team.”
In the final, Sandra Nordaas beat Angelica Moresco 1 up in the fourth match to tie it at 2 after Cheyenne Knight gave Alabama the lead with a 4-and-2 victory over Pagdanganan in the third.
Yu-Sang Hou won the opening match for Arizona, beating Lauren Stephenson 4 and 3. Kristen Gillman tied it in the second with a 4-and-3 victory over Gigi Stoll.
“This year has been interesting, but with the talent of these five women I knew anything was possible,” Ianello said. “We played solid this entire spring, yet we didn’t play our best. But in my gut I felt like we still had something out there. When we got here, I knew anything was going to be possible.”
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ASU’s Karsten Golf Course likely to be on chopping-block
Arizona State’s home for golf could become a ‘paved paradise’ and turned into a parking lot or ASU-related project
By Matt Lewis
Executive Editor & Multimedia Reporter
(Published on ___day, ___ # #, 2017 @ # #:# # a/p.m. Arizona time or MST)
CHANDLER, ARIZ. – With the new partnership between Phil Mickelson’s golf company and Arizona State University, …
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We Do Talk about Pac-12 Fight Club The First Rule of Pac-12 Fight Club
A Facebook group designed for rowdy hooligans who act like their at their rivalry game
By Matt Lewis
Executive Editor & Multimedia Reporter
Published on Monday, July 27, 2015 @ 3:30 p.m. MST
After finally dipping my toe back into the sports World after years on hiatus, I’ve found that my fellow fans are not the same as I remembered them. They’re passionate about theirs sports, and especially about their teams, sure; but they’re prone to tangents, just like me – even amidst the most heated of debates pertaining to their team. I recently joined a rowdy group of Pac-12 fans on Facebook called Pac-12 Fight Club.
The group’s ranks have swelled –
like a wave of Crimson Tide bandwagon fans flocking to Alabama after their national championship wins (edit suggested by Jason Lee Guyan – a former high school editor).
Now, as far as I can tell, the group consists of some die-hard Oregon Ducks fans, Utah Utes, Arizona Wildcats, Arizona State Sun Devils, Sothern California Trojans and only a handful of other teams’ fans. There was a push, for a while at least, to attract some more Pac-12 North fans.
These fans can be vicious at times, but usually their zingers are backed up with facts that make a strong case for their team and are typically meant as fun banter with people you barely know.
Here is an example of some of the #memes that can be found on the site:
After the exciting 2014-15 season the Pac-12 had (in the only two sports that seem to matter to anyone: Football and Men’s Basketball) the fans up-and-down the coast of the Pacific – and even those a little East of Eden – are hyped about not only their team, sport(s), or player(s), but about their conference.
The reason I joined this group was because I was ready to see some camaraderie. After years down in Tucson, Ariz., I was ready for fans that could look at the conversation a little less dispassionately – and alas, I think I found such a group (well at least some of the time anyway).
This group can represent their teams like the best of them, but they also concede that without some of the other schools, the conference would no longer be aptly named “Conference of Champions.” I’ve meet Arizona’s current head football and basketball coaches, done research by reading the stats from sports news organizations, but ultimately found that I can find more honest predictions about the upcoming seasons from “frienemies” in the Pac-12 Fight Club Facebook group than I can on ESPN’s blogs.
I knew from an early age that I was a fan of golf and basketball, but now, I am a fan of the fans. They make the game as enjoyable as any other single aspect of an athletic contest.
In fact, some of the rivalries are more intense off the field. Some of the fans more evenly matched. At the end of the day, root for USC, Oregon, ASU or Stanford and I’ll still talk to you – even if it is trash talk.
“UCLA got a shit load of fans today. It makes things way more interesting,” Lee Guyan wrote on a Facebook Pac-12 Fight Club thread last night.
One of those UCLA fans got a pretty good zinger in last night, a Man named Joe Rojas posted mere seconds after I posted an earlier draft of this article to the group’s page that he had already “Liked” my article. I asked him how he read it so fast and he responded by writing: “You should know by now I’m quick(.)”
Richard Castillo wrote mockingly: “There’s a pill for that Joe..”
Kylle Roberts wrote: “You should put a “Go Utes!” at the end. / Then it would be perfect(.)”
I found Rojas’ follow-up pretty interesting; he wrote: “Pretty cool. One part Reminded me of a green tidal wave of bandwagon fans flocking to Oregon to proclaim second best is just like winning the whole thing(.)”
Now here was a funny exchange between Lee Guyan and me:
Jason Lee Guyan: Maybe instead of your sarcastic Crimson Tide remarks, keep it PAC 12 related, and roll with some Oregon Ducks Bridesmaids sarcasm instead. That way you’re trash talking in your article.
Mateo Louis: Okay. I’ll even make fun of the Wilbur-Wilma renewing their vows and how when “The Duck” comes in to T-Town and shake’s its A-Sexual tale feathers both Wilbur and Wilma lose their minds and their eyes start to wander away from each other’s perfectly formed asses? … Something like that sound good?
And here’s a transcript of an interview between myself and a few of the more active members of the group, Lee Guyan, James D. McKenzie and Angela Johnson. (P.S. As a side-note, Lee Guyan and Johnson are two of the group’s four administrators.) The idea behind this idea came from an offer by Johnson to write an article about the group for a prize: a Nick Foles jersey; and me being an Arizona Wildcats fan, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. Here is the conversation:
- Conversation started July 17
We doing this????
