October 2010 Archives

    Women's Golf Spotlight: Chelsea Czinski
    Year: Senior
    Major: Psychology

    Who's your favorite teacher on campus?
    Justin Butchert who teaches Rec 80.

    What do want to do after you graduate from Fresno State?
    I would like to get my masters in Sports Psychology and then travel around the world.

    What's your favorite thing about Fresno State?
    The people, the community, and the athletics.

    How old were you when you first played golf and what do you remember about that experience? :
    I first started playing golf when I was 7 years old. I was in a kids golf camp for a few days at Haggin Oaks Golf Club in Sacramento. I remember how hard it was to hit the golf ball and to grip the golf club.

    What's in your CD player?
    Either Drake or Taylor Swift

    What person would you most like to receive a golf lesson from?
    Tiger Woods

    What do you do in your spare time?
    Relax and watch TV or go shopping

    Who's the funniest member of your team?
    Krysta Clark

    What's your most prized possession?
    I have no idea.. maybe my two hole in one golf balls or my golf awards from tournaments.

    What's your favorite meal?
    Fettucini Alfredo

    What would surprise people to learn about you?
    I played the piano for 8 years

    Describe your dream vacation?
    Going to Bora Bora or the Bahamas

    Favorite part about being a Bulldog golf athlete:
    Being able to travel all over to different tournaments and play really nice golf courses.

    Something everyone should know about being a golfer:
    Its 90 percent mental

    Best moment in your Bulldog Golf Career:
    Winning WAC team my Freshman year

    You know you are a golfer when....
    You have awful tan lines
    Equestrian Spotlight: Madison Silver
    Year: Senior
    Position: Western Horsemanship Captain
    Major: Kinesiology

    Who's your favorite teacher on campus?
    Mark Baldis (Kinesiology). He makes the class comical while teaching us.

    What do want to do after you graduate from Fresno State?
    I am currently applying to Physical Therapy graduate programs all over the country.

    What's your favorite thing about Fresno State?
    The equestrian team. The team has been a great experience and has taught me so much about life, responsibility and hard work.

    How old were you when you first rode a horse and what do you remember about that experience?
    Do the pony rides count? I really started riding when I was 5 years old. I just remember being the smallest kid with the biggest hair on the tallest horse in the barn.

    What person would you most like to receive a riding lesson from?
    Michael Colvin. He's a very well-known professional and has a lot of experience judging and training throughout his years.

    What's your favorite TV show?
    Definitely Grey's Anatomy. I'm EXTREMELY addicted!

    What do you do in your spare time?
    Right now, my free time consists of filling out grad school applications, but normally I take any extra moment to sleep.

    Who's the funniest member of your team?
    Shawna McClurg.  She is probably one of the funniest people I know in general. If you ever see her, make sure you ask her to tell you a story. Her animation makes any story hilarious.

    What's your most prized possession?

    Pictures of my family. They mean the world to me.

    What's your favorite meal?
    I love all food. If I had to pick though, it would probably be Mexican food...or Jack in the Box.

    What would surprise people to learn about you?
    I am the middle of 5 kids.

    Describe your dream vacation?
    Anywhere involving the beach and the sun!

    Favorite part about being a Bulldog equestrian rider?
    The girls on the team, and the opportunity to travel around the country and ride all different kinds of horses.

    Something everyone should know about being an equestrian rider?
    It's hard work, but it's completely worth it.

    Best moment in your Bulldog Equestrian Career?
    Winning two MVP awards in one weekend.

    You know you are an equestrian rider when....
    You don't smell the "horse smell" anymore!

    With college football already in the second half of the season, many websites have been coming out with their projections on what schools will play in the various bowl games at the end of the season.  The Fresno State Bulldogs, with their record of 5-2 and 3-1 in WAC play, are projected by all the experts to represent the WAC in a bowl game, but the specific bowl game and their opponent varies among all of them. Here is a breakdown of the different bowls and the opponents the 'Dogs have been projected to play.

    New Mexico Bowl vs. BYU/Colorado: Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday, December 18 @ 11 a.m.

