June 2010 Archives

    Czinski Wins Fresno County Title

    Chelsea Czinksi won the Fresno County Amateur title by five strokes after shooting consecutive rounds of 73 at the Fig Garden Golf Club.

    Czinksi, who will be a senior on the Bulldog team this fall, has been one of the most consistent players on the team dating back to her freshman season when she helped the Dogs to a WAC title and the schools'  first NCAA tournament appearance. During this past season, her junior campaign, she had a scoring average of 79.32 and made 32 birdies on the season, both good for fourth-best on the team.

    She's among several golfers on the mens' and women's teams competing on courses this summer.

    3230886.jpeg 

     Sutherland One to Watch

    Two Bulldogs, Nick Watney and Kevin Sutherland, will be competing in the AT&T National at the Aronimink Golf Club near Philadelphia starting Thursday.

    According to PGA Tour.com's Mike McAllister, Kevin Sutherland is his "sleeper" pick to win the tournament. Sutherland has one PGA tour victory in his career and has quietly accumulated nearly $15 million on the tour.

     He tied for 13th last weekend at the Traveler's Tournament, his fifth Top 20 finish this season, and he leads the PGA Tour in greens in regulation.

    Good luck to the Dogs this weekend!

    By: Katie Wilbur/Women's Lacrosse

    Hey Bulldog fans!

                 Finally back from my adventure to the Galapagos Islands I wanted to let you know how it was and what I have planned for the rest of my summer.  So, I will start with the trip!

                It was fantastic!  The best part of the trip was how close you could get to the animals without them caring in the least!  There were many different types of birds and reptiles on the islands but none of them fear humans as a predator so they don't mind you stepping right over them.  There were many times that Marine Iguanas and Sea lions were sleeping across the path and didn't even move as we approached.  Among my favorite animals we saw were the Blue Footed Boobies, penguins, and the Galapagos Sea Lions.  We only spotted a few penguins as it was the end of their season in the region, but all the other animals were abundant!   One morning I was even able to see a Blue Whale surface and dive a few times as well as a few pods of dolphins!  Living on a floating hotel for a week was also an experience but it was a lot of fun getting to know the other passengers as well as the crew.  While on board we woke up early everyday, but we were also privileged to a midday siesta almost everyday, and boy could I get used to that lifestyle!

                Now that I am back safely on land and in the United States I don't have many plans for the rest of the summer.  However, I will be busy working as a lifeguard on Canandaigua Lake, taking a summer school class, of course getting all of my summer workouts in, and hopefully fitting in a lot of pick up lacrosse!  One of the great things about home is that everyone plays lacrosse and I don't need to look far for someone to play catch with or someone to shoot on me!

                That's all for now!

                            Katie

     

    By Stephen Trembley / Fresno State Athletics

    The consistency of Steve Cleveland's mission is rooted in the core of a man with an unwavering conviction that his principled foundation will foster a stronger community.

    Steve 
Cleveland Five years ago, Steve returned to his hometown to serve as the head coach of the Fresno State men's basketball team.  He was charged with creating a culture of academic excellence and compliance while competing for a conference championship.

    To achieve these objectives, Steve developed a philosophy that each step he took would be a building block for the program to be primed for the present and future.

    He calls it "Built to Last," based on the book by James Collins and Jerry I. Porras.  This approach is rooted in the central concept that we each have the ability to leave our society a better place.


    As the Cleveland Era enters its sixth season for the Bulldogs, the culture of the basketball program has been significantly resurrected.

    His basketball program achieved the nation's largest Academic Progress Rate (APR) improvement, recorded the graduation of the most student-athletes in the program's history,
    returned all scholarships and practice time, and cultivated the first Academic All-District honoree (two-time winner Nedeljko Golubovic).

     

     

    By Alyssa Chambers/Fresno State Athletics Communications

    Check out these photos courtesy of the Fresno Grass Volleyball Association of current Bulldog volleyball student-athletes Ceclia Agraz, Lauren Berger, Kelly Mason, Kasey Van Grouw and Korrin Wild.

    http://www.gobulldogs.com/view.gal?id=73015 

    By Stephen Trembley / Fresno State Athletics Communications

    Fresno State takes pride in its long history of the NBA success that defines tradition of Bulldog Basketball.  As a perennial producer of top level professional basketball talent, the Bulldogs' program has developed 21 future NBA draft picks since 1958. 

    Paul George, after being selected 10th overall tonight by the Indiana Pacers, is now highest Bulldog ever selected and the fifth 'Dog to be picked in the first round of an NBA Draft.