Well yeah, but what do you want this article to be? Just about Pac-12 Fight Club?
It really can be whatever you turn it into
How do you want me to write it? Serious or funny or a combo? How long? Do you want direct quotes or are paraphrases better? …
If you want to throw in just a few things about our group im ok w that too. Really just whatever works
okay … let’s just start it out by you guys talking about why you formed this group, and then talk about the name change and how fucking funny it was and how fast the actual name change decision was made. GO!
I’d say a combo and however long, I don’t really have a requirement.
We formed it Bc we wanted to get Away from high school politics of another group. Some people were bullied and also didn’t like how it was ran.
We also had some ideas we wanted to implement some new things like the whole focus around players and writers.
Great start Angela. Let’s hear from the guys too. Anyone can jump in at any time. It won’t be rude since we won’t actually be talking over each other.
I also felt like the group members needed to be heard more
The name change was an idea from joe Rojas. He always talked about the first rule of fight club said talking about the group outside of the group was breaking the rule. It was his joke. I thought we needed more of an identifying name as well, so after including everyone and asking we changed the name from pac 12 trash talk uncensored to pac 12 fight club
Jason anything to add yet?
If you want me to elaborate on something just let me know Matt
C’mon Jason! GO!
We got out of the other trash talk group, because 1: It was an all ages group, and 2) They started coming up with too many rules. As adult, we don’t like rules.
What about James D.? … Should he be in on this convo?
Let’s add him
Jul 17You added James D. McKenzie.
Oh yeah the keeping kids out of it all was HUGE
Keeping it exclusive gives the group more of an allure to it as well
Hi James. Read the previous comments in the thread to get caught up and then feel free to contribute accordingly.
We made it a closed group to identify kids trying to get in, where only admins can approve the members.
Kids just made it too awkward
I can’t talk about boobs with kids around
I also have to be careful Bc I’m a teacher and it can get dicy w kids and teachers and Utah education law
So we got rid of all that shit saying no minors under 18
We changed our name, because it was too closely related to the other group’s name. We wanted our own identity.
People were literally looking for us and found them instead.
Hi, all. All is good with all of us, yes? I hope. smile emoticon
It is smile emoticon
I also work in the educational field, at a middle school. So kids would be catastrophic in this group.
Sweet. You guys are my dysfunctional FB family! Cheers!
Feel free to chime in James. It actually might be fun to have your input too since you were here since day one in all this. You have a different perspective
Oh yeah Matt both Jason and I work in middle schools. He’s in maintenance and I’m a teacher. I was previously working with kids in a lockdown facility, that’s mainly why I’m so strict with rules and don’t put up with bull shit
Thanks. Funny, I’m glad my sister Patty joined… she is MUCH nicer than I am… every family has a misfit, in mine, it’s ME! smile emoticon
Lol tell em your team, and what you think of UofA. Lol
Ha ha welcome to ALL the mackenzies
You guys are great. Keep posting on this thread ’til you get sick of it. Then, I’ll digest all this when I get back to AZ.
What else would you like to know?
I have some things but i don’t want to get all chatty Kathy over here
All your academic backgrounds from as early a school age as you wanna talk about til college or high school or lack of either or both (if that was your life situation).
I went to college at southern Utah university Bc of their special education program. I will be starting my masters at the u of u once i get a little more stable.
I have been going to Utah games since I was about 7 and was apart of the 98 hoopla
We formed the group in late February/early March, right around March Madness.
I started getting into football when k was about 10
Why not U. of Utah? And what makes you a fan of the Pac-12 schools you root for? Do you root for multiple schools? Why/why not?
I was born at USC Medical Center. I guess you can say, I was born a Trojan.
I think I got more college credits at SCC & at Truck driving school than I did at ASU. LOL.
Bc they didn’t have the sped program I wanted. Suu’s was better and I needed to learn who I was before I came anywhere near home and my family
I’ve been a diehard Trojans fan, all my life.
I’m a fan of the U of U Bc it’s in my family. The memories I have of my grandpa talking with majerus and my dad running all the way down to the floor to give the refs his glasses are things I will never forget
What teams do you hate? Dislike? What words would you use to describe your fandom and your hatred?
I’m the only die hard ute in my family besides my dad
I dislike Oregon state Bc of the whole sitake Anderson thing. When I first joined the trash talk scene I hated Washington Bc of their fans
I used to not like zona but it was Bc I didn’t fully understand that their fans were as emphatic as ours
I love asu Bc of their passion
Okay, I started hating U of A when they knocked ASU from a Rose Bowl bid in the early 80’s, & they did it again… & they beat ASu here in 1986, when I had season tix & we went to the Rose Bowl anyways the next game… & my first love… she left me to go to U of A in 1984.
And Colorado? Well……no one really cares about them. I hate that they are our supposed “rival”
Dude I was born in 1986 holy shit!
LOL. I was an ASU student that year!
God fuckin damn!
I was just learning to shit when you were out partying
What If James was….my dad?!?! *the plot thickens
Ha. I was getting laid more before you were born than I have been in the last 5 years. LOL.
Okay, gang … I gotta get back on the boat and will only have spotty Internet access until tomorrow mid-day. Keep up the great conversation, though!
We can think of more stuff, no worries
I like the fact that USC has more football national titles than the rest of the PAC 12 combined.
