Walker receives men’s player of the year

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May 112008
 
Authors: Matthew Pucak

It is rare to earn accolades on a 7-25 team, but it shows just how special of a talent Marcus Walker is that he earns the 2007-08 Moby award for best male athlete.

Walker, a junior guard for the CSU men’s basketball team, was the Mountain West Conference Newcomer of the Year and second-team all-conference selection, after scoring 17.1 points per game.

While Walker’s scoring prowess was important, coach Tim Miles said his impact off the court was impressive as well.

“I thought that more important than stats for Marcus was his great attitude and leadership. He did a great job of enduring through a difficult season and being a beacon of hope by playing his butt off all season for us,” Miles said.

A transfer from Indian Hills Community College, Walker, who played point guard for much of his college career, shifted over to shooting guard for the youthful Rams and provided plenty of excitement.

In just the third game of his CSU career, Walker exploded for 43 points against Tennessee State, the third-most points ever scored in one game by a CSU player.

It set the tone for the rest of the season, where Walker notched double-figures in scoring 25 times on the season, including 23 of the last 26 games.

Despite the great season, Miles doesn’t think Walker has reached his full potential.

“I expect more out of him next year, better defense and continued production on the offensive end,” said Miles. “Players like Marcus make my job easier.”

Sports writer Matt Pucak can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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Berryhill named coach of the year

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May 112008
 
Authors: Rachel KnoxStutsman

In just two seasons, cross country head coach Bryan Berryhill has transformed his team and won numerous coach of the year awards in the process. Now he can add one more to his shelf — the Moby for the 2007-2008 coach of the year.

In October, the women’s squad won the Mountain West Conference Championship and Berryhill was named Women’s Coach of the Year. A month later, his team went to the NCAA Regionals in Ogden, Utah and won an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. The victory was cause for the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association to name him the Mountain Region Coach of the Year.

“(The best part of the season was) winning the conference championship for the first time,” Berryhill said with the championship plaque proudly displayed on his desk.

For the first time in the school’s nine-year association with the conference,CSU was able to defeat the defending champion BYU Cougars, a team that had earned the title 19 years in a row previously.

In Ogden, the women, having realized their ability in “getting over that barrier” against BYU, were able to defeat powerhouse and instate rival, Colorado. The team went on to take 15th in the NCAA Championships. Berryhill, a 2001 graduate of CSU, was a two-time NCAA champion and a 10-time All-American in his time with the Rams.

Sportswriter Rachel Knox-Stutsman can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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Softball says goodbye to seniors with sweep

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May 112008
 
Authors: Collegian Staff Report

The CSU softball team finished the 2008 season the way they started: on a winning note.

After splitting a doubleheader with BYU Thursday, the Rams (29-22, 9-11) swept the Utah Utes in a two-game series by winning 7-5 Friday and 7-1 Saturday.

Saturday’s season finale saw CSU’s three seniors contribute significantly in their final game.

Senior pitcher Cayte Billman earned her 10th and 11th victories of the season, going 4.2 innings and allowing four runs on five hits in game one and tossing a complete game three hitter in the second. Billman finished the season 11-6 from the circle with a 3.40 ERA and two saves.

The team’s other two seniors, first baseman Juila Kloppe and Lauren Cusick, ended their careers on high notes as well. Kloppe, a Fort Collins native, saw her eighth homerun of the season leave Ram Field in Saturday’s game. She finished the season with the team’s third highest batting average at .344, in addition to her .584 slugging percentage.

Cusick, who has been hammering home her campaign for Mountain West player of the year with each at bat she takes, added to her cause on Friday with a grand slam in the second inning.

The dinger was her 20th of the season, the most in the league. She finished the season with the second highest batting average in the MWC (.393), the highest slugging percentage (.863), the most runs scored (61), and the second most RBIs (42).

The Rams finished the season fourth in conference, behind San Diego State (43-15, 15-5 MWC), Brigham Young (42-18, 14-6) and Utah (28-27, 10-10).

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Barnes honored as player of the year

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May 112008
 
Authors: Adam Bohlmeyer

If Mekana Barnes can break records, help the CSU volleyball team reach the second round of the NCAA tournament and establish herself as the dominant player in the Mountain West Conference as a junior, one can hardly wait to see what is in store for her senior year.

Barnes, a middle blocker, put together one of the best seasons in CSU volleyball history this year, racking up 420 kills, 177 blocks and 545 points. For her accomplishments, the junior was named the Mountain West Player of the year and honored as a third team All-American.

Barnes didn’t expect the honor, she said, even after such a quality season.

“I never thought that far ahead,” she said. “It was a surprise, and it is so cool to feel like I am one of the best. It’s humbling because you can never stop getting better. It’s an honor and a motivator at the same time.”

Volleyball head coach Tom Hilbert said he can see why Barnes was named as an All-American.

“It was a breakout year for her,” he said. “She gained control and consistency. As a result, she racked up the stats and became the player that every team we play plans for.”

