With the kickoff to the highly anticipated 2010 football season just days away, fans can expect not only the thrill of the game played out on the field on Saturday by their favorite Bulldogs, but also a plethora of fun and entertaining pre-game activities at Bulldog Boulevard, a tradition at Fresno State home football games.
This year, Bulldog Boulevard will offer fans a variety of pre-game activities and booths.The newly formed Fresno State Dog Pound, a student reward system that awards students prizes for athletic event attendance, will offer fans a fuse ball table, pool table, shuffleboard, air hockey and two televisions equipped with Xbox gaming system for fans of all ages to play and game on.
To celebrate that warm, sunny Valley weather, fans can also play mini putt-putt and quarterback toss, compliments of Bulldog Sports Properties, while enjoying their favorite ice cream flavor at the Cold Stone Creamery booth, the ultimate ice cream experience.In addition, the return of the bounce house is back, and as always, the Bulldog Shop will be on the boulevard selling all the newest and greatest Bulldog gear.
Fans can also test their luck by entering the "Big Red Ride Contest," for a chance to win a three-year lease on a Honda CR-V SUVand free pairs of tickets to home games, compliments of Central Valley Honda dealers.The car drawing will take place on December 3rd, and there will be drawings for tickets after each game.
Sponsors for this year's Bulldog Boulevard include Wells Fargo, the Golden1 credit union, OTHA, Jr. Bulldogs, China Peak and Home for Hope and Fresno Volkswagen, who will have VW's on display at the event as well.
By Emily Rogers / Fresno State Athletics Communications
The Fresno State women's volleyball team is back at the Save Mart Center for another exciting day of the Fresno State Classic. The 'Dogs are 1-0 in the tournament after defeating UC Riverside 3-0 last night and face-off against Santa Clara at noon and No. 20 Oregon at 7 p.m. today.
The Bulldogs starting setter this season, is a 5-10 freshman from Colorado, Erin Stock. In her debut as a college player, Stock displayed an immense amount of energy and after shaking off the early nerves played extremely well. Her biggest challenge in transitioning from the high school level to the college level is time management. But with team advocating as a great support system she's been able to keep on top of school and volleyball.
Head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell believes Stock is the perfect player for the position.
"Erin is a setter that has played at a high level within an intense training program for years," Netherby-Sewell said."She has no fear possibly starting in our quarterbacking role as a freshman. She's a tremendous athlete that knows the game and will allow us to create the high-tempo game we need to get to the next level."
Her teammates are on the same page, including sophomore middle blocker Marissa Brand.
"Erin is awesome. She is the best setter I have ever had on a team," said Brand.
Stock came to Fresno State because she loves the team and its high level of play. Her goals for the team this season is to finish as high as they possibly can by giving maximum effort on every ball, and staying extremely composed. Stock's ambitions for the next four years as a competitor are to eventually move into a captain role and be an asset to the Bulldog volleyball program.
In her spare time, Stock enjoys camping, hanging out with friends, and being outside. Prior to coming to California, she raced motorcycles on ice.
Stock is ready for the challenging season ahead of her and with the support of her teammates and coaches is ready to succeed at the college level.
Come out to the Save Mart Center today to watch the 'Dogs take on Santa Clara at noon and No. 20 Oregon State at 7 p.m. Admission is free for Fresno State students, $3.00 for youth and seniors, and $5.00 for general admission.Come out today and support your Bulldogs and join in the spirit of the centennial season!
By Jennifer Jory / Fresno State Athletics Communications
The Fresno State Women's Volleyball team is back in action tonight at the Save Mart Center.They are opening their centennial season with a tournament against UC Riverside, Santa Clara, and No. 20 Oregon.The action started tonight at 5 p.m. with a match between Oregon and Santa Clara.The Dogs hit the court at 7 p.m. to play UC Riverside.
This is going to be an exciting season for the Volleyball team.The Western Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll picked the Dogs to finish third in the 2010 campaign.They have a busy schedule this fall but the team is ready to make this season one to remember.
The team has a lot of strong players this year and they are ready to show off their skills tonight.Lauren Berger is a senior at Fresno State and starts her fourth and final season in a Bulldog uniform this evening.Her goal for this year is to be one of the top right sides in the Western Athletic Conference.She wants to spend her remaining time with the Dogs going all out playing her hardest so she has no regrets.Lauren will definitely be one to watch this evening at the Save Mart Center.
Another player to come out and see is junior Brianna Clarke, who is a native of Clovis.She was honored as one of 12 student-athletes on the 2010 Preseason All-WAC team.She is the first Bulldog since 2003-04 to earn back-to-back All-WAC honors.
