Today is the last day to Vote for UMass Plays Of The Year. Its a narrow race to the finish, so be sure to watch the videos and pick your favorite moment. In July will be bring you UMass Performances Of The Year, for another fan vote. Alum Matt Torra pitches tonight for Triple-A Reno. The NBA Draft is in the books and the NHL Draft is on tap this weekend. Many players that played against UMass in recent seasons were selected in the NBA and several future Minutemen could be taken in the hockey selection.
In the NBA Draft last night, many UMass opponents were selected. Here's a look: No. 6 Ekpe Udoh (Baylor) to Golden State; No. 11 Cole Aldrich (Kansas) to New Orleans; No. 22 Elliot Williams (Memphis) to Portland; No. 27 Jordan Crawford (Xavier) to Atlanta in a trade; No. 56 Hamady Ndiaye (Rutgers) to Washington in a trade.
News on the UMass Hall of Fame announcement along with info on Nick Serino's pro debut in the Washington Nationals' system. Also, UMass is losing a coaching staff member to a local opponent, find out who.
With the announcement of the UMass Hall of Fame Class of 2010, there were several stories on the announcement.
On Fox Sports.com, college hoop guru Jeff Goodman has a great story on Marcus Camby being Hall worthy at UMass.
2010 draft pick Nick Serino made his professional debut on Tuesday with the Gulf Coast Nationals. Wearing No. 48, he pitched one inning for the Gulf Coast Nationals and allowed two runs to the GCL Mets in a 6-2 loss.
UMass associate head coach Acacia Walker has left the program to take the same position at Boston College. Walker has spent the last two seasons with the Minutewomen, where the team won two consecutive Atlantic 10 Conference Championships. Her responsibilities included handling the offense, recruiting coordination, team travel and budget management, as well as, video breakdown.
Goalkeeper Chris Piekos continued to deny Cape Cod Amateur Soccer players, helping the D-Y Celtic (3-0-1) to its third clean sheet of the season last night with a 3-0 win over the Bass Strikers (1-2-1). The Celtic have one 1-all draw this year, that goal not allowed by Piekos. After a scoreless first half, Jack Sherman sent home a header across the goal mouth from Lucas Miranda in the 47th minute. Complete coverage in the Cape Cod Times.
Look for the announcement of the UMass Hall of Fame Class of 2010 on Wednesday. It is expected to be a star-studded class of honorees. Just Take A Minute has news and notes on alums Liam Coen and Vladimir Ducasse in football as well as Chad Paronto and Nick Gorneault on the baseball diamond. Also, UMass softball players will be a key part of some Brakettes summer clinics.
Several UMass players will take part in a clinic run by the Stratford Brakettes. They are open to girls who are eight-years-old through high school seniors and they all are instructional in nature. Each session runs from 9:30 a.m. to noon. For additional information, call (203) 378-7262; E-mail our office at firstname.lastname@example.org ; or go to .brakettes.com to download a copy of the clinic brochure. The first session, beginning pitching, is July 7-8. The second session, offense/hitting is July 12-13, followed by session defense/fielding, July 15-16. UMass strikeout queen Sarah Plourde and UMass graduate Bailey Sanders, who is unbeaten as a Brakettes pitcher, will handle the pitching clinic. Carly Normandin and Jess Serio will help conduct the offense and defense clinics.
Alum Chad Paronto had a good showing in a 3-1 Pawtucket Red Sox win on Tuesday. He threw 1 1/3 innings to earn his fourth hold and now has a 5.06 ERA.
An alum we haven't talked about much this season is Nick Gorneault, who plays for the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees. With the Anaheim Angles top farm club, Gorneault has a .178 average with two homers and 14 RBI.
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Don't Miss This: The announcement of the 2010 UMass Hall of Fame inductees will be released. Check back during the day to see the honorees.
2006 season stars James Ihedigbo and Brandon London are in the NFL with the Jets and Steelers and are making their names on the social scene as well. Vanity Fair mentions the pair in this snipet: R&B singer-producer Kevin Rudolf gave a live acoustic performance of his new album To The Sky at Harbor Marina's Boathouse on Saturday. To ensure a packed crowd, fans including New York Jets's James Ihedigbo, Pittsburgh Steelers's Brandon London, and model Jessica Hart were bussed via luxury liner that night from Manhattan straight to the club.