Depends who you ask wink emoticon
Enjoy, Matthew. Envious of you… have fun!
Even Utah’s long time rival has a natty, BYU, plus they have a Heisman winner. Utah can’t say that. Lol
But I give it to Utah, they’re one of the most loyal fans I have ever seen.
ASU and UofA fans just absolutely hate each other. No love loss between the teams and fans.
Question is, Where were all the USC fans when sanctions came down?
Yes. I have been a part of it… I have been to 5 ASU vs U of A football games, all in Tempe… & we are 1-31 in those games. And the tie felt like a loss, because we led the whole game, & choked at the end.
-3-1. A fucking TIE. SMFH.
1-3-1. Shit. My typing.
Is that pic the Great Salt Desert?
You mean the unjustified sanctions, Angela?
USC… “victim card”… lol.
After the Todd McNair case is over, the NCAA will be known as the SCAA, and Utah will still be Utah, an all time football winning percentage of 58.8% winning percentage. Pathetic
S’pose you don’t like the moniker “University of Sanctioned Cheaters” much, eh, Jason? LOL.
I wished I could edit my comments. Lol
University of Spoiled Children, James. Get it right.
HA! That too. How about “University of Social Contacts”… they are very cult-like, you know.
In the business world, A USC employer will hie a USC alum… very few questions asked. Cult-like. LOL.
I think I’d rather be happy with that than be known as cheaters. Our integrity is more important I suppose smile emoticon
Despite having arguments, we both work together very well Matt
We talk daily and feel communication is important when running a page like this
After the Todd McNair case, the NCAA will be known as the SCAA, and Utah will still be Utah, with an all time winning percentage of 58.8. Down right pathetic.
Less than 60 pct win pct…. against such powerhouse programs in the WAC. LOL.
Jason… we will go meet John U. Bacon here when he comes for his book signing. He is a BRILLIANTguy. He was VERY influential in getting U of Michigan’s shitty A.D. fired. VERY influential. I know the inside sory…
I love the SC alumni. A lot of them are, or were famous actors, such as John Wayne, and George Lucas. John Wayne was on the SC football team for a brief time, until he was in a surfing accident, where he was forced to quit football. I think he ended up doing pretty well after that. Lol
The Duke was the ultimate man’s man.
Dude’s first name was Marion. I forget his last name.
So you are relying on one thing…..so if it doesn’t pan out USC could be worse off you are saying?
I’ll stick with my team
I wish we could get Famous USC alum
Marion Morrison, James
The Duke is gone, Ang. smile emoticon
For now I will have to stick with cheerleaders and bad Ass mma fighters (John lomu)
Yeah that pic is so old I figured he probably died
Ang… did you know that Al Michaels is an ASU alum??? Truth! My cousin Chris McNew just sent me his book!
Al Michaels may be THE most legandy person alive in the sports media. Up there with Bob Costas & Dan Patrick.
My all time favorite SC players were as follows: The legendary Ronnie Lott, Troy Polamalu, and Marcus Allen. All NCAA, and Super Bowl Champions.
Al Michaels called the Miracl on Ice 1980 Olypic Hockey Game between the USA & USSR. THEEE mostm ICONIC moment I watched in sports in my life!
Reggie Jackson and Barry Bonds went to ASU, James.
You forgot Junior Seau!!!
We can try to get the bigger people but it’s so hard
I’m starting small and it’s working
We have a lot of back up guys but some bigger ones
Ang… tyou recruit like a MUDDDDAHHH!!!!
I talk to a lot of people
Al Michaels called the San Francisco Giants/ Oakland Athletics World Series earth quake game. Great informative reporting on such a tragic event.
Jason taught me not to be timid, just to do it
We’re very creative thinkers between the two of us, Angela.
You can join our Facebook trash talk group PAC 12 Fight Club, and reach us at Twitter, @pac12fightclub, to interact with your favorite players, fans, reporters, and journalists.
Yes, Jason. I remember.
We had a lot of odds against us At the beginning, lots of mad shit being talked about us
What now, bitches!
I can’t think of anything else until he asks another question. I call that good unless James has more to add?
I’m done for now
You guys think I’m old. Al was an ASU student when Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. He mentions in his book that the ASU vs Wyoming football game the next day was cancelled.
Al used to hang out at Turf Paradise Horse Track at 19th Ave & Bell Rd, Jason. Way back inj the 1960’s.
Great piece of history, James. Thank you.
Okay guys. That’s a rap. I think we’re done. We gave him a lot of cool information to right. Thank you guys. It was fun.
If you need more Matt let us know
I am on day 2 of being sober. Might drink tonight… but, I needed a break. #Poundingoftheliver.
Proud of you, James.
That’s awesome smile emoticon
Thank You. Attainable goals.
Holy shit! You guys … we have almost 150 “messages” in this thread alone! Ballers … all of you are just simply ballers. #BearDown
Hahahahaha It was fun.
Uh, duh! It’s the Pac-12 Trash Talk group! … Never a dull moment.
Back after watching a funny ass show on HBO called “last week today”…
Any of you ever watch “Trailer Park Boys”??? Damn funny show. EPIC trailer trash. The characters are the best.
Trailer Park Boys is hilarious
Yeah it is. I gotta get Neftlix… haven’t seen it in years, since I was stayin’ injChicago area.
I love that show.
