April 2013 Archives

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


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

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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Fazekas Leads Toshiba To JPL Finals

Former University of Nevada All-American Nick Fazekas has led the Toshiba Brave Thunders to the finals of the Japanese Basketball League.  The championship series with the Aisin Sea Horses begins on Wednesday.

Fazekas scored 23 points and grabbed 22 rebounds in game-three as the Brave Thunders defeated the defending JBL champion Toyota Motors Alvark 64-62 to advance to the finals for the first time since 2004-05.  A year ago the team went 8-34 but the Pack forward has helped the team reach the finals this season.

In 43 games this year Fazekas averaged 21.5 points and 12.3 rebounds per game for Toshiba.  He shot 56.9 percent from the field and 35.1 from behind the arc.

Link to story on game three versus Toyota Motors.

Link to story on the team.

Season statistics.

Zach Sudfeld, Live In Concert

In the interests of full disclosure, I have never heard Zach Sudfeld sing or play the guitar. Yet, I urge Pack fans to come out tonight to see the Wolf Pack grad (twice over - he earned his Master's degree in December) do just that.

Sudfeld overcame a slew of injuries during his six years at Nevada, coming back stronger than ever each time to enjoy a tremendous senior season that saw him earn all-conference honors from the Mountain West while being named a semifinalist for the John Mackey Award.

Along the way, while rehabbing from one of those injuries, Sudfeld taught himself how to play the guitar. And then he started singing. And then a teammate urged him to try an open mic night at a local establishment and Sudfeld did just that last summer. He put the music on hold during the season but has picked it back up now as he trained for next week's NFL Draft.

Tonight (9:30 p.m. at the Corkscroo) Sudfeld will play and sing one last time before the draft. I've heard he's pretty good. You'll get a chance to see for yourself tonight. And, at the very least, you'll be supporting one of the nicest and most genuine human beings I've ever been around and a great representative of our athletics department and university.

Spring Football Update (Video)

The Nevada Wolf Pack football team recently had its first Spring scrimmage this past weekend.

We caught up with Coach Polian after Monday's practice to get his thoughts on the scrimmage, some positives he took away from it, and what to expect this week and in the second scrimmage on Saturday.

Check out the video here.

Shipley Drawing A Crowd


Nevada junior pitcher Braden Shipley has drawn a crowd at each of his seven starts this season.  It's not your normal crowd of fans but a crowd of Major League Baseball scouts and executives who are there to evaluate one of the top pitching prospects not just in college baseball but in all of baseball.  Baseball America ranked him 10th in their midseason 2013 draft top 50.

The right-handed Shipley is 4-0 with a 2.31 ERA, with has struck out 52 in 50.2 innings on the mound.  In Mountain West play his ERA of 1.57 tops the conference.  His fastball has been clocked as high as 99 mph. 

The Medford, Ore. native earned second-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors as a shortstop as a freshman in 2011 but turned his attention to the mound as a sophomore.  After going 9-4 with a league leading 2.20 ERA and 88 strikeouts last season he was named the WAC Pitcher of the Year.  Pitching in the Alaska League last summer he was selected as the top prospect by Perfect Game.

With just three MW home series remaining; Apr. 19-21 vs. New Mexico, May 3-5 vs. San Diego State and May 10-12 against UNLV Nevada's hometown fans have just three opportunities to watch him on the Peccole Park mound.  Shipley is scheduled to start the first game of each of these three series.

Shipley's next start comes tonight at San Diego State.  Perfect game has a preview on the matchup between Shipley and Aztec's ace Michael Cederoth.

Wolf Pack Football Set For First Scrimmage of the Spring

The Nevada football team will hold its first scrimmage of the spring on Saturday (April 6) at Mackay Stadium. This scrimmage is open to the public free of charge. The main gates at Mackay (southwest corner of the stadium) will be open and parking in the West Stadium Parking Complex is free on Saturday. The team will begin drills at noon with the scrimmage beginning around 12:30 p.m.

Fans are asked to stay off the field level, including the track at Mackay, during the scrimmage. All lower level seating areas will be open for fans.

This is the first of three scrimmages for the Wolf Pack during the 15-practice spring session. The team will scrimmage again on April 13 with the Silver and Blue Spring Game, presented by St. Mary's, scheduled for 1 p.m. on April 20.

Click here for a PDF roster for the Wolf Pack, sorted by alphabetically and numerically. A limited number of rosters will also be available near the flag pole at Mackay for the scrimmage.

After the scrimmage, head on over to Hixson Park to catch the Wolf Pack softball team in a pivotal battle with Mountain West foe San Diego State. First pitch is at 1 p.m. The teams will also play today (3 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.)

Nevada Soccer Returns To Mackay Stadium Saturday

The Nevada soccer team has been hard at work this spring, gearing up for the upcoming 2013 fall campaign. The Wolf Pack will kick-off its Spring pre-season schedule this Saturday at Mackay Stadium with a contest against the Nevada Men's Club team. The match is free to the public and begins at 3:30 p.m.

For more information on the complete Spring schedule visit http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/sports/w-soccer/spec-rel/021213aaa.html


Former Pack Assistant Hired at Cal State Fullerton

Former Wolf Pack men's basketball assistant coach Dedrique Taylor was recently named the head coach at Cal State Fullerton.

Taylor was an assistant for two years at Nevada, leading the Wolf Pack to a pair of Western Athletic Conference championships and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2005 and 2006. He left Nevada to join the Arizona State staff and spent the last seven years there, including the last three as the Sun Devils' associate head coach.

Congratulations to Taylor as he embarks on his first head coaching job!

Spring football update (video)

The Nevada Wolf Pack football team is just over a quarter of the way through spring drills after Monday's spirited workout at Wolf Pack Park.

We asked first-year Coach Brian Polian to give us an update on what he's seen so far in spring practice.

Parsons Set to Play with Nevada Baseball Against Reno Aces


On April 2nd at 6:05 p.m. the University of Nevada baseball team will take on the Reno Aces in an exhibition game for the fourth-straight season. The fundraiser for the baseball program will again feature a member of the Nevada softball team. This year's participant will be junior outfielder Sara Parsons.

"Sara deserves the opportunity to go out there with the guys in what is really a great event," head softball coach Matt Meuchel said. "The exposure for the softball program is great as well."

Parsons is currently hitting .345 and leads Nevada with 34 RBI. She has started every game in center field for the Wolf Pack this season and will likely occupy a corner outfield position in Tuesday's exhibition.

"I can't even imagine what it's going to be like on the field," the Fallon native said. "I'm excited, but I'm a little nervous too. I know a lot of my teammates are planning on coming out to support me so that makes me feel a lot better."

The Pack won for the first time last year 7-3 after the Aces took the first two meetings.  The Aces won 9-3 in 2011 and 11-1 in the inaugural game in 2010.
Once again this season, the game will be played in an exhibition format, with Aces pitchers and catchers playing for both squads. All players will use wood bats, and the contest will last seven and a half innings. Utilizing the traditional minor league spring training format, pitchers will be placed on a pitch count, and should a pitcher reach his limit, the game will immediately proceed to the next half inning.

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