The Minnesota Daily

All content by Sarah Mitchell

Wrestlers continue winning ways

November 23, 1998

Scattered across the country on Saturday, Minnesota's wrestling team met its objectives -- but not in the dominating fashion it expected. Competing in their first dual meet of the season, the second-ranked...

U Volleyball breaks road slump

November 23, 1998

Positive words associated with the phrase "on the road" have become a rarity in Minnesota's women's volleyball program all season. But on Saturday the team took strides toward improving that relationship...

Gophers need wins

November 20, 1998

With an NCAA tournament appearance in jeopardy, Minnesota's women's volleyball team fell from the national poll this week. The Gophers (16-11 overall, 6-10 in the Big Ten) were ranked in the top 25 for...

U Wrestlers spread wealth at three events

November 20, 1998

Gophers wrestling coach J Robinson said his team is closer this season than in any of his 12 years with the program. On Saturday, however, the tightly knit group will spend some time apart. The No. 2 Gophers...

NCAA bid still a slim

November 17, 1998

If Sonja Posthuma were on the NCAA committee that offered tournament bids, the Gophers women's volleyball team could realistically lose its final four matches and still earn an invitation. "Everybody talks...

Wrestlers cruise to Bison Open win

November 16, 1998

The final tally indicates Minnesota's wrestling team claimed nine of ten titles at the Bison Open in Fargo, N.D., on Saturday. In reality, though, the 2nd-ranked Gophers went undefeated in their 1998 tournament...

Postseason slipping away for volleyball

November 16, 1998

Following last weekend's home split, Gophers women's volleyball coach Mike Hebert speculated his team needed to win at least half of its six remaining matches to be invited to post-season play. If Hebert's...

Volleyball team

November 13, 1998

The 25th-ranked Gophers women's volleyball team probably glanced at the schedule in early September and prayed this weekend's matchup could somehow be erased. But the team's search for a higher calling...

Wrestling team snubs high ranking

November 12, 1998

To most collegiate coaches, rankings -- especially preseason polls -- have no bearing on the season at stake. Other than attracting national attention, it's merely a number, one that's often inaccurate. In...

Big Ten v-ball standings steady

November 10, 1998

Until last weekend, the Big Ten volleyball standings had an undefeated and seemingly unbeatable team on top, a down-and-out, winless team on the bottom and nine comparable teams jammed in between. But...

Home split

November 9, 1998

Minnesota's women's volleyball team is slightly frustrated. After compiling a threatening 10-1 preseason record, the Gophers looked to make a run at a spot in the Big Ten's upper division. But for the...

Similarities aplenty between ex-teammates

November 9, 1998

The similarities between two opposing volleyball players in Minnesota's match against Michigan on Saturday were astonishing. Both possess similar physical attributes, standing a lanky 6-foot-1. Both own...

Women’s hoops

November 6, 1998

If Thursday night's game against a 10-member club team from Krasnoyarsk, Russia, is any indication, Minnesota's women's basketball team might be heading in a familiar direction. Despite the fact Shelen...

V-ball hosts Michigan teams this weekend

November 6, 1998

The Gophers womens' volleyball team hopes to learn about its capabilities this weekend when No. 18 Michigan State and Michigan come to town. Minnesota was swept 3-0 by both teams on the road in early October....

Gophers running from past

November 5, 1998

With nicknames like "Little Mack Truck" and "Junkyard Dog" flying around the gym during the Gophers women's basketball team's practice, the Sports Pavilion resembles a WWF match. But these nicknames seem...

Wisconsin gets pick of litter in freshman outside hitter

November 3, 1998

This season, freshman volleyball players have made an impact on the Big Ten. The 25th-ranked Gophers have vital first-year players such as setter Lindsey Berg and outside hitter Yvonne Wichert. Iowa showcased...

U blows past Iowa, stalls vs. Badgers

November 2, 1998

The 25th-ranked Gophers volleyball team has seen this scenario before. After falling into a losing skid, Minnesota manages to piece together an all-around win, lifting team confidence to a new high. But...

Winless Iowa turns focus to individual growth

November 2, 1998

Although the Big Ten has been dubbed the strongest volleyball conference in the nation, going winless in league play more than halfway through the season can be embarrassing. In her first season as Hawkeyes...

Gophers golfers land

November 2, 1998

The third-ranked Minnesota men's golf team added another player to its already competitive roster on Saturday. But unfortunately for the Gophers, the Australian prospect won't be eligible for competition...

Sports Pavilion hosts weekend border battles

October 30, 1998

Minnesota's women's volleyball team won't be seeking revenge at the Sports Pavilion on Saturday. Instead, the Gophers might be looking for a sign of life. In their Oct. 2 match at Wisconsin, the Gophers...