Netflix stock went NUTS this year. The gang-buster nerds over there did some shit right. Their stock is up nearly 140% over the year and split and went up 18% alone in the last week (according to USA TODAY MONEY).
They took over the video industry
Them and Red box
RedBox is good, just not as convenient as Netflix
Damn. Wish I still had money. I had a friend when I lived in Atlanta in the early 90’s… she was a Braves Seaon Ticket holder & hooked me up w/tix to 2 W.S. Games… she worked at Home Depot Corpoate, & told me to buy their stock… she got rich as fuck… I had money in those days, but was more interested in concerts, ball games & chciks, than investing. SMH.
Stock splits will make you a killing.
Yeah. I should have invested.
What is SMH again?
Shaking my head
LOL. SMFH. Fucking Head.
Oh snap, what a great new twist on an old classic, James!
Just add an f for fuck
Smdh shaking my damn head
Oh and one more thing, I think I wasn’t supposed to talk about “Fight Club,” shoot!
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By ASU Athletic Dept.
Bakersfield, Calif.—The Arizona State wrestling team rounded out the Pac-12 slate with a 22-15 win over CSU Bakersfield on Sunday night at the Icardo Center.
ASU improves to 9-7 on the year with a mark of 4-1 in Pac-12 action, while the Roadrunners fall to 6-8 overall, 1-4 in league.
At heavyweight, Chace Eskam started off the dual with his second win of the weekend, a 3-2 decision over Sam Cervantes. Ares Carpio followed with a 21-9 major decision over Matt Correa at 125.
The Roadrunners came back with a pair of decisions at 133 and 149, and a pin at 141 to take a 12-7 advantage over ASU.
At 157, Joel Smith picked up his second major decision of the weekend, 18-6, over Spencer Hill, and Nick Rex followed with a 7-4 decision over David Meza at 165 to give ASU a 14-12 lead.
CSUB went up, 15-14, with a 1-0 decision at 174 before Blake Stauffer picked up five team points for ASU with an 18-3 tech fall win over Sean Pollock at 184.
At 197, Wesley Moore rounded out the ASU scoring, securing the victory with a 12-6 decision over Ruben Franklin.
Up next, the Sun Devils will round out the dual slate with a trip to Stillwater, Okla., for a match with Oklahoma State on Friday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. MT.
Arizona State 22, CSU Bakersfield 15
HWT: Chace Eskam (ASU) def. Sam Cervantes (CSUB): Dec 3-2
125: Ares Carpio (ASU) def. Matt Correa (CSUB): Major 21-9
133: Jose Mendoza (CSUB) def. Cord Coronado (ASU): Dec 7-0
141: Ian Nickell (CUSB) def. Matt Kraus (ASU): Fall 5:47
149: Dalton Kelly (CSUB) def. Preston McCalmon (ASU): Dec 2-0
157: Joel Smith (ASU) def. Spencer Hill (CSUB): Major 18-6
165: Nick Rex (ASU) def. David Meza (CSUB): Dec 7-4
174: Bryce Hammon (CSUB) def. Ray Waters (ASU): Dec 1-0
184: Blake Stauffer (ASU) def. Sean Pollock (CSUB): Tech 18-3
197: Wesley Moore (ASU) def. Ruben Franklin (CSUB): 12-6
Up Next –> The Sun Devils will round out the dual slate with a trip to Stillwater, Okla., for a match with Oklahoma State on Friday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. MT.
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June 28, 2012
Official List of 2012 Sun Devil Olympians (as of June 28, 2012)
Desiree Davila (marathon/USA)
EUGENE, Ore. – The 2012 U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials resumed in a big manner for Arizona State University alumnus Kyle Alcorn, who earned his first-ever Olympic bid after a third-place run in the men’s 3,000m steeplechase on Thursday in Eugene, Ore.
Alcorn, who now competes for Nike, clocked an Olympic `A’ standard of 8:22.17 at Hayward Field in the final of the men’s steeplechase to take the final qualifying spot to London behind Nike teammates Evan Jager and Don Cabral. Alcorn became ASU’s first-ever Olympian in the steeplechase with the performance/
Alcorn was a two-time NCAA Champion – once in the indoor 3,000-meter run and once in the outdoor steeplechase – and continues to train with Arizona State University head men’s cross country coach and assistant coach for distance, Louie Quintana.
Alcorn’s exceptional finish was just part of an eventful day for the Sun Devil track and field program in Eugene.
In the men’s triple jump preliminaries, senior Chris Benardkept his final season as a Sun Devil alive for another day as he finished sixth overall with a best leap of 16.46m (54-00.00) to easily advance to Saturday’s final. Benard, the ASU school record holder in the indoor and outdoor triple jump, is one of several Americans that are bunched tightly together for what looks to be a wide-open battle for the third and final qualifying spot, assuming the likes of Christian Taylor and Will Claye (who finished first and second, respectively, in the prelim round) perform at the level expected.
Alumnus Latosha Wallace ran the ninth-fastest time of the prelim round of the women’s 400-meter hurdles in a time of 56.53 to advance to the semifinals in the event. Wallace holds the school’s third-fastest time in the event was a fourth-place finisher at the 2007 NCAA Championships.
In the same event, fellow alumnus Jasmine Chaney failed to make the finals after finishing 18th overall in the prelims in 57.82.