    Here is the full list of Bulldogs drafted by NBA teams:

    Year

    Round (Pick)

    Player

    Team

    2010

    1st (10th)

    Paul George

    Indiana Pacers

    2007

    2nd (47th)

    Dominic McGuire

    Washington Wizards

    2002

    1st (12th)

    Melvin Ely

    Los Angeles Clippers

     

    1st (27th)

    Chris Jefferies

    Los Angeles Lakers

     

    2nd (38th)

    Tito Maddox

    Houston Rockets

    2000

    1st (13th)

    Courtney Alexander

    Orlando Magic

    1999

    2nd (33rd)

    Chris Herren

    Denver Nuggets

    1998

    2nd (39th)

    Rafer Alston

    Milwaukee Bucks

     

    2nd (54th)

    Tremaine Fowlkes

    Denver Nuggets

    1995

    2nd (44th)

    Anthony Pelle

    Denver Nuggets

    1984

    1st (19th)

    Bernard Thompson

    Portland Trail Blazers

     

    2nd (27th)

    Ron Anderson

    Cleveland Cavaliers

     

    9th (192nd)

    Mitch Arnold

    Golden State Warriors

    1983

    7th (151th)

    Desi Barmore

    New York Knicks

    1982

    2nd (31st)

    Rod Higgins

    Chicago Bulls

     

    5th (114th)

    Donald Mason

    Philadelphia 76ers

    1981

    4th (85th)

    Peter Verhoeven

    Portland Trail Blazers

    1972

    7th (112th)

    Jerry Pender

    Chicago Bulls

    1966

    7th (62nd)

    Lonnie Hughey

    San Francisco Warriors

    1959

    3rd (16th)

    Gary Alcorn

    Detroit Pistons

    1958

    13th (82nd)

    Jerry Alcom

    Minneapolis Lake


    Stephen Trembley is a staff member for Fresno State Athletics Communications.  He can be reached at strembley@csufresno.edu.

    By Stephen Trembley / Fresno State Athletics Communications

    Paul George has been dreaming of this moment since he first picked up a basketball.  When his name was called earlier tonight as the 10th pick in tonight's 2010 NBA Draft, the beginning of the next stage of his life officially started.

    The journey to arrive at this opportunity began in Palmdale, Calif. where Paul learned the game by tapping into his natural talent and unmatched drive to compete at the highest level.

    As a spring signee in April 2008, the Bulldogs' head coach Steve Cleveland knew he had secured a gem.

    "Paul is versatile and very long," Cleveland said at the time of George's signing to an Athletic Aid Agreement. "He has the ability to play multiple positions. He can rebound and shoot the three. He has a huge upside because of his length and size."

    Paul George, who competed for the Bulldog men's basketball team from 2008-10 for two seasons, will travel to New York City for Thursday night's 2010 NBA Draft in Madison Square Garden.

    George, who has worked out for NBA teams over the past month, is expected to be drafted as high as a lottery pick (first 14 selections) and could become the fifth Bulldog drafted in the first round of an NBA Draft.  George would join Melvin Ely, Fresno State's highest overall pick when he was taken 12th overall by the Los Angeles Clippers in 2002, along with Chris Jefferies (2002), Courtney Alexander (2000) and Bernard Thompson (1984), as former 'Dogs selected in the opening round.

    The former Bulldog standout averaged 16.8 points and 7.2 rebounds as a sophomore while he recorded Fresno State's best single season performance at the free throw with a 91 percent clip (120-132).  George's athleticism was featured as the No. 1 Play of the Day on Sportscenter on Nov. 18, 2008 for a one-handed slam dunk during ESPN's College Hoops Tip Off.

    Make sure to watch Paul at the 2010 NBA Draft on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. PT on ESPN or www.espn3.com and check www.gobulldogs.com.

    As the 2010 College World Series is days away, many Bulldog fans think back and can remember that it was just two years ago that Fresno State was headed to Omaha, Neb. Everyone remembers the magical and historical run to the Bulldogs first national title in baseball. ESPNU has decided to share and relive the memories by replaying the 'Dogs third game of the CWS on Friday, June 18 at 5:00 p.m. PT.

    The Bulldogs went 5-2 at the CWS in 2008 and won the national title for the first time in program history. Tom Mendonca tied a CWS record by hitting four home runs and was named the Most Outstanding Player. Steve Detwiler drove in all six runs in the championship game with two home runs and double. Detwiler also made the game-winning catch in right field.

    All the action of the 2010 CWS series starts Saturday, June 19.

    lacrosse NCAA 2010
    By Lindsay Gotham and Carlee Buck
    Fresno State Lacrosse Assistant Coaches


    A couple of  weekends ago, as many families and friends were packing up for a nice long weekend of Memorial Day camping and fun, we boarded a plane to travel east to immerse ourselves in everything lacrosse!  Memorial Day Weekend is one of the most exciting weekends in the lacrosse community, for a variety of reasons.

    Thumbnail image for 5374784.jpeg
    Here is the third edition of "Just Being Frank" from women's basketball assistant coach Brett Frank.

