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A Great Source for Mountain West News

As Nevada prepares to move into the Mountain West Conference on July 1, a great source of news and information for Wolf Pack fans is Mountain West senior writer Mick McGrane.

McGrane writes a blog called McGrane's Take: Your Look Inside the Mountain West that highlights all of the member institutions as well as feature stories on student-athletes. He has covered the Mountain West since its inception in 1999 and spent 12 years as the beat writer for San Diego State football and basketball at the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Most recently, McGrane just completed a series of previews on all of the Mountain West football teams that is definitely worth a look. His last preview was on the Wolf Pack.

Fans can subscribe to McGrane's blog via email or can follow him on Twitter: @MWCMick.

Pack Wins WAC Awards, Powers Gets Win #900

If you have visited this week, and it seems like there were a lot of accolades for the Wolf Pack this week, you were right.

Three Wolf Pack student-athletes earned WAC Player of the Week honors this week, and 23 Nevada student-athletes were just named to the Winter Academic All-WAC team in men's and women's basketball, women's indoor track and field and swimming and diving.

Here's a quick recap of all of Nevada's WAC Players of the Week from this week:

Michelle Okhremchuk - Women's Tennis
Okhremchuk, a sophomore from Doneck, Ukraine, went undefeated in singles and doubles play last weekend, while Nevada went 1-1 against Idaho and Gonzaga. She earned a 6-0, 6-3 victory in No. 1 singles against Idaho's Vicky Lozano and teamed with Emma Verberne to defeat Lozano and Almudena Sanz in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (7-4). Okhremchuk turned in another straight-set victory in the match vs. Gonzaga, topping Prue Teitzel 6-3, 6-0. She and Verberne also notched a victory in No. 1 doubles. The two singles wins give Okhremchuk 20 this season, which is good for fifth most in a season at Nevada.

Nikki Prichard - Women's Golf
A freshman from Newhall, Calif. (Hart HS), Prichard tied for seventh place at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic held in Chandler, Ariz., last week.  Prichard finished with a 5-over par 221 (72-75-74) in posting her third top-10 finish of the year for the Wolf Pack.  The 72 in the first round tied her career-best.  It is the first time in her career that Prichard has won a WAC golfer of the week or month award.

Bradey Shipley - Baseball (Pitcher)
Shipley, a sophomore from Medford, Ore. (North Medford HS), pitched eight shutout innings to earn his sixth win of the season as the Pack defeated Louisiana Tech 3-2 last Friday. The eight innings are a career high in which he struck out five and walked two. Shipley did not allow a hit in his last four innings on the mound. All three hits allowed were singles and came in the first four innings of the game. No LA Tech hitter reached third base when Shipley was on the mound.

And another congratulations to baseball coach Gary Powers who got his 900th career win (all at the University of Nevada) with the Wolf Pack's 10-5 victory over San Francisco yesterday at Peccole Park. Nevada is 20-16 overall this year and is tied for second with a 4-2 WAC mark (a half-game out of first), while the Wolf Pack takes a four-game winning streak into this weekend's series at Sacramento State.


Meet the Face Behind Pack City

If you went to Wolf Pack basketball game this year, you likely heard the Pack City song and saw the video.

That song about the Wolf Pack men's basketball team and the follow-up song, Never Doubt the Pack, are the brainchild of University of Nevada student Jimmy Thorngren. Thorngren paired up some friends, including former men's basketball player and current graduate assistant Adam Carp and Kyle Weerheim (also a student on campus and volunteer in the Wolf Pack media services office) to produce videos to go along with those songs.

Thorngren also wrote the song the football team ran out to this past season: Runnin' with the Pack.

Juan Lopez of the Sagebrush recently caught up Thorngren, and here's the story if you want to learn a little more about him.

You can also check out all of Weerheim's Wolf Pack videos on his YouTube channel: Wolf Pack Films.

Nice Story in Sparks Tribune

The Sparks Tribune ran a nice story on one of our donors - Dr. Harry Huneycutt - last week - click here for the link.

Dr. Huneycutt and his wife, Dr. Rita Huneycutt, have sponsored our Academic Excellence and Scholarship Banquet since its beginnings in 2006. That great event recognizes the academic achievements of Wolf Pack student-athletes as well as all of the donors who have endowed scholarships for student-athletes.

This year's banquet, held in November, recognized 119 Wolf Pack Scholars who maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0-3.49 and 76 Silver and Blue Scholars who hold a cumulative GPA of 3.5-4.0. In addition, Nevada honored the 100 student-athletes who earned Western Athletic Conference All-Academic honors during the 2010-11 academic year, student-athletes who were named scholar-athletes by coaching associations and the 50 Wolf Pack student-athletes who graduated this winter.

Speaking of scholarships, Nevada just held its third annual Blue Tie Ball on Friday night at the Peppermill. Over 450 people attended the elegant and exciting event, which raises money for student-athlete scholarships at the University of Nevada. We will have all of the photos and videos of the dances featuring Wolf Pack student-athletes up at this link in the next day or so. Definitely check them out - who knew that our student-athletes had such great moves off the field/court!

