Time has just flown by, and if you’ve been looking down at your Gopher Softball program for too long, when you raised your eyes back to the world you couldn’t believe what you were seeing: Sara Groenewegen, a senior!??! That’s right, the British Columbia native’s time on campus is nearly over, but it’s not without fanfare and acclaim. Sara won B1G Freshman, Pitcher, and Player of the Year over her first two seasons on campus, one of just three women in conference history to claim all three awards, and she did it in just half of a career! Last year Sara’s dominance continued, as she won 31 games for the Gophers in the circle, second most in program history for a single season. This year she is off to another good start, and she joins us to talk about the 2017 edition of the Maroon and Gold and her international aspirations after her career in Dinkytown is complete.
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It’s a value buy on Gopher Sports Update this week, two guests for the price of one, and double the quality of a normal one guest show, so that means you get four times the show with eight times the quality in 26 minutes and 50 seconds! If those numbers don’t have your head spinning, let’s see if we can make it happen with more figures! Our first guest, Gopher Men’s Tennis Junior Matic Spec, traveled 4,736 miles to play his collegiate tennis in Dinkytown. Once here, Matic won 31 singles and 18 doubles matches his freshman year, and has been consistently excellent since. Guest two, Gopher Baseball left-handed pitcher Lucas Gilbreath, was taken in the 2014 MLB Draft with the 1,073rd pick, a selection made by his home state Colorado Rockies. Lucas passed on the chance to ‘go right out of high school straight into the pros’ (#Nelly), instead choosing Maroon and Gold pastures after getting to know our old friend Todd Oakes. Both join this week as their seasons begin to kick into full force, Matic to chat about his time as a Gopher, Lucas to regale us with tales of Todd and look ahead to the Gophers B1G title defense.
Every dynasty hits bumps in the road, and Gopher Women’s Hockey is no different. A rash of recent injuries have depleted the Gophers offensive options, and head coach Brad Frost has had to get creative in his personnel management. One young lady reaping the spoils of that creativity is Kelsey Cline, a defender by trade, but forward by practice in these early stretches of the 2017 portion of the Gophers campaign. Kelsey joins this week to talk about her journey with the university, the relationships she has developed, and the rest of her senior season as the Gophers try to continue their hot play against North Dakota this weekend. #ClineNation, your time has come.
The toughest loss in quite some time came for the Gophers this past weekend, but it wasn’t decided on the court, ice, or field. This loss came from the hearts of Gopher fans, as legendary broadcaster Ray Christensen, whose voice lines some of the greatest memories supporters of the U have, passed away Sunday at the age of 92. We look back to an interview former host of the show Ron Miller conducted with Ray in 2008 on these same airwaves, as we remember a man whose voice will live forever in the ears of Maroon and Gold loyalists, and even longer around the halls of Dinkytown.
It has been nearly a year since Marlene Stollings has joined the show, and GSU is having withdrawals. To alleviate the symptoms, Marlene joins the show this week to break down the Gophers year so far, the new look roster featuring some very talented freshmen, and the goals as the team tries to work its way up the B1G standings.
Having a hand in coaching 62 All-Americans, 27 B1G individual champions, and nine national champions, Gopher Wrestling longtime assistant Brandon Eggum is getting his shot at the head gig, and so far Eggum has done a solid job stabilizing what was a rocky ship this offseason, leading the No. 13 Gophers to wins over ranked SDSU, Michigan, and Wisconsin this year. Just over a week away from the biggest match of the season at the Sports Pavilion, a dual on Super Bowl Sunday with rival Iowa coming to town, Coach Eggum joins us to talk about his team’s season so far and the road ahead (also possibly about co-host Mike Gallagher’s life almost ending thanks to the maneuver pictured below on the State Fair stage in 2015).
While you are busy eating a breakfast made of food, Gopher Sports Update is busy eating a breakfast made entirely of difficult conversations, and they are delicious. The ship is leaving the harbor this week on GSU, and if you AREN’T rowing the boat in an elite fashion, you may want to steer clear of this week’s episode. If you ARE ready to row the boat, then hop on board for an ELITE journey, trough an ELITE show, on an ELITE week of Gopher coverage! Eliteness has never been more elite!!!!!!
After finishing sixth nationally last year, Gopher Men’s Gymnastics return to competition is right around the corner! This week, head coach Mike Burns joins to preview the 2017 campaign, talk about his relationship with new big boss in Dinkytown Mark Coyle, and explore the part that B1G Men’s Gymnastics has played in his life.
Having claimed three B1G Championships in the last four years, Gopher Women’s Gymnastics is on a role and looking to continue their hot streak that has lasted the better part of this decade. But this year they’ll have to do so without two young ladies that have been around for all three of those B1G titles, 2016 AAI winner Lindsay Mable, and 2016 All-American Hanna Nordquist, two of the top Gopher gymnasts in recent memory. One of their up and coming stars who will shoulder a bigger load this year is Abby Demuse, and she joins us this week to talk about the Gophers plan to reload for another run at a conference crown.
Last week, Mike and Matt recapped everything that has gone on in the Gopher football fiasco over the last four months. This week, the guys look at how it affects the program as a whole, the possible repercussions for all involved, and some theories on a face from Gopher past that may have anticipated serious trouble coming long ago.