Wolf Pack Soccer Upgrades

Thanks to the generosity of longtime University of Nevada donor Dixie May, the Wolf Pack women's soccer team will have some protection from the elements at its matches at Mackay Stadium next year.

A gift from May allowed Nevada to purchase four of the 10-foot shelters from Kwik Goal, which will protect the student-athletes on both teams from the sun, wind, rain and snow during soccer season, which lasts from August to November.

Several members of the Wolf Pack athletics department pitched in to help put the shelters together for the soccer team last week and this week. No word on how many Wolf Pack staffers it takes to put together a nut and a bolt!

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Former Wolf Pack Standout Turned Aspiring Filmmaker

Former Wolf Pack rifle team member Heather Horn served as the official photographer at the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Now she has turned her talents to filmmaking and will be earning her master's degree in film production from Chapman University's Dodge College of Film & Media Arts on May 18. As part of her master's coursework, she served as director of photography on two films - Sarah Through the Wall and Mothership - that are available for public viewing.

The films can be viewed on the Chapman website and are up for Chapman's "Cecil Awards," an awards ceremony honoring the top films as voted on by students, faculty and friends.

You can see Horn's work and rate her films by visiting Chapman's website. You will have to register for a guest ID and will receive an email verification to be able to log in. Once you receive that email, you can see all of the films under Cecil Awards on the left side of the page. Scroll through the films to find Mothership and Sarah Through the Walls.

Horn shot for the Wolf Pack rifle team from 2006-10 and graduated from the University of Nevada with her degree in journalism in 2010.

Hope you enjoy seeing what a former member of the Wolf Pack is doing now that her time in college athletics is over.

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Shipley To Make Final Home Start Friday

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Junior pitcher Braden Shipley, one of the top prospects in the 2013 MLB draft will make his final home start of the season on Friday night at 6 p.m. against UNLV.  Shipley is currently 7-2 with 2.49 ERA and has 78 strikeouts in a Mountain West high 86.2 innings pitched.

Recently named to the Golden Spikes Award Watch list, here are two recent online articles on the hard throwing right-hander.

By Aaron Fitt / Special to goldenspikesaward.com

By Jeff Dahn / Feature writer Perfect Game



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The Nevada women's basketball team will hold its second "Pack Gives Back" free clinic on May 11 at Lawlor Events Center. 20 spots remain for the clinic, which will go from 9 a.m.- Noon on Saturday. The free clinic is offered to girls aged kindergarten through eighth grade as a way of thanking the Northern Nevada community for its support during the season.

Registration will take place at the Virginia Street level entrance at 8:30 a.m. Participants will receive a free Nevada women's basketball t-shirt. Parents or guardians of interested girls are asked to call Nevada assistant coach Jacie Capra at (775) 682-6924 to register. 

Wolfie Jr. Takes the Plunge

On March 23, Nevada's own Wolfie Jr. went where few of his furry colleagues dare to go... into Lake Tahoe.

Wolfie Jr. joined about 300 of his closest friends, including several members of the Pride of the Sierra Marching Band, in the Polar Plunge Nevada, an event that raised awareness about Special Olympics Nevada.

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And Wolfie and the band even found time to take part in a Tahoe version of the Harlem Shake.

Special Olympics Nevada provides free year-round sports training and competition to over 3,000 athletes in the state. More information about the organization can be found by clicking here.

Inaugural Chili Cook-Off a big success

Holly Aycock, Nevada's director of marketing and promotions, recaps the Chili Cook-Off:
The inaugural Wolf Pack Chili Cook-Off was held before 2013 Wolf Pack Silver and Blue Spring Game, presented by Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center, on Saturday, April 20th.  Nine groups entered the chili cook off: Team Roberts; Moto Mud; The Hot Beans; Big Thick Steaming Bowl of Wolf Brand Chili; Battle Born, Tailgate Ready; Aultitude Tailgating; Wolf Pack Gridiron Chili; Spring Loaded Chili; and Nevada Cheer.

The morning of the Chili Cook-Off, you could smell chili in the air and before the judging, the Nevada Band and Cheer Team entertained all the tailgaters. Judges for the Chili Cook-Off were Keith Hackett and Rory Hickok (Senior Associate Athletics Directors), head soccer coach Missy Price, head volleyball coach Ruth Lawanson, News Channel 4's Alyx Sacks, Wolfie Jr. and Alphie. Each of the chili was judged on aroma, consistency, color, taste and aftertaste. All of the judges did a great job and enjoyed everyone's chili. 

