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Gophers name Lucia men’s hockey coach

April 12, 1999

Less than 72 hours after Doug Woog ended his 14-year tenure as Gophers men's hockey coach, the University introduced his replacement. After meeting with the search committee on Thursday night, Don Lucia...

Woog’s departure marks end of era for Gophers hockey

April 7, 1999

With the spotlights glaring and tape recorders rolling, Doug Woog hesitated for a moment before joining men's athletics director Mark Dienhart at the table where he would announce his retirement as Gophers...

WCHA bids adieu to Woog adieu

April 7, 1999

Doug Woog made a habit of beating up on the WCHA, posting a career winning percentage of more than .600 against every other team currently in the league. But rather than root for Woog's resignation, which...

Student makes good on whupass warnings

November 28, 1998

High-strung University student Ronny Sassbottom had been saying something like this might happen for a long time, but it wasn't until the Thursday preceding a previous Friday that his warnings were finally...

McLean leads, U golfers follow

August 24, 1998

When a long-hitting 19-year-old stepped out of the Australian outback to win the NCAA championship in May, less than five months after arriving in the United States, the short list college golf's best...

Clymer to take NHL plunge

August 19, 1998

Gophers defenseman Ben Clymer, who would have entered this season as one of college hockey's top players at his position, informed the Minnesota coaching staff last week that he would forego his remaining...

U fullback Evans faces assault charge

August 14, 1998

Minnesota running back Byron Evans is accused of assaulting a former girlfriend, his second arrest in four months. Evans, 22, a redshirt junior from Texas City, Texas, pleaded innocent last month in Hennepin...

The big guns: Katzenmoyer, Dayne

August 7, 1998

CHICAGO -- Thanks to the Big Ten's convoluted scheduling process, Wisconsin running back Ron Dayne and Ohio State linebacker Andy Katzenmoyer -- two of the nation's premier players at their respective...

Lewis makes Team USA cut

July 17, 1998

Gophers forward Quincy Lewis and Connecticut guard Khalid El-Amin of Minneapolis were among the 12 players named Thursday to the USA Basketball Goodwill Games team. Lewis is one of four Big Ten players...

Woog’s golfing embarrasses U

June 9, 1998

After the Gophers men's hockey team suffered a sub-par season, coach Doug Woog headed into the off-season hoping his golf game might not do the same. He was wrong. Woog the golfer continues to wallow...

Ice Pimps making hockey look mean

June 5, 1998

Aggressive hockey is back in Minneapolis. Fueled by the sensual tones of Barry White and pre-game meals of lettuce and unsweetened tea, the Ice Pimps have lit a fire under the rear end of the University...

Men’s golfer stuns NCAA field

June 1, 1998

This won't do much to quiet those Tiger Woods comparisons. Long-hitting Gophers golfer James McLean, a 19-year-old freshman from Wahgunjah, Australia, who's been in the United States for just five months,...

Hall of famers reflect on bygone era

May 14, 1998

It was 69 years in coming, but former Minneapolis Lakers great Vern Mikkelsen finally got his chance. He made the most of it. Mikkelsen and former Gophers and Lakers coach John Kundla visited with a group...

CHA votes Mankato St. into league

May 4, 1998

What began as a fledgling club program 30 years ago is now a full-fledged member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Despite rumors in recent weeks that Mankato State's bid for WCHA membership...

Coaches: Prep hockey needs a boost

April 30, 1998

After a storied college and professional hockey playing career, John Mariucci took over as coach of the Gophers hockey team in 1952. He helped turn an average program into a perennial national contender,...

Summit…Discipline…Disciple…Littlejohn

April 10, 1998

As their new coach walked through the door and into the locker room in the basement of the Sports Pavilion, a month of anticipation boiled over into a frenzy of excitement. Finally, members of the Gophers...

Three players leave women’s hoops team

March 30, 1998

Former Gophers women's basketball player Lynda Hass said "personality conflicts" with the coaching staff led to her decision to ask women's athletics director Chris Voelz for a release from her scholarship. "Things...

