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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

A new era begins as Nevada opens spring ball

The Nevada football team opened spring practice on Wednesday with a sharp two-hour workout at Wolf Pack Park.

Eighty-seven players were on the field for the Wolf Pack, under the direction of first-year coach Brian Polian. Wednesday marked the first of the 15 allowable practices during the spring session.

While practices are closed to the public and media, Wolf Pack football alumni can attend. And each of the three scrimmages, including the Silver and Blue Spring Game presented by St. Mary's are open to the public at Mackay Stadium.

For more on spring ball, click here for video of Coach Polian talking to the media before Wednesday's practice.