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Win over Mankato St. fails to impress U baseball coach

March 17, 1998

Gophers baseball coach John Anderson had a hard time putting his team's 9-7 come-from-behind win over Mankato State on Friday night at the Metrodome into words. During post-game interviews, Anderson was...

Hoops season leaves bars thirsting for patrons

March 12, 1998

A year ago when the Gophers men's basketball team advanced to the Final Four, large caravans of Minnesota fans traveled to every NCAA tournament game and all the campus-area bars and restaurants overflowed...

Hockey sweep sets up series in Duluth

March 9, 1998

Coming into the final series of the regular season Friday night against second-place St. Cloud State, the seventh-place Gophers men's hockey team was searching for anything to turn its abysmal season...

nderstaffed Gophers no match for Badgers

March 2, 1998

INDIANAPOLIS -- The seven Gophers women's basketball players suspended earlier in the week by coach Cheryl Littlejohn for team rules violations stood silently underneath one of the baskets at the RCA...

Iverson takes the high road after sitting out her final Big Ten game

March 2, 1998

INDIANAPOLIS -- Senior center Angie Iverson stood outside the visitor's locker room at the RCA Dome 20 minutes after the Gophers women's basketball team's 65-47 season-ending loss to Wisconsin in the...

Suspensions hurt Gophers’ slim Big Ten chances

February 27, 1998

It's amazing what close games against two of the top three teams in the conference can do for the confidence of a team mired in the midst of an 11-game losing streak and a 4-22 season. But that was just...

U’s Littlejohn shelves seven hoops players

February 26, 1998

Coach Cheryl Littlejohn on Monday suspended seven members of the Gophers women's basketball team for violating team rules late Sunday night. Littlejohn notified her players of the suspensions Monday during...

Birth of daughter shifts priorities for U’s Taylor

February 25, 1998

Sometimes fate has a strange way of touching a person's life. A year and a half ago, Gophers women's basketball guard Swantreca Taylor was dealt one of those surprises when she learned she was pregnant...

Gophers’ Olson mum about controversial foul call

February 24, 1998

Only a few inches separated the Gophers women's basketball team from a possible victory Friday night at the Sports Pavilion. With the Gophers trailing Michigan 54-53 and 12.2 seconds on the clock, Minnesota...

Late collapse dooms women’s hoops

February 23, 1998

For a while Sunday at the Sports Pavilion, it looked like the Gophers women's basketball team was capable of upsetting first-place Iowa, halting the Hawkeyes' Big Ten title hopes and snapping their own...

Loss of grandfather splits attention of Gophers women’s hoops player

February 20, 1998

There has always been at least one constant in junior Gophers women's basketball guard Mindy Hansen's life. She had to deal with her parents getting divorced when she was younger, the difficult experience...

Award jockeying starting early for women’s hoops

February 20, 1998

In a display reminiscent of the treatment that top blue chip high school sports recruits receive from college coaches, Big Ten women's basketball sports information personnel have blanketed the 22-person...

Offense sputters as women’s hoops team loses by 33 points

February 16, 1998

If the Gophers women's basketball team has proven one thing this season, it is that the squad is capable of losing games in a variety of different fashions. Indiana became the latest team to notch a 'W'...

Indiana situation a case of trial and error, several say

February 13, 1998

The 1997-98 Indiana women's basketball media guide describes junior Hoosiers point guard Dani Thrush as an "exciting" and "talented" player who "gets in the middle of every play." This season, however,...

Comeback sparks new focus for U

February 10, 1998

Silver linings have been hard to come by this season for the last-place Gophers women's basketball team, but that's just how the team described its two close weekend losses to conference leading Illinois...

Women’s hoops gains confidence in losses

February 9, 1998

There was a noticeably different atmosphere during the Gophers women's basketball team's post-game interviews after the team's pair of eight-point weekend losses. Instead of wearing their normal tired...

U’s Littlejohn remains upbeat and outspoken

February 6, 1998

Twenty-one games into the Cheryl Littlejohn era at Minnesota, the performance of the Gophers women's basketball team has been somewhat of a disappointment to the team, the fans and, most of all, to Littlejohn...

