The Minnesota Daily

All content by Robert Mews

James Ware leaves Minnesota for assistant coaching job at Utah State

August 16, 2006

James Ware, who helped coach former Gophers basketball star and current Utah Jazz forward Kris Humphries in high school and college, has a tough time holding a job. But for Ware, that isn't a bad thing. Ware,...

Youthful squad begins season with intrasquad scrimmage

August 9, 2006

With one of the most inexperienced Big Ten soccer teams, Minnesota doesn't have much time between today's Maroon and Gold scrimmage and the start of the regular season to gel together and solidify roles...

Gaub leaves Gophers after signing with Cleveland

August 2, 2006

After a disappointing junior season, Gophers pitcher John Gaub decided July 26 to forgo his final year at Minnesota and sign with the Cleveland Indians organization. Gaub, who was selected in the 21st...

Robinson’s camps teach youths ‘life skills’

July 19, 2006

Despite temperatures soaring past 90 degrees the past few days, a herd of runners still took to University streets with athletic improvement on their minds. These runners weren't just any collection of...

Successful season earns Minnesota tourney invites

July 12, 2006

It was just more than a month ago that the Minnesota men's golf team wrapped up its season with a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships. That finish has earned the Gophers a pair of invitations...

Minnesota star eyes NBA

June 28, 2006

With versatile players like Gonzaga's Adam Morrison, Washington's Brandon Roy and Italy's Andrea Bargnani in abundance for tonight's NBA Draft, it's possible that former Minnesota swingman Vincent Grier...

Gaub taken with 641st pick of draft

June 14, 2006

For nearly all of last week's Major League Baseball draft, there wasn't much action for Minnesota's baseball players. Senior pitcher John Gaub was the only Gophers player selected, taken in the 21st round...

Vacation and competition intertwined on Gophers’ trip across the pond

June 7, 2006

It's not often a sports team can call a road trip a vacation. But when Minnesota's volleyball team starts a seven-match, 12-day European tour June 12, it might be as close to one as some of the players...

Baseball loses Big Ten Tournament Championship game to Michigan

May 31, 2006

The tournament-tested Gophers baseball team again found itself in the Big Ten Tournament Championship game last weekend. However, a home-powered Michigan club (42-19, 23-9 Big Ten) won two out of three...

Baseball team gets sweep in final series

May 24, 2006

The Minnesota baseball team might not have the best record heading into the Big Ten Tournament, but it does have momentum on its side after a weekend sweep of Indiana at home. The Gophers (31-24, 17-14...

Father-son duo to NCAA Championships

May 24, 2006

Closing out a coaching career with an NCAA championship would be near the top of Minnesota's men's tennis coach David Geatz's career objectives. But coaching his son D.J. to a singles championship this...

Gophers look to close at the home stretch

May 5, 2006

It's crunch time. And no, it's not about finals. Minnesota's baseball team is at the critical cusp of the Big Ten race. Starting at 3 p.m. today, the Gophers (22-21, 9-11 Big Ten) play Big Ten leader Northwestern...

Midweek game at North Dakota State will see depleted roster for Minnesota

May 3, 2006

With another midweek game tonight, Minnesota's baseball team once again will look to evaluate its younger players and look for some momentum heading into a critical stretch of the season. The Gophers (22-20)...

Gophers drop three of four games to Illini

May 1, 2006

The Dome just wasn't homelike for Minnesota's baseball team this weekend. With three losses to Illinois this weekend, the Gophers are below .500 at the Metrodome this season and are sitting below the same...

Minnesota looks to turn around hitting luck at Metrodome

April 28, 2006

With a 9-7 record at the Metrodome this season, Minnesota baseball coach John Anderson said it's time to start winning four-game series at home. That quest begins at 6:30 tonight when the Gophers (20-17,...

Midweek opponent allows Anderson to shuffle lineup

April 26, 2006

Minnesota baseball coach John Anderson isn't afraid to change a lineup card in the middle of a Big Ten race. He's also more willing to do the same for a nonconference opponent, such as South Dakota State...

