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Spartan Sports Updates for mid-May, 2017
May 15th, 2017 by 89 Chemistry

ITEM:  MSU Men’s Golf has teed off in its second consecutive NCAA Regional.   A preview is here, and the leaderboard (which will be occasionally updated) is here:

 

ITEM:  MSU Track had its best day of the B1G Championships Meet yesterday.   Quoting (with minor editing) from the msuspartans.com release:

“Sophomore Justine Kiprotich captured the first gold medal of the 2017 Big Ten Outdoor Championship by winning the men’s 1,500m.   Kiprotich won his first career Big Ten title with a time of 3:48.72.   He was just shy of his personal best time of 3:42.36 at the Virginia Challenge in April.   The sophomore was a runner-up last season.

“’Justine has turned into one of the best milers in the region, and clearly has a chance to be an NCAA finalist,’  said MSU Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Walt Drenth.   ‘To be a Big Ten champion as a sophomore is amazing.   I am seeing a guy really maturing.   He has a good race savvy.   He made a bold move with about 500 or 600 meters to go to get into running position.   When he got to the front with a little over 200 meters to go, he just powered away from the field.'”

…   “Senior Sherod Hardt had a solid showing in his final Big Ten Championship, finishing third in the men’s 5,000m.   Hardt clocked in with a time of 14:25.10.”

…   “’One of the hallmarks of a really good team is to be good at the end of the meet, in the 4×400 and the 5,000, it is a long weekend.   Some kids have doubled and some kids have waited their turn, but you still have to be mentally tough.   I was really pleased with how Sherod battled through the whole race.   He ran a tough race from start to finish,” Drenth said.'”

NCAA First Round participants will be announced on Thursday.

 

ITEM:  The newest version of Ralph Young Field — upon which MSU Field Hockey plays — is now being prepared.

 

ITEM:  MSU Softball was the best B1G team left out of the NCAA Tournament field.   It therefore was the B1G’s automatic qualifier for the inaugural National Invitational Softball Championships (analogous to the NIT, but with 48 teams).   The opening rounds are double-elimination in four-team regionals; MSU plays Murray State tomorrow at 5 PM ET and will play at least once on Wednesday.   The Region 3 winner will advance to a six-team Finals that will begin on Sunday.   The msuspartans.com story is linked here.

 

ITEM:  The first and second MSU Rowing Varsity Fours both finished fourth in the B1G Championships yesterday.   The NCAA field will be announced late tomorrow afternoon.

 

ITEM:  MSU Baseball will play at CMU tomorrow [4:05 PM ET] and begin a series at Michigan on Thursday.   Those three games will conclude MSU’s regular season.

 

ITEM:  The NCAA Women’s Golf National Championships begin Friday.

 

Go Green!

Georgia Pine Smells Good and MSU Looks Great: Women’s Golf Advances to NCAA Championship Finals
May 10th, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

Georgia Pine Suits MSU Fine

The MSU Women’s Golf team seems to excel when playing in the neighborhood of the Tall Georgia Pine. Continuing its trend of solid play under pressure MSU advanced out of the Athens, Georgia Regional to the 2017 NCAA National Championship Round to be held in Sugar Grove Illinois on May 19th-24th. A full recap is [here].

Meanwhile the Detroit Tigers of MLB continue their West Coast Trip, taking on the Snakes in Phoenix.  Detroit beat Arizona 7-3 on Tuesday night with newly designated Closer Justin Wilson pitched a perfect 9th – although not a Save situation.  The Tigers are 3rd in the American League Central 1.5 Games behind Cleveburgh.

MSU Women’s Softball (seeded #7) takes on Indiana tomorrow to begin the B1G Tournament Championship.  The game will be broadcast on BTN at 4:30 PM (EDT).  The background story is [here].

For the first time in decades, no Red Wings in the NHL Playoffs.  However, there is a Game 7 being played with the winner advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals.  Follow [here]

Road Trip South: MSU women’s Golf headed to NCAA South Regional on a Roll
May 1st, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

The MSU Women’s Golf Team reacts to being selected and placed in the NCAA Tournament.

The MSU Women’s Golf Team is headed to the NCAA South Regional to be held at the University of Georgia golf course.  I know most of us have come to expect MSU Women’s Golf being practically as automatic for qualifying for the NCAA Championship Tournament as Men’s Basketball, but last fall the situation was quite different.

