Wyoming Open coverage starts today

Sorry for the lack of posts recently. The last couple of weeks I’ve been traveling and, as most of you know, not a ton is going on in terms of University of Wyoming sports.

I will be out at the Airport Golf Club the next few days covering the Wyoming Open, the lone professional golf tournament in the state.

Former UW golfer Gabe Maier recently turned pro, and is in this year’s field. He was the low amateur at the Open last year. In his first tournament as a pro, Maier, who is from Cody, tied for fourth at the San Juan Open in Farmington, N.M. June 20-26.

Maier tees off at 11:50 a.m., and is one of a handful of groups I will be following today. Follow me on Twitter (@rpgagliardi) throughout the weekend, for updates. Feel free to Tweet me questions as well. We can have a chat while I’m on the golf course, LOL.

Also see the Wyoming Tribune Eagle www.wyomingnews.com and Laramie Boomerang www.laramieboomerang.com for more coverage.

Carlson on Rimington Trophy watch list

Wyoming junior center Nick Carslon is one of 42 players recently named to the Rimington Trophy watch list as college football’s best center.

Carslon started in all 12 games at center last season, was an Honorable Mention All-MWC pick and has started in 20 of 21 games in his career. He played guard as a true freshman.

Carlson is one of four MWC centers on the watch list. The others are: Boise State senior Thomas Byrd, New Mexico sophomore Dillon Farrell and Colorado State sophomore Weston Richburg.

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Here is the release from Wyoming on the signing of five high school recruits, including Cheyenne Central’s Austin Breckenridge and Buffalo’s Jace Jensen. With the addition of these two recruits, UW has seven in-state kids on its roster

http://tinyurl.com/44qgnnm

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Saw Wyoming track & field coach Don Yentes at the state track meet last Saturday in Casper. He had to like what he saw from Powell’s Kyle Sullivan, who signed with the Cowboys recently. Powell won both hurdle events, was on the winning 4×400 relay and was second in the high jump. Wyoming is looking at him to be a decathlete, and he seems to have the versatility to be a pretty good one.

Yentes also should be excited about the signing of Karen Koritnik of Lovell. The senior set a new Class 2A record at the state meet in the long jump (17-10 1/2). She also won the triple jump (36-3 1/4) and 300 hurdles (46.51). And she won those events in dominating fashion.

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It’s pretty quiet sports-wise at UW right now, but athletes are coming back for summer school sessions and voluntary summer workouts. Was told that true freshman QB Adam Pittser would be in Laramie this month to get a head start on his workouts and preparating for fall camp.

There are rumblings that there might be another UW men’s basketball player leave the program. No news as of yet and not changes on the roster listed on UW’s athletics website. However, that roster also doesn’t list junior forward Brian Gibson, who new coach Larry Shyatt said recently he didn’t expect to come back but didn’t rule out the possiblity of him returning. Gibson missed last season’s MWC Tournament and didn’t return to school after that for personal reasons.

Looking ahead to 2011

As I take a break from shoveling snow on this wintery and blizzard-like New Year’s Eve, I thought I would throw out some things I think will happen in UW sports in 2011.

–The Wyoming women’s basketball team will be back in the postseason, likely the WNIT; but if a player or two other than Hillary Carlson and Aubrey Vandiver emerge as consistent scoring options then the program’s second NCAA Tournament appearance is a distinct possibility.

–The Wyoming men’s basketball team won’t be in the postseason and significant changes will come soon after the season ends if the team doesn’t perform well in conference play (you can figure out what I mean by that, I’m sure). And if a change is made, look for UW to take a similar approach as it did in football a couple of years ago.

–Three UW wrestlers will earn All-America status at the NCAA Championships, and the Cowboys will finish in the top 20 in the team standings.

–UW will have at least one All-America diver and one All-America swimmer. Tom Johnson is one of the better coaches in the nation.

–The price of a ticket for the UW-Nebraska football game on Sept. 24 game will be $75. No inside information here, just a guess.

–Wyoming will win seven football games and become bowl eligible in 2011; and will play in the New Mexico Bowl.

–Boise State will win the MWC regular-season title and play in a BCS bowl game.

–Tom Burman will continue to be the athletics director, and will be as long as he wants to.

Any thoughts, opinions or any other predictions for 2011?

Happy New Year to everyone, and thank you for your interest in the blog. I will be have a live blog from the Cowboys’ MWC opener at Colorado State Tuesday in Fort Collins. Hope you will join me.

More academic honors for UW athletes

Fifty-one Wyoming student-athletes from 11 different sports were named Wednesday as scholar-athletes by the Mountain West Conference for the 2009-10 season.

There were 548 student-athletes named from the nine MWC schools. UW had nine of the 42 student-athletes that achieved a grade point average of 4.0 or higher.

Women’s swimming and diving and women’s track had the most among UW’s sports with eight apiece. Women’s basketball had five. The top men’s sports was track with seven.

For a complete list go to http://www.themwc.com/genrel/063010aab.html

Hockey in the A-A?

Don’t know if any of you saw the series of stories that ran Sunday in both the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang on athletics facilities at the University of Wyoming. It was a look back at what the school’s $38 million Athletics Facilities Campaign went towards, and what lies ahead in terms of facility construction and upgrades.

The following is a comment posted on the WTE website from one of the articles:

“At some point soon, the (Arena-Auditorium) needs to be refurbished so a college regulation hockey rink can be installed. Movable seating and the ice infrastructure are among some of the improvements that will be needed. An ice rink will allow UW to create men’s and women’s NCAA hockey squads as well create a desperately needed facility for youth in the community. It will also open up additional tourist opportunities in the winter months. Perhaps down the road an outdoor game could be held at (War Memorial Stadium) in January featuring some high profile schools in a four-team tourney. ”

What do you think about that?

While nice in theory, don’t expect that to happen.

Athletics Director Tom Burman said while there is no intention right now to cut any sports at UW, there also are no plans to add any, either.

But even if hockey was added, the A-A isn’t the place based on how it was built. The floor doesn’t come out and I’m not sure the size of it would be conducive to a hockey rink. More than likely an entirely new hockey facility would have to be built, and that costs big money. … money UW doesn’t have.

But it doesn’t hurt to dream, right?

Still, an interesting comment by the reader.

Here are the links to some of those stories:

http://www.wyomingnews.com/articles/2010/05/02/sports/19sports_05-02-10.txt

http://www.wyomingnews.com/articles/2010/05/02/sports/20sports_05-02-10.txt