Gophers win final two games of road series at Michigan State for split

April 24, 2006

With back-to-back come-from-behind losses to Michigan State this weekend, it looked as if Minnesota's baseball team would leave East Lansing, Mich., without at least a series split. But the Gophers (20-17,...

Minnesota goes to Michigan State for first games between teams since 2003

April 21, 2006

Minnesota and Michigan State don't know much about each other. The Gophers (18-15, 6-6 Big Ten) will face the Spartans (17-16, 6-6 Big Ten) this weekend in East Lansing, Mich., for the first time since...

Inexperience lends mystery to new faces

April 18, 2006

When this season began for Minnesota's baseball team one thing was almost a given - Andy Hunter, a third team All-Big Ten selection from last season, would help lift the team to contention this season. However,...

Bats get busy for three wins

April 17, 2006

The offense finally got going for Minnesota's baseball team this weekend at Iowa. With a 12-1 win Sunday and two other wins in the four-game series against Iowa (15-17, 5-7 Big Ten), the Gophers (18-14,...

Gophers hope extra bench player will spark bats at Iowa

April 14, 2006

With limited offensive production this season, Minnesota's baseball team is heading to Iowa this weekend with an altered roster and hopes of more offensive punch. The team has decided to drop one pitcher...

Pitching helps keep Minnesota afloat

April 12, 2006

For much of the season, Minnesota's baseball team has struggled offensively. But despite having the worst batting average in the Big Ten, the Gophers pitching staff has been able to keep many games within...

Lack of runs and lack of wins

April 10, 2006

The ongoing offensive problems that have plagued Minnesota's baseball team for much of the season continued to do harm this weekend in a four-game set against Michigan at the Metrodome. The Gophers (14-13,...

Gophers look to wake bats vs. Wolverines

April 7, 2006

Offensive woes have led Minnesota's baseball coach John Anderson to emphasize aggressiveness for this weekend's home series tilt against Michigan. The Gophers (13-10, 2-2 Big Ten) begin the four-game set...

Midweek nonconference game allows little time for looking at scouting report

April 5, 2006

Cramming. It sounds like a phrase used by test-taking students. It's also what Minnesota's baseball team (12-10, 2-2 Big Ten) will do before playing at Northern Iowa (15-12) at 3 p.m. today. The Gophers...

Pitching turnaround salvages split of series

April 3, 2006

The wild pitching in the home dome made for a rough start to Minnesota's Big Ten baseball opener against Penn State. But the Gophers (12-10, 2-2 Big Ten) rebounded with back-to-back shutouts to take a...

Big Ten season opens against Penn State at the Metrodome

March 31, 2006

The Big Ten baseball season gets under way for Minnesota and Penn State this weekend at the Metrodome. That means a relief from the southern school blues for both squads. Minnesota (10-8) hosts Penn State...

No one catching on yet behind the plate

March 28, 2006

Position battles happen in almost every sport. They are especially common in college sports with revolving rosters because of graduations. Despite its formality, a position battle still looms with Minnesota's...

Refigured lineup leads to a couple of wins

March 27, 2006

For two games this weekend, Minnesota's baseball team might have found workable lineups against Missouri State. For the third game against the Bears (11-9), the Gophers (10-8) changed the lineup once again...

Minnesota’s struggling offense to take on strong pitching at Missouri State

March 24, 2006

By now the strength of the Southern school pitchers is becoming commonplace for Minnesota's baseball team. This weekend will be no different as the Gophers (8-7) head down to Springfield, Mo., to face...

Lyons fills the hole at short

March 22, 2006

Coming into the season, Minnesota's baseball team had some big question marks as to who would fill the shoes of third baseman David Hrncirik and shortstop Matt Fornasiere. After all, Fornasiere led the...

Ragin’ Cajun pitchers go 2-for-3 against Gophers in series at the Dome

March 20, 2006

A strong dose of Southern-school pitching this weekend kept Minnesota's baseball team from winning its first series on the road this season. Minnesota (8-7) lost Sunday at Louisiana-Lafayette (10-7), 3-1....

Gophers host tourney at the Dome this weekend

March 10, 2006

Minnesota's baseball team has a simple objective for this weekend's Metrodome Tournament - take one game at a time and focus on what the Gophers can do, not what other teams can do. Minnesota (2-5) hosts...