America comes easily to Posthuma

October 29, 1998

Little more than a year has passed since Sonja Posthuma arrived in the United States, but the Gophers volleyball outside hitter already has an Americanized composure. As the Netherlands native discussed...

Illinois road trip brings Gophers players home

October 27, 1998

While Minnesota's football team celebrated a homecoming victory in the Metrodome on Saturday, three women's volleyball players celebrated a homecoming on the road. Freshman defensive specialist Ali Berres,...

Illinois’ Huff Hall welcomes back U

October 23, 1998

To the first-year members of Minnesota's volleyball team, Huff Hall is merely another foreign environment. But to veteran Gophers, Illinois' home court is a vision of hostility. This unwelcoming attitude...

Shudlick sisters still growing closer

October 22, 1998

Barbara Shudlick recalls the moment as though she would trade everything to go back and relive it. Her two youngest daughters -- Linda, then a first grader, and Susan, who was in kindergarten -- were competing...

Branagh’s close call spooks U

October 20, 1998

Halloween is just two weeks away, but the Gophers have already been spooked. Early in game one Friday night, sophomore outside hitter Nicole Branagh fell to the Sports Pavilion court clutching her left...

U hits back with

October 19, 1998

With a three-game losing streak threatening to ruin Minnesota's chance of maintaining a spot among the Big Ten leaders, the Gophers volleyball team battled back from sluggish starts against Northwestern...

Trio of freshmen carry U volleyball

October 19, 1998

Reflecting upon the Gophers home sweep of Northwestern on Friday and Indiana on Saturday, Minnesota coach Mike Hebert simply smiled. It was more than a smile of relief, although the 25th-ranked Gophers...

Homecoming comes early for U volleyball

October 16, 1998

In the scientific world, they might be considered clones. In the Big Ten, they're three volleyball teams struggling to reach their potential. Minnesota, Northwestern and Indiana all post similar, sub-.500...

Men’s golfers put clubs into hibernation

October 15, 1998

Among the usual grease-stained pizza boxes, soup cans and splatterings of week-old leftovers, local sanitation workers might find items in the garbage this week that could confuse the definition of trash. The...

Glaser talks a good game

October 15, 1998

Some day Gophers middle blocker Erica Glaser's name might be included among those of famous motivators, like Tony Robbins or good-health guru Susan Powter. As a collector of motivational books and quotes...

U holds on to No. 25

October 13, 1998

Despite suffering three consecutive defeats, including a pair of 3-0 road losses to Michigan and Michigan State over the weekend, Minnesota (12-5 overall, 2-4 in the Big Ten) remained ranked in this week's...

Gophers volleyball no match for Michigan, Michigan State

October 12, 1998

Maybe it's a lack of confidence, the fatigue factor or just a mid-season slump. However Minnesota's three-game losing streak is labeled, the Gophers volleyball team finds itself skidding toward the bottom...

Another long weekend on road for U

October 9, 1998

Disruptive air currents and a scant gathering of Iowa fans greeted Minnesota's volleyball team during its first Big Ten road match at Carver-Hawkeye Arena last Friday. As the Gophers hit the road again...

Wichert adds

October 8, 1998

In grade school, sporting Converse All-Stars hightops and being the tallest kid in the class were the unwritten requirements for being picked first to play recess kickball. The little, wormy-looking kid...

Scheduling oddity haunts

October 6, 1998

A young team vying to be a contender in the Big Ten doesn't need more adversity. But thanks to the conference's odd scheduling policy, Minnesota is looking at a demanding schedule that could add up to...

One up, one down on volleyball road trip

October 5, 1998

On the road for the first time during the Big Ten season, a split for the No. 22 Gophers volleyball team was marred by a no-show loss to No. 6 Wisconsin. Minnesota slipped by Iowa 3-2 Friday, but the team's...

Home-court advantage

October 2, 1998

Carver-Hawkeye Arena and the Wisconsin Field House won't have much in common this weekend, other than they will both host a Big Ten volleyball match. The home courts of the Hawkeyes and the No. 6 Badgers...

Lost and found:

October 1, 1998

Gophers middle blocker Stephanie Hagen took the long route to joining Minnesota's volleyball program. In fact, the Minnetonka, Minn., native might have even traveled a greater distance than some of her...

Men’s golf takes

September 30, 1998

In a word, Hazeltine National Golf Club is vicious. Lightning-quick greens, severe rough, tricky pin placements and U.S. Open-caliber length can make a victim out of even the smartest golfer. And considering...