With so many accomplishments under her belt already, high expectations are being made for the psychology major’s senior season.

Barnes explained that she tries not to let the high expectations affect her performance.

“I guess I try not to let it pressure me. I want it to do it again so that gives me something to work for.”

Even with all the individual recognition she has received, Barnes continues to focus on the team and how they can improve an already impressive volleyball program.

“You can really never stop getting better,” the six-footer said. “Player by player we are all getting better. Potentially we could go deep in the (NCAA) tournament, but it all depends on how we manage ourselves.”

Sports reporter Adam Bohlmeyer can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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Crossing the finish line

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May 112008
 
Authors: Brandon Iwamoto

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Women’s team of the year goes to cross country

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May 112008
 
Authors: Stephen Meyers

Displaying the ultimate team attitude, the women’s cross country team had the best season in CSU cross country history this fall, dethroning BYU to win the Mountain West Conference championship for the first time ever on its way to also winning the NCAA Regional title. Leading the way was senior April Thomas, who won the first ever individual conference title in CSU’s women’s cross country history.

BYU had won the conference title for 19 consecutive years heading into the MWC

championship race on October 27th. CSU meanwhile, had finished runner up in seven of the last eight years.

The team found themselves running behind the Cougars once again with only 500 meters to go and their chances of winning slimming down. This is when Coach Bryan Berryhill told his team to dig down and pass any BYU girl in front of them if they wanted to win.

“With 500 meters left we were still behind and that’s when our coach yelled and encouraged us to pass any BYU girl in front of us and that we could win the race,” said freshman Alison Gohl. “That’s where it was won; it was so close and created so much excitement.”

And the rest is history.

“Beating BYU at the Mountain West championship was definitely the highlight to our season,” said head coach Bryan Berryhill.

Thomas echoed Berryhill’s statement.

“Knowing we had beaten BYU was probably one of the best feelings in my life,” Thomas said. “You could just feel it in the air. There was so much support for us. We went into the race feeling like we could do it, but the fact that we had never beaten BYU before was kind of hanging over our heads and for us to break through and beat them was such a relief.”

Thomas, whose running days for CSU are over, said she will miss all the great memories she had with her teammates.

“I am going to miss the girls and that team feeling,” Thomas said. “Being on a team, you’re with your friends all the time, so you better like each other. Everyone was different and brought something different to the table, but there was a sense of unity.”

That sense of team unity is why the women’s cross-country team gets the Moby for best women’s team in 2007-2008.

Sports writer Stephen Meyers can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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Men’s golf wins team of the year

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May 112008
 
Authors: Matt L. Stephens

The Moby award for best male team of the year goes the hardworking gentlemen of Men’s golf.

Head Coach Jamie Bermel has taken the Rams from a No. 4 seed in the 2008 Mountain West Conference Tournament to overcoming an eight stroke deficit in the final round to capture CSU’s first ever MWC golf championship. The sophomore trio of Riley Arp, Dustin Morris and Bryce Hanstad led the late surge for CSU finishing second, fifth, and 10th, respectively.

“No one ever feared that ‘this is my last nine holes, this is my last round of the year.’ I don’t think any of us were giving up or thinking that,” Hanstad said when asked about what propelled the Rams past UNLV in the final day of action. “We took it one hole at a time and tried to shoot the lowest score we could, obviously, and didn’t worry about what the other teams were doing. We just focused on our game, and I think that’s what made the difference.”

The first place finish at the MWC Championships in Tucson, Ariz., advanced the Rams to the NCAA East Regional in Chattanooga, Tenn., as the No. 24 team and ranked 82nd in the latest Golf Week poll.

“I’m excited, it’s a nice golf course and obviously a lot of great teams, but I think if we can stick to our game we should be able to turn some heads and hopefully earn that berth into the NCAA’s,” Hanstad said.

The CSU men’s golf team joins men’s cross country as the only two male teams on campus to continue their competition into the postseason.

Sportswriter Matt L. Stephens can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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Women’s Bball vs. Utah wins game of the year

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May 112008
 
Authors: Keith Robertson

At first glance, the CSU Women’s Basketball team seemed to have had a less than perfect season. In fact, it was almost completely imperfect.

When the Rams traveled to Las Vegas for the Mountain West Conference Championship Tournament, they had a record of 2-27. But after arriving in Sin City, they quickly left their mark on women’s basketball history.

Following their 68-49 upset of Nevada-Las Vegas in the play-in round, the Rams advanced to face the then No. 12 ranked Utah Utes in what seemed to be a David and Goliath match-up.

“They went into the game with a nothing-to-lose mentality,” coach Kristen Holt said of her players. “We knew this was a team we could beat, we played them at home and kept it close.”

Combining stellar defense and great shooting, the Rams battled in the first half to make the score 32-30, Utah. Described by Holt as “the look in our kids’ eyes,” the intensity of the Rams seemed to be the final nail in the tournament coffin for Utah, as CSU took the lead with 8:55 left on the clock and never gave it back, finishing off a 60-52 upset.