Minnesota hosts Bison midweek at Metrodome

March 8, 2006

While a subpar baseball team like a 1-7 North Dakota State on the slate for tonight at the Metrodome might provide an easy victory, Minnesota isn't taking chances. The Gophers (1-5) host the Bison at 6:30...

Fans remember baseball icon, Minnesota legend

March 8, 2006

For many fans and baseball players, the embodiment of Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett goes beyond the home runs, Gold Glove awards and World Series championships even after his death. Puckett,...

Gophers looking to use speed on the Dome’s turf

March 6, 2006

With the Metrodome's artificial turf comes the inevitable aspect of speed in baseball. Speed - it's something Minnesota's baseball team relies on to win games. Perhaps, then, the team should be optimistic...

Wildness plagues pitching staff in series sweep at FSU

March 6, 2006

The culprit for Minnesota's baseball team this weekend was the strike zone - or the inability for Gophers pitchers to find one. The Gophers (0-3) threw 22 bases on balls in the three-game set at ninth-ranked...

Improved pitching performace yields just one weekend win

March 6, 2006

A home-opening Dairy Queen Classic for Minnesota's baseball team didn't do much to relieve the lack of wins, but it did help sustain some confidence against some national-caliber talent. The Gophers (1-5)...

Dairy Queen Classic to feature elite-level teams

March 3, 2006

The Metrodome will be scattered with major league scouts this weekend as a slate of talented teams come to play Minnesota in the Dairy Queen Classic. The Gophers (0-3) host Arizona (8-4) on Friday, Notre...

Gophers to open season with three-game series in Tallahassee against No. 9 Florida State

February 24, 2006

A disadvantage has been handed to the Minnesota baseball team for this weekend. The team plays its first series of the season at ninth-ranked Florida State (7-1) today, Saturday and Sunday for a three-game...

New infield will be key in quest for Big Ten title

February 22, 2006

Unfamiliar places and faces ó thatís what Minnesotaís baseball team will face this season to achieve a familiar place ó its fourth Big Ten title in five years. The Gophers were unable to collect a...

Despite resting athletes, women take eight titles

February 20, 2006

With the impending Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend and some less demanding opponents at the Parentsí Day Open on Saturday, Minnesotaís womenís track and field team was able...

Home meet to be used as rest weekend for womens squad

February 17, 2006

One week is all that is left for Minnesotaís womenís track and field team to prepare for the Big Ten Championships in Wisconsin. That final preparation will be Saturday against some less formidable Division...

Jack Johnson, former Minnesota equipment manager, dead at age 62

February 17, 2006

The man known inside the University athletics department simply as ìJack" died from terminal liver cancer Wednesday evening. Jack Johnson, 62, served as the Gophers equipment manager for the track and...

Dorniden tallying records in first month of career

February 14, 2006

She might as well be certified in record breaking. That is the case for Minnesota women's track and field freshman Heather Dorniden. Her résumé in the past 10 days alone: 400-meter...

Record breaking continues in Iowa State

February 13, 2006

The Minnesota women's track and field team continued its record-breaking running at the Iowa State Classic this weekend. Freshman and reigning Big Ten Athlete of the Week Heather Dorniden continued her...

Inexperienced squad goes 0-for-4 in season-opening tourney

February 13, 2006

Youth usually correlates to inexperience. That might have cost Minnesota's softball team four games this weekend at the Auburn Tournament. The Gophers lost their last game of the five-game tournament set...

Men and women go south on I-35 to Iowa State

February 10, 2006

Breaking school records has lifted Minnesota's women's track and field team into the national spotlight with Big Ten Athletes of the Week and a top-25 ranking. But that praise will not change the goals...

La Crosse connection runs from Minnesota to West Allis

February 8, 2006

The connections between the Twin Cities and La Crosse, Wis., go further than the mighty Mississippi River. Minnesota women's track and field coach Gary Wilson and junior distance runner Emily Brown illustrate...

Current Gophers win exhibition over Pro-Alumni

February 6, 2006

Not even the lofty Metrodome walls or the coaching of Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Paul Molitor could stop the Minnesota baseball team from winning Saturday. Molitor's Pro-Alumni team fell behind...