In the women’s shot put, ASU great Sarah Stevens-Walker cruised to the finals after launching her first throw of the day 18.31m (60-01.00) for the third-best mark of the round. Stevens-Walker, a 15-time All-American at ASU, would then pass on her final two attempts and will battle for a bid to her first Olympics in tomorrow’s final
In the women’s 200-meter dash, school-record holding alumnus Charonda Williams ran the seventh-fastest time of the opening round to advance to the semifinals. Williams, who now competes for adidas, ran a lightning-quick time of 22.89 to advance.
In the final event of the day, alumnus Brandon Bethke struggled in the 5,000-meter run and would go on to finish 16th overall.
With Alcorn’s inclusion, the Sun Devil athletic program is now up to 10 Olympians who are officially qualified to the 2012 London Games and more still have strong shots as the weeks continue to count down to the 30th Olympiad.
3 Sun Devil Alumni Advance to Olympic Trial Finals
The Arizona State track and field distance program was well-represented at the U.S. Olympic Trials on Monday.
June 25, 2012
EUGENE, Ore. – Another day of action is in the books at the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials as several former Arizona State University student-athletes advanced the their respective events on Monday evening in Eugene, Ore.
Alumnus Lisa Aguilera got things rolling at Hayward Field by advancing to the finals in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Aguilera, the school record holder in the event, clocked a time of 9:51.02 to finish 11th overall in the prelim round of the event. Aguilera, an eight-time All-American as a Sun Devil, advanced to Friday’s final as the fastest of the four time qualifiers out of the opening rounds.
In the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, alumnus Kyle Alcorn took third in the fast heat in a time of 8:29.27 to easily advance to Thursday’s final in the event. Alcorn was a two-time NCAA Champion – once in the indoor 3,000-meter run and once in the outdoor steeplechase – and is one of the prime contenders for a spot on this year’s London roster having already hit the ‘A’ Standard this season.
Alcorn still trains with ASU track and field assistant coach and head men’s cross country coach Louie Quintana.
Rounding out the evening was former Sun Devil All-American Brandon Bethke in the 5,000-meter run. Bethke clocked the sixth-fastest time of the opening round in 13:45.21 to also easily advance to Thursday’s final in the event. While a Sun Devil, Bethke posted the top finish in ASU history at the NCAA Cross Country Championships after taking seventh in 2009 and was a two-time All-American on the track.
The Trials will now break for three days before resuming again on Thursday, June 25. There are still a couple Sun Devils left to compete in the event and, as always, you can track their progress by staying tuned in to www.TheSunDevils.com.
3 Sun Devils Named to the All-America Teams
Brightwell tabs first-team accolades, Haas and Salloum honored as well.
June 25, 2012
TEMPE, ARIZ. – The Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPA) has released its annual All-America teams and three Arizona State University student-athletes were honored – including a first-team honor for Alicia Brightwell – on Monday, the ACWPA has announced.
Junior Shannon Haas earned the first All-America accolade of her career as she was named as a third-team selection while senior Mariam Salloum rounded out her career with her second consecutive honorable mention.
Brightwell took the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation by storm during the 2012 season after transferring from the University of Sydney in Australia earlier this year. Brightwell finished her inaugural season as a Sun Devil as the conference leader in goals scored and goals scored per game with tallies of 75 and 2.78, respectively.
Her 75 goals on the season rank second on ASU’s all-time single-season goals list behind only Addision McGrath’s school record 81 goals, despite the fact that Brightwell missed several games due to injury or illness. Brightwell notched 96 points on the year as well, a mark that also ranks second to McGrath’s school record.
Brightwell joined McGrath as just the second Sun Devil in school history to earn first-team honors after McGrath did so in 2008.
Brightwell scored three or more goals in 18 games on the year, including matching a school record with seven in the team’s 12-11 victory over San Diego State in the fifth-place game at the MPSF Championships that helped the team to its best finish in school history. Brightwell was named to the MPSF All-Conference First-Team for her performance on the year and was also part of the MPSF All-Tournament team for her contributions during the postseason tournament.
Haas scored a career-best 47 goals on the year while leading the team in drawing an impressive 67 kick-outs on opposing players. Haas was a trooper in the center position for ASU and among the most dominant players in that position in the country, as demonstrated by her school-record seven-goal performance against San Diego St. earlier in the season – the team’s first conference victory since 2008.
Salloum was second on the team with 51 goals this year and her 138 goals in her career rank her third all-time in that category at ASU. Salloum also finished her career third in assists with 108 and third in points with 246. The Berlin, Germany, native was one of the most accomplished student-athletes in school history and one of the top all-around performers at that, finishing her career ranked in the top-10 in steals as well.
Brightwell and Haas became just the third and fourth individuals to be named to an All-America first, second or third team in school history and both return to the Sun Devil roster next season. ASU’s three selections matched the most selections in one season in school history, also doing so in 2008 and 2011.
The Sun Devils finished the season with a 25-6 overall record, its best ever in school history while also netting a school record in goals scored with 376.
ASU head coach Todd Clapper also set several career milestones on the year, logging his 100th career victory as head coach of the Sun Devils in his seventh year at the helm and scoring his 200th victory as a head coach in his overall career.