    Andrea Adelson of ESPN.com, College Football News, and Fox Sports project the 'Dogs will make their third straight appearance in the New Mexico Bowl. Fresno State played Colorado State in 2008 and Wyoming in 2009, but both ESPN.com and College Football News believe the Bulldogs will face a different Mountain West opponent this year, the BYU Cougars. The Cougars have a conference record of 2-2 and an overall record of 3-5, with big wins over Washington and San Diego State.  They are currently third in the Mountain West in rushing offense, rushing defense, and sacks. Fresno State is 5-4 all time against BYU.

    Fox Sports predicts the Bulldogs will see Big 12 opponent Colorado in Albuquerque, and the Buffaloes lead the series 4-1 against the 'Dogs. This is Colorado's last year in the Big 12 conference before they make the switch to the Pac 10. The Buffaloes are 3-4 on the season with wins over Colorado State, Hawaii, and Georgia, and they have the second best turnover margin in the entire Big 12.

    uDrove Humanitarian Bowl vs. Ohio: Boise, Idaho, Saturday, December 18 @ 2:30 p.m.

    If Mark Schlabach from ESPN.com is correct, this would be Fresno State's third appearance in the Humanitarian Bowl and their first time ever facing the Ohio Bobcats. In 2007, the 'Dogs defeated Georgia Tech 40-28, and in 2004, they edged out No. 18 Virginia 37-34 in their first appearance.  The Bobcats currently have the best record in the MAC West at 4-1, and they have an overall record of 5-3. Ohio is second in the MAC in rushing offense and 39th in the nation. They are also second in the MAC in total defense.

    Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl vs. UCLA/Notre Dame: San Francisco, California, January 9 @ 6 p.m.

    Previously known as the Emerald Bowl, this would be the Bulldog's first appearance. CBS Sports is picking the UCLA Bruins to face the 'Dogs in San Francisco, and the Bruins lead the overall series 6-2. UCLA has upset wins over No. 23 Houston and No. 7 Texas on their way to a 3-4 record. They rank fourth in the Pac 10 and 22nd in the nation in rushing, and a big reason why is sophomore running back Jonathan Franklin who is 16th in the nation in rushing yards per game. 

    Notre Dame is the choice of Rivals.com to go against the Bulldogs on January 9, and the 'Dogs have never faced the Fighting Irish. The Irish are 4-4 on the season, and they are led by junior quarterback Dayne Crist who is 22nd in the nation in passing and 14th in total passing yards.



    Swimming: 200 Free

    Major: Communication

    Favorite part about being a Bulldog swimmer: The team.

    Something no one knows about me: I've been swimming since I was 6 ½.

    Something everyone should know about being a swimmer: It's a challenging but fun sport.

    What do I look forward to most about the new swimming and diving complex: We can walk there.

    Best thing about being a swimmer: Being able to represent Fresno State.

    Best moment being a Bulldog swimmer: Becoming a part of the team.

    You know you are a swimmer when...you smell like chlorine even when you're dry.

    To mark the Centennial, the Bulldog Marching Band will be performing an original composition by one of our alums, written in honor of the occasion.  Master Sgt. John M. Bliss graduated from Fresno State in 1996 with a Master of Music degree.  He studied both conducting and composition, and served as a graduate assistant with the Bulldog Band.  Sgt. Bliss wrote many of the musical arrangements played by the marching band and the Bulldog Beat.  You can still hear several of his charts at every Bulldog volleyball and basketball game.  Upon graduation from Fresno State, Sgt. Bliss joined the musical staff of the United States Air Force Band, from whom he writes original compositions and arrangements.


    Centennial Tribute is Sgt. Bliss' musical contribution to the Fresno State Centennial.  It is exactly 100 beats long, in honor of Fresno State's 100 years, and is based around the musical pitches of F (for Fresno) and C (for Centennial).  Following the performance, Sgt. Bliss will be honored at half-time with the presentation of the Norm and Patty Moglia Outstanding Band Alumnus Award.  The award is named in honor of Norm and Patty Moglia, two band alumni from the 1950s who have been generous and enthusiastic supporters of the Bulldog Band throughout the years.  