Women’s weekend in Indiana Signifies step up in competition level

February 3, 2006

Minnesota's women's track and field team hasn't faced the type of competition it will see at the Big Ten meet. That will change this weekend when the Gophers head to South Bend, Ind., for the Meyo Invitational...

Injury, New Mexico roots highlight Laura Johnson’s Minnesota tumbling tenure

January 31, 2006

For most athletes an injury is the obstruction to success. But for Minnesota's women's gymnastics senior Laura Johnson, a major ankle injury in high school propelled her to higher levels after hard work,...

Puchtel picks apart Killingsworth on D

January 30, 2006

Shutting down Indiana seemed improbable with Indiana's offense, and Minnesota's men's basketball's lack of it. Yet a lineup switch that brought junior Zach Puchtel into the starting lineup gave the Gophers...

Newfound beam equilibrium leads to narrow win

January 30, 2006

The feeling of being undefeated will continue for another week for Minnesota's women's gymnastics squad. The 20th-ranked Gophers upset No. 9 Penn State on Saturday at the Sports Pavilion by the slimmest...

Men looking for change of venue to change results

January 27, 2006

As Minnesota's men's gymnastics team's season has progressed, the Gophers haven't been able to outscore higher-ranked opponents. Yet, the eighth-ranked Gophers haven't been at home, and all that will change...

Record throws show great potential

January 25, 2006

No one, including Minnesota's men's track and field coach Phil Lundin, believes junior Adam Schnaible has reached full potential as a weight thrower " despite his recent record throwing performance last...

Record-setting Saturday at Field House

January 23, 2006

Coaches say early season indoor track and field meets are supposed to be an exhibition before the Big Ten meet, but what Minnesota's men's team did at the Jack Johnson Classic on Saturday was turn it into...

Johnson honored by event naming

January 18, 2006

He doesn't hold any records and his name is not in the ranks with other Minnesota track and field legends. But Jack Johnson's place on the track and field program is as resounding as that of any other...

Men’s team takes 10 titles at weekend Minnesota Invite

January 17, 2006

The Minnesota's men's track and field team was able to claim 10 titles in the Minnesota Open that featured limited nonconference competition. Yet the Gophers' main objective coming into the Saturday meet...

Gophers run opening win streak to seven

December 12, 2005

Minnesota's wrestling team continued its season-opening winning streak that parallels the one accomplished by the 2001-2002 NCAA Championship squad. The fifth-ranked Gophers beat No. 19 Nebraska at home...

Despite loss of Gentil, talent returns next season

December 6, 2005

This season was not like any other year in recent history for Minnesota's volleyball team. The team was knocked out of the second round of the NCAA Tournament for only the second time in the past five...

Rocky Topped in Knoxville

December 5, 2005

Minnesota's volleyball team was well on its way to a fourth-straight Sweet 16. But then it all fell apart in a flash. The 17th-ranked Gophers lost Saturday to Tennessee in five games in the second round...

NCAAs take team to Tenn.

December 2, 2005

For a team that has gone to back-to-back Final Fours, Minnesota's volleyball team will be tested early this season to see whether this squad is a real contender for another deep postseason run. The 17th-ranked...

Experience to be emphasized at NCAAs

November 30, 2005

Minnesota's volleyball team has relied on its young talent for most of this up-and-down season. However, another NCAA Tournament is coming up for the Gophers and the team is looking to its three seniors...

Even with hot finish, team takes to road for NCAAs

November 28, 2005

Despite Minnesota's volleyball team winning four of its past five matches, including a weekend sweep at home, the Gophers will have to hit the road for the NCAA Tournament. Minnesota, ranked 17th, had...

Regular season closes this weekend at Pavilion

November 23, 2005

There is a lot on the table this Thanksgiving weekend for Minnesota's volleyball team. The 17th-ranked Gophers (22-7, 12-6 Big Ten) host a hot Illinois team (15-14, 6-12 Big Ten) Friday and close out the...

Gophers win, lose weekend road trip

November 21, 2005

Minnesota's volleyball team needed a win this weekend to keep its momentum rolling. It was able to do that while making history. The 19th-ranked Gophers (22-7, 12-6 Big Ten) beat No. 17 Ohio State (19-8,...