There are four new freshmen joining the team this season and they are ready to carry on the Bulldog Volleyball tradition of excellence.All of the ladies have practiced hard and are excited to show off their hard work and talent on the court this evening.
The action is live at the Save Mart Center tonight at 7 p.m.Admission is free for Fresno State students, $3.00 for youth and seniors, and $5.00 for general admission.Come out tonight and support your Bulldogs and join in the spirit of the centennial season!
By Jennifer Jory / Fresno State Athletics Communications
The Fresno State Women's Golf team is getting ready for their 2010-11 season.The student-athletes compete all year long for this sport and have to stay in top shape to do so.
"When we are at a tournament we can spend up to 11 hours a day at the golf course, so it is important for the girls to be physically fit," said Head Coach Angie Cates.
A normal tournament consists of the team spending the first day playing 18 holes to warm up for the competition days.The ladies then play 36 holes on the first day of competition and 18 holes on the second day.
The team works out together on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 6:30 a.m. in the Bulldog weight room.E.J. Jackson is the strength and conditioning coach for the Women's Golf team and has been working with them for almost three years.
"We focus a lot on flexibility and core strength," said Jackson."We want to try and prevent injuries while they play and work on their strength in hitting the ball."
Cates and the team take working out very seriously.Cates has her own set of rules for the early morning workouts and Jackson enforces those rules very strongly.If the ladies are late to the 6:30am workouts, they are required to spend ten minutes on the stair climber while the rest of the team is working out.If they completely miss a work out and it is unexcused, they must come in to the weight room at 5:30am the next morning and clean the gym equipment.
"EJ does a great job with the team and the girls enjoy working out," said Cates."Staying physically fit is very important for this sport.It is also important to work on the speed muscles, balance, and core strength."
The Women's Golf team starts its season on September 13 at the Colorado State 2010 Ptarmigan/Ram Fall Classic in Windsor, Colo.
The Equestrian team is gearing up for the upcoming season of
competition.They will be led into the
show arena this year under four strong leaders.The 2010-11 captains for the Fresno State Equestrian team are Jill Tebbe,
Maddison Silver, Caitlin Marshall, and Kimberly HewsonBudnik.All four ladies bring a great amount of
experience, leadership, and hard work to the team.
This will be Jill Tebbe's second year as team captain and
her fourth year competing on the team.Jill
competes in the Western Reining discipline and has definitely made her mark in
that arena.Last season she competed in
13 events and earned eight wins and an MVP honor against University of South
Carolina.She earned two MVP honors in
her previous season against University of South Carolina and University of
"My favorite part of being on the team is the great friends
that I have made. Everyone on the team is really fun and we all have a good
time," said Tebbe."All my roommates
have been from the team and some of my best friends are girls that were/are on
the team with me. I also like getting the opportunity to ride in college and
travel all over the country doing what I love."
Tebbe will be a senior this year, so this will be her last
season of competition for the Dogs.Joining her as the Western co-captain is Madison Silver.This will be Silver's third year on the
Equestrian team and her first year as team captain.She competes in the Western Horsemanship and
has done an outstanding job in her collegiate career.Last season she competed in 13 events and
earned eight wins, one tie, and two MVP honors against University
Tennessee-Martin and Sacred Heart University.She received her highest career score of a 77 in her opening match
against New Mexico State last season.
Jennifer Jory / Fresno State Athletics Communications
It's that time of year again and all of the Fresno State athletic teams are
gearing up for a new season of action. The men's golf team is starting
off this centennial season in a big way. They will be heading off to
Tanagura, Japan to compete in the 28th Annual Topy Cup.
The Topy Cup is a large golf tournament held in Japan for both men's and
women's teams. The tournament is open to U.S. collegiate teams as well as
Japanese collegiate teams. The U.S. teams must be invited by the Japanese Golf
Association in order to participate. The Topy Cup is held at the Tanagura
Country Club in Tanagura, Japan every year in early September.
This fall the Fresno State men's golf team will be competing in the Topy Cup on
September 9-11. There are 90 players total in the tournament and only six
teams are invited from the United States. The organizers of the
tournament pay for five players and one coach from each team to travel to Japan
to compete. Fresno State was picked as one of the four men's teams to
travel to Japan this year. The other U.S. men's golf teams traveling to
Japan are the University of Arizona, Arizona State, and Texas A&M.
The women's golf teams traveling to Japan are the University of Arizona and UC
State Equestrian Team is ready for the 2010-11 season and is very
optimistic about the administrative changes that are taking place.