Arizona State’s All-Americans
2012 • Alicia Brightwell (1st), Shannon Haas (3rd), Mariam Salloum (HM)
2011 • Sarah Harris (HM), Mariam Salloum (HM), Lynlee Smith (HM)
2010 • Sarah Harris (HM), Lynlee Smith (HM)
2009 • Addison McGrath (2nd), Lynlee Smith (HM)
2008 • Addison McGrath (1st) Kelly Phelps (HM), Caylinn Wallace (HM)
2007 • Addison McGrath (HM)
2006 • Rowie Webster (3rd)
2004 • Katie Davis (HM)
All-Time All-American Roster
Brightwell, Alicia • 2012 (1st)
Davis, Katie • 2004 (HM)
Haas, Shannon • 2012 (3rd)
Harris, Sarah • 2010 (HM), 2011 (HM)
McGrath, Addison • 2007 (HM), 2008 (1st), 2009 (2nd)
Phelps, Kelly • 2008 (HM)
Salloum, Mariam • 2011 (HM), 2012 (HM)
Smith, Lynlee • 2009 (HM), 2010 (HM), 2011 (HM)
Wallace, Caylinn • 2008 (HM)
Webster, Rowie • 2006 (3rd)
All-Time All-American Teams
Second Team Selections
McGrath, Addison • 2009
Honorable Mention Selections
Davis, Katie • 2004
Harris, Sarah • 2010, 2011
McGrath, Addison • 2007
Phelps, Kelly • 2008
Salloum, Mariam • 2011, 2012
Smith, Lynlee • 2009, 2010, 2011
Wallace, Caylinn • 2008
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Sun Devil Shot Putters Still Alive At Olympic TrialsClarke, Whiting to compete for a spot on the U.S. Olympic
June 23, 2012
TEMPE – The past and present of Arizona State University track and field throwers are moving on to the shot put finals at the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials as alumnus Ryan Whiting and junior Jordan Clarke lived to fight another day in Eugene, Ore.
Whiting – a six-time NCAA Champion during his time at Arizona State – will enter tomorrow’s final ranked third overall after the preliminary round with his throw of 19.94m (65-05.00). The top three athletes at the Olympic Trials who have met the Olympic `A’ standard will advance to the Olympic Games in London.
Clarke, fresh off defending his NCAA Outdoor shot put title, enters tomorrow’s finals in eighth overall after his prelim mark of 19.14m (62-09.25).
The competition was held in unfavorable conditions at Hayward Field as rain poured down on the competitors through much, if not all, of the competition. Several premiere throwers struggled – Clarke, himself, well below his typical form – and one notable omission from tomorrow’s final is two-time Olympic silver medalist Adam Nelson, who did not have a sufficient mark to advance.
Clarke and Whiting have combined to win eight of the last 10 NCAA indoor and outdoor shot put titles have won four straight outdoor crowns (two a piece).
In another action, alumnus Charonda Williams did not advance out of the 100-metet semifinals as she finished 16th overall in a time of 11.41.
Sophomore high jumper Bryan McBride finished in a tie for 17th overall and did not advance to the finals in that event either.
Sophomore sprinter Ryan Milus was slated to run in the prelims of the 100-meter dash but ended up not starting the race and did not compete.
Action at the U.S. Trials will continue tomorrow with several Sun Devils in action. Whiting and Clarke will take part in the shot put final at 3:30 p.m. PST while sophomore Anna Jelmini will be in action the in discus final as well. Alumnus April Kubishta will take part in the pole vault competition, which was delayed due to weather on Friday.
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Four Sun Devils Named to Academic All-America ListJohn Kline earned first-team honors in the 2012 Academic All-America® Division I. The award was for his performance on the Track & Field/Cross Country teams.
June 21, 2012
TEMPE, Ariz. – Four members of the Arizona State University track and field team were honored on Thursday as they were named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Men’s and Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country Teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Seniors John Kline and Jamie Sandys, as well as graduate Cj Navarro and junior Nick Happe all earned either first, second or third team honors on the prestigious list, the organization announced Thursday morning.
Kline highlighted the field for the Sun Devils, earning first team Academic All-American honors. Kline graduated in May with a 4.03 GPA in Kinesiology. Kline was honored with the ASU Alumni Outstanding Graduate Award and Mouer Award from the School of Nutrition. He also earned an athletic All-America award, taking second-team honors for his work on the men’s 4×400-meter relay that finished 10th overall at the NCAA Championships earlier this month.
It was the first time Kline has been selected to the Capital One/CoSida All America® team and added to his many academic achievements this year, which also included Pac-12 first team honors, MPSF All-Academic honors and likely a spot on the USTFCCCA All-Academic list as well.
Sandys earned second team honors on the Academic All-America team for the second consecutive season. Sandys – a point-scorer at the 2012 Pac-12 Championships in the decathlon – finished with a 4.09 GPA and double major in Anthropology and Sociology. Sandys also finished his career as a three-time first-team Pac-12 All-Academic selection.
Navaro made the Capital One/CoSida All America® team for the first time in her career, earning second team honors on the women’s side. Navaro finished her graduate degree this season after posting a 4.08 GPA – graduate-work included – in Education Technology. Navarro scored for the Sun Devils in both the hammer and discus competition at the Pac-12 Championships and was just one spot away from qualifying for the NCAA finals in the discus competition.
Navarro was a four-time All-Academic Pac-12 honor with the selection, having been a first-team selection in 2010, 2011 and 2012 while being a second team honoree during her redshirt freshman campaign.