Late collapse knocks Ufrom playoffs

March 17, 1998

DULUTH, Minn. -- Sounding hoarse and looking spent, Gophers men's hockey coach Doug Woog hesitated for a long moment before saying that no, he'd never been through a loss like this. "I'm thinking," Woog...

U prepares for the road less traveled

March 13, 1998

When the Gophers men's hockey team last went on the road for the first round of the playoffs, senior co-captain Casey Hankinson couldn't walk across the living room, much less streak down a sheet of ice. That...

WCHA playoffs: intriguing match-ups, few surprises

March 11, 1998

It's not quite a tournament on the scale of the NCAA men's basketball free-for-all, but the WCHA postseason begins on Friday with five best-of-three series. The top five teams in regular season play --...

Indiana vs. Purdue gives tourney life

March 9, 1998

and Tim Klobuchar CHICAGO -- The Gophers-Northwestern game that opened the inaugural Big Ten tournament didn't exactly get the conference's new baby off to a rousing start. There were more empty seats...

Balance a key against Spartans

March 6, 1998

CHICAGO -- The first game of the inaugural Big Ten Tournament served not only to kick off what could become an early March tradition, but also to debut the Sam and Quincy Show, with your hosts, Sam Jacobson...

Not hosting games hurts U, WCHA

March 4, 1998

For the first time in 12 years, Mariucci Arena will not be the site of a postseason series. And while that will surely leave some egos bruised, the pocketbooks of both the Minnesota athletics department...

Nickname search begins for U’s Spehar

March 3, 1998

Those who didn't get the chance to see it on any of the multiple airings of ESPN's SportsCenter on Sunday night and Monday morning missed a doozy. Dave Spehar's first-period goal on Friday against Colorado...

Men’s hockey loses pair of road games

March 2, 1998

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- In 1806, when Zebulon Pike attempted to reach the mountain peak that would later bear his name, he said, "It can't be done." The Gophers men's hockey team must know how ol' Zeb...

Four goals can’t cheer up the Gophers’ Smith

March 2, 1998

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- His four goals and an assist against Colorado College on Saturday may not have earned Gophers junior Wyatt Smith the win he wanted, but they did get him a longer shower. Smith...

Sweep a must in drive for five

February 27, 1998

A season ago, the Gophers men's hockey team returned home from its series with Colorado College with a win and a tie. Those three points propelled Minnesota to a final-weekend showdown with Wisconsin,...

Top-five finish not out of reach for U

February 25, 1998

North Dakota effectively locked up its second straight WCHA title over the weekend, sweeping at Denver while second-place Wisconsin and St. Cloud State were both swept. UND now has an eight-point lead...

DeBus continues solid play in sweep

February 24, 1998

His senior season has been well below expectations, but in recent weeks Gophers goaltender Steve DeBus has begun to make the best of a bad situation. Against Wisconsin early this month, he limited the...

sweeps, but gains no ground

February 23, 1998

Start with figure skating, then throw out the sequined outfits, the triple lutzes and the teary adolescents, and there you have it: This weekend in Gophers men's hockey. Minnesota's opponent, Alaska-Anchorage,...

Injuries mount for hard-luck Gophers

February 23, 1998

If you're looking for a fun way to get a Gophers men's hockey player to demonstrate his checking technique, mention that he's the one of the few players to avoid the injury bug. Then turn, face the wall...

UAA hopes to bore into win column

February 20, 1998

Alaska-Anchorage coach Dean Talafous has heard it all before. During his first head coaching stint, at Division III Wisconsin-River Falls in the mid-80s, fans criticized Talafous for coaching a slow-down,...

Wisconsin tries to avoid late swoon

February 18, 1998

With little more than a month remaining in the 1996-97 season, the Wisconsin men's hockey team was tied for second place. But an onslaught of injuries caught up with the Badgers, and they didn't win a...

Six wins a must for .500 record

February 17, 1998

It may go down as one of the more embarrassing losses in recent Gophers history, during a season in which there have been several. But after surrendering a three-goal first-period lead by allowing North...