Men take title in home swim meet

November 21, 2005

Minnesota's men's swimming and diving team dominated this weekend's Minnesota Invitational at the University Aquatic Center. That was because of, in large part, to the competition packing their bags and...

Tough weekend road trip goes through Ohio and Pennsylvania

November 18, 2005

The last time Minnesota's volleyball team played Penn State and Ohio State, the Gophers were outhit, outblocked and outserved. They basically were outplayed in every facet of the game in those early season...

Gentil nearing top of NCAA digs list

November 16, 2005

Minnesota's volleyball team wants to be known for its tough defense. It comes as no surprise then, that senior libero Paula Gentil has created an All-American career by playing in Minneapolis. Gentil isn't...

Tough home loss followed by big home win

November 14, 2005

The weekend could have been worse for Minnesota's volleyball team. However, the team still manages to sit in the same position that it sat in coming into the weekend " a three-way tie for second place...

Huge home rematch this weekend

November 11, 2005

Looking to avenge a five-game loss at Wisconsin earlier this season, the Minnesota volleyball team will look to pounce on the Badgers at home this weekend to move past them in the Big Ten standings. But,...

After struggling earlier this season, the Gophers have started rolling

November 9, 2005

Winning its past four matches, Minnesota's volleyball team is starting to roll at the right time of the season. The Gophers struggled earlier in the season against ranked teams, No. 14 Purdue, No. 19 Ohio...

Four-game sweep through Mich.

November 7, 2005

A trip to the Wolverine State this weekend proved to be a test of adversity for the Minnesota's young volleyball team. The 17th-ranked Gophers (20-5, 10-4 Big Ten) overcame a quick start by Michigan (10-12,...

Gophers take to Wolverine State for a pair of weekend road contests

November 4, 2005

This weekend's trip to Michigan will give Minnesota's volleyball team a chance at contending for a top position in the Big Ten. The 17th-ranked Gophers (18-5, 8-4 Big Ten) will head to Cliff Keen Arena...

After 12 years, Sports Pavilion more like home

November 1, 2005

Saturday's Minnesota volleyball match against Indiana recorded the second-highest attendance mark in school history, when 9,671 patrons packed Williams Arena. Only last season's match against Illinois...

Gophers win at Williams

October 31, 2005

A change of venue for the Minnesota volleyball team didn't do much to change the result of serving up a home victory. The 18th-ranked Gophers (18-5, 8-4 Big Ten) hosted their first and only home match...

Minnesota looks to avoid block party at Williams

October 28, 2005

It's been 10 years since the Indiana volleyball team won a match in Minneapolis. Saturday at Williams Arena, Minnesota's volleyball team will try to continue that streak against a very young Hoosiers squad. The...

Minnesota stops losing skid with three-game win in Iowa

October 27, 2005

Minnesota's volleyball team went back to its old 6-2 offense and tough defense, and returned to Minneapolis with a win. The Gophers (17-5, 7-4 Big Ten) left Iowa on Wednesday night winning a three-game...

Gophers hope to resolve multitude of problems tonight in Iowa

October 26, 2005

A trip to Iowa tonight gives Minnesota's volleyball team a chance to regroup and start chipping away at the Big Ten standings. The midweek match between the 18th-ranked Gophers (16-5, 6-4 Big Ten) and...

Big home games, huge losses

October 24, 2005

For the first time since 1998, Minnesota's volleyball team lost back-to-back home matches, against Ohio State and Penn State this weekend. On Friday the 12th-ranked Gophers fell to No. 20 Ohio State in...

Minnesota takes on Penn State and Ohio State in huge home weekend

October 21, 2005

If there was one weekend for Minnesota's volleyball team to prove its worthiness for being ranked nationally, this would be that weekend. The 12th-ranked Gophers (16-3 overall, 6-2 Big Ten) host No. 20...

Bench helping Minnesota compensate for graduation

October 19, 2005

After losing eight players last season, Minnesota's volleyball team has had to rely on youth and a deeper bench to keep the team near the top of the Big Ten standings. Coach Mike Hebert said uncertainty...