Rams fall to Aztecs

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Jan 292009
Authors: Adam Bohlmeyer

Fighting the flu and fatigue, Lorenzo Wade had just enough to guide the San Diego State Aztecs (15-5 6-2) past the CSU Rams (7-15 2-6), handing the Rams their third straight loss.

Wade posted an individual season high for the Aztecs, dropping 25 points including 16 in the second half, and propelling SDSU to the 78-59 win. CSU shrunk the Aztec lead down to ten points mid way through the second half, but that’s as close as the game would get as the Aztecs cruised to the easy victory down the stretch.

CSU head coach Tim Miles, blamed the loss mainly on turnovers, explaining that they Rams to become stagnate.

“We can’t have that volume of turnovers and expect to win the game,” he said. “At the end of the day when you look at us tonight, I was extremely disappointed with our energy and our passion. We had a decent rhythm, but we didn’t play with the energy we needed.”

Senior guard Marcus Walker, who played in his first game in over a month, agreed with Miles and said it’s an area the Ram’s have to improve on in practice.

“We had 22 (turnovers) today,” he said. “You probably aren’t going to win any games in the Mountain West when you make 22 turnovers. We’ll just go into practice and do a lot of ball handling drills and work on toughness, a lot of what we didn’t do today.”

Walker was effective for CSU in his return, leading the Rams while going 5-11 from the field for a team high 12 points and three assists

Wade, who has put up four 20 point performances in his last five games, was surprised he played as well as he did.

“I didn’t expect to be able to play 36 minutes at all, just because of fatigue,” he said. “I guess once you get flowing it’s like you have been doing it forever.”

Miles was impressed with Wade, saying the Rams didn’t have anyone athletic enough to hang with the 6’6, 225 pounder.

“How bout that guy,” Miles said. “When he starts throwing up threes you have a problem on your hands. We just had no answer for him. He’s a player.”

With the loss, the Rams are now headed for a week off before heading to Texas to face the TCU Horned Frogs Feb. 7.

Mens Basketball beat reporter Adam Bohlmeyer can be reached at sports@collegian.com

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Buffs talk to Hilbert

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Jan 292009
Authors: Adam Bohlmeyer

Long time CSU volleyball coach Tom Hilbert has been named as a potential candidate to fill the vacant University of Colorado head volleyball coaching position.

Sports information director John Manuszak confirmed that CSU has given Hilbert permission to talk to CU about the job opening. Manuszak also confirmed that CU had contacted the 12-year Ram coach.

Former CSU volleyball captain Mekana Barnes said she was shocked by the news.

“He (Hilbert) has been the face of the program for a long time and been one of the best coaches at CSU for awhile,” the former All-American said. “I won’t say if this is right or wrong and I’m not sure how much damage it would do.”

Ashley Fornstrom, a former setter for the Rams, explained she questioned how seriously Hilbert would take the interview with CU.

“I’m not surprised,” the Wyoming native said. “It is pretty general for coaches to interview other places. I think he really loves CSU and don’t think he’d leave it.”

Hilbert has enjoyed much success while at the helm of the Rams, leading CSU to the national tournament every year since arriving in Fort Collins. The Oklahoma native most recently guided the Rams to a 23-7 record, finishing the season ranked No. 24 in the nation.

Barnes wished Hilbert the best of luck in whatever he does, but said she worried most for her former teammates.

“I feel for them right now and how it will affect them,” she said. “That’s my main concern.”

Hilbert could not be reached for comment.

Stay tuned to collegian.com and collegiansports.com for further updates.

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

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Tickets for CSU-CU hockey still on sale

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Jan 292009
Authors: Keith Robertson

The CSU club hockey team is gearing up for their annual showdown with Colorado next Thursday in the Rocky Mountain Faceoff hosted in the Budweiser Events Center. The Rams are currently ranked No. 1 in the Western region of the American Collegiate Hockey League.

Tickets for this game are still on sale through the hockey team interns and will be until Monday. They can be purchased from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Flea Market. If students wish to buy tickets before the Monday deadline they will be able to save some money. Tickets can be purchased at the Budweiser Event Center the night of the game for $10 but those who buy early will pay $7.

According to CSU hockey intern Ashley Morgenstern, more than half of the tickets have already been sold, leaving students with only a limited time to purchase tickets.

The puck will be drop at 7:05 p.m. next Thursday as one of the most heated rivalries in college sports adds another chapter.