DeBus makes the stops, but Minnesota falls flat

February 16, 1998

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Steve DeBus didn't deserve his fate this weekend. The Gophers men's hockey team lost a pair of games at North Dakota, an outcome that's become something of a tradition over the past...

Five-goal third sinks Gophers

February 16, 1998

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- If it had any hope of earning a split in a weekend series with North Dakota, the Gophers men's hockey team knew it had to avoid the same sorry start that decided the opener, a 4-2...

Goehring, Spehar to face each other again

February 13, 1998

The Gophers' Dave Spehar, then with Duluth East, was the sniper -- shrewd and swift. Apple Valley goaltender Karl Goehring, now a freshman at North Dakota, was small of stature, but positively Herculean...

MD unlikely to return favor over weekend

February 11, 1998

The Gophers men's hockey team did North Dakota a big favor last weekend by sweeping Wisconsin and knocking it out of first place. But the Sioux aren't likely to return that favor and allow themselves...

DeBus rewarded for weekend

February 10, 1998

Gophers goaltender Steve DeBus received his second Defensive Player of the Week award of the season on Monday in return for his stellar weekend against Wisconsin. He stopped 54 of 55 shots in the Gophers'...

Shades of ’97 from U hockey, hoops

February 9, 1998

This was no Thrilla in Manila, no Rumble in the Jungle. No butterflies were afloat and no bees were a-stinging. But the Gophers men's hockey team did play a decent Muhammad Ali to Wisconsin's Joe Frazier...

Gophers’ hex on Badgers continues

February 9, 1998

History can be the most formidable of foes. Wisconsin learned that lesson -- again -- this weekend, as the Gophers men's hockey team swept the series soundly and surely, winning 4-1 and 7-0 and pushing...

Men’s hockey looks to cool off Wisconsin

February 6, 1998

The Gophers men's hockey team is reeling. Minnesota is 17 points behind first-place Wisconsin in the WCHA, coming off a sweep by Michigan Tech and playing without its captain. And here's coach Doug Woog,...

Badgers say best hockey is yet to come

February 4, 1998

While North Dakota was busy beating up on Mankato State, Wisconsin kept up with its winning ways over the weekend. The Badgers swept Alaska-Anchorage, winning 2-1 and 3-1, to take over sole possession...

Ill feelings reach new heights in Tech series

February 3, 1998

The rivalry between the Gophers men's hockey team and Michigan Tech is nearly 70 years old, but it's hard to believe a couple of old acquaintances could stay angry for so long. The Huskies whipped Minnesota...

U teams lose games, cool on road

February 2, 1998

HOUGHTON, Mich. -- For a few short days in late January, the Gophers men's hockey team was back. The we're-better-than-our-record refrain was beginning to sound reasonable. Goals were coming in bunches....

U’s drive for five continues vs. Tech

January 30, 1998

HOUGHTON, Mich. -- It's Winter Carnival time at Michigan Tech, which means behemoth ice sculptures fill the front yards of the school's fraternities and sororities in celebration of the majesty of the...

Inside track tough to get in WCHA

January 29, 1998

Getting hit upside the head by a flying puck might sting a little, and a skate blade cut across the jugular will probably bleed. But these examples pale in comparison to the understatement that the race...

News doesn’t overwhelm injury-riddled Hankinson

January 27, 1998

Casey Hankinson is in bad shape, but my, what a humanitarian. The Gophers men's hockey captain was slowed by a hip pointer and a nasty case of the flu last week. And the sprained left thumb he suffered...

U busts out in sweep of Bulldogs

January 26, 1998

Las Vegas bookmakers have been known to offer their clients some rather inane wagers during Super Bowl week -- the over-under on the number of trips Packers nose tackle Gilbert Brown would make to the...

Gophers’ wins lead to war of words with UMD

January 26, 1998

If only we could get inside the mind of Minnesota-Duluth men's hockey coach Mike Sertich and wander around for awhile. Perhaps then we could see what he meant when he derided the Gophers' "arrogance"...