Forward Amaka Uzomah led the Ram’s defense with 10 defensive rebounds, while guard Emily Neal led the offense with 17 points. Undefeated in conference play, the Utes were out rebounded 42-30 by a team that was 0-16 in conference play.

“As a coach you see a lot of things happen, you can never chalk-up a win until the final buzzer goes off,” Holt said, “but we knew under two minutes.”

With one of the greatest upsets in recent women’s basketball history, Holt described her feelings in one simple word — “Awesome.”

Sportswriter Keith Robertson can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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Yays and Nays

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May 112008
 
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yay | to the students who participated in the first annual Undie Run. To all the ladies and gentlemen who bared nearly all for fun and a good cause: We salute you.

nay | to an entire summer without RamTalk. Sorry summer schoolers — you’re going to have to find another way to let that guy in Biology know you think he’s cute.

yay | to CSU cycling and lacrosse for their national victories. Football, basketball — we hope you’re paying attention.

nay | to saying goodbye to graduating Student Media seniors. Thanks for your hard work — you will be missed.

yay | to Head Football Coach Steve Fairchild for last Tuesdays meet and greet with students. We know you have some big shoes to fill, but so far, you’re doing a great job.

nay | to summer classes. Just when we thought we were

free .

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Follow Phil Elders advice to frosh and you might need a lawyer

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May 112008
 
Authors: Kathleen Harward

In last Wednesday’s Collegian, graduating senior Phil Elder wrote a true ode to freshmen about making the most of the college experience. An ode, being a lyric poem of a meditative nature, is just what his points of advice added up to.

I was inspired. The ending was the best: “You’ve been given all the freedoms you’ve ‘deserved’ since middle school, but without all the horrid shackles of family and retirement plans and minivans and mortgages binding your hands and feet. Do everything you can with that freedom – those shackles are coming sooner than you think.”

My first thought was, “how many of his suggested adventures did I undertake when I was in college?” My next thought, “anyone following his advice ought to know a good lawyer first.”

Since lawyers in the shackled outside world bill out at upwards of $200 per hour, it might be a very long time in that world before you’ll be able to say to someone who isn’t treating you fairly, “you’ll be hearing from my lawyer!”

Right now, your lawyer is minutes away in the Lory Student Center and costs you nothing. The three licensed lawyers at Student Legal Services have 40 years of combined experience. No, we’re not just paralegals or interns or law students, which we get asked sometimes.

We’ve all had a lot of experience outside the University before coming here – Rob Lowrey as a public defender in Alaska, Amy Parsons as an attorney at Crossroads Safehouse, and I, in Los Angeles and Fort Collins handling most every kind of civil issue.

But back to Elder’s suggested adventures:

“Get stoned on top of a mountain,” Elder advises. Lots of ways you could end up needing us.

“Walk home wasted.”

I agree with Elder, it’ll save you from a DUI, but there’s still the potential for other charges, including an indecent exposure charge if you have to go so bad you step behind a tree and get caught. It might surprise you to know this charge raises the danger of your being labeled a sex offender with requirements of registering. You’d definitely want our help.

“Sign up for an organization — it’ll look good on your resume and you never have to go to any meetings,” Elder says.

What about getting elected as an officer? That’ll look even better on your resume. What you might not know is how risky it has become in this litigious society to be an officer of an organization. Someone gets hurt or killed and the officers get sued.

That shouldn’t stop you from getting involved in groups you care about, but talk to us about how to lessen your risk.

Elder’s ode is all about experiencing life outside of the books during college. I agree that experience is the best teacher. Getting advice from your SLS lawyers won’t deprive you of the benefit of experience. In fact, our mission is to “help you help yourself.”

But while you have easy, free access to experienced lawyers, why not get some tips before you hand over your $8,000 to buy a car from a private seller you know nothing about?

Got a great idea for a business? Talk to us about business licenses, sales tax, liability waivers, forming a limited liability entity and legal protection for your novel idea.

You had a medical emergency and didn’t have insurance. Creditors are now breathing down your neck? Talk to us about options.

Want to loan your boyfriend money to buy a car? Think twice. If you still insist, come to us for a promissory note and make him sign it before you make the loan.

A potential landlord hands you a twelve page, small font, single-spaced lease to sign? Don’t do it. Not until you’ve gone through our lease kit on our Web site (sls.colostate.edu) or talked to us.

You don’t have to learn everything alone. We’re your safe zone. No question is too dumb, embarrassing, or shocking.

Your parents might not know how to help you, or you might not want them in the loop. Everything with us is confidential.

We demystify the legal process and explain the whole deal. Outside lawyers don’t always do that because the mystery can help them justify their fees. Your lawyers at SLS are here for you.

Kathleen Harward is the director of Student Legal Services. Letters and feedback can be sent to letters@collegian.com.

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