    You can find more information about Master Sergeant Bliss here.  

    Come on out to Fresno State's campus with your friends and family this Saturday, October 16 to enjoy the Centennial Parade, which is one of the many ways Fresno State is celebrating their 100 year anniversary. The parade will start at 3:00pm, and it will follow a route which goes along Barstow and then winds its way through campus.  It will feature nearly 60 student, alumni, and community floats, vintage cars, and even faculty dance routines. Some of the featured entries are the original 1938 "mascot" truck from the Jordan College of Agriculture, a construction feat from the Lyles College of Engineering, and the Henry Madden Library Book Cart Drill Team. There will also be entries from the Fresno State athletic department. These entries include a red convertible chauffeuring members of the 2008 National Championship baseball team while showcasing their championship trophy, a flat bed truck with bales of hay carrying the equestrian team, and the women's basketball team will be walking the route. After the parade, continue the fun at Bulldog Stadium cheering on the 'Dogs as they take on New Mexico State at Bulldog Stadium for the Homecoming Game. Kick off will be at 7:30pm, and if you don't have them yet, you can purchase your tickets here. Don't miss out on all the fun!

    Check out the latest pool progress pictures of the
    new Fresno State swimming and diving complex!





    Swimming: Butterfly

    Major: Kinesiology

    Dream Job: Running my own gym.

    Favorite part about being a Bulldog swimmer: Hanging out with teammates and having a great support system.

    Something no one knows about me: I am a vegetarian.

    Something everyone should know about being a swimmer: It's a lot of cross training along with swimming and you smell like chlorine 100% of the time.

    What do I look forward to most about the new swimming and diving complex: Not having to travel in vans to practice.

    Best thing about being a swimmer: You have the best tan year around!

    You know you are a swimmer when...you have to be reminded constantly that having no clothes on is not appropriate all the time.

    I'm Kevin Botterill and one of my main responsibilities on the Bulldog Soccer team is coaching the goalkeepers.  Goalkeeping is a very specialized position, and has a completely different set of requirements to those of the field players.  This means that it requires a player with a very different skill set and also requires a different type of training.

    The following is a list of the main requirement s of a goalkeeper in no particular order:-

    1)      Size and range - A goalkeeper has top be able to cover as much of the goal as possible to save shots.  Height is a huge advantage, as well as, quickness and power in jumping and diving.  The goalkeeper also has to be able to claim balls above the field players in crossing situations.

    2)      Quickness and agility - A goalkeeper must be able to cover ground towards the ball or across the goal quickly both on their feet and diving.  They must also be able to change direction suddenly while maintaining balance and control of their body.

    3)      Hand - eye coordination - A good goalkeeper cleanly catches everything that they get two hands to.   They are also able to make very quick one-handed reaction saves and can adjust at the last second to stop a ball that is deflected.

    4)      Distribution - A goalkeeper is the last line of defense but also the first line of attack.  She must be able to keep possession with her feet when dealing with back passes, often under pressure.  She must be able to start quick counter attacks with long and accurate throws, punts and dropkicks.  The goalkeeper must also be able to come out of her area at speed to clear bouncing balls at awkward heights with her feet or her head.

    5)      Fearlessness - A goalkeeper is expected to put their body where forwards and defenders may both be swinging their legs at the ball.  Collisions are part of the game and must be accepted to excel.

    6)      Attention to detail -A goalkeeper is the difference between the opposition scoring or not, and therefore, winning and losing.  The difference between making a save cleanly and giving up a goal is often minute but these differences have to be worked on every day in practice.  A goalkeeper must constantly strive to be perfect in her handling, positioning, diving technique etc. in order to reach her potential.

    7)      Mental toughness - While field players can make numerous big mistakes during a game and often go unpunished, a goalkeeper's mistakes generally lead to goals.  A goalkeeper has to be strong enough to accept this, put mistakes behind them and continue to be aggressive and take responsibility for protecting the goal.