Gophers volleyball wins first in Big Ten

September 28, 1998

With the opening of the Big Ten's volleyball season this past weekend, the value of adding tallies to the win column has suddenly increased. Immediately following Friday's 3-0 loss to No. 1 Penn State...

Loss to Lions holds positives for U

September 28, 1998

On most weekends, an upset of the No. 14 team in the nation would be a highlight for the Gophers women's volleyball team. But this weekend, a majority of the team's emotion seemed to center its Friday...

Gophers set to face Big Ten’s best

September 25, 1998

Ticket takers at the Sports Pavilion won't be increasing admission costs this weekend for volleyball events, but maybe they should. Three of the nation's best volleyball teams will be in town, when No....

Hebert’s plan: build

September 24, 1998

Mike Hebert accepted the head coaching position with Minnesota's volleyball program in hopes of building a powerhouse. Now, in his third season at Minnesota and 23rd season at the collegiate level, Hebert...

Zemaitis beats up Gophers again

September 24, 1998

Minnesota's volleyball team is scheduled to play No. 1 Penn State Friday night at the Sports Pavilion, but the Gophers might have already competed against their opponent off the season. Team USA stopped...

A five-set heartbreak for U

September 21, 1998

Following the Gophers volleyball team's near perfect 3-0 home victory over Rutgers on Friday in the Diet Coke Classic, head coach Mike Hebert had no complaints, labeling the team as under control and...

Freshmen, sophomores expected to lead U volleyball

September 21, 1998

With a starting lineup comprised of two freshmen, three sophomores and just one senior, an expectation for a Minnesota volleyball run to greatness is premature. But the recruitment of the young players...

Pautz to finish his U baseball career

June 5, 1998

With the exception of losing senior Jason Dobis, the Gophers baseball team's starting pitching rotation should remain intact for the 1999 season. Pitcher Brad Pautz decided Thursday he would return to...

Pautz, Quinlan lead list of U prospects

June 2, 1998

The result of months of searching through high schools and colleges across the nation will come to light starting today. Major League teams are trusting their scouts have found a treasure -- the most...

U students find cheap thrills at Metrodome

June 1, 1998

Nearly 15,000 people were in attendance at the Metrodome on Friday night. But some who came to watch the Minnesota Twins battle the Anaheim Angels were bargain hunters rather than baseball purists. Students...

U baseball has tools for successful ’99

May 27, 1998

Finishing with a 45-15 record, the 1998 Gophers baseball team became the winningest team in the school's history. A couple of players also set individual records this year. Robb Quinlan broke the single-season...

19-1 pounding is tough way for baseball to end year

May 26, 1998

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- It was Uncle Joe being imprisoned for grand theft auto or little Jimmy being brought into the world just five months after Mom and Dad were married. Much like deeply buried family...

Gophers learn rigors of season

May 26, 1998

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Although members of the Gophers baseball team are disappointed they don't have hotel rooms booked this weekend in Omaha, Neb., the home of the College World Series, they can take...

Late U lead evaporates against Tide

May 22, 1998

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Gophers pitcher Ben Birk sat slouched low in his seat, his normally mischievous eyes avoiding those of the reporters sitting before him. By his drugged-looking gaze, it was obvious...

U takes us against world’ to regionals

May 21, 1998

Winter in Minnesota: Small, white objects fall from the sky, people wear gloves and knee-high socks and the chant of dig, dig, dig is often heard. Winter in Alabama: Small white objects fall from the...

Stanford is site for U; Alabama first foe

May 19, 1998

If Minnesota's baseball team is to extend its season and compete next week in Omaha, Neb. -- home of the College World Series -- it might have to beat the top team in the nation. Regional seedings were...

Groebner stands apart from rest

May 18, 1998

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The Big Ten champion Gophers baseball squad not only brought home a team win, but also several individual victories. Seven Gophers players were named to the 1998 Big Ten All-Tournament...

Frustration erodes as U captures Big Ten title

May 18, 1998

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Gophers first baseman Robb Quinlan triumphantly galloped across home plate. Minnesota baseball players unified near the pitcher's mound, forming a tangled pile. Relatives of team members...

U hopes to add Big Ten Championship to Siebert wall

May 14, 1998

The right field wall of Siebert Field tells a lot about the Gophers baseball team's past. The wall is divided into three parts: retired jerseys, NCAA Championships and Big Ten Championships. Names such...

Baseball rips Ohio State in tourney

May 14, 1998

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Considering it has won nine of its last 10 road games, but also sports a 27-5 home record, it was only fitting Minnesota's baseball team dominated the first game of the Big Ten tournament. The...