Montagne says soccer class is her best ever

February 5, 1998

Two months after the conclusion of its most successful season to date, the Gophers women's soccer team was rewarded with what coach Sue Montagne calls her best recruiting class ever. On Wednesday, the...

Recruit’s ties to U coach go way back

February 5, 1998

More than 30 years ago, Gophers volleyball coach Mike Hebert and Dennis Berg were teammates on the UC-Santa Barbara men's volleyball team. Back then, Hebert had no idea that he would one day coach Dennis'...

Coach collars Klun because of poor play

February 3, 1998

Junior forward Sarah Klun did not play for the Gophers women's basketball team on Friday at Purdue or Sunday at Ohio State because of a coach's decision by Cheryl Littlejohn. While Littlejohn refused...

44-point loss sends women’s hoops to new low

February 2, 1998

Just when it seems things can't get any worse for the Gophers women's basketball team, something else happens to top the team's past failures. Over the weekend Minnesota (4-17 overall, 1-10 Big Ten) suffered...

Walk-on made the right call

January 29, 1998

Cheryl Littlejohn still remembers where she was when she received the call. The Gophers women's basketball coach was in her new office only days after taking over the reigns of the team from ex-coach...

Iverson struggling after stellar year

January 27, 1998

Before the start of the season, the women's athletic department touted senior center Angie Iverson as an All-America candidate. And why not? The 21-year-old Owatonna, Minn., native was coming off a season...

U women’s hoops loses two at home

January 26, 1998

Gophers women's basketball coach Cheryl Littlejohn paced the sidelines impatiently during the second half of Minnesota's 67-54 loss to No. 17 Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon at the Sports Pavilion. No matter...

Wisconsin looks to avenge tourney loss

January 23, 1998

It's been almost a year since the 11th-seeded Gophers women's basketball team upset sixth-seeded Wisconsin, 80-75, in the first round of the Big Ten women's basketball tournament. Both teams have varying...

Women’s hoops coach benched Gophers guard

January 21, 1998

Sophomore Gophers women's basketball guard Kiauna Burns did not play during Sunday's 84-65 loss at Northwestern for a basketball-related reason coach Cheryl Littlejohn characterized as a "coach's decision." "It's...

Gophers regress with pair of losses in winnable contests

January 20, 1998

After the Gophers women's basketball team's 81-73 upset win at Michigan State on Jan. 11, it looked as if Minnesota and new coach Cheryl Littlejohn were about to turn the corner and erase the memory of...

U’s Whitfield out for year with injury

January 14, 1998

Ayesha Whitfield, a freshman shooting guard on the Gophers women's basketball team, will have surgery next week after suffering a season-ending knee injury in a Dec. 28 game at Iowa. The meniscus tear...

Women’s hoops wins at Mich. St.

January 12, 1998

It took a new starting lineup and contributions from several unlikely sources, but the Gophers women's basketball team finally got its first Big Ten win of the season Sunday afternoon at Michigan State. Before...

Waiting game over for Gophers’ Olson

January 9, 1998

Erin Olson has become accustomed to watching basketball games from the sidelines. From her familiar perch in the stands last year and her current spot on the bench this season, the 5-foot-9 sophomore...

Ellis adjusting to life after leaving Gophers women’s basketball team

January 8, 1998

During almost every practice earlier this year, Jaime Ellis could be seen pedalling away fervently on an exercise bike and shouting words of encouragement to her teammates from the sidelines. But for...

Maybe it’s a si…

June 9, 1997

Maybe it's a sign of the times, a result of new-found independence or just a form of expression. Whatever the causes, the University and its athletic teams have seen an increase in the number of tattoos...

Halldorson: Now is not the time to start resting

June 6, 1997

Cardboard boxes and loose stacks of paper decorate new Gophers women's hockey coach Laura Halldorson's office at the Bierman Athletic Complex. A signed picture of Hall-of-Fame hockey player Darryl Sittler,...