UMD series is crucial for U hockey

January 23, 1998

As if sitting dead last in the WCHA wasn't bad enough, the Gophers men's hockey team continues to find itself on luck's bad side. Sure, they could use a break. But they could probably use a ride to the...

St. Cloud, UND to meet in showdown

January 21, 1998

It's too early to talk about March Madness, but maybe January gee-whiz! would be more appropriate. The race for the McNaughton Cup -- given to the winner of the WCHA regular season championship -- is...

Men’s hockey still in last place after split

January 20, 1998

Few things are as satisfying as spending a nippy January evening in an easy chair, immersed in a good book and the warmth of a nearby fire. Just make sure the broadcast of the Gophers men's hockey game...

Redshirt freshman saves the Day in goal for Gophers vs. Pioneers

January 20, 1998

On first glance, it just looks ... strange. Gophers goaltender Erik Day's make-like-a-statue habit when the puck is out of play brings to mind the royal guards at Buckingham Palace in London -- staring...

Minnesota, Denver in unfamiliar situation

January 16, 1998

In any other season, the Gophers men's hockey team would likely look at a series with the last-place team in the WCHA as a mere speed bump in the road to the postseason. Not so fast. The Gophers themselves...

Fresh troops give Gophers new outlook

January 15, 1998

The problems encountered by the Gophers men's hockey team this season have been as numerous as they have been untimely. But with a handful of players returning to the lineup this weekend against Denver,...

Pohl gets final word vs. Spehar

January 9, 1998

On March 9, 1996, entering the final game of his high school career at Duluth East, Gophers sophomore Dave Spehar -- then the defending state scoring champion -- found himself five points behind the season-long...

Surprising St. Cloud leading WCHA pack

January 7, 1998

Although St. Cloud State was picked to finish seventh in the WHCA this season, its league-leading performance so far is for real. The Huskies, ranked No. 7 in the nation, are 10-1-1 since Nov. 1, including...

Top line helps Gophers shake funk

January 6, 1998

For the better part of the early season, nary a Gophers men's hockey player could find the net with a compass and a map. Goals were few and far between, and even though the team was playing fundamentally...

Mankato State making strides vs. WCHA foes

January 5, 1998

It may be too early to call Mankato State a rival on par with Minnesota-Duluth or St. Cloud State, but the Mavericks served notice over the weekend of their intentions to play with the big boys in the...

Eleven years ago…

June 9, 1997

Eleven years ago, the Gophers men's basketball program was reeling. Three players had been arrested and charged with raping a woman while on the road in Wisconsin, which led to Coach Jim Dutcher's resignation. The...

Littlejohn looks for new beginning

June 6, 1997

She's been on the job for nearly two months, but new Gophers women's basketball coach Cheryl Littlejohn is still trying to catch her breath. The early part of her tenure has been spent shuttling back...

Gabler, Hjarrand to take swing at the pro circuit

May 23, 1997

On the outskirts of professional tennis -- far away from the glitz and glamour and Grand Slams -- lie the satellite circuits. And while it's not pretty out there, it's where a career in the pros begins. Success...

U to receive money for women’s hockey rink

May 22, 1997

and Chris Vetter The University will receive $3 million in its 1998-99 biennial budget, earmarked specifically to finance the construction of a women's hockey facility, but what that facility will look...

Sauska set to make impression

May 16, 1997

As Gophers freshman Nora Sauska began to climb the national tennis rankings, losing only once in her first 22 matches and reaching the top 40 by mid-season, she seemed like a sure bet to take her place...

Hill-MacDonald defends new job

May 15, 1997

More than a few jaws dropped and plenty of eyebrows rose on May 6, when the Cleveland Rockers -- one of eight teams in the upstart Women's NBA -- announced that former Gophers coach Linda Hill-MacDonald...

Gophers play the spoiler at Region IV tournament

May 12, 1997

Everyone knows about the neighbor who drops by unexpectedly, looking to borrow a pair of hedge clippers, but then announces he's staying for dinner. His appearance is unwelcome and annoying, but he can't...

