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.

Powers honored at Dolan Dinner

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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.

Pack has five alums in NFL playoffs

The NFL playoffs get underway this weekend and the University of Nevada football program has five alums who will be part of the postseason this year.

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.

The Mountain West Network and NevadaWolfPack.tv

We know that the future includes broadcasting live sporting events whenever possible. For the past several years, the University of Nevada has been showing games online (on a site we named NevadaWolfPack.tv) so out of town fans, parents of athletes, and just about anyone else can watch games that they're unable to make it to here in Reno. The broadcasts came as part of a package that cost around $10/month or $80/year. We didn't like that it cost anything, but it was something we didn't have a whole lot of choice on at the time.

How to watch NevadaWolfPack.tv

When we moved to the Mountain West in the summer of 2012, the conference office talked about launching a better service that schools would be a part of. I was just going to take a little time to get it off the ground. As the spring of 2013 hit us, the discussion became serious and the conference announced to us that beginning in the fall, we'd be running with the new Mountain West Network.

Back in August we launched a completely renewed NevadaWolfPack.tv. As pointed out by the Reno Gazette-Journal's Chris Murray, the updated productions feature high definition broadcasts, multiple camera angles that are manned positions, meaning someone is there to move them, and on-screen graphics with clocks, when necessary, and score bugs. Without question, it has been a major upgrade in what we are able to give to our fans.

And the best part: it's completely free.

Since its inception, our goal for Nevada's participation in the Mountain West Network has been to show anything and everything we can. And we have done so. We showed every home volleyball match with one exception this season, every home soccer match, one home football game and have shown every home men's and women's basketball game so far. We also broadcast weekly press conferences by Coach Polian and Coach Carter postgame press conferences for football and men's basketball (we even were able to show several press conferences at road football games when the stadium internet connectivity allowed us to do so). All told, there have been over 70 events that we have broadcast. Each event then becomes part of an online, watchable archive so you don't have to miss a thing.

When the Pack is on the road, just about every conference game is also shown on the Mountain West Network. If it's not otherwise on television, it should be online, giving all fans in the Mountain West access to league-wide action.

In addition to being able to bring all of this to our fans, we have also been able to play a role in the mission of the university by acting as a learning environment for broadcast journalism students. Currently, we have eight students who participate in the productions. And they're not just taping things down and making coffee, either. Students run cameras, direct cameras, produce the broadcasts and run graphics. A couple have even tried their hand at some play by play. In short, the students are given some training on the job and they run the show.

Our hope in this area is to build a lasting partnership with the Reynolds School of Journalism, which would enable us to continue to offer a huge number of events while also giving students practical, real-world experience in broadcast production.

The experience for Nevada at this point has been a positive one. We're able to bring a lot of games to our fans while also improving the quality of what's associated with our name. We're also able to help students along the way with their education. We hope you'll help us out by watching and rotting Nevada on whether at home or on the road.

How to watch NevadaWolfPack.tv

Watching live events and games on NevadaWolfPack.tv is one of the coolest things that has changed with our revamped network. It's possible to watch online or on a mobile device. With the right equipment, you can even watch on your television. Here are a few ways you can make this happen.

Online, and mobile

This is the simplest way to watch. Simply navigate your web browser to either NevadaWolfPack.tv, which is a full web address, or go to NevadaWolfPack.com and click the button for NevadaWolfPack.tv:

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Once on the page, you'll see a listing of upcoming events and three buttons: Live, Upcoming, Archive. If an event has already started, you'll have to click the "Live" button to see it listed:

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Click the game you're interested in watching and the video layer will load. You'll have to click it again to start the stream, but you should be off and running from there. This is compatible with just about any browser on a desktop computer, and any mobile device that supports HTML5 video, which should be all of them at this point. This includes iPads, iPhones, iPod Touches and most Android devices.

On your television

In order to watch on your television, you'll have to have an AppleTV device connected. With AppleTV connected to the television and on a wireless connection with either your computer or mobile device, you can use what's called AirPlay to send the signal through AppleTV to your television. You'll want to look up how exactly to get this to work, as all home networks can be different, but once it is set up, it works like a charm. (Hint: you can use AirPlay to stream just about any video or audio content through your home entertainment system.)

We send every broadcast out as a 720p signal, so it will show up on your television as an HD quality picture. And believe me, it looks very good. It's simple enough to have a game up and running in just about a minute and you won't know you're not watching it on any other television network. I highly recommend it.

Swimmers spend time cooking at Ronald McDonald House

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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.

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Shipley Diamondbacks No. 2 prospect

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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.

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