Basch Reaches Big Leagues

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Former University of Nevada closer Zak Basch has reached the Big Leagues but not in the typical fashion for the former Wolf Pack closer.  After nearly five seasons working in public relations in the Pacific Coast League for the Reno Aces and Sacramento River Cats, Basch joined the Oakland A's public relations department on July 1.

Basch was the Pack's closer in 2003 after transferring to Nevada from Hofstra.  In his only season he posted a 3-3 record with nine saves and an ERA of 2.23 tossing 48.1 innings for the 32-24 Wolf Pack.  The nine saves is tied for the fourth best season in school history and is tied for the seventh most in a career at Nevada.  Following his time at Nevada he was drafted in the 13th round by the Boston Red Sox and also spent time in the A's farm system.

He played on one of the most talented Wolf Pack teams in recent years as five of Basch's teammates have played Major League Baseball in Brett Hayes, Kevin Kouzmanoff, Chris Gimenez, Chris Dickerson and Eddie Bonine.  Seven other members of the 2003 squad played Minor League Baseball.

Burton Enjoyed Team USA Tryout Experience

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Deonte Burton on his USA Basketball tryout;  "It was a great experience and very humbling to be there and be noticed as one of the top point guards in college basketball.   I gained a lot of experience and got to test my own game against the Big 10 and Big East players and see how my game is different from those players.  It was not much different and it gave me confidence for my senior season.  It could have gone my way and I made the team and represented my country but I have a job to do here at Nevada."

A third-team Mountain West selection Burton averaged 16.3 points per game to rank second on the team and fifth in the conference his junior year.  His 3.61 assists per game led the team and were sixth in the MW.  The 6-1 point guard also ranked sixth in field goal percentage (44.9 %), fifth in steals (1.35 spg), fifth in assist to turnover ratio (1.53) and third in minutes played (34.1 mpg) in the conference.

Burton ranks 10th on Nevada's career scoring list with 1,459 points.  His 121 steals is eighth and 373 assists is ninth all-time at Nevada.

In his first season at Nevada he was named the Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year and earned Player of the Year honors as a sophomore after helping the Wolf Pack to a conference title.  His sophomore year he was named to the AP honorable mention squad.





A Nevada graduate and former intern in the Media Services office in athletics, Katie Cavender received a promotion at the Mountain West this week.

MW Commissioner Craig Thompson announced the promotion of Cavender to Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Communications on Friday.

Now entering her seventh year with the Mountain West, Cavender will have sole managerial oversight of all aspects of the Conference website and social media outlets. She will play an integral role in the Mountain West Digital Network and continue to serve as a secondary media contact for MW football, as well as manage the league's publications.

Cavender, who was promoted to Director of New Media and Technology in July 2010, began her duties as Mountain West multimedia coordinator on August 16, 2007.  She earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Nevada in 2005. While pursuing her degree, the Elko, Nev., native worked as a student assistant in the Wolf Pack athletics department, primarily in the areas of sports information, publicity and promotions. Following graduation, Cavender spent a year as a public relations intern with the Pacific-10 Conference, where she served as the primary media contact for baseball, men's and women's swimming and diving, and men's and women's tennis.

Cavender came to the Mountain West from the Boise State athletics department, where she was the assistant media coordinator for the 2006 MPC Computers Bowl and provided day-to-day support in facilities, game operations and planning. In June 2008, Cavender received her Master's of Education degree in intercollegiate athletic leadership from the University of Washington.


Robinson Named MVP of Chengdu Section of USA All-Stars China Tour


China0613WomenRobinson.jpgNetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars guard and former Nevada women's basketball player Tahnee Robinson was named MVP of the Chengdu section of the NetScouts Basketball Women's China Tour yesterday. Robinson and the USA team concluded the Chengdu section undefeated at 6-0.

 In the three games in Chengdu, Robinson averaged 10.3 points and 3.7 rebounds. Robinson came through with 15 points and seven rebounds in the USA's second consecutive close win over China 75-72. She made the final free throw to provide the final margin of victory.



Robinson Leads the USA Women's All Star Team to Victory Over China

Tahnee.jpgFormer University of Nevada women's basketball player Tahnee Robinson led the NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars team with a team-high 15 points in a close 75-72 win over China yesterday. Robinson added seven rebounds and made a key free throw late to seal the win for the Americans who are 6-0 in tournament play.

The USA team has a two-game lead on the competition with China (4-2) and Australia and Hungary both 1-5.