Happe rounded out the field for the Sun Devils with a third team selection to the All-Academic team. Happe earned second-team All-America honors indoors in the mile and posted a 4.09 GPA in Finance as well.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 15,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
For more information about the Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit www.cosida.com.
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U of A Baseball, Natl. Champs
By Derek Evans
Not only did they win their first championship since 1986, the ESPN announcers said they became only the second team to go undefeated throughout the whole college World Series since 1999. When the team won they wear shirts saying “Wildcats own Omaha.” And I can’t think of a better statement to describe how the team played.
Junior outfielder Robert Refsynder won the College World Series MVP. In his final game as a Wildcat, as he was drafted by the New York Yankees in the sixth round of the 2012 MLB draft , he went out on top. The key moment of the game was when first baseman Brandon Dixon drove in the go ahead runs with the game tied at one to one.
This was surprising because on such a great hitting team Dixon is one of the worst hitters and usually comes into the game as a defensive substation. During the post-game interview with ESPN, head coach Andy Lopez said he almost set in a pinch hitter for Dixon. Wildcats fans should be very Thankful he didn’t. With star outfielder Robert Refsynder leaving to go to the New York Yankees farm system and Star short stop Alex Mejia leaving after being drafted by the ST. Louis Cardinals, it will be very hard for the Wildcats to repeat as champs next year, but not many people expected them to win it this year.
As they say at the University of Arizona the Wildcats ‘Bear-Down’ [a saying coined by a UA football player in the early 1900’s after he was involved in a car accident and was terminal, he told his team to “Bear down and win!”]
Mike Patrick, one of the announcers for the game stated on Sports Center after the game that both teams had pitching, Arizona just also had great hitting. After winning it all it will be interesting to see how the program goes from here.
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ASU Track & Field Star Houlihan Gets Pac-12 Award
The freshman swept the Cross Country and Track and Field honor for the first time in Pac-12 history.
OFFICIAL PAC-12 AWARDS
TEMPE, ARIZ. – Arizona State University track and field freshman Shelby Houlihan was named the Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year, as announced by Commissioner Larry Scott on Thursday.
Houlihan sset freshman records for the Sun Devils at 800 and 1,500 meters during the 2012 outdoor season with times of 2:03.85 and 4:22.95, respectively. Indoors, Houlihan obliterated the school record in the mile with her season’s best of 4:39.56 – nearly five seconds quicker than any other Sun Devil in history. In addition, she clocked the third-fastest 800-meter indoor time in school history at 2:07.58.
Houlihan’s outdoor time at 800 meters was the eighth-fastest time in the NCAA this season this year and the third-fastest junior time in the country as well. Houlihan took fourth in the event at the Pac-12 Championships in a race where the top five were separated by less than half a second. She was favored to advance to the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, before an untimely fall at the NCAA West Preliminary knocked her from contention.
For Houlihan, it made it a sweep of the Pac-12 award in the category for the 2011-12 season after she was honored as the conference Cross Country Newcomer of the Year this past Fall. With this honor, Houlihan became the first student-athlete in Pac-12 history to earn both the cross country and track and field Newcomer of the Year honors since the conference began awarding both in 2000.
Houlihan became the third Sun Devil to be honored as Newcomer of the Year behindJacquelyn Johnson in 2003 and Charonda Williams in 2008. That mark ties Arizona State for the highest total of Newcomers of Year in Pac-12 history with UCLA and USC.
Houlihan is slated to compete this weekend at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships in Bloomington, Ind., in the 800-meter run with the preliminary round taking place on Friday.
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ASU Grad, Webster, to Rep. Australian Olympic TeamThe ASU water polo standout posted freshmen records in goals and points in her lone season as a Sun Devil in 2006.
June 15, 2012
TEMPE, ARIZ. – Former Arizona State University water polo standout Rowie Webster has been named to the Australian Senior National Team that will compete at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, as announced by Australian Water Polo Inc. earlier this week.
The Australian Women’s National Team – or “Stingers” as they are know Down Under – is entering just its fourth Olympics after its debut at the Sydney Games in 2000. In that time though, the squad has made its mark, taking gold in Sydney and bronze in Beijing in 2008. They will be expected to be a medal favorite entering this year’s Games as well.
Webster, a native of Melbourne, Victoria in Australia, will be making her Olympic debut with the team and has been a member of the Senior National Team for the past four years. In that time, Webster has been an admirable defender for the Stingers and helped the squad to silver medal performances at the FINA World League Finals and the FINA World Cup in 2010 and a first-place finish at the Pan Pacific Championships in Australia earlier this year.
Webster competed for only one year as a Sun Devil, but it was an impressive one. Webster scored 63 goals as a freshman in 2006 and added 19 assists to that for 82 points on the year. Both were freshman records and both marks have not come close to being touched since her departure. Her 63 goals rank fourth all-time in single-season goals scored for the Sun Devils and was selected as a third-team All-American by the American Water Polo Coaches Association. She was named the MPSF All-Freshmen Team, the All-MPSF Second Team and the MPSF All-Tournament team while ranking sixth in the nation in goals scored.
Webster chose to pursue her professional career in the sport following her freshman season, playing a season for a professional team in Greece before returning to Australia to focus on making the Senior National Team. Webster has developed a reputation as one of the game’s elite defenders during her time with the Stingers and she will be a vital part of the team’s medal chances. Webster has since gone on to earn a Bachelor of Physical Education in Secondary Teaching from Deakin University.