A special thanks to the Huneycutts and all of the donors who contribute to the Pack Educational Fund and support scholarships for student-athletes at the University of Nevada.


No. 7 Nevada Rifle Day One of NCAA Championships

The No. 7 Nevada Rifle team is out at Ohio State competing to bring a national title back to Reno. The match began earlier today. The team performed very well today in the smallbore competition and currently sits in fifth place going into the final day. Olivia Pennell shot a 578, Dempster Christenson shot a 577, Chelsie Hata shot a 576, Clif Little shot a 575, and Haunani Akana shot a 567. The team is looking forward to an exciting air rifle competition and awards banquet tomorrow.

The Wolf Pack Loves Our Firemen

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The Wolf Pack appreciates its heroes: the firefighters, police officers and first responders who do so much to keep us safe and make northern Nevada a great place to live.

And this afternoon, Wolfie Jr. and some of Nevada's cheerleaders visited some of the firehouses in Reno and Sparks to show our appreciation. We handed out free tickets and invited all of the firefighters to join the Wolf Pack on Valentine's Day when the Nevada men's basketball team takes on Cal State Bakersfield at 7 p.m. that night at Lawlor Events Center.

Enjoy some of the pictures from today and we hope you can come out to join the Wolf Pack (and our firefighters) on Tuesday night.

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Honoring Dick Trachok

Wolf Pack Athletics Director Emeritus Dick Trachok and his wife, Fran, are being honored for the time and commitment they have given to northern Nevada, Reno High School and the University of Nevada with a tribute at the Eldorado this weekend. Tickets at $25 for adults and $12.50 for children and can be purchased by calling (775) 786-5700 (mention code 12DT). For more information, call (775) 954-4052.

We honored Dick, a 1949 Nevada graduate, for his eight decades of service to the university this fall at the Hall of Fame Dinner and then again with the presentation of a championship ring from the 2010 football season in October. A star halfback in the 1940s, Dick served as the Wolf Pack head football coach and director of athletics and was inducted into the Nevada Athletics Hall of Fame in 1975. He was also instrumental in starting and serving as chairman of Nevada's Hall of Fame among his countless achievements at the university.

If you want to learn a little more about the Trachoks and their commitment to the community and the University of Nevada, here's a great story by Lenita Powers of the Reno Gazette-Journal that ran in Sunday's paper.

In honor of the achievements, we wanted to share a couple of our favorite photos from Dick's eight decades of service to the University of Nevada.

Dick Trachok receiving his 2010 championship ring from Director of Athletics Cary Groth and University President Marc Johnson.

Dick from his playing days (#21 with the ball)

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Dick was Nevada's head coach from 1959-68 and even coached a young and upcoming quarterback by the name of Chris Ault.

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Finally, Dick served as Nevada's athletics director from 1969-85 and continues to come into Legacy Hall every day as athletics director emeritus.

Congratulations to Coach Trachok and his wife, Fran, as they are honored this weekend!

Welcome Inside Wolf Pack Athletics

Welcome to the Inside Wolf Pack Athletics blog, the newest feature on our website. We hope that this will give you, our Wolf Pack fans, an inside look at Nevada Athletics and help you get to know a little more about our program. I am Cary Groth, Director of Athletics, and I will be a regular contributor to our blog as will other members of our staff and coaches. We want to introduce you to our student-athletes, coaches and people behind the scenes and share the stories you might not hear - all to give you a better understanding of the Silver and Blue.


I want to thank each and every one of you for everything you do to support Wolf Pack Athletics, including buying tickets to our games, donating to the Pack Educational Fund and our programs, listening and watching our games on the radio and television, wearing your Silver and Blue, supporting our sponsors, visiting our website and hopefully now reading our blog.


We have been working to make changes based on the feedback you have given us over the past few years, and I hope you have noticed some of the things we have done to enhance your experience as a fan of our program. With that in mind, if you have a question you would like answered or a topic you would like us to address on our blog, email Associate Athletics Director for Communications Rhonda Lundin at and we will be happy to respond. We welcome your feedback and want to make Inside Wolf Pack Athletics one of your favorite stops on our website.


For those of you watching the Super Bowl on Sunday (you know, the other big game after the Wolf Pack beats Idaho on Saturday night at Lawlor Events Center), here is the recipe for one of my favorite gameday party snacks.


This dip gets spicier as it sits, but just a warning... once you start eating it, you won't be able to stop!


Have a great weekend and Go Pack!

- Cary


Cary's Super Bowl Dip

- 3  12 oz. packages Johnsonville Maple Pork patties or 2 packages Jimmy Dean Maple pork sausage
2  8 oz. packages Philadelphia cream cheese
2  10 oz. cans of Rotel Diced Tomatoes and Green Chiles (for milder dip, use Rotel Mexican Tomatoes)
3 bags 10.5 oz. Fritos Scoops corn chips 

Brown sausage in a large skillet. Add cream cheese and tomatoes. Stir until cheese is melted. Serve warm with Fritos.



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