The Next Big Thing Starts Tonight

What is ‘the next big thing’ when it comes to DU sports?

The sport could easily be volleyball. Denver replaced successful head coach Jesse Mahoney, who left DU for the same job with the University of Colorado, with assistant coach Tom Hogan. Expect the defending champs of the Summit League to repeat again this year with a mix of veteran experience and defensive aggression – they were one of the top shot-blocking teams in the country last year. DU is coming off a 27 win-season and is poised to take the ‘next step’.  Continue reading The Next Big Thing Starts Tonight

Pioneer Greg Woods Memorial Scheduled for the Campus Lounge

As reported by the DU family lost a hockey legend in Greg Woods. Greg had a phenomenal run with Pioneer hockey. As a stellar defenseman, he was on a DU team that won 33-games, the second most in program history. He was alternate captain during his senior season (1978-79). During his career, he scored 176 points and ranked first among defensemen and ninth overall. By all accounts, he was a lifelong Pioneer. Continue reading Pioneer Greg Woods Memorial Scheduled for the Campus Lounge

Nebraska Big Man Strom fits Pioneer Needs

All you have to do is look at the stats from last season – Denver struggled when it came to rebounding margin. Denver needs a difference maker on the front line. The Pioneers have two junior big men, Daniel Amigo (6’10”) and Christian Mackey (6’6″) and their final year is 2017. Add to that, South Dakota State, the Summit gold standard, have skilled sophomore big man 6’9″ Mike Daum, who is a difference maker. If DU is going to go dancing, they must get bigger, especially league tournament time when the game turns into a half-court battle. Continue reading Nebraska Big Man Strom fits Pioneer Needs

Jacob Gilyard – A ‘do-it-all’ at The Point

Jacob Gilyard hails from a small private school in Kansas City, The Barstow School. I played the first varsity game ever for Barstow when they became co-educational. But, before you call me out on my home-school bias, I will readily admit that there is no similarity between the type of ball Barstow plays with Gilyard at the point and Barstow’s first hoops team.

Gilyard makes our ‘short list’ of favorite 2017 recruits. Continue reading Jacob Gilyard – A ‘do-it-all’ at The Point

Denver Men’s Soccer Opens Against Dangerous Aerial Attack

When looking at DU’s top 20 men’s soccer schedule, you may have glossed over DU first regular season opponent, Air Force. Because Air Force is a local non-conference foe, DU’s fall athletic teams have to play the Cadets early in the season.  DU’s  opening  season match is this Saturday at the Academy.  Continue reading Denver Men’s Soccer Opens Against Dangerous Aerial Attack

Budget Cuts Roil North Dakota

The University of North Dakota athletics department faces a $1.4 million dollar budget shortfall. The new university president, Mark Kennedy, is looking to make potentially drastic decisions regarding athletics. In an open letter to the UND community, Kennedy states, “(We will) examine UND Athletics to make sure we have an athletics program that best fits the University of North Dakota in terms of a number of factors, including the sports we participate in, conference participation, the number of athletes that we serve, and the cost of the programs.” Continue reading Budget Cuts Roil North Dakota

Flagship Program Aims to Buck Lowered Expectations

Photo: CIBER Field will host Friday night’s Colorado Cup match DU vs. Colorado State

A 4th place predicted finish – in the Summit League?

That was my reaction when I saw Jeff Hooker’s flagship program pre-season 2016-2017 ranking. Heading into last season, USA Today  selected DU as on of the top 10 places to play women’s soccer in the entire nation. Not that long ago, the Pioneers were facing CU in a packed CIBER Stadium with a first-round NCAA match on the line. And the Pioneers program had marquee players who were not only well known in the local soccer community but the nation as well – Kristen Hamilton, Taryn Hemmings, and Nicholette DiGiacomo.

Continue reading Flagship Program Aims to Buck Lowered Expectations

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