Last fall the Michigan State University Spartans Women’s Golf Team hobbled by injuries and otherwise poor performances appeared to be in a 2016-17 season death-spiral. MSU was ranked 99th in the nation.  I did not even know there were rankings tracked that low, let alone a Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll team being amongst them.  However, things changed as the spring portion of the season approached.  Players regained their health and the best female amateur golfer residing in the state of Michigan enrolled (as a Freshman) early so as to qualify for the spring run.  MSU now had the best returning golfer in the B1G and the best new golfer in the B1G; ready and available.  Sarah Burnham (JR.) and Allyson Geer (FR) began cutting through courses the as if they had blow torches in their bag and safe made of tin foil was in front of them. The rest of the team members began to follow suit.  By April MSU was arguable playing the best golf of any team in the country.  In the last two tournaments (Buckeye Classic and B1G Championship) the Spartans took the titles; pulling away from national power-house programs at the finish.

Burnham was named B1G Golfer of the Year, and Geer was name B1G Freshman Golfer of the Year last week.  Both are legitimate All-American candidates.

In order to win titles however, the entire squad has to perform well; and they have stepped up indeed.  When Burhman had – what is for her at least – an off day (3+ PAR) on the final Sunday of the B1G Championship, Geer was superb as usual.  The difference? Katie Sharp, Carolyn Markley, Logan Otter and Paz Marfa Sans played superbly while their Northwestern counter-parts faltered.

As for Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll this team is another example for a person has represented MSU as well as any faculty and staff in the history of MSU Athletics. Slobodnik-Stoll is about to receive another honor – she will be inducted into Michigan Golf Hall of Fame.  Not bad for someone in the middle of their career.

Satacy Slobodnik-Stoll and daughter Olivia take in the selection show.

A solid story on MSU and how they are approaching the tournament is [here]

MSU Takes 2017 B1G Women’s Golf Championship Title – Spartan Will at its Finest
Apr 23rd, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

Like a well trained, well equipped, motivated, and organized force;  the Michigan State Women’s Golf Team decided the 2017 B1G Women’s Golf Championship was their prize to capture. To those who were desiring of holding off MSU – our sincerest condolences.  Oh, and the truck you believe just hit you? It looked to be the color Green – more specifically WEB Color: 18453B.

2017 MSU Women’s Golf Team. Yes, they are smiling. The reason? They know (as do many opponents) that after three rounds they are likely taking a title home with them.

MSU blitzed the competition in the 3rd and Final Round of play to claim the victory at TPC River’s Bend in Maineville, Ohio.  The Spartans overcame #12 Northwestern’s 4 stroke lead at the start of the day and beat them by 2 strokes overall – finishing the tournament at + 2 PAR (866) to the Wildcats +4 (868).

The reward – a sixth B1G Championship for Head Coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll and a trip (for the entire team) to the NCAA Regional Championships.

For the Tournament MSU’s Sarah Burnham (JR) placed 2nd at -5 PAR (211), Allyson Geer (F) finished 4th EVEN PAR (216), Katie Sharp (RS JR) placed (T) 5th at +2 PAR (218), Carolyn Markley (SO) and Paz Marfa (F) placed (T) 25th at +12 PAR (228) and Logan Otter (RS F) finished at +21 PAR (T) 53rd.

Similar to its taking the title of the Buckeye Classic last weekend MSU overcame a national power (Texas last week and Northwestern this week) after spotting the competition a first round lead.

For the 2017 B1G Championship MSU wore down Northwestern’s 10 stroke lead after round 1 in two distinctly different manners.  On Saturday MSU’s Burnham scorched the PAR 72 course with a  B1G Championship and MSU all-time individual round low (-9 PAR 63).  On Sunday the entire MSU squad was the total difference.  MSU adhered to the adage play-the-course-not-the-competition.  Geer, Sharp, Markely shot under PAR final rounds and Otter shot +1 PAR. Burham shot a +3 PAR and Marfa shot a +4 PAR.  Meanwhile Northwestern seemed to do the opposite and faded in the final day as four players shot +5 to +12 PAR for the round.

Michigan’s Elodie Van Dievoet shot a -2 PAR for the final round (-6 210 overall) to claim the individual title by one stroke over Burnham.  It is the second week in a row Burnham placed 2nd in the individual scoring to pace the squad in its title grabbing venture.  Burnham was the B1G Golfer of the Week last week and given her unprecedented round on Saturday will likely receive similar recognition this week.

As for Slobodnik-Stoll it is another B1G Title in a stellar career.  The former MSU player in 20 coaching seasons has led MSU to six B1G Titles, and with today’s victory 18 NCAA Regional appearances.

Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll, alongside her mentor and former MSU women’s golf coach, Mary Fossum. With today’s title, the two have combined to win 12 Big Ten Championships.