    By Brett Frank / Fresno State Women's Basketball

    Well folks . . . It's that time again!  Let me knock the dust off my ol' PC and start banging out some words.  Inspiration for this segment comes from a very close friend of mine (love ya JG!) who brought up Hall of Fame rocker Alice Cooper.  As many of you loyal viewers of American Idol (AI) saw on the season finale, Cooper led off an amazing show filled with unbelievable talent!

    author's note:  Apologies go out to all you Mama Sox fans.  I had to go with my boy Lee even though she out sang him on the final night of competition.

    author's 2nd note:  Love or hate the guy, I think we're all going to miss Simon!


    author's 3rd note:  I promise no more author's notes in this blog starting . . . . . NOW!


    While not a diehard fan of Cooper, I do appreciate his ode to that age old cherished last day of classes ballad, "School's Out for Summer."  While typing away, I just can't seem to get the lyrics of that song out of my head "No more pencils, No more books, No more teacher's dirty looks."

    I began contemplating what goes on in the summer.  Unless we're taking to the hardwood, most of you have no idea what makes up the days of our student-athletes and coaches outside of the traditional school year.  Well that all ends today as I give you the official 2010 Bulldog Women's Basketball Fun in the Sun Summer Breakdown.

    On May 21 final exams were concluded thus completing the Spring 2010 semester.

    May 22, 2010 was a very special day as four Bulldog Women's Basketball players dressed in cap and gown, walked across the stage to the tune of "Pomp and Circumstance," and received their diploma!  Congrats go out to Shay, JoJo, Lil B, and J!!!


    By Katie Wilbur/Fresno State Lacrosse

     

    I was busy packing what seemed like a lifetime worth of belongings, which in reality was only a year's worth, into two suitcases when Steve Schaack called me and offered me the opportunity write this, a blog of sorts, keeping everyone updated with my summer.  So, here I am, writing and packing again.  This time I am packing for my first adventure of the summer.  In a few days I will leave Canandaigua and fly to Miami and on to the Guayaquil, where I will board the Nation Geographic Explorer boat for an exciting ten day adventure to the Galapagos Islands.

                    I am lucky enough to be going on the awesome trip as a graduation present from my Aunt.  Of course, I graduated a year ago, but last summer was overwhelmingly busy, and consequently we pushed the trip off to this summer.  I do not really know what to expect with the trip but I hope to encounter penguins and giant tortoises amongst other animals and climb a volcano during the adventure.  I should have the chance to explore some jungle areas with lots of different bird species as well as go snorkeling to see many different fish!

                    The Islands are located off the coast of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean.  The total resident population of the Island chain is about 22,000 people, which is the size of Fresno State!  The natural spoken language in the area is Spanish and it should be about 80 degrees while I am there. Needless to say, I am ecstatic for the trip!  And, I look forward to sharing the experience with you when I return!

                    That's all for now!

                    Katie

    Katie Wilbur
    By Jerry Brown III / Fresno State Men's Basketball

    Jerry Brown ActionAfter my first year of college basketball, I have realized that success at this level takes more than just pure athletic ability.

    In order to reach your full potential as a Division 1 athlete at Fresno State, a student-athlete has to be committed in the classroom and also on the court.  As a new Bulldog, I had to learn how to balance competing with my talented teammates for playing time and staying dedicated in the classroom.  I found myself on several different occasions barely getting the job done on both ends, athletically and academically, but as my school year progressed, I found myself getting used to balancing the two.  I feel like I ended up in great standing on the court, and most importantly, in the classroom.

     

    By Alyssa Chambers - from Lexi Watson / Fresno State Athletics Communications

    Lexi Watson wrote in after her graduation to provide us with some graduation photos and what she has been up to since concluding her volleyball career and education at Fresno State.

    Lexi: I will be taking several road trips.  I will be driving to New Mexico with Clay and his family and then we will be driving to Montana and stopping in Oregon on the way.  We plan on doing a lot of fishing, enjoying the lake and stopping to see friends and family along the way! I also got a head JV coaching job in Visalia at El Diamante (volleyball of course) so I will be helping out with their summer practices until season starts.  In August my Teaching credential program begins in Visalia.  
    By Alyssa Chambers / Fresno State Athletics Communications

    For the second consecutive season, Danielle Lawrie of the University of Washington has been named the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year. The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America presented the senior pitcher/hitter from Langley, B.C., with the award earlier this evening at the Opening Ceremony of the NCAA Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla.

    2010 Women's Basketball WAC ChampsBy Stephen Trembley / Fresno State Athletics Communications

    Over the past eight seasons, the Western Athletic Conference has tracked the performance of each of its member schools through a race for an annual Commissioner's Cup based on the collective achievements in each of the 18 WAC-sponsored sports.

    The concept is simple: each sport contributes a designated number of points based on the ranking of the sport in conference contests and/or WAC tournament competition.

    Throughout this period, Fresno State has consistently demonstrated their drive for excellence, with back-to-back first-place finishes in the 2007-08 and 2008-09 academic years and an average finish of 2.375, by far the highest of any current WAC institution.  The next closest competitors, Boise State and Nevada, have placed an average of 3.63 and 3.88, respectively, in Cup rankings over the eight seasons.  Overall, the 'Dogs own a WAC-best 679.5 points for a clip of 84.94 points per academic year.