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Triplett wins Champion Tour event

Another week and another Champions Tour win for a Nevada Wolf Pack alum.
Last week it was Michael Allen who won in a playoff. This week, it was Kirk Triplett who made par on the 72nd hole to avoid a playoff and win the ACE Group Classic in Florida. Triplett beat Duffy Waldorf and Bernhard Langer for the title.
It was Triplett's third Champions Tour win and 10th professional victory overall.

Michael Allen wins again.

Coming off a terrific 2013 (on and off the course), Nevada alum Michael Allen got off to a great start in 2014 over the weekend.
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.

Jake Lawlor at the Olympics

This was written by Senior Associate Athletics Director Rhonda Lundin

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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 Pack star Babbitt signs with Pelicans

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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.