 

Spartan Surge – 2018 Women’s B1G Golf Championship: Round 2
Apr 22nd, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

Sarah Burnham

Spartan Sarah Burnham (JR) shot a scintillating -9 PAR 63 on Saturday to lead a surging MSU at the 2017 the B1G women’s Golf Championships on the TPC River’s Bend course in Maineville Ohio.  Burnham’s 2nd round result is the lowest single round score in B1G Women’s Championship and MSU team history. After two rounds Sarah sits at -8 PAR (136) which provides her with a 4 shot lead over Elodie Van Dievoet of Michigan and Emie Peronnin of Minnesota heading into Sunday’s Final Round.

MSU shot a combined -5 PAR (283) to vault into 2nd place behind #12 Northwestern who retained its 1st place standing by shooting a combined -3 PAR (285). The Spartans and Wildcats have three players each in the Top 10 Leader-board heading into the 3rd Round.  The Spartans (+5 PAR) are 8 strokes behind the Wildcats (-3 PAR).

Burnham was not the only Spartan to experience good fortune on Saturday as five of the six team members equaled or improved on their results from Friday’s opening round.  Freshman, and the state of Michigan’s perennial top female amateur golfer; Allyson Geer replicated Friday’s score and stands in 9th place overall.  RS Sophomore Katie Sharp improved three strokes from Friday’s round to shoot an EVEN PAR (72).  Sharp stands in 10 place overall.  Paz Marfa, the Freshman from Barcelona, Spain is in 21st.  Sophomore Carolyn Markley, who hails from the host city of the tournament is in 41st place and RS Freshman Logan Otter improved six strokes from Friday’s round and is in 75th place.

You can follow the championship via live stats [here].

Round 1 Recap is located [here].

Can Spartans Find Their Groove? – 2016 Women’s B1G Golf Championships
Apr 22nd, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

Sarah Burnham

Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll’s MSU Women’s Golf team stand in 5th place after Round 1 in the 2016 B1G Golf Championship.  Can the Spartans find their groove and move to the top of the leaderboard? They did it last week to take the Buckeye Classic.  However, MSU will have to make up 10 strokes (or about 1.5 strokes a player) – I would not count them out.

Why? MSU has two All-American’s on the six member card who are a clear threat to take the individual title;  Sarah Burnham (JR) and Allyson Geer (FR).  Both carded a +1PAR and sit at 4 stokes off the lead.  Both are used to thriving on the big stage.  Burnham represented the United States in last year’s World University Games – finishing 9th and helping the USA to a Bronze Medal.  And as for Geer, simply put; she is the best female amateur golfer in the state of Michigan.  Geer was named 2016 Golf Association of Michigan Women’s Player of the Year, won the 2015 and 2016 Michigan State Amateur Championships, becoming the youngest and just the third player in the last 23 years to win the event in consecutive years, and has been ranked #1 in Michigan since 2013.  MSU also has four battle tested teammates to help make up the ground in Katie Sharp, Carolyn Markley, Paz Marfa, and Logan Otter.

You can follow the championship via live stats [here].

US & USMC Stand Tall at TUS HQ.

TUS Cup

TUS HQ Grounds at – The Valley Club, Sun Valley Idaho.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Highly placed sources tell TUS that both Burnham and Geer feel their college career’s will not be complete until they take on The Marine (TUS’s MSU HOFer Tommy Hardenbergh.) on the links.  Our source says that Burnham was overheard saying, “None of this St. Augustine Florida or Portage Lake Michigan Cabin home course stuff.  Ideally I want a site such as the TUS HQ Valley Club course in Sun Valley, Idaho.”  Supposedly added Geer, “In fact, we should simply be able to compete for the TUS Cup.”  When asked for comment, TUS Compliance Officer GoSt8Go says “the ladies are Spartans and therefore – by rule – automatically eligible to be considered for membership in TUS.  Membership Committee Chairperson Maureen Whitman (aka Boston Spartan) says “both players – and in fact the whole squad – could gain membership in a Special Plebiscite.”  TUS Cup Director Rick Hurula (aka Trophy) says, “The Marine is tough tee through green, but I might as well start looking into shipping cost for the TUS Cup heading to East Lansing. We can ship it to Dave Pruder, and he can handle it from there.”

The scorecards and standings after Round 1.

Notice the Greer Eagle on the 18th hole.  Nice Finish!

College Basketball National Championship Thread
Apr 2nd, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

As for college basketball March is over, but maybe not the madness. We have reached the National Championship Final. Today it is the ladies and tomorrow the men.