U’s season ends with NCAA loss

May 12, 1997

The Gophers women's tennis season came to an abrupt end Friday, losing 5-2 to Indiana in the first round of the NCAA Midwest regional tournament. And while coach Martin Novak said he was satisfied with...

U looks to prove itself at NCAAs

May 9, 1997

The Gophers women's tennis team will head to South Bend, Ind., the home of Notre Dame and the fabled Golden Dome, this weekend for the NCAA Midwest Regional tournament. And the Gophers (11-6) are looking...

Gabler takes his losses in stride

May 8, 1997

When asked to describe Gophers men's tennis captain Ben Gabler, Coach David Geatz put it simply: He's a great guy who had a bad year. Gabler's senior season has been hard to figure. After scoring at least...

Rangsithienchai to pace U at NCAAs

May 7, 1997

It's doubtful that the following debate would ever find its way inside the fences of a tennis court, but it could be said that playing the piano and mastering the game of tennis have much in common. When...

Gophers men’s tennis team to play Purdue in NCAA first round

May 1, 1997

After the Gophers men's tennis team suffered through a season that coach David Geatz described with variations on the theme of "horrible," the odds of getting the opportunity to defend its regional championship...

U women’s tennis gets NCAA bid, plays Indiana in first round

April 30, 1997

The Gophers women's tennis team continued its evolution into one of the elite teams in the Big Ten on Tuesday, receiving a second-straight bid to play in the NCAA regional tournament next weekend. Although...

U finishes fifth at Big Ten tournament

April 28, 1997

With a week-old win over first-round opponent Northwestern in its hip pocket, the fourth-seeded Gophers women's tennis team looked like a solid pick to advance to the semi-finals of the Big Ten tournament...

Gophers make good on Geatz’s promise, beat Purdue

April 28, 1997

Don't expect to hear stories of Gophers men's tennis coach David Geatz whooping it up at the Bierman building in celebration of his team's third-place finish in the Big Ten tournament. The Gophers have...

Geatz: No. 7 unlucky for opponents

April 25, 1997

Ross Loel, who helped the men's tennis team win four straight Big Ten championships from 1992-95, stopped by to check in on his former team last week. When he was around, Loel asked to see the bracket...

Men’s tennis has worst finish under Geatz

April 21, 1997

Gophers men's tennis coach David Geatz has played up the doubles performance of his team all season long. "We just don't lose the doubles point," he said earlier this season. "That's a huge advantage...

Capone routine works for Chicoine

April 18, 1997

Gophers men's tennis coach David Geatz must have a little bit of Al Capone running through his veins. In his pursuit of Tom Chicoine, Geatz stopped just short of ordering a pair of cement shoes for the...

Gophers women’s tennis regains composure to split two matches

April 14, 1997

The Gophers women's tennis team, losers of four straight matches after winning their first nine of the season, headed into a pair of tough weekend matches in search of a boost. In a way, they got it....

Former Alabama assistantto coach U women’s hoops

April 11, 1997

After spending most of her first meeting with the local news media explaining the many reasons why she took the job as Gophers women's head basketball coach, Cheryl Littlejohn confessed there's just one...

Work means wins for Sauska

April 10, 1997

Gophers freshman women's tennis player Nora Sauska turns 21 today, and she has plenty to celebrate. But don't expect her to live it up the way some of her American counterparts often do, by swilling a...

Improved singles play boosts Gophers

April 7, 1997

With the stretch run of the Big Ten men's tennis season in full swing, Gophers coach David Geatz knew the team needed more production from the singles spots to meet its goal of sweeping the rest of the...

Gophers tennis team in the running for a Big Ten title

April 2, 1997

The season is more than two-thirds complete, but as far as Gophers women's tennis coach Martin Novak is concerned, things are just getting started. After going undefeated through their first nine matches...