The scores were tabulated and all contestants were invited down to the field at halftime of the game. The winner by just one-half of a point, was Battle Born, Tailgate Ready. Spring Loaded Chili took second place and Moto Mud was third place.

Battle Born, Tailgate Ready was presented the ultimate chili trophy to be displayed at their tailgates before every home football game.  The title also comes with bragging rights for your fellow Wolf Pack tailgaters. 
 

Nevada has strong history in the NFL Draft

The Nevada Wolf Pack brand has become a fixture when it comes to the NFL Draft, which begins tonight and runs through Saturday.
Over the past two years, seven Nevada players have heard their names called at the draft, including a school-record four players last year when James-Michael Johnson (Browns), Brandon Marshall (Jaguars), Isaiah Frey (Bears) and Rishard Matthews (Dolphins) were all selected.
In all, 41 Wolf Pack players have been selected in the history of the draft. And a number of Pack players are hoping to hear their names called this week to add to the number, including Duke Williams, Zach Sudfeld, Khalid Wooten, Chris Barker, Jeff Nady, Stefphon Jefferson, Jeremiah Green, Albert Rosette and Nick Hale.
But the draft isn't the only road to the NFL. Sometimes, going undrafted works out in a player's favor because he might be able to pick from more than one offer as a free agent and select the situation that fits him the best.
A number of Nevada players have made it to the NFL without being draft, including Josh Mauga, Jonathon Amaya and Harvey Dahl.
 Here's Nevada's NFL Draft history:
Year    Rd.    Pick    Player    Pos.    Team
2012    4    120    James-Michael Johnson    LB    Cleveland Browns
2012    5    142    Brandon Marshall    LB    Jacksonville Jaguars
2012    6    184    Isaiah Frey    DB    Chicago Bears
2012    7    227    Rishard Matthews    WR    Miami Dolphins
2011    2    36    Colin Kaepernick    QB    San Francisco 49ers
2011    3    66    Dontay Moch    LB    Cincinnati Bengals
2011    7    204    Virgil Green    TE    Denver Broncos
2009    7    243    Marko Mitchell    WR    Washington Redskins
2007    5    151    Jeff Rowe    QB    Cincinnati Bengals
2006    5    165    Tony Moll    G    Green Bay Packers
2004    3    86    Jorge Cordova    LB    Jacksonville Jaguars
2004    5    149    Maurice Mann    WR    Cincinnati Bengals
2003    3    71    Nate Burleson    WR    Minnesota Vikings
1998    4    108    DeShone Myles    MLB    Seattle Seahawks
1998    6    172    John Dutton    QB    Miami Dolphins
1998    6    175    James Cannida    DT    Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1996    2    31    Alex Van Dyke    WR    New York Jets
1993    5    117    Forey Duckett    CB    Cincinnati Bengals
1993    7    196    Brock Marion    DB    Dallas Cowboys
1991    7    189    Bernard Ellison    CB    Kansas City Chiefs
1991    9    233    Treamelle Taylor    WR    Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1990    12    331    Demetrius Davis    TE    Los Angeles Raiders
1989    8    196    Charvez Foger    RB    Dallas Cowboys
1989    9    230    Patrick Egu    RB    Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1987    5    135    Henry Rolling    LB    Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1986    3    68    Patrick Hunter    DB    Seattle Seahawks
1984    2-supp.    45    Derek Kennard    G    St. Louis Cardinals
1984    1-supp.    27    Tony Zendejas    K    Washington Redskins
1984    1-supp.    20    Al Williams    WR    Detroit Lions
1983    3    84    Charles Mann    DE    Washington Redskins
1981    5    136    Eric Sanders    T    Atlanta Falcons
1981    10    276    Frank Hawkins    RB    Oakland Raiders
1978    6    163    Doug Betters    DE    Miami Dolphins
1952    13        Pat Brady    QB    New York Giants
1951    16        Dick Afflis    OT    Green Bay Packers
1949    1        Stan Heath    QB    Green Bay Packers
1949    8        Dan Orlich    DE    Green Bay Packers
1947    2        Bill Mackrides    QB    Philadelphia Eagles
1947    23        Tom Kalmanir    HB    Pittsburgh Steelers
1946    3        Bob McClure    G    Boston Yanks
1945    24        Don Talcott    T    Philadelphia Eagles

Rivalry Week

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Former Nevada assistant coach Lisa Dodd (above), will be back in Reno, this time as the head coach of rival UNLV.

