Allen became the ninth PGA Champions Tour golfer to ever card a 60 when he did so Friday at the Allianz Championship in Boca Raton, Fla. That historic round catapulted Allen to a playoff victory on Sunday as the Nevada Hall of Famer recorded his sixth career Champions Tour victory.
With the excitement in Sochi starting today, we thought we would give you a little Wolf Pack blast from the past, Olympic-style.
When Squaw Valley played host to the Winter Olympics in 1960, many local leaders were involved in the planning and execution of the massive event. The Wolf Pack's director of athletics and former basketball coach Jake Lawlor was one of the volunteers at the Games. According to athletics director emeritus Dick Trachok, the former coach who had recently retired after the 1958-59 season served as a timer for the biathlon, the Olympic event that includes cross country skiing and rifle shooting.
In these great historic photos, you can see Lawlor in action on the slopes and as part of the volunteer contigent (Jake is in the back row, third from the right).
The photos of Lawlor as well as his actual volunteer patch are part of an enormous collection of artifacts donated to Wolf Pack Athletics by Steve Scott. His aunt, Erma, was married to Lawlor and spent years collecting photos, newspaper clippings and other artifacts that celebrate Lawlor's decades of service to the University of Nevada.
She put together an enormous scrapbook commemorating Lawlor's career following retirement from the University in 1972. The scrapbook includes hundreds of amazing photos, telegrams, mementos and newspaper clippings from his remarkable career as a student-athlete at both Virginia City High School and the University of Nevada, head coach of the Wolf Pack basketball, baseball and teams (and assistant football coach), athletics director and university professor.
Erma Lawlor included a letter to her husband at the beginning of the scrapbook that said in part "your life has been so full of great achievements and well-earned successes that backward glances of these pages will bring a deep and lasting satisfaction as well as precious memories."
The letter also included a postscript expressing her desire that the scrapbook one day be donated to the University so that everyone could enjoy it. Scott donated the scrapbook to the University in 2012 in accordance with his aunt's wishes.
It is our hope to be able to share more glimpses into this amazing treasure trove of Wolf Pack history with you in the coming months and to ultimately create a display case commemorating Lawlor's career in the Hall of Champions lobby in Legacy Hall. We also plan to turn the scrapbook over to University Archives so that it can be catalogued and properly preserved for years to come.
Former University of Nevada basketball standout Luke Babbitt has signed a two-year contract with New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association. Babbitt the 16th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft played 126 games for the Portland Trail Blazers. He spent part of this season playing for Nizhny Novgorod in Russia where he was averaging 13.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. The Reno native will wear 8 for the Pelicans.
Babbitt played two seasons at Nevada after graduating from Reno's Galena High School. In two seasons playing for the Wolf Pack he scored 1,316 points and grabbed 554 rebounds. Appearing in 68 games he averaged 19.4 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.
In 2010 he was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year after earning Freshman of the Year honors in 2009. Twice he earned first-team All-WAC honors and was named to the All-Newcomer team his freshman season. In 2010 he was selected as an honorable mention Associated Press All-American and to the ESPN the Magazine second-team academic All-America squad.
Former University of Nevada head baseball coach Gary Powers was honored at the recently held Bobby Dolan Baseball Dinner for his 31 years leading the Wolf Pack baseball program. Powers said a few words to the crowd of over 600 in attendance, at a dinner he started 30 years ago to raise funds for the Pack baseball program. He received a standing ovation from crowd.
Powers' #17 was retired and a banner was unveiled that will hang on the Peccole Park wall along with the many Major League Players that played for the Pack, many during his tenure.
In his 31 years Powers won 937 games, earned conference coach of the year honors four times, led the Pack to four NCAA Tournament appearances, won three conference titles and two division titles. He coached 17 players that played Major League Baseball, produced 17 all-Americans, 141 all-conference selections, four conference players of the year, three conference pitchers of the year and three conference freshman of the year. MLB drafted over 75 of his players and over 90 played professional baseball.
In 31 years Powers had 20 winning seasons and won 30 or more games 17 times including seven years in a row. Twice he guided the Wolf Pack to 40 win seasons with a school record 43 coming in 1992.
In addition to coaching the Pack he played baseball at Nevada. Powers earned bachelors and masters degrees from Nevada.
Former Wolf Pack standout quarterback Colin Kaepernick has the San Francisco 49ers in the playoffs as a starter for the second straight season after leading the Niners to the Super Bowl last season. San Francisco is at Green Bay on Sunday afternoon.
Linebacker James-Michael Johnson will not suit up for Kansas City on Saturday when the Chiefs travel to Indianapolis to play the Colts as the second-year pro was put on IR this week with a sprained ankle.
Former Pack tight end Virgil Green and linebacker Brandon Marshall are part of a Denver Broncos team that has a first-round bye and will play next weekend. The same case goes for offensive lineman Chris Barker of the New England Patriots.
Nevada also has three former coaches involved in the playoffs. Former head coach Chris Ault is an offensive consultant with the Chiefs. Former co-defensive coordinator Dave Fipp (2004) is the special teams coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles, who play host to the New Orleans Saints on Saturday. Former Pack defensive line coach Don Johnson is in the same capacity with the San Diego Chargers, who play at Cincinnati this weekend.
Also with the Eagles is Shaun Huls, a former staff in the Nevada strength and conditioning program. He is the "sports-science coordinator" for the Eagles.
University of Nevada swimmers Erin Fuss, Leslie Foley and Jocelin Drennan along with head coach Abby Steketee and assistant coach Steve Steketee volunteered for the Chef Program at the Ronald McDonald House over the weekend.
The swimmers made chicken pot pies and cupcakes from scratch for the families staying at the house. Adding a little touch to the pot pies were Mickey Mouse designs on top. Coach supplied the ingredients and the swimmers supplied the culinary skills.
Baseball America named former University of Nevada pitcher Braden Shipley as the number two prospect in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. Another pitcher, Archie Bradley was named the top prospect in the organization. Shipley became the highest drafted athlete in the history of the University of Nevada when he was selected 15th by the Diamondbacks in the 2013 MLB Draft.
Shipley earned Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year honors as a sophomore after going 9-4 with a conference low 2.20 ERA. After the Pack switched conferences to the Mountain West he was named the co-MW Pitcher of the Year. In his junior season he was 7-3 with a 2.77 ERA had 102 strikeouts in 107.1 innings on the mound. The 102 strikeouts is the seventh best season in school history.
Somewhat ironic, Shipley spent his freshman season as the Pack's starting shortstop making just five appearances on the mound. He earned second-team All-WAC honors after batting .287 with seven doubles and 19 RBI. After becoming the Pack's ace his sophomore season he progressed into a first-round MLB selection.
In three seasons he compiled a 17-7 record with a 2.79 ERA and 203 strikeouts in 216 innings on the mound. The 203 strikeouts ranks sixth in school history and .708 winning percentage is ninth.
Shipley could once again pitch in Reno as the Diamondbacks triple-A affiliate is the Reno Aces.