    8)      Leadership and communication- The goalkeeper is far more than a shot-stopper.  They are the leader and coach of the defenders.  A goalkeeper must understand the game and the defensive tactics of the team and be able to communicate quickly and effectively with their teammates.  The goalkeeper must inspire trust from the defenders in front of them and also instill the desire to defend fearlessly for them.  The goalkeeper must hold their teammates accountable for what they do wrong and make sure that they are acknowledged for what they do right.

    I am often asked what drills a goalkeeper should practice in order to improve.  This is a very difficult question as all goalkeepers are different and therefore have different strengths and weaknesses to address.  Also depending upon the age, skill set and physical abilities of the goalkeeper a different route to improvement may be appropriate.  Below are some basic tips to ensure that you develop your game.

    1)      Get goalkeeper coaching - this can be in the form of individual lessons from a club or college coach, from your team coach before, during or after practice or by attending camps and clinics.  Obviously the more quality coaching you receive and then apply the better you will get.  Ask the coach about your strengths and weaknesses and what you can do to improve. 

    2)      Improve handling - Basic handling (which is hugely important) requires just a ball and a wall, a goalpost or the ground to work on.  Simply throw the ball against a rebounding surface and catch it cleanly with correct technique.  Our goalkeepers spend 15 mins or so a day just some variation of this.

    3)      Practice communication and leadership in every game situation - The leadership aspect is the most important and hardest to teach of all goalkeeping skills.  Train it every chance you get, make sure you are vocal in all of your games, but also scrimmages and small-sided games in practice and any other team situation you find yourself in.  Your teammates need to view you as a leader all the time, don't think that you can just turn it on in games.

    4)      Improve your distribution - The ability to drop kick (striking the ball just as it hits the ground) is huge in the women's game as it allows a player to add 10-20 yards to their punts.  All it takes is a few minutes a day hitting directly into a goal until you get the timing right.  The overarm throw is also a big (and underused) weapon for starting counter attacks and can be trained the same way.   Make sure that your arm brushes against your ear as you throw it and that you step down on the ball-side leg (your right if you throw right handed) as you release.

    5)      WATCH SOCCER - This last tip is not restricted to goalkeepers, but in order to learn the most about what attackers might do, what defenders should do and what decisions (good and bad) other goalkeepers make you need to watch as much soccer as possible.   This can be on TV, on the internet (youtube etc) and also live (local college, club, High School and professional games are all great learning environments).


    I hope that this has been informative and given you some insight into the being a goalkeeper.  I look forward to seeing you at our games and working with you at one of our camps/clinics.

    Varsity equestrian is set up in a head-to-head format.  The competition is made up of two different styles of riding, English and Western.  Each style has two events that the student-athletes compete in to earn points for their team.  The English competitors compete in Equitation on the Flat and Equitation over fences.  The Western competitors compete in Horsemanship and Reining.  In each event riders from each team compete head-to-head on the same horses which are provided by the hosting school.  A random draw assigns the riders to specific horses and the student-athletes face the challenge of riding an unfamiliar horse after a brief warm-up.  For each head-to-head match the rider with the highest score will receive one point for their team.

    The English competition attire is very proper and professional.  The rider wears tan colored stretch pants called breeches with suede knee patches to help them grip better in the saddle.  The English competitor also wears a white, long sleeve, button up shirt known as a rat catcher.  The shirt has a white collar that attaches around the rider's neck to help complete the clean look.  There is also a long sleeve jacket worn in competition known as a hunt coat.  To complete the look the rider will wear a black helmet for safety and black leather gloves.

    The Western competition attire is a little bit more casual.  The riders wear nice, clean jeans and cowboy boots.  The competitor wears fitted suede or leather chaps around their jeans to help them stick better in the saddle.  A button up cotton shirt is worn on top usually with the team's logo on the front.  The look is topped off by a traditional cowboy hat.

    Equitation on the Flat is scored on a scale of 0-100.  A pattern is memorized by the rider consisting of nine maneuvers performed within a rectangular shaped arena known as a court.  The judge watches the rider's position and effectiveness at guiding the horse through each individual maneuver. 

