The Minnesota Daily

All content by Aaron Blake

Mueller passes on Gophers for pro style of Western league

July 12, 2005

Peter Mueller verbally committed to play hockey at Minnesota when he was 15. Since then, he's done much thinking, and at 17, he's decided that maybe the Gophers aren't the best fit for his future after...

U researchers look to stem the tide of an uncertain future

June 22, 2005

On the 14th floor of Moos Tower, the laboratory appears ordinary. Researchers wear jeans, put plates under microscopes and record their observations. Also under their eyes is a controversy - cells that...

Hill leaves top job at Anchorage to return to Gophers

June 15, 2005

Assistant coach John Hill helped recruit the talent that won Minnesota's men's hockey team its national championships in 2002 and 2003, but he didn't get to be a part of the titles after he left for the...

Assistant Motzko leaves Gophers for St. Cloud State job

June 1, 2005

Minnesota men's hockey assistant coach Bob Motzko is leaving the Gophers to become an assistant at St. Cloud State, Huskies Athletics Director Morris Kurtz announced Tuesday. Motzko, a St. Cloud State...

Filibuster compromise might only be temporary

May 25, 2005

Fourteen senators worked together to avoid a major change of course in the U.S. Senate on Monday, reaching a compromise that effectively killed a Republican effort to eliminate filibusters against judicial...

NFL Draft was a moment of clarity, lesson in hypocrisy

April 26, 2005

Anybody who knows me is aware of how much I despise the degeneration of ESPN into the catchphrase-laced "Crossfire" of sports with the occasional tidbit of actual news. But, like the hypocrite I am, I...

Adding a 12th game – how about taking a few away

April 14, 2005

When the NCAA Division I Management Council backed legislation that would add a 12th game to college football teams' schedules starting in 2006, the reaction in the Twin Cities was nearly universal: "Holy...

As Wheaton goes back to school, his book aims to guide first-timers

April 12, 2005

David Wheaton doesn't believe in coincidences. But even he admits the sequence of events during the last six weeks has been "pretty incredible." Less than one month after returning to college as Minnesota's...

Briggs proves superb as a subplot

March 29, 2005

Maine and Cornell weren't the only victims of heroic overtime goals by Minnesota's men's hockey team this weekend. Gophers goaltender Kellen Briggs was robbed as well - of his propers. Despite the grit-and-guts...

Maturi stands by his coach

March 25, 2005

Minnesota Athletics Director Joel Maturi stood by women's hockey coach Laura Halldorson on Thursday amid reports her future with the program is uncertain. Former player Jerilyn Glenn, who graduated last...

This fairy tale should end at the Big Dance

March 11, 2005

On Monday, Indiana coach Mike Davis all but said his team should be chosen ahead of Minnesota for the NCAA Tournament, citing the fact that it won the tie-breaker for the fourth seed during the weekend...

Stars and stripes briefly: Wheaton named interim

March 3, 2005

Minnesota men's tennis senior Avery Ticer wore the stars-and-stripes headband just like his hero David Wheaton did in the early 1990s. On Wednesday, Wheaton again exercised some influence over what Ticer...

Keady’s humility is a rare trait in sports world

February 28, 2005

Anyone who spends more than 15 minutes in the world of sports journalism learns that cynicism is like fiber for the sports journalist. Without cynicism, we wouldn't be able to digest the egotism and self-importance...

With or without Kessel, this team will be just fine

February 21, 2005

Something was very wrong at Mariucci Arena this weekend: Minnesota men's hockey fans were cheering and making signs for the wrong team. The Phil Kessel circus - cleverly disguised as the U.S. National...

Mass exodus starts to catch up with pair of men’s teams

February 16, 2005

Minnesota men's hockey coach Don Lucia said something very interesting after his team gave away a win with seven seconds to go Saturday against Alaska-Anchorage: "Training camp starts Monday, as far as...

Matches made in Monson’s heaven

February 7, 2005

After his team fell 60-50 to Minnesota on Saturday at Williams Arena, Badgers coach Bo Ryan was asked what he thought was working so well for Dan Monson's Gophers. So he gave his take, and then, he made...