Dr. Becky Malmo recently resigned as head coach of the Equestrian Team to pursue a career in the Fresno County Office of Education.Assistant coaches Stephanie Reeves and Julia Scrivani will be taking the reins for the upcoming season and co-coaching the women's Equestrian Team.Both coaches feel Dr. Malmo instilled a solid foundation for the Equestrian Team and they hope to continue to build on that basis.
The coaches do not want to make a lot of changes in the upcoming season.Scrivani will continue to oversee the English side of the team and be the main instructor for Equitation on the Flat and Equitation over Fences.Dr. Malmo previously focused on coaching the Horsemanship discipline and Reeves will be taking over that duty.Alumni Keri Blackledge will be joining the Equestrian team as a guest coach for the season and will be assisting Reeves in providing help for the Reining discipline of the team.The office work will be split amongst the coaches evenly as well as with the graduate assistant, Brenda Donat.
"Our goal is to keep a majority of the team the same and maintain the same feel that has always been there," said Reeves.
The coaches are very excited about the 2010-11 season and having all of the student-athletes return to start practice.The student-athletes will all return to Fresno by Friday, August 20,for their first meeting.The first meeting will include a team orientation where the parents and athletes will meet the coaching staff as well as the rest of the athletic department staff.The student-athletes will then get their individual photos taken as well as their first team photo for the season.The following day will consist of horse safety testing at the Student Horse Center followed by a welcome back BBQ at 4:30p.m. hosted by the Equestrian booster club, The Saddle Club.The next day, Sunday, will be filled with physicals and compliance meetings administered by Athletics department officials.The action packed weekend will end with the annual welcome back BBQ for all Fresno State student athletes on Sunday evening.
"We have lots of depth on the team which is very exciting," said Scrivani "We are very excited for practice to start and look forward to seeing all of this year's talent in the arena."
The coaching staff is not the only change the Equestrian Team is experiencing this season.The Student Horse Center has received numerous changes as well.The Equestrian Team purchased all new jumps to be used for the Equitation over Fences competition.They also set up a new PA system and lights in the arena to be used at this season's competitions.The Student Horse Center also had ten new stalls built to house the team's horses and re-did the area where the women tack up the horses for practice.
"I am excited to take the reins with Julia as a coach and as a friend and lead this team with everything Dr. Malmo left behind and continue its excellence," said Reeves.
The first day of competition will be an inter-squad scrimmage held at the Student Horse Center on Saturday, September 25.The competitions are free and open to the public.
"There are going to be great things in store for this season," said Scrivani.
Many freshmen lit up the field on both lines Saturday night at the first fall football scrimmage at Bulldog Stadium. Combining veteran talent in quarterback Ryan Colburn and running back Robbie Rouse along with fresh new faces, fans got a firsthand look at the team in action.
The biggest crowd roar came with the first touchdown of the scrimmage by freshman Victor Dean, who caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from backup sophomore quarterback Kelly O'Brien. Dean, a wide receiver from San Diego, shined in one of his first true collegiate scrimmages and plays at Bulldog Stadium.
The defensive saw an impressive performance from true freshman Derron Smith this evening, who caught an interception and continues to show strength as a defensive back. The defensive, which has recently lost a key defensive player in junior Zak Hill due to a knee injury, will look to the 5'11" rookie from Banning, Calif., to add strength to the secondary.
Perhaps one of the most standout performances of the night came from two freshmen, wide receiver Jalen Saunders and backup quarterback Greg Watson, who connected on a 65-yard pass to Saunders for a touchdown.
To wrap up the scrimmage, freshman receiver Josh Harper caught a 25-yard pass for a touchdown.
With all of these freshmen making such big plays in the first scrimmage of the year, that bodes well for the Dogs for this season and years to come.
Former Bulldog Nick Watney is charging toward his first
major championship, standing in second place just 1 shot off the lead as the second
round of the 2010 PGA Championship was concluding. Watney finished his second
round with a 4-under par round of 68 at the Whistling Straits course in
Wisconsin and is 7-under for the tournament, one shot behind leader Matt
Watney's round included five birdies and one bogey, and he
had to play 25 holes Friday as fog delayed the start of Thursday's opening
round. Several players in the field had to finish their first round on Thursday
before beginning the second round.
Similar weather conditions greeted the field Friday as
nearly half the field will have to finish the second round on Saturday before the
cut-line can be set. Tiger Woods is among the players needing to finish on
Saturday. He is 1-under par for the tournament and only got through six holes of
his second round on Friday afternoon.
Watney, who has won twice on PGA Tour, has tied for 7th
in the both the Master's and the British Open this year. He was the top
American finisher in the British Open last month. This is the final major event
on the PGA Tour this year, as the schedule will now focus on the Fed Ex Cup for
the remainder of the year.