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Catching up with Gwoz

Photo: Andy Cross, The Denver Post – Article Link Below

In case you missed it, there was a good article about former Pioneer coach George Gwozdecky  published earlier this month.

The Denver Post had an in-depth article on his decision to take the Valor Christian (4-6-1) job and what it is like to coach high school players versus his prior coaching experience. He has taken all the changes in stride, “Being at Valor, I’ve got a lot on my plate. I’m a coach, a counselor and I arrange transportation. I’m the media relations guy and the occasional equipment manager. I think the only thing I haven’t done is drive the Zamboni.” Continue reading Catching up with Gwoz

Big East Preseason Polls Recognize Pioneers

Preseason Coaches’ Poll
1. Denver – 25 pts. (5)
2. Georgetown – 21 pts. (1)
3. Marquette – 16 pts.
4. Villanova – 13 pts.
5. Providence – 8 pts.
6. St. John’s – 7 pts.

2016 Preseason All-Big East Team and Awards

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
Connor Cannizzaro, Denver, Jr., A^

Preseason Co-Defensive Players of the Year
Liam Byrnes, Marquette, Grad Student, LSM
Christian Burgdorf, Denver, Jr. D Continue reading Big East Preseason Polls Recognize Pioneers

Stuffed – Too Good to Play

According to the Daily Mail, in order to protect fragile competitors, a girls basketball team has been kicked out of their league because they are too good. The article stated that the Minnesota Rogers Area Youth Basketball Association (RAYBA) team can no longer play in their local basketball league because they are ‘too talented’.

They were thrown out of the league with little notice before a league tournament was to be held. According to their coach, Jason Hanauska, ‘Three teams were threatening to I guess either forfeit the games against us or flat out quit the league.’ So of course, in a display of goodwill and compromise – the league threw them out.  Continue reading Stuffed – Too Good to Play

Fanning the Flames – From Tweets to Twits

It was with great interest that I watched the twitter wars and blogs covering this past weekend’s hard fought Denver – Minnesota-Duluth hockey series. Pioneer (2-0/series) fans saw the series as a poorly officiated ‘chippy’ affair. On the other hand, the UMD (0-2/series) Bulldog blogs and twitter supporters saw the series as a highly competitive physical affair and characterized DU’s team and supporters as soft, spoiled babies.

DU posted the game ‘highlights’, see for yourself (Game 2 Highlights). Continue reading Fanning the Flames – From Tweets to Twits

Sleeping Over With Recruits

Photo: Carl Bauer Photography

At the UNO game yesterday,  Dallas Walton a 6’10” high school recruit was spotted in attendance. He is being pursued by DU and Wyoming. In fact, a recruiting website, Verbal Commits, has shown DU has held an interest in Dallas for a number of years.

According to a recent article in SB Nation, University of Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh  planned and participated in a slumber party at a kicking recruit’s house.  Quinn Nordin is the nation’s leading high school kicker and he is a prized recruit of Penn State. “He said we can watch a movie, see how well we gel and he said he would sleep over after that,” Nordin told Scout.com. Apparently, things like commitments don’t mean much in big stakes recruiting so Harbaugh pushed the boundaries of the NCAA recruiting ‘dead period’ that ended at midnight and invited himself over for a slumber party to seal the deal.  Continue reading Sleeping Over With Recruits

Double Digit Home Loss a … Positive

A confident UNO (13-7, 5-1 Summit) squad rolled into Denver (10 – 10, 2-5 Summit) on a 4-game road winning streak. The Mavericks, one of the highest scoring teams in the country with 85.9 points per game, were held to just 69 points but DU could only piece together 55 points of their own on a cold shooting night. The Mavs extended their road winning streak to an impressive 5 games.

Having watched IUPUI, South Dakota State, and IPFW -the league favorites, UNO has to be one of the favorites to win the regular season Summit League title. Their athleticism, inside game, and interior defense were the difference in this one. Senior forward Jake White was the star of the game for UNO with 29 points and 9 rebounds. Continue reading Double Digit Home Loss a … Positive

Trend to Muzzle Cheer Spreads

Earlier this year, LetsGoDU covered a story about DU’s student section at hockey games  that was seen as too raucous by administrators. While that story is no longer an issue, Sports Illustrated had a story on the increasing pressure in the state of Wisconsin on High School chants that do not show ‘respect’ for competitors.

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) has issued a memo banning students from chanting certain words and phrases at basketball games that may be seen as hurtful. The words? Continue reading Trend to Muzzle Cheer Spreads

Visitors Brimming with Confidence

Photo: A confident non-starter, Senior Kyler Erickson

A solid UNO squad (12-7, 4-1 Summit) invade Magness Arena tonight. They have played Missouri, Colorado, and Minnesota tough and were, clearly, the most underrated team in the Summit Conference heading into the season.

In today’s edition of Omaha.com, a highly confident Senior Kyler Erickson said: “Traditionally, you want to split on the road,” he said, “but I think our attitude this weekend (against Denver & Oral Roberts) is we’re going to go and get two games. We’re going to knock those two teams out. That’s who we are, and that’s what we do.” Continue reading Visitors Brimming with Confidence

Summit League Basketball Needs to Grow Up

UNO, DU’s home opponent this Thursday, is a surprising 4-1 in Summit League play (12-7 overall) and looking to qualify for the league tournament and potentially, the NCAA Tournament. It really doesn’t matter, though. Continue reading Summit League Basketball Needs to Grow Up

College Hockey News Names Pios Team of the Week

College Hockey News  featured the University of Denver as their Team of the Week. Coach Jim Montgomery acknowledged that the holiday break gave the team a chance to get reinvigorated and refocused – both coaches and players.

In addition to improved goaltending, Montgomery focused on the team’s priorities going forward: “I would say there’s three areas. It’s our power play, number one,” said Montgomery, in reference to a power play unit that is 11-for-76 this season, ranking 44th in the country. “Second is scoring 5-on-5 goals, and third is breaking out of our end clean.”