Smallish Arlt plays big for U baseball

May 13, 1998

The Gophers baseball media guide lists center fielder Mike Arlt as standing 5-foot-9, but the source might be generously adding a few inches to Arlt's vertical stature. Many of his teammates need only...

Quinlan wins national award for scorching home run streak

May 12, 1998

Gophers first baseman Robb Quinlan deserved more than Big Ten Player of the Week for his efforts this past week. And Quinlan, who won Big Ten honors two weeks ago, got the extra recognition on Monday,...

Baseball rips Northwestern, earns Big Ten trip

May 11, 1998

EVANSTON, Ill. -- The Gophers baseball team might have played its final conference series of the 1998 season over the weekend at Northwestern, but in a sense the three-month-old season has just begun. With...

Anderson shrugs off 600th win

May 11, 1998

The Minnesota baseball team's postgame activities following its 14-0 victory over Northwestern on Friday resembled those of a season finale. Rather than frantically packing the bus with equipment bags...

Baseball team on verge of 40 wins, tourney bid

May 8, 1998

If shares of stock were sold in the Minnesota baseball team before the season started in February, brokers could have found themselves with an idle commodity. But any investors who took a chance on the...

Quinlan ties Selander as U romps at home

May 7, 1998

Messy and dark. Broken records and nearly a 50 percent freshman make-up. A strobe light and a disco ball. These sentences do not describe a fraternity party, but rather represent the scorebook, a power...

Gophers rally to defeat D-II St. Cloud

May 6, 1998

The attendance count of 597 fans at Siebert Field on was not the only thing that made Tuesday night's match-up resemble a Big Ten contest. The competition was equally as challenging as a conference opponent. Although...

Players in middle of East Lansing riot

May 5, 1998

In search of a peaceful dinner on Friday night while on a road trip at Michigan State, several members of Minnesota's baseball team found themselves trapped in a vehicle surrounded by protesters. "We...

pitchers lead way to sweep

May 4, 1998

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The weekend weather report for East Lansing predicted unending rain, downpours that would last until Monday night. Despite the dismal forecast and a postponed Friday night game,...

elander breaks single-season home run mark for U baseball

May 4, 1998

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Minnesota's baseball team tested the athletic ability of its members this past weekend, but it was for a good cause. Catcher Jeremy Beaulieu found himself climbing the left field...

Baseball team looks

May 1, 1998

Heading into this weekend's four-game road series against 24-20 Michigan State, it seems as though Minnesota's baseball team would be carefree. But Gophers infielder Matt Brosseau's voice dwelled upon...

Gophers baseball team records twin killing

April 30, 1998

It was a Wednesday and game one of a doubleheader. The opposing team was typical of such an occasion. And just like most mid-week teams the Minnesota baseball team faced, this team was forced to utilize...

Sleepy third baseman enjoying dream season

April 29, 1998

Sleeping is a human need, but Gophers third baseman Matt Scanlon takes the necessity to an extreme. Freshman reliever Kurt Haring estimated his roommate averages 11 hours of sleep a day. But while Scanlon...

Quinlan’s homers earn him award

April 28, 1998

Robb Quinlan's bat made enough noise in this past weekend's series against Indiana to be heard all around the Big Ten. On Monday, the junior was named the conference's player of the week for his offensive...

Home run frenzy fuels Gophers’ wins

April 27, 1998

Minnesota's baseball program might face a deficit after this weekend's series against Indiana at Siebert Field. It could be a couple of seasons before the players see luxuries such as new uniforms, while...

Baseball wins 3 key games

April 27, 1998

Flashes of red and gray dashed back and forth between Siebert's left and center field following Sunday's baseball game between Minnesota and Indiana. While the post-game sprints might have been painful...

Gophers blindly going into key series

April 24, 1998

The entire Minnesota baseball team has a blind date this weekend. But rather than pre-date primping with cologne and hair gel, the players must decide whether to pull their pant legs up to their knees...

Gophers’ Negen can catch foul tips and give fowl tips

April 23, 1998

Blomkest, Minn., is well-known for turkey farming. But one day it might be known for more than supplying the country with Thanksgiving dinner. If the catcher of Minnesota's baseball team keeps improving...

Sun shines on Gophers’ bats in romp

April 22, 1998

Members of Minnesota's baseball team looked drained as they headed to the locker room following Tuesday's game against St. Thomas. The reason for their exhaustion, however, was not that they had to battle...

Negen catches on to homer fun

April 21, 1998

Catchers have traditionally received little credit, even though they are the brains of the entire baseball operation. Their most important jobs -- calling pitches and keeping pitchers relaxed on the mound...

