December 2010 Archives

    SWIMMING SPOTLIGHT: Lacey Payne

    Senior

    Major: Civil Engineering

    Dream Job: Civil Engineer (PE)

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    Favorite part about being a Bulldog swimmer: Camaraderie of team and school.

    Something no one knows about me: I love nerds.

    Something everyone should know about being a swimmer:
    Our hair is never dry and the bleach smell is coming form us.

    What do I look forward to most about the new swimming and diving complex:
    The flexibility of swim schedule.

    Best thing about being a swimmer: Being in the sun, tan and in shape.

    You know you've a swimmer when...
    Make-up and a hair dryer look like foreign objects.

    Best moment as a Bulldog swimmer: Meeting the new team.


    Approximately 200 members of the Fresno State marching band participated in a battle of the bands event this afternoon to kick off the game day events and to create a different competition outside of the fierce battle on the field.

    Held in the Boise State indoor practice facility, bands, dance teams and color guard groups performed a handful of their favorite songs in front of uDrove supporters and fans.

    The event, which was organized and announced  by KTVE radio in Boise, shared facts and short anecdotes about each school's band after they played/performed to their musical lineups with fans as a way to familiarize each team with the other.  A friendly drawing of sides was made on the field and fans for each school congregated by their school's marching band to cheer and rally as they played.

    The Bulldog marching band, the larger of the two bands today, played an array of game day music frequently heard in the confines of Bulldog Stadium on game days, including "hey baby," a fan favorite at all Fresno State athletic events. The dance team along with the majorette gave great performances for each song played in sync with the band.

    Bulldog band members, full of tons of energy as always, got into the event as it was a unique way for them to perform off the football field and stands and into a more intimate, face-to-face setting with supporters.  Many Bulldog musicians even got into the musical choices of NIU, cheering and dancing with excitement for songs they know and love to play.

    Bulldog marching band director Tim Anderson, who brought his band to Boise just three years ago for the 2007 Humanitarian Bowl with the Dogs, remembers a shining moment in the very place he and his band played at for Fresno State's last Humanitarian Bowl appearance.

    "I proposed to my now wife here in Boise three years ago to the Fresno State fight song," said Anderson. "What better way is there to ask her to marry me then doing what I love to do and to the Fresno State fight song?"

    uDrove members and supporters enjoyed lunch and warm drinks as the weather was chilly outside, in the mid to low 30's.  Fresno State band members made a nearly 14-hour, 730 mile trip to Boise and arrived in Boise Thursday afternoon, ready to play their hearts out and bring the red wave to life on the blue turf and at Bronco Stadium.

     



    Approximately 200 members of the Fresno State marching band participated in a battle of the bands event this afternoon to kick off the game day events and to create a different competition outside of the fierce battle on the field.

    Held in the Boise State indoor practice facility, bands, dance teams and color guard groups performed a handful of their favorite songs in front of uDrove supporters and fans.

    The event, which was organized and announced  by KTVE  in Boise, shared facts and short anecdotes about each school's band after they played/performed to their musical lineups with fans as a way to familiarize each team with the other.  A friendly drawing of sides was made on the field and fans for each school congregated by their school's marching band to cheer and rally as they played.

    The Bulldog marching band, the larger of the two bands today, played an array of game day music frequently heard in the confines of Bulldog Stadium on game days, including "hey baby," a fan favorite at all Fresno State athletic events. The dance team along with the majorette gave great performances for each song played in sync with the band.

    Bulldog band members, full of tons of energy as always, got into the event as it was a unique way for them to perform off the football field and stands and into a more intimate, face-to-face setting with supporters.  Many Bulldog musicians even got into the musical choices of NIU, cheering and dancing with excitement for songs they know and love to play.

    Bulldog marching band director Tim Anderson, who brought his band to Boise just three years ago for the 2007 Humanitarian Bowl with the Dogs, remembers a shining moment in the very place he and his band played at for Fresno State's last Humanitarian Bowl appearance.