Mason announces signing of 18 recruits

February 3, 2005

Minnesota football coach Glen Mason has a reputation as an Ohio high school football aficionado, and his recruiting classes have reflected that consistently during his tenure with the Gophers. This year,...

Unsung defense is focus starting tonight versus Ohio State

January 21, 2005

Minnesota women's hockey coach Laura Halldorson recently attached an interesting adjective to her defense, which is composed of four juniors, two sophomores and a freshman. Veteran. It's almost tempting...

Sweep of Brown leads into home stretch

January 18, 2005

In 1964, Brown University started the first collegiate women's hockey team. Forty-one years later, Minnesota's women's hockey team made Brown look like a club team. The top-ranked Gophers (19-1-2, 14-0-2...

Ocean sickness: Dominant Pac-10 awaits

December 14, 2004

Minnesota volleyball coach Mike Hebert might have shushed senior Erin Martin on Saturday when she began to fume about the lack of respect for Midwest teams on the West Coast. "I'm guessing they're favoring...

East Carolina looks at Hudson

December 8, 2004

East Carolina football coach Skip Holtz contacted Minnesota coach Glen Mason on Monday asking to speak with defensive coordinator Greg Hudson about an assistant position on his staff, East Carolina Director...

Veterans shine as Gophers take first at Mat Town

November 29, 2004

With most of the attention focused on the progress of a heralded redshirt freshman class, Minnesota's wrestling team's more experienced grapplers made the most of the team's final predual-season tournament...

Pawielski has surgery on broken leg, should return by spring practice

November 17, 2004

Minnesota football safety John Pawielski had surgery for a broken fibula Tuesday but should be back in time for spring practice, Gophers coach Glen Mason said. The junior was injured during the second...

Redshirt freshman class looks to boost Minnesota

November 16, 2004

Minnesota's wrestling team is coming off its worst NCAA Championships finish since 1996. But upperclassman leadership isn't the ticket out of this valley. No, coach J Robinson is counting on a group of...

Ticer, Edlefsen lose in singles tourney semis

November 16, 2004

Despite having two players in the semifinals Monday at the Big Ten Singles Championships in Madison, Wis., Minnesota's men's tennis team will not bring home its second-consecutive conference singles champion. Senior...

Mason stresses stadiums after Camp Randall visit

November 10, 2004

Minnesota football coach Glen Mason got a little jealous Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium, and he'll be the first to admit it. Mason said during his weekly press conference Tuesday that the newly renovated...

Gophers’ season given the Axe

November 8, 2004

MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin chopped off Minnesota's football team's legs Saturday - and that was before it took back Paul Bunyan's Axe. After the Gophers deferred to the second half on the opening coin toss,...

Mason says he’s sticking with Cupito as Gophers’ starting signal-caller

November 3, 2004

Minnesota football coach Glen Mason stuck by quarterback Bryan Cupito during his Tuesday press conference, saying the sophomore will remain the starter despite recent struggles. Cupito has not completed...

Three if by stick, sweep if by skate

November 1, 2004

Minnesota men's hockey freshman Kris Chucko lamented after this weekend's series versus Minnesota State-Mankato that he still hadn't shot the puck in the net after seven games this year. But this weekend,...

Briggs gains Lucia’s praise by the save

November 1, 2004

The first words out of Minnesota men's hockey coach Don Lucia's mouth following Friday's 9-2 win over Minnesota State-Mankato didn't seem appropriate after a blowout win. "It started with Kellen," Lucia...

McCarville breaks hand bone in practice

October 29, 2004

Minnesota's women's basketball team will be without Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year Janel McCarville for up to four weeks after the senior broke the third metacarpal bone in her left hand in practice...

Volleyball makes its case for a women’s hoops-like switch

October 18, 2004

Even after she managed to add a right shoulder injury to her laundry list of ailments, Minnesota volleyball senior Paula Gentil was so encouraged by the nearly 11,000 people in attendance Saturday evening...

Like a loyal pet, men’s hockey team provides comfort at end of rough day

October 11, 2004

Eleven a.m. to 9:30 p.m. All Minnesota sports, all the time. Saturday had such potential for Twin Citians - Minnesota's football team playing for a ticket to the Rose Bowl at 11 a.m., Johan Cy-tana on...