Birk picks up where he left off in relief win over Illinois

April 20, 1998

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- M&M's were pulled from the shelves during the 1980s because of the poisonous Red 26 dye they contained. The Gophers' Ben Birk was pulled from the starting pitching rotation earlier...

12th-inning rally helps U get split

April 20, 1998

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The once-popular TV show "Three's Company" was never the same following Suzanne Somers' resignation. The show tried to go on by introducing new characters, but never regained its wide...

Baseball team hopes to stymie

April 17, 1998

Illinois has all the components needed to build a dominant college baseball empire: a veteran defense, aggressive pitching, a productive offense and a head coach who has rarely uttered the word defeat...

Havel undergoes emergency surgery in Austria

April 15, 1998

President Vaclav Havel, vacationing in Austria, underwent emergency surgery Tuesday for what a doctor said was an intestinal perforation. After an operation in Innsbruck that lasted about three hours,...

McGrath pitches in to give U boost

April 14, 1998

Minnesota's four-game sweep of Iowa two weekends ago was an accomplishment in itself. Inside that story, however, were the accomplishments of the Gophers' starting pitchers, who held a tough Hawkeyes...

Gophers trip on road, lose three of four to Wolverines

April 13, 1998

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Young baseball players are supposed to have an edge over older ones in terms of speed and reflexes. That's why professional ballclubs offer high pay to the guys who opt not to play...

No sluggishness found in baseball’s 18-0 win

April 9, 1998

Gophers baseball coach John Anderson said he wanted more concentration, not excuses, from his team after its sluggish 8-5 win over St. John's on Tuesday. The players seemed to get the message. The Gophers,...

Relief pitchers shine as Gophers beat St. John’s

April 8, 1998

Wins for the Gophers baseball team have become commonplace this year, but seeing the names Frank Wagner, Bob DeWitt and Brandon Kitzerow connected to a victory had been a rarity until Tuesday. Because...

Baseball’s Selander wins weekly award

April 7, 1998

Junior Craig Selander was named Big Ten Player of the Week after the Gophers baseball team's sweep over Iowa this weekend. Selander went 6-for-14 against Hawkeyes pitchers, highlighted by two home runs,...

Late heroics cap sweep for U

April 6, 1998

Members of Iowa's baseball team paced the third-base dugout Sunday at Siebert Field, desperately wanting to salvage one game in order to avoid a four-game sweep at the hands of the Gophers. On the other...

Gophers disconnect the bullpen phone

April 6, 1998

Gophers relief pitchers might be headed to the unemployment line this after seeing a scant amount of work during this weekend's series against Iowa. Only one inning of relief pitching was needed through...

U bats key vs. Iowa

April 3, 1998

Heading into the Big Ten season, it seemed as though the Gophers baseball team's downfall would be its bullpen. However, in last weekend's split with Purdue, offensive production surprisingly proved to...

Purdue baseball team puts incident in the past

March 31, 1998

Purdue head baseball coach Steve Green took a swing and struck out in Major League style during a March 10 tournament game in Fresno, Calif. The swing, however, was not with a bat and was not at a ball....

Gophers split first conference series

March 30, 1998

After reaching base this past weekend some Gophers baseball players might have felt like Mary Ann, the Professor, Ginger or even Gilligan. In their four-game series against Purdue at the Metrodome, Gophers...

U baseball team pounds Gusties 18-2

March 12, 1998

For the second consecutive night, the question for the Gophers baseball team wasn't if it would win, but by how much. After pounding St. Scholastica 12-2 Tuesday, Minnesota delivered an even more lopsided...

Baseball team routs Saints at Metrodome

March 11, 1998

The Gophers baseball team went into Tuesday night's game at the Metrodome against St. Scholastica on a mission that extended beyond one contest. With an 11-3 record, the team faces the task of winning...

Low scores coming from Down Under

March 6, 1998

"Boot" and "jumper" are two words being introduced to the Gophers men's golf team's vocabulary. With the arrival of the team's new Australian acquisition, members of the team are learning another way...

U comeback falls short, 66-58

January 6, 1998

The Gophers women's basketball team has already collected more tallies in the win column than all of last season, but its rise from the bottom of the Big Ten standings looks to be at least another year...

U’s Berg up for rookie honors

January 1, 1995

With the regular season wrapping up Saturday, Gophers setter Lindsey Berg could be closing in on the Big Ten freshman of the year award. The Honolulu native leads the league with 57 service aces. Berg's...

Nation’s top wrestler

January 1, 1995

As the No. 1 high school wrestler in the nation at any weight class, according to highly respected wrestling magazines and the National Wrestling Coaches Association, Damion Hahn had nearly every collegiate...