The Olympic women’s water polo competition is set to begin July 30 at the Water Polo Arena in London. The Australians will begin with group play and have drawn Italy, Great Britain and Russia in Group B.
Webster’s addition to the Olympic roster brings the total number of current or former Sun Devils represented at this year’s Summer Games to seven. Several positions on numerous Olympic team are still up for grabs in the coming weeks. Be sure to stay tuned to www.TheSunDevils.com for continued coverage of current and former Sun Devils and their paths to the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Official List of 2012 Sun Devil Olympians
Desiree Davila (marathon/USA)
Kelsey Campbell (wrestling/USA)
Alison Williamson (archery/Great Britain)
Amy LePeilbet (soccer/USA)
Riley McCormick (diving/Canada)
Mickey Benedetti (diving/Italy)
Rowie Webster (water polo/Australia)
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By Arizona State University (ASU) Athletic Department
June 9, 2012 (12:07 p.m.)
DES MOINES, Iowa – Jordan Clarke defended his NCAA outdoor shot put title and the Arizona State University track and field team finished competition Saturday at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
Clarke found the extra gear yet again in a big-meet setting, launching his fourth throw 20.40m (66-11.25) to win the competition by over two feet. It was a new outdoor career-best for Clarke and he moved into third on ASU’s all-time list in the process with the throw.
Clarke entered the final round of throws in fourth place after his prelim mark of 19.57m (64-02.50). Like his prior two national titles, Clarke dug down deep heading into the finals before launching a lifetime’s best right out the gates for the decisive mark of the competition. In doing so, Clarke has now set personal records at each of his three NCAA Championships, winning all despite not coming in with the top rank, and has solidified himself as one of the most clutch throwers in the history of the NCAA.
It was the third consecutive shot put title for Clarke, who also won the 2011 outdoor championship and was the 2012 NCAA Indoor champion as well. He joins some elite company with the result, becoming just the fifth Sun Devil outside Linda Tolbert, Maicel Malone, Ryan Whiting and Jacquelyn Johnson to win three or more individual titles at an NCAA Championship competition.
With the victory, the Sun Devils have now won the last four NCAA outdoor shot put competitions. Ryan Whiting went back-to-back in 2009 and 2010 before graduating and handing the crown off to Clarke in 2011. In addition, ASU has now won eight of the last 10total shot put titles between the indoor and outdoor campaigns between Whiting and Clarke since 2008 – all under the tutelage of throws coach David Dumble.
Clarke becomes just the 15th individual in NCAA history since 1921 to win back-to-back outdoor shot put titles. Clarke’s second title of the year is just the third for the Sun Devils in any sport during the 2011-12 season with Mason McHenry’s indoor 800m crown being the other.
The ASU men finished the competition in 16th overall with 18 points while the women finished 24 with 13 points over the course of the four day event.
The Sun Devils will now set their sights to post-collegiate season events such as the U.S. Olympic Trials, the NACAC U-23 Championships and the Junior National and World Competitions, set to take place over the course of the summer at assorted venues.
ASU Sun Devil NCAA Performances
- Jordan Clarke (1st/Shot Put/20.40m)
- Derick Hinch (3rd/Pole Vault/4.50m)
- Chris Benard (7th/Triple Jump/16.36m)
- 4x400m Relay [Burrows/Caesar/Kline/Henry] (10th/3:04.19)
- Jordan Clarke (10th/Hammer/63.67m)
- Bryan McBride (12th/High Jump/2.20m)
- Chris Benard (16th/Long Jump/7.39m)
- Chris Burrows (18th/200m/20.91)
- Anna Jelmini (2nd/Discus/58.79m)
- Keia Pinnick (5th/Heptathlon/5,671 points)
- Christabel Nettey (8th/Long Jump/6.37m)
- Constance Ezugha (11th/Long Jump/6.28m)
4x100m Relay [Gooden, Pinnick, Herring, Sanchez] (16th/44.84)
- Anna Jelmini (Shot Put/18th/15.94m)
4x400m Relay [Tate/Herring/Winfrey/Sanchez] (20th/3:38.18)
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Phoenix Suns should focus on present, future
By Derek Evans
The Phoenix Suns are watching this year’s playoffs from home and if things don’t work out this summer, they could be watching it for a while. Just two years the Suns took the eventual champion Los Angeles Lakers to a hard fought six games series in the Western Conference finals, that seems so long ago. That off season they lost Amre Stoudamire to the Knicks and then came the decline. Now this off-season Steve Nash is now a free agent. He has admitted to at least considering changing teams. Suns’ fans better hope and pray he doesn’t. Nash has stated he is frustrated with the team’s apparent lack of energy to get talent around and who could blame him. Nash is still a great premier NBA point guard, but the fact is he isn’t getting older and wants desperately to win a championship. Do they Suns have any chance to keep him? Well for one it might help if the team cans head coach Alvin Gentry and maybe even replace him with a familiar face ,former head coach Mike D’Antoni. Would that be enough to keep Nash? Probably not, but it certainly would help. Resigning Steve Nash is so important for the Suns because not only for the team next year, but for years to come. This is because if the Suns don’t go out of their way to keep, that isn’t going to look good for the Suns, trying to get any potential big name free agents in the future. This is a make or break off-season for the Suns, it is the difference between contending for the playoffs or watching it at home for years to come.
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