It’s becoming quite clear for the Gophers: Now is the time

September 20, 2004

Mike Nugent's larger-than-average leg has saved Ohio State from disaster two weeks in a row. Michigan saved Notre Dame coach Tyrone Willingham's job for another year with a 28-20 loss to the Irish last...

Gophers among many for Big Ten title

May 7, 2004

Minnesota baseball center fielder Sam Steidl describes the Big Ten this year as a "rat race." But, in fact, it's more like a Gophers-Buckeyes-Lions-and-Wolverines race - oh, my. There are more teams in...

Gophers post another midweek romp

May 5, 2004

Early and often has been the theme for Minnesota's baseball team's offense in its last few games, and Tuesday's game against Hamline was no different. For the third straight week, the Gophers offense shone...

Gophers still looking for consistent fourth starter

May 4, 2004

Minnesota baseball coach John Anderson said he chose to start pitcher Matt Loberg on Sunday against Purdue because of the success Loberg has had against the Boilermakers - namely, a 10-0 complete-game...

U wins 3 of 4 from Boilermakers

May 3, 2004

Each facing a bases-loaded jam in the first inning of their starts, Minnesota baseball pitchers Jay Gagner and Matt Loberg chose different paths this weekend. On Saturday, Gagner settled himself down and...

Improved pitching performances helps U

April 30, 2004

Minnesota's baseball team went into this season expecting big things from its pitching staff, and the phrase "best in the Big Ten" came up several times. Appropriately, the Gophers' rise to a conference...

Gophers topple Tommies 20-3

April 29, 2004

Wednesday night's Minnesota baseball game versus St. Thomas at Siebert Field had just about everything - walks, hit batsmen, errors and runs. And almost every one went in the Gophers' favor. About the...

Krogman battling back from surgery

April 28, 2004

Minnesota's baseball team's Pro-Alumni game in early February every year is usually reserved for some good times and a few reunions with former players. But for current Gophers junior Josh Krogman, the...

Tapeh taken in 5th round, headed for Philly

April 26, 2004

Former Minnesota football fullback Thomas Tapeh was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fifth round of the NFL Draft on Sunday. The 6-foot-1-inch, 230-pound native of Liberia was the 30th pick of...

Gophers win three, tied for first

April 26, 2004

Minnesota baseball coach John Anderson stated the obvious before this weekend's series at Northwestern: His players were going to have to start winning some series if they wanted move up in the standings. They...

On the road again: U heads to Northwestern

April 23, 2004

At this point last season, Minnesota's baseball team was 10-0 and cruising toward its second-straight Big Ten regular season title. This season, the Gophers are 7-5 and lodged in a four-way tie for second...

Gophers destroy D-II Bison

April 22, 2004

Minnesota's baseball team had made a habit out of barnburners against lesser midweek opponents, going 1-2 in three one-run Wednesday games during the first half of the season. But Wednesday, against North...

Vanek will play in World Championships

April 22, 2004

Minnesota men's hockey forward Thomas Vanek will represent his native Austria in the 2004 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships in the Czech Republic beginning Saturday. The sophomore...

U freshman Kommerstad in an unusual role

April 21, 2004

The last time a true freshman started consistently for Minnesota's baseball team was five years ago, when Cottage Grove, Minn., native Luke Appert stepped in as designated hitter and showed the upperclassmen...

Power surge: HRs dominate series

April 19, 2004

The winds were blowing out at Siebert Field on Friday and Saturday, and the first three games of the Minnesota-Penn State baseball series were accordingly decided by home runs. But on Sunday, it was the...

U taking it one series at a time

April 16, 2004

After Wednesday's 3-2, 10-inning win over South Dakota State, Minnesota baseball coach John Anderson noted that, at this point in the Big Ten season, most of the teams look pretty even. Accordingly, his...

Gophers squeak past Division II foe

April 15, 2004

A combination of South Dakota State baseball pitchers surprisingly shut down Minnesota hitters for seven straight innings Wednesday, but the end of the game belonged to the Gophers, thanks to some clutch...