    "I proposed to my now wife here in Boise three years ago to the Fresno State fight song," said Anderson. "What better way is there to ask her to marry me then doing what I love to do and to the Fresno State fight song?"

    uDrove members and supporters enjoyed lunch and warm drinks as the weather was chilly outside, in the mid to low 30's.  Fresno State band members made a nearly 14-hour, 730 mile trip to Boise and arrived in Boise Thursday afternoon, ready to play their hearts out and bring the red wave to life on the blue turf and at Bronco Stadium.

     

    Paul George with NBA Commish at 2010 NBA DraftBy Andy Conli / Fresno State Athletics

    When the Indiana Pacers drafted Paul George tenth overall in 2010 he not only became the 21st Fresno State Bulldog selected in an NBA Draft but also the highest selected of the five Dogs to go in the first round. George joined Melvin Ely and Dominic McGuire as the only former Bulldogs currently in the NBA.

    Fresno State is tied with Arkansas, Cincinnati, DePaul, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Pittsburgh, Purdue, and Texas A&M as schools with three former players in the NBA. Here is a look at what George, Ely and McGuire have been up to so far this season.

    Paul George, a native of Palmdale, Calif., caught the eye of Indiana Pacers' general manager Larry Bird and head coach Jim O'Brien this summer during workouts.

    "Everybody said he can play, and it was very apparent when I watched tape and we had him in here. He's a guy that is the type of athlete with size and scoring ability inside and outside that I think is very key in this league," O'Brien told WTHR of Indianapolis this past June.

    George played in eight contests so far this season and averaged 16.5 minutes of court time. Amongst rookies, George ranks 12th in scoring (4.5 ppg), 13th in rebounds (2.5 rpg) and tenth in assists (1.6 apg). His best game came against the Milwaukee Bucks on Nov. 5 when he scored 10 points on 4-9 from the field and 2-5 from behind the arc and grabbed three rebounds.

    Paul wears the number 24 on his Pacers jersey after being nicknamed "2much4u" during his youth.

    Melvin Ely, the 12th overall pick by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2002 draft, is currently in his first season with the Denver Nuggets and eighth overall in the league. The 6-10 center was a member of the championship winning San Antonio Spurs in 2007 but did not play during the finals.  

    Ely averaged three points and four rebounds per game in eight contests for the Nuggets. Melvin's teammates love his tough defense and hustle on the court.

    This season's best performance for Ely came on Nov. 20 when he racked up nine points on 4-4 shooting and hauled in six rebounds helping the Nuggets take down the New Jersey Nets, 107-103.

    Dominic McGuire, a second-round pick by the Washington Wizards in 2007, earned time in only five games so far this year for the Charlotte Bobcats because he missed six weeks due to a stress fracture of his left shin.

    Bobcats' head coach Larry Brown appreciates the defense and energy McGuire brings to the team. The 6-9 small forward had a break out game against the Milwaukee Bucks last week going five for six from the field and three for four from the free-throw line for a total of 12 points. McGuire also secured a career-high 15 rebounds, four of which were offensive rebounds, and blocked two shots.

    Former Bulldog Renaldo Major, a forward in the NBA Developmental League, shines for the Dakota Wizards, an affiliate of the Washington Wizards and Memphis Grizzlies. Major averages 22 points and four rebounds through five games this season.

    Here is a list of former Bulldogs playing throughout the world:

    Player

    Country

    Team

    Yrs @ FS

    Kevin Bell

    Switzerland

    Geneve Lions

    2004-08

    Noel Felix

    South Korea

    Seoul Samsung Thunders

    1999-2002

    Hiram Fuller*

    Mexico

    Fuerza Regia Monterrey

    2001-02

    Hector Hernandez

    Mexico

    Soles de Mexicali

    2004-08

    Quinton Hosely

    Spain

    DKV Joventut Badalona

    2005-06

    Francis Koffi*

    Spain

    Ourense Grupo Juanes

    2003-04

    Donovan Morris*

    Germany

    Giants Noerdlingen

    2004-05

    Terrance Roberson*

    Romania

    CSU Sibiu

    1995-99

    Sylvester Seay

    South Korea

    KCC Egis

    2008-10

    Marcus West*

    Switzerland

    BC Boncourt Red Team

    2003-04

    *2009-10

    Please let me know if there is anyone else who needs to be added or any changes that need to be made to this list. ajconli@mail.fresnostate.edu