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...

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...

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,...

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...