Men’s swimming recruits have big hole to shore up

May 28, 1997

The Gophers men's swimming and diving team has signed four new recruits this spring. Minnesota signed two swimmers and two divers to try to help replace departing senior swimmers Matt Schlessman, Mitch...

Lentaris quits U swimming team, goes home to Greece

May 20, 1997

Junior swimmer Manolis Lentaris has started swimming again following two seasons of turmoil at Minnesota that saw him suffer various injuries, academic troubles and motivational problems. This time, however,...

Disappointing season ends for Gophers

May 19, 1997

The Gophers' men's golf team ended their roller-coaster season appropriately over the weekend by failing to advance to the NCAA championships. Minnesota finished 17th out of 21 teams at the NCAA Central...

Gophers are 14th after first day of NCAA regional

May 16, 1997

After the first day of the three-day NCAA Midwest Regional in Norman, Okla. on Thursday, the Gophers were tied with Tulsa for 14th place out of 21 teams with a one-round 297. Texas A&M was first with...

U men’s golfers look to fix problems at NCAAs

May 15, 1997

Not only could this weekend's NCAA regionals be the last tournament of the season for the men's golf team, it could also signal the end of senior golfer Mark Halverson's Gophers career. For the last four...

Gophers sign golf, swimming recruits

May 15, 1997

The Gophers women's swimming team announced 13 new signings for next season on Wednesday. Coach Jean Freeman called the new class the best she has ever recruited. The new swimmers come from a broad background,...

Freshman golfer blossoms at Big Tens

May 12, 1997

Prior to the start of the Big Ten men's golf championships on Friday in Columbus, Ohio, conference officials sent out a mailing, previewing the top teams and individuals in the Big Ten. The conference...

Gophers get bid to NCAA regional

May 7, 1997

As anticipated, the Gophers men's golf team received an invitation to the NCAA Central Regional on Tuesday. "We've expected to get there all year," Gophers coach John Means said before learning that his...

Gophers take fifth at Big Ten tourney

May 5, 1997

After finding out that she was denied a chance to be the lone individual competitor not on a team invited to the NCAA East Regionals, Gophers junior golfer Amy Dahle took out her aggression on the Forrest...

Men’s golf finishes fourth at Kent Invitational

May 5, 1997

Despite recording their lowest three-round total in two months, the No. 20 Gophers men's golf team finished fourth Saturday at the Kent Invitational in Ravenna, Ohio. Minnesota was in second place at...

U feels no pressure for Big Ten meet

May 2, 1997

The women's golf team feels it has nothing to lose at the Big Ten championships, which run today through Sunday in East Lansing, Mich. The team will be playing under considerably less pressure this weekend...

Men’s golfer rewards coach’s gamble with standout season

May 2, 1997

For one of the few times in his 18-year career, Gophers men's golf coach John Means gambled on a recruit last spring. He signed freshman golfer Martin Le Mesurier to a national letter of intent without...

Golfer excels following return to game

April 25, 1997

Golf has been a major part of sophomore men's golfer Bill Thompson's life since he was a toddler. He got his first set of golf clubs when he was just 4 years old and grew up playing with current PGA competitor...

U takes time to refocus before NCAAs

April 24, 1997

Before the start of the Gophers men's golf team's spring campaign, this season figured to be one to remember. But with the conclusion of its spring competitions looming near, Minnesota would like to forget...

Playoff hopes die for Gophers women’s golf team

April 21, 1997

The Gophers women's golf team's worst fears were realized this weekend as the team was eliminated from postseason competition in its last regular season meet of the year. Minnesota finished sixth out...

Former walk-on gets chance with U golf

April 18, 1997

When senior women's golfer Carolyn Klecker came to Minnesota as a freshman five years ago, golf was about the farthest thing from her mind. Klecker initially came to the University for it's aeronautical...

Gophers suffer below average performance

April 14, 1997

Sophomore men's golfer Bill Thompson soared past several of his more-heralded teammates on his way to an eighth-place tie at the Marshall Invitational Friday and Saturday in Huntington, W.Va. Thompson...