Gophers glad to be home; Siebert Field in ‘great shape’

April 14, 2004

Despite all the talk about the crumbling walls and the need for a new facility for his team, Minnesota baseball coach John Anderson said there is no place he would rather be this afternoon. "Considering...

U wins three of four on the road

April 12, 2004

Minnesota's baseball team once again lost a five-plus-run lead this weekend, but the other three games in the series and the fact that a 19-game road trip is finally done, overshadowed the blown lead. Minnesota...

Keep on trucking: Road-weary Gophers off to Ind.

April 9, 2004

As Minnesota's baseball team hits the tail end of a 19-game, monthlong road trip, the emphasis is appropriately on finishing. The arduous period of travel will soon be over, and Gophers coach John Anderson...

Another big lead, another loss

April 8, 2004

For the second time in four days, Minnesota's baseball team blew a sizeable lead and suffered a disappointing loss. The Gophers lost to Northern Iowa 7-6 in 10 innings Wednesday evening at Riverfront Stadium...

Potulny inks deal with Ottawa

April 7, 2004

Former Minnesota men's hockey captain Grant Potulny has signed a one-year contract with the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League. The forward, who in his freshman year became the first non-Minnesotan...

Look at Mee: Redshirt frosh carries a big stick

April 7, 2004

It's almost as if Mike Mee was destined to play baseball at Minnesota. His father, Tom Mee Jr., played alongside current coach John Anderson in the mid-70s for the Gophers and roomed with Hall of Famer-elect...

Gophers split series in Michigan

April 5, 2004

Minnesota's baseball team got the Big Ten season off to the wrong start with a 4-3, 12-inning loss Friday against Michigan and came up just short of rebounding to win the four-game series. The Gophers...

QBs on display in first scrimmage

April 5, 2004

Minnesota's football team saw its first live, game-like environment Saturday, and continued the learning experience for its potential quarterbacks. The windy first scrimmage of the spring at Gibson-Nagurski...

Gophers women’s basketball: The glass slipper really fits

April 2, 2004

It's now April, and any more mention of the word "Cinderella" is likely to induce vomiting. Grab a bucket - she's sticking around past midnight, dancing the night away. "Cinderella" is, in fact, the most...

Big Ten season opens in Michigan

April 2, 2004

Minnesota's baseball team ended last year's Big Ten season on a sour note, dropping two games and the conference tournament title to Ohio State on the final day of competition. But the closing moments...

Gophers sweep three games in Iowa

March 29, 2004

Rain might have delayed the game between Minnesota's baseball team and Iowa over the weekend, but it couldn't dampen the momentum the Gophers had accumulated offensively. Minnesota won the Iowa Cubs/Hawkeye...

Lineup still not set as Gophers head to Iowa

March 26, 2004

Minnesota baseball coach John Anderson had grown accustomed to the same core of players inhabiting the early-middle part of his lineup for the last few years. When much of that core - including Ben Pattee,...

Gophers already seeing NCAA-tourney-caliber foes

March 23, 2004

Minnesota baseball coach John Anderson calls the road his team has traveled thus far one of the tougher first 15 games of his coaching career - and he's been coaching for 23 years. In the eight games played...

Eighth-place finish irks Gophers

March 22, 2004

ST. LOUIS - Just four seconds after the whistle blew to begin sudden-victory overtime in the 165-pound semifinals on Friday night at the NCAA wrestling tournament, Oklahoma State's Tyrone Lewis had Minnesota's...

Wrestler Hahn brings home second national title

March 22, 2004

ST. LOUIS - Minnesota's 197-pound wrestler Damion Hahn angrily stormed off the mat and into the underbelly of the Savvis Center after his semifinal match with Arizona State's Ryan Bader on Friday night...

Gophers wrestling team heads to NCAA championships

March 12, 2004

It's more of the same as this year's NCAA wrestling championships approach. Since 1975, Oklahoma State, Iowa and Minnesota have combined to take all but three national titles. And the way things have shaped...

Hahn, Volkmann true stars

March 8, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Only two seniors have graced the bout sheet for Minnesota's wrestling team this season, and both of them have done about everything they could. Defending national champion 197-pounder...