Robinson and the team headed out on a flight to Shanghai this morning and will then bus to Changshu for the next three games which begin tonight.

For more information on the win click here.

25th Josh Anderson Memorial Tournament June 25-30

The 2013 Josh Anderson Memorial Tournament will take place June 25-30 and this year marks the 25th year of the annual tournament that is being played at Nevada's Peccole Park and at Reno High School.  This year's field is comprised of 14 teams and games start each day at 10 a.m.

Several tournament participants throughout the years have gone on to play for the Wolf Pack.  Heading the list are three players that earned All-America honors for the Pack and went on to play Major League Baseball.

Lyle Overbay, a current member of the New York Yankees, played in the 1996 tournament and earned All-America honors at Nevada in 1999.  Overbay hit .358 with 39 home runs during his four-year career with the Wolf Pack.

Outfielder Chris Dickerson earned Freshman All-America honors playing at Nevada in 2001 after playing in the 2000 tournament.  Dickerson is currently playing for the Baltimore Orioles and batted .286 in three seasons for the Pack.

Catcher Brett Hayes was a 2003 Freshman All-America at Nevada and played in the 2002 Josh Anderson Memorial Tournament.  Hayes saw time with the Miami Marlins and is currently playing Triple-A for the Omaha Storm Chasers an affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.  His career average at Nevada was .339 with 22 home runs.

Most recently pitcher Braden Shipley was discovered by the Wolf Pack coaching staff in the 2010 tournament and played three seasons at Nevada.  Shipley was selected in the first round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks and recently signed with the club.  In three years at Nevada he was 17-7 with a 2.79 ERA and 203 strikeouts.

Another Pack football game to be televised

RENO, Nev. - An 11th Nevada football game has been added to the television schedule as the Wolf Pack's Mountain West opener on Sept. 21 will be broadcast by Time Warner Oceanic, the Mountain West announced.

Kickoff for the game has been set for 5:05 p.m. at Mackay Stadium.

The game will be carried on a pay-per-view basis by Time Warner Oceanic in Hawaii and the coverage will be made available on the new Mountain West Digital Network. Carriage by additional networks is possible and more information will be forthcoming.

The only game on Nevada's 12-game slate not currently scheduled for television broadcast at this point is the home opener on Sept. 7 against UC Davis.

Click here for Nevada's 2013 schedule, including kickoff times (if known) and television info.


Former Nevada golfer Louise Yi is advancing through the United States Women's Public Links Championships so far this week. The prestigious tournament is being played at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Okla.

In the round of 64 this morning, Yi faced off against Abby Newton of Katy, Texas. Yi, seeded 45th, beat the 20th seed 6 and 4 to advance to Thursday morning's round of 32 matchup against 52nd seed Krystal Quihuis.

Earlier this week, Yi shot rounds of 72-79 in the stroke play portion of the event to make the cut and move on to match play. A field of 156 players started the event and the top 64 advanced to match play, with Yi tying for 45th in the stroke play.

Follow along on the USGA Website.

Tahnee Robinson Heads to China With the USA Women's All-Star Team

Former University of Nevada women's basketball player Tahnee Robinson will join the USA All-Star Women's team in Beijing this week to compete in the Four Nations tournament.

The Four Nations tournament features the Chinese National "B" team, the Australia Rising Opals and the National team of Hungary in addition to the USA. The team, organized and coached by NetScoutsBasketball, will play a round-robin format in three cities for a total of nine games. The team will play six games in Jiangxi Province then play three games in Changshu, in Jiangsu Province. From there the team will head to Beijing to play two games against the China U19 National team. The team will return to the United States on July 1st.

Robinson was among the nation's scoring leaders with 22.1 ppg at Nevada in her senior year. She was drafted by the Phoenix Mercury in the 2011 WNBA Draft, becoming just the second Native American to play at that level. The guard averaged 16.5 ppg in Bulgaria this season.

For more information on the USA All-Star Women's team and Four Nations tournament click here.



Czyz Helps Italian Squad To Finals

Former University of Nevada men's basketball player Olek Czyz has helped Acea Virtus Roma of the Italian Basketball League reach the finals of the Italy-Serie A.  Acea Virtus Roma will play Montepaschi in the finals which gets underway today.

Playing in 44 games Czyz is averaging 5.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.  From the field he is shooting 52 percent and 54 percent from behind the three-point arc. 

Czyz earned first-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors in 2012 and helped the Wolf Pack to the conference title.

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