Once a fan, always a fan

March 17, 1997

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Its maroon-and-gold hues have faded a bit and the band around the neck is tattered, but Wallace "Wally" Kenssey, after all these years, still wears his Minnesota sweatshirt with pride. Kenssey...

Tournament upsets make office pools interesting

March 17, 1997

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- With the first 32 games of the NCAA tournament in the books, one thing has been made irrefutably clear. It's not just who will play in the Sweet 16 next weekend, and it's not that...

Hill-MacDonald quits as Gophers coach

March 10, 1997

Ending months of speculation, Linda Hill-MacDonald resigned as Gophers women's basketball coach on Friday, effective immediately. Hill-MacDonald and women's athletics director Chris Voelz issued a joint...

Gophers to take no chances vs. Bobcats

March 10, 1997

Since the NCAA tournament expanded to include 64 teams in 1985, a No. 1 seed has never lost to a No. 16 seed. That bodes well for the Gophers, who earned a first-ever top seed in the tournament on Sunday...

James is peaking at right time

March 7, 1997

With a pair of games left in the regular season -- and the Big Ten title securely in hand -- Gophers coach Clem Haskins sought to shore up one of his team's enduring weaknesses: rebounding. He knew that...

All eyes are fixed on Coach Hill-MacDonald

March 5, 1997

Coaching changes are nothing new, of course, in any sport at nearly every level. But in the ranks of Big Ten women's basketball, turnover has become the name of the game. So if Gophers women's basketball...

U’s Iverson is overlooked by Big Ten again

March 4, 1997

The Gophers' Angie Iverson walked all over the competition for much of the season, leading the Big Ten in rebounding and finishing fourth in scoring. Her individual numbers made a case for being named...

Women’s hoops surprises Badgers in first round

March 3, 1997

INDIANAPOLIS -- Coach Linda Hill-MacDonald's 95-year-old grandmother has spent the better part of the last two seasons praying to St. Jude, the patron saint of hopeless causes, for help in curing what...

Slate is cleared for U women’s hoops

February 28, 1997

The Gophers women's basketball team will likely be pushed aside during the hubbub surrounding its male Big Ten-champion counterparts. It has been that way for the last two years, as the team has floundered...

U women’s hoops looks for rebirth

February 27, 1997

It's not an easy time to be a member of the Gophers women's basketball team. Another losing streak -- now up to five in a row -- is off and running as the team heads to the Big Ten tournament this weekend....

Women’s basketball team sees little improvement

February 25, 1997

It's doubtful that the Gophers women's basketball team ever expected to go into the Big Ten tournament, which begins this weekend, as a favorite. Then again, maybe they did. "I didn't know where'd we...

U gets trounced to end regular season

February 24, 1997

Finally -- and perhaps mercifully -- the Gophers women's basketball team's regular season has come to an end. But wait. Mercy has no place in a pair of 30-point shellackings, like those suffered by Minnesota...

Women’s basketball not quite there yet

February 21, 1997

Just like a group of antsy kids in the back of a rambling station wagon, the Gophers women's basketball team must be asking themselves an age-old question: Are we there yet? Not quite, kids, but the end...

Iverson voices concerns about teammates’ play

February 18, 1997

The Gophers women's basketball team seems to practice and play hard, but week after week -- with a rare exception -- the results are the same. A casual look at the score of Sunday's game with Indiana,...

Gophers turn over 28-point loss to IU

February 17, 1997

Near the midpoint of the second half of Sunday's game, Gophers women's basketball coach Linda Hill-MacDonald called a timeout with her team trailing Indiana by 26. Then she stepped away from the huddle...

Gophers have chance vs. IU

February 14, 1997

On its first road trip of the Big Ten season in early January, the Gophers women's basketball team traveled to Indiana in search of a rare win. It nearly got one. The Hoosiers took an early 23-9 lead...

U’s Iverson overlooked by Big Ten committee, again

February 11, 1997

For the last two weeks, Gophers center Angie Iverson has made a legitimate claim to the Big Ten Player of the Week award. And for the second straight week, Iverson was overlooked in favor of other players...