The Boston Herald has an update on local baseball players in summer action. He mentions Mike Gedman, son of ex-Red catcher Rich Gedman, went 3-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored in helping Andre Chiefs beat Wakefield, 6-3. Gedman hit 12 homers in 77 games while at UMass this past season.
The South Atlantic League has reached its All-Star Break. Alum and Hagerstown Sun Mitchell Clegg leads the SAL in win percentage with a perfect 8-0 record. He has a 2.70 ERA, which is 12th in the league.
Here's a check up on UMass Hall of Famer Ron Villone, who is pitching with the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs. He had tough night last night, allowing three runs without retiring a batter. He is 2-2 with a 5.91 ERA.
Leveille and UMass Hall of Famer Mark Millon are candidates for the Major League Lacrosse All-Decade Team. Vote Today.
Better late than never ... Therese Smith was named to the WPSL National Team of the Week last week. The multiple TOTW nominee & leading scorer for the UUMass scored the vital GWG in the 2-0 victory over Seacoast United, keeping the Mutiny in the Northeast Division race. The Mutiny is 2-1-3 this season. The next home game is Saturday, June 26 at Chicopee Comp vs. CFC Passion.
More news on the alumni front from the UMass Sports Management program from the Oregonian. Oregon State University's Bob De Carolis has been selected the 2010 recipient of the Under Armour West Region Athletic Director of the Year, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced Monday. He received a Master's of Science degree in sports management in 1979 from UMass. In the fall of 2008 he was awarded the Harold VanderZwaag distinguished alumnus award from UMass.
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Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: Looking ahead to the football season? Check out the 2010 Season Schedule. The opener is set for Sept. 4 vs. William & Mary at McGuirk Stadium.
Welcome back to Just Take A Minute. Happy First Day of Summer and Happy Father's Day, a day late! News on lacrosse alums in a match-up played in Virginia. Also updates on future football and lacrosse players as well as a special honor for UMass Hall of Famer Greg Landry.
2010 signee Mike Delaney played a big role in the 2010 Shriners Football Classic. It is covered in the Attleboro Sun Chronicle. Delaney, who will be attending UMass-Amherst in the fall, especially enjoyed being able to hit an opponent during the offseason. "It felt a little weird but it felt good, we used full pads in practice, it was just like a high school practice."
The Nashua Telegraph has a story on the 2010 inductees to the Nashua Sports Legends Hall of Fame, which will be held at Holman Stadium on July 4 at 8 p.m. Leading the list this year is former Nashua High, UMass and Detroit Lions quarterback Greg Landry. The Nashua native was the first quarterback selected in the first round of the 1968 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions after a stellar career at UMass where he was selected as All-Yankee Conference. In 1971, as a member of the Lions, Landry passed for 2,237 yards and 16 touchdowns and was named to the Pro Bowl. He remains the last Detroit Lions quarterback to be selected to the Pro Bowl.
In the one match-up in Major League Lacrosse pitting UMass alums this weekend, Jack Reid and his Boston Cannons got the best of the Chicago Machine, 19-11 in Virginia Beach. Reid scored a goal and had an assist from close defense. The Machine was led by Kevin Leveille, who had five goals. Brett Garber and Diogo Godoi played for Chicago as well with no points.
Leveille is up to third in the MLL in scoring with 24 points on 16 goals and eight assists.
Matt Torra suffered another tough loss, falling 3-2 last night to the Fresno Grizzlies. He threw seven innings, allowing just four hits. He was beaten by the Giants' top pitching prospect Madison Baumgarner, who had 11 Ks.
Mitchell Clegg moved to a perfect 8-0 with the Hagerstown Suns on Friday. He threw five innings of one-hit ball in a 13-3 win.
Milford Daily News has a story on the Framingham girls lacrosse team which won the Massachusetts State title, 8-7, over Longmeadow over the weekend. UMass signee Tanner Guarino had two goals and two assists.
UMass sports management grad Rick Hazelton is retiring after 36 years as the Athletic Director of Trinity College in Hartford. The Hartford Courant has a look back at Hazelton's tenure.
Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: Three Auctions run through July 1 including an autographed Boston Celtics team basketball.
Don't Miss This: Monday brings us the first day of summer, enjoy the sun!