 

Other items of note for TUS Membership.

  • Guard Tori Jankoska received All-American Honorable Mention over the week for those that missed it.  Hmmm… 15 players better than Jankoska?  Really?
  • The MSU Baseball team lost to Minnesota 9-4 in East Lansing.  The Spartans (15-10) swept by the Gophers (18-8).  I knew Minnesota was good but I truly thought MSU would at minimum take the series and possibly sweep.  Good thing I only bet some of the Marine’s golf winnings and not my own.
  • The Spartan Women’s Softball Team won all three games against Maryland in East Lansing.  Granted Maryland (7-26-1 0-6) is not much this season, but the series sweep is encouraging. MSU (19-11 3-3) has not had a winning season since 2007 and went  winless in the B1G in 2012 (0-23).
  • Going into the last round of the Clemson Invitational MSU’s Womens’s Golf Team stands in fifth place at -1 PAR.  MSU’s Sarah Burnham is 8th overall.
  • Yesterday GoSt8Go successfully completed his first competitive race at the 10K distance (Monument Ave.).  I propose TUS change his name to Run GoSt8Go Run.

Who do you think will win the basketball games?  And what about those Tigers?

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Spartan Women Golfers in Last Round Battle to Advance & Play in NCAA Final
May 7th, 2016 by Jeffrey Lubeck

The Michigan State University Spartan Women’s Golf Team enters today’s last round of the NCAA Regional Championship in Stanford California in seventh place; 1 stroke out of advancing to the NCAA Championship Round

.NCAA Leaderboard Stanford Regional

The full story is [here].

 

 

Spartan Athletic Department thumps the Gulos yet again!
Jul 29th, 2013 by GoSt8Go

Spartan team poses with Championship Trophy

How clutch was this from Hollis! This was putt he had to have on 18 to send it to Sudden Death. Branden later conceded.

Joe’s article here.

Each individual match result is listed here on Twitter.

Match Results
Frank Beckmann beat Matt Steigenga on the 20th hole to end the outing. MSU wins 6.5-2.5.
Ryan Brehm and Matt Thompson decide to halve the match
Caroline Powers wins her match 2&1
Michigan State clinches the match as Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll defeats Jan Dowling 3&2.
Trey Rogers wins 3&1 over Thad Polk
Laura Kueny defeats Ashley Bauer 6&5.
Casey Lubahn defeats Chris Whitten 6&5
Justin Hicks wins his match 4&3
Mark Hollis wins the first point of the outing with a par on the 19th hole – sudden death

Go Green!

Things Change and Others Stay The Same
May 13th, 2013 by Jeffrey Lubeck

Head Coach Mike Babcock decides that in order for his young 7th seeded team to take the series against the experienced and powerful 2nd seeded opponent he needs to switch up his line combinations.  It works brilliantly.  Is the year is 2013 or 2003?  Are the two teams involved the Detroit Red Wings or the Anaheim Ducks? The answer is Yes – to all.  Last night Babcock and the Red Wings beat the Ducks 3-2 in Game 7 in the West Conference Quarterfinals in Anaheim.  Babcock engineered the same result as Head Coach of the Ducks in a 4-0 sweep of the Red Wings in 2003.  Former Spartan Justin Abdelkader scored a short-handed goals for the Red Wings.

With realignment next season the two teams that have met the most times in the NHL playoffs over the last 25 years (six times) will no longer meet for Conference playoff domination.  The Red Wings now go on to play fellow member of the NHL’s Original Six – The Chicago Blackhawks.  Who takes this series TUS membership?

Detroit Tiger Jose Valverde entered yesterday’s contest between his team and the Cleveland Indians with a one run lead (3-2).  Valverde’s job as closer is to hold the lead and seal the victory.  He did not.  What does TUS membership think about the prospect of Pappa Grande going forward?  The one we experienced yesterday and last year or the one from previous seasons?

Another item to add for discussion in the category Sameness is MSU Women’s golf.  The Spartans advanced to the NCAA Championship Finals from the Central Region over the weekend.  It is the 2nd year in a row for the ladies in Green and White to advance to the Finals.

Change can be good and the Spartans Men’s Baseball team needed some.  The Spartans beat Iowa in Iowa City 4-2 on Sunday to avoid being swept by the lowly Hawkeyes.  The victory keeps MSU on pace to make the B1G Tournament but the loses on Friday and Saturday are worrisome.

A pleasant and surprising season of Men’s Tennis at MSU came to an end as the 43rd ranked Spartans lost to #25 Tulsa in the first round of NCAA Tournament.

 

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