The UNLV Rebels will be in Reno from Friday-Sunday with three points in the Governor's Series Presented by NV Energy on the line. Prior to Sunday's 12 p.m. game, Nevada's seniors will be honored in a ceremony on the field.

The three-game set has large post-season implications for Nevada, as the Pack is currently tied for third in the Mountain West, only a half game out of the lead. In addition, former Pack assistant coach Lisa Dodd will be back in Reno as the head coach of the Rebels for the first time.

Below is a complete summary of Nevada's noteworthy offensive accomplishments to date. Included in it is a breakdown of the overall strength of the Nevada lineup, which currently leads the Mountain West in 13 offensive categories. Nevada also ranks first nationally in doubles per game with 92 in 47 games (1.96) and is batting .311 as a team, good for 29th in the country.

National Footprint - With the seventh week of NCAA statistics released on Monday, Nevada has found itself in the Top-45 nationally in a number of statistics and in the lead in one in particular ... The Wolf Pack is: First in the nation doubles per game at 1.96 (92 in 47 games); 29th in batting average at .311; 34th in slugging percentage at .483; 44th in scoring at 5.49 runs per game.

Individually ... Erin Jones is ninth in the nation in doubles per game at .36 (16 in 44 games) ... Karlyn Jones is ranked: First in fewest hit batters (one); 23rd in walks per seven at 1.22 (25 in 143.2 IP); Ashley Butera is ranked 41st nationally in sacrifice flies with 3.

Mountain West Leaders - As a team ... The Pack leads the Mountain West in 13 offensive categories ... They are ... Batting Average (.311) ... Slugging Percentage (.483) ... On-Base Percentage (.401) ... Runs Scored (258) ... Hits (402) ... RBI (243) ... Doubles (92) ... Home Runs (42) ... Total Bases (626) ... Total Plate Appearances (1,518) ... At Bats (1,296) ... Walks (165) ... Hit by Pitch (35).

In the circle ... Nevada is first in innings pitched (314.2) and batters struck out looking (79) ... Second in batters struck out (240) ... Defensively ... The Pack is second in fielding percentage at .966

Individually, Hopkins leads the MW in ... Hits (62) ... Runs Scored (42) ... Plate appearances (186) and at bats (165) ... Erin Jones leads the conference in doubles (16) ... Megan Sweet leads the MW in walks 31.

In total ... Nevada players appear in the top-10 in 15 offensive categories, a total of 47 times ... In the circle, Nevada pitchers appear in 11 categories, with 16 total appearances ... Defensively, Nevada players appear in two categories a total of three times.

Runs Created - Individually, Nevada infielder and designated player Erin Jones is succeeding by any offensive measure in the book, including new-age metrics such as runs created ... Per plate appearance, Jones is creating .225 runs, the third-best number in the history of the program for a season ... In total, the 2013 season could produce five of the top 12 individual offensive campaigns in the history of the program, as measured by runs created ... Karley Hopkins, Sara Parsons, Jasmine Jenkins and Megan Sweet are all on pace to finish inside the top 12.


Pfatenhauer Leading Dixie State

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Former University of Nevada baseball assistant coach Chris Pfatenhauer is in his first year as the head coach at Dixie State in St. George, Utah.  Pfatenhauer spent three seasons as an assistant coach to longtime Wolf Pack head coach Gary Powers before accepting the head coaching position at DS.  In his final season at Nevada he helped the Pack to its first Western Athletic Conference title and a thirty plus win season.

In his first season at DS he has the Red Storm nearing thirty wins with a 27-13 record.  DS sits in fourth place in the 10-team Pacific West Conference at 19-11 with five conference games remaining.

Nelson Named NYSA Coaching Educator of the Year

Kirk Nelson1.jpgUniversity of Nevada soccer assistant coach Kirk Nelson was recently named the Nevada Youth Soccer Association Coaching Educator of the Year. Kirk is the first recipient of the award. The honor recognizes excellence and commitment to teaching the cutting edge training models and coaching principles to soccer coaches in the state and beyond. Nelson received the award last weekend at an event held at Harvey's in South Lake Tahoe. U.S. Women's National team goalkeeper and author Hope Solo (pictured below with Kirk's son Brock) was the guest speaker at the event.

The Wolf Pack soccer team will take on Cal State Stanislaus Saturday at Mackay Stadium in the team's second spring scrimmage match. Kick-off is slated for 4 p.m., following the Nevada football team's spring game.

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