U can’t hold off Iowa, denied title

March 8, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio - When Minnesota's 184-pound wrestler Josh McLay shocked first-seeded Brian Glynn of Illinois in the quarterfinals at the Big Ten Championships on Saturday, the Gophers had a surprise semifinal...

Four real?

March 5, 2004

Minnesota's wrestling team heads to the Big Ten Championships this weekend in a much different position than in the past years. The Gophers have tasted mediocrity this year. But wrestlers and coaches have...

Vocal Wettengel lets his game do the talking, too

March 4, 2004

Minnesota men's tennis senior Chris Wettengel was cast into a hostile environment when he rolled through the first five rounds of the Big Ten Singles Tournament in November. And the hometown fans at Varsity...

Ex-player alleges plot vs. coach

March 1, 2004

A former Minnesota women's tennis player told The Minnesota Daily that University athletics officials offered her a scholarship in exchange for a complaint against the team's coach. University Athletics...

Iowa too deep for Gophers

March 1, 2004

Last April, Minnesota's women's tennis team won a Big Ten title with its depth. On Saturday, they got a reality check on just how much things have changed in their first conference match. The Gophers (2-5,...

Softball goes 4-for-5 at Islander Invitational

March 1, 2004

Minnesota's softball team went 4-1 in the Islander Invitational in Corpus Christi, Texas, this weekend. The Gophers (9-7) played Texas A&M-Corpus Christi once each on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and...

Coach battles U’s gender policies

February 26, 2004

Minnesota wrestling coach J Robinson is grappling with the University. To ensure nonrevenue men's sports receive the financial backing they deserve, he recently filed a complaint with the Department of...

McLay wrestles with taking on a new role for team

February 26, 2004

All 184-pound Minnesota wrestler Josh McLay had to do to win his biggest match of the season on Feb. 15 was stand up - kind of. McLay's effortless escape at the beginning of the third period and a second...

Down to the wire, again

February 23, 2004

Minnesota's wrestling team's most important matches this season have found ways to hinge on the performance of 174-pounder Jon Duncombe. This time, he just had to keep it close. Duncombe, ranked 12th,...

U to battle Oklahoma State on Sunday

February 20, 2004

Don't expect Minnesota wrestling coach J Robinson to get misty when he returns to his alma mater, Oklahoma State, on Sunday. The Gophers coach, who graduated from Oklahoma State in 1969, has much more...

U’s Duncombe makes the right move

February 17, 2004

Jon Duncombe graduated from Country Lane High School in St. Michael, Minn., burned out from wrestling and unsure what he was going to do with himself. So he decided he might as well go to school. Then...

Late pin seals win

February 16, 2004

With 54 seconds remaining in the third period of the final match Sunday at Williams Arena, Minnesota wrestling coach J Robinson decided it was about time to break it down for his heavyweight, redshirt...

Iowa-Minnesota wrestling rivalry is one for the ages

February 13, 2004

It's been a while since the top five teams in college wrestling didn't include both Minnesota and Iowa - much less either team. But much like the 12th-ranked Gophers, the eighth-ranked Hawkeyes haven't...

Wrestling coach files a complaint

February 12, 2004

Minnesota wrestling coach J Robinson has filed a gender discrimination complaint against the University. Robinson, in his 18th year at Minnesota, said the University was unwilling to take action when he...

Hebert named national volleyball coach of the year

February 12, 2004

Postseason awards were the furthest thing from Minnesota volleyball coach Mike Hebert's thoughts early in his team's 2003 campaign. In fact, it didn't even dawn on him until a remarkable turnaround and...

Wrestlers knock off No. 3 Illinois

February 9, 2004

Minnesota wrestling got one of its old leaders back and a little help from a new guy this weekend, as the Gophers recalibrated themselves with a huge upset of No. 3 Illinois and a blowout of Indiana. Senior...

U wrestlers take to the road

February 6, 2004

All year long, the talk from Minnesota's wrestlers and coaches has been about progress and trading wins now for success later. But there comes a time when a team needs some kind of evidence of that progress. That...