    Equitation over Fences is also scored on a scale of 0-100.  Each rider jumps the same predetermined course made up of eight to ten jumps.  Riders are judged on their position, consistency of pace and accuracy of leads, turns and distance to the fences while producing a smooth, polished performance.

    Western Horsemanship and Reining is scored with a base of 70 points.  There are eight maneuvers and an overall score.  Each maneuver is awarded a score from -1.5 to +1/5 in half point increments.  Horsemanship is a slower, more precise pattern judged based on pivots, stops, backing, circles, and consistency of pace.  The riders overall effectiveness and posture in the saddle are also important factors.

    Reining is judged on a fast paced pattern made up of spins, sliding stops, roll backs, circles, and lead changes.  Riders are judged on symmetry of figures, variations of speed, size and symmetry of circles.  The rider's position and effectiveness to get an unfamiliar horse through a predetermined pattern is also judged.

    The Fresno State equestrian team will be competing on Saturday, October 23, at the Student Horse Center located on the south/east corner of Barstow and Woodrow.  The 'Dogs will be taking on New Mexico State and admission is free.

    Dede Torres


    Swimmer/ Sprint Freestyle           

    Team building has never really been an exciting thing for me. Usually it's the cliché trust fall that throws me off of the team building. But this last weekend we did something different than I've ever done with my fellow teammates. Thanks to the E.D.G.E ropes course our team had so much fun as we worked together to overcome various obstacles.

    4250526.jpegWe DID do a trust fall and yes it did require a lot a trust, but we also did some other really crazy things too. Most were really frustrating at first. Like hoisting our student coach Steven into the air with only ropes and brute strength so we could slowly lower him into a circle to get a small rubber chicken. Did I mention he was blindfolded? And id I also mention Steven is about 6'5''? Ya. He was heavy. But we succeeded!

    One of my favorite things we did this weekend was a team jump rope; as in all 24 or so of us jumping in the air at the same time. It was not an easy task for a bunch of swimmers (see previous blogs, extreme is a word I would use in describing the coordination of a swimmer and not in a good way.) It was so entertaining trying to figure out how we could all get in the air and over this rope and not injure ourselves or the person behind or in front of us. But we finally figured it out without any major mishaps as well as a great photo op!

    Thumbnail image for 4250527.jpegI think one of the greatest challenges of the day was the chicken jump. One person climbed up a not so convincingly stable telephone pole in order to jump off so they could reach out and catch a rubber chicken. (I don't know what it is about rubber chickens and these E.D.G.E people!) It was fun and exciting for me, but not so much with other girls on the team. They were terrified! But they ended up overcoming their fears and got that chicken!

    I can safely say that it was one of the best team building activities I've ever been a part of. I look forward to the coming season as we all grow better as swimmers and closer as teammates and friends.



    Check out some cool 'Dog Bones about tonight's game:

    •    Fresno State has 79 players in uniform for tonight's game, most for a home game in Pat Hill's tenure.
    •    Tracy Slocum will be back in deep returns along with Jalen Saunders.
    •    This is the 43rd meeting between the California State University System sister schools in a series that began in 1922.
    •    Fresno State owns the series advantage with a 30-10-2 record.
    •    Cal Poly and Fresno State meet for the first time in 25 years.
    •    The 'Dogs have a six-game winning streak against teams from California dating back to the 2006 season.
    •    The game features a battle of head coaches who were college teammates. Pat Hill and Tim Walsh played together at UC Riverside in the early 1970s.
    •    This is the third meeting between the two coaches, with Hill owning a 2-0 record over Walsh.
    •    Quarterback Ryan Coburn has a passing efficiency of .730 which ranks him ninth in the NCAA going into tonight's action.
    •    Fans can vote for Coburn for the Davey O'Brien Award for the nation's top quarterback at www.VoteOBrien.org.
    •    Wide receiver Rashard Evans is back on offense and special teams after missing the last game due to injury.
    •    This the second straight year of the Bulldog Football Fiesta night.
    •    Before the game, Fresno State observed a moment of silence in memory of Nathan Ray, a member of the Bulldog marching band who passed away following the 'Dogs home opening 28-14 victory over Cincinnati from injuries suffered in a car accident.