Football inks 24 to letters of intent

February 5, 2004

Six quarterbacks and seven Minnesotans were included in a group of 24 players who signed national letters of intent Wednesday to play football for Minnesota. Headlining the list are Hopkins quarterback...

Rise and wrestle: Sun comes up, Gophers practice

February 4, 2004

About 14 and a half hours after Minnesota's wrestling team lost to Purdue on Sunday, the Gophers were back at it, figuring things out during a rare early-morning practice. And following the short and intense...

Grapplers drop a pair of Big Ten matches

February 2, 2004

When Wisconsin came to town Friday, Minnesota wrestling's 165-pound starter Casey Flaherty knew he would probably battle his brother, Kelly Flaherty. But besides thickening the plot a little bit, the Flaherty...

Key wrestlers set to return as Gophers grapple at home

January 30, 2004

National champion 197-pounder Damion Hahn and 141-pound starter Tommy Owen are both set to return to the lineup this weekend for Minnesota's wrest-ling team. Now all the 12th-ranked Gophers need to reacquire,...

U wrestler Lowe struggles through the ranks

January 28, 2004

Bobbe Lowe is a slow starter, and he knows it. Minnesota wrestling's 125-pound mainstay loses in the first round at tournaments, makes mistakes early in matches and isn't thrilled with the way he's started...

Hahn, others out again

January 26, 2004

For the third and fourth straight duals, Minnesota wrestling was without its top two grapplers, 197-pound national champion Damion Hahn and 165-pound All-American Jacob Volkmann. Subtract 141-pounder Tommy...

Tennis team splits matches

January 26, 2004

Minnesota's men's tennis team split a pair of matches over the weekend at Baseline Tennis Center but came out with an important Big Ten win in their first action of the spring season. The 15th-ranked Gophers...

Wrestlers set to open Big Ten competition

January 23, 2004

Wrestling without both senior national champion 197-pounder Damion Hahn and 165-pound senior All-American Jacob Volkmann at last weekend's National Duals in Cleveland, Ohio, was indicative of just how...

Three compete for spot at 149-pound weight class

January 21, 2004

Just over a week ago, Minnesota wrestling true freshman Jeremy Anderson was looking forward to taking a redshirt year and gaining some experience before he would battle for a spot as a starter in a few...

Grapplers 7th at National Duals

January 20, 2004

Minnesota's ninth-ranked wrestling team finished in seventh place at last weekend's National Duals in Cleveland, finishing the tournament without its top two wrestlers. Senior 165-pound All-American Jacob...

Gophers squeeze past Oregon in Sun Bowl

January 20, 2004

EL PASO, Texas - The wind, the pressure and Oregon defensive lineman Junior Siavii's forearm did all they could to prevent it, but Rhys Lloyd's 42-yard field goal in the final minute of play in the Sun...

Gophers skate to a pair of 5-5 ties with Boston U

January 2, 2004

Keith Ballard did his part to bring Minnesota's men's hockey team back from a 4-2 deficit Saturday night at Mariucci Arena. But losing a 5-4 lead in the last half of the third period for the second straight...

Gophers win despite being short handed

January 1, 2004

>EL PASO, Texas - Minnesota overcame the loss of three and almost four starters in Wednesday's 31-30 Sun Bowl victory over Oregon. Freshman cornerback Trumaine Banks took a 37-hour bus ride home to...

Gophers edge Ducks 31-30 for Sun Bowl victory

January 1, 2004

;EL PASO, Texas - Minnesota placekicker Rhys Lloyd didn't need to listen to what his coach said with 23 seconds left in the game and a 42-yard field goal awaiting in Wednesday's Sun Bowl. He had been there. "He...

No. 2 Iowa State next up for U wrestlers

December 11, 2003

After last weekend's seventh-place finish at the Las Vegas Invitational, Minnesota's wrestling coaches want to light a fire under their squad as it enters its dual meet season. And it better not require...

Cashed out: Gophers slip to 7th in Vegas

December 8, 2003

Minnesota's wrestling team finished a disappointing seventh in the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational over the weekend, its final tune-up before its first dual meet of the season. No. 10 Nebraska took home...