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Swimming and diving headed south for the weekend

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Jan 292009
Authors: Keith Robertson

The CSU swimming team is ready to clash with the Denver University Pioneers today after the team makes a short road trip to Denver. The two teams are scheduled to begin the waterworks at 5 p.m., and the Rams are ready for the challenge.

The CSU swimmers are going into Denver after winning two out of three in a home stand that lasted as many days. The Rams narrowly escaped Mountain West Conference rival Utah, second in the MWC at 5-1-1, 156-144. The next day the Rams were defeated by MWC-best BYU, 149.5-93.5.

Not focused on the loss, CSU came out on the third day and pummeled New Mexico State 158-114. Using the momentum from their last two wins, the Rams believe the meet against Denver could be a good opportunity to gain some confidence as the season begins to wind down.

“We’re focusing on DU, we obviously want to win,” said senior Annsley Lujan. “I think we’re just thinking of (the meet) as a stepping stone until we get to conferences.”

While the Rams stink of confidence and have owned DU in the past two meetings, the Pioneers are not to be overlooked.

“I anticipate that DU will challenge us in every event like they always do,” said head swimming coach John Mattos. “We’re hoping that our kids are up to that challenge and be able to get their hand on the wall first.”

Similar to the outlook of an out-of-control soccer dad, being first counts for everything in swimming. First place can get double the amount of points of second or third place, meaning that second really is the first loser.

Because the regular season champion has already been crowned (BYU is undefeated in conference match-ups), today’s meet means nothing in the standings. But a win could ensure some more poise to an already composed team and have broader implications in the future.

“We push each other for in-state recruits,” said Mattos. “They have a great facility. So we are challenged with the in-state recruits.”

The diving side of the team will be traveling to Colorado Springs for a two-day event on Saturday, The Air Force Academy Diving Invite. This invite will give the divers an opportunity to taste what’s to come at conference championships.

“This is a good chance for us to have a championship style meet,” said head diving coach Kevin Whitt. “We’re prepared to go down and do our best.”

Most meets only allow the divers to compete in one-meter and three-meter dives, but this invite will also include tower dives. The height of the dives may be new but so is the pressure to win.

DU will also be sending divers, which means if the swimming meet is close at the end of today the deciding factor may be the two-day performance of the divers.

“It doesn’t put any pressure on us. It just makes us dive harder and better,” said freshman Shayna Solomon. “I think we’re all prepared to do this meet really well, and we have a really good chance of winning it.”

The divers will compete through Sunday then return home to Fort Collins. After this weekend’s competition the Rams will have one home meet against conference rival Wyoming on Feb. 6 before going to Oklahoma for the conference championship meet.

Sports writer Keith Robertson can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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Rams take young track team to Air Force

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Jan 292009
Authors: Scott Callahan

The track team will charge down to Air Force for the Don Barrett Duals this weekend, leading a herd of young Rams as they try to earn their horns at the college level. The two-day indoor meet will feature Air Force, Northern Colorado, CSU, and Wyoming.

Competing with one of the youngest teams in CSU’s track and field history, head coach Brain Bedard said the team needs to mature.

“We want to grow up this team,” Bedard said. “We had a big youth movement.”

The college level of competition in track and field is very different than high school, said Bedard. To encourage each player to grow in ability and confidence, all of the coaches are working closely with the team.

“As coaches, we are trying to balance patience, yet pushing to get them better,” said Bedard. “We want to keep challenging them mentally and physically.”

But the responsibility of coaching doesn’t need to stop with the coaches. The seniors and juniors are the leaders of the team and can have valuable experiences and skills to help their underclassmen.

Kristen Kugler, a junior heptathlete (meaning she competes in seven events) feels like she is learning a new role on the team too.

“This year has been a transition, a lot of learning experiences for all of us,” said Kugler. “It’s been a transition to go from the follower to now being the leader.”

Cameron Carter, a junior shot putter, said his main goals this season are to have fun, but also to lead his team by example, working hard in practice and trying to stay consistent.

Bedard said that he is happy about the practice attitude. The team is coachable, and that the players are on the edge of reaching a new level in their skill and confidence.

“It’s all just a matter of time,” said Bedard.

Events will include the 60-meter hurdles, high jump, long jump, pole vault, shot put, 1000-meter run and 800-meter run, and will conclude on Saturday.

CSU will also be sending players to Golden to compete at the Colorado School of Mines in the Joe Davies Open at the Steinhauer Field house. The one-day event starts Saturday.

Track beat writer Scott Callahan can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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Rams look to snap streak

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Jan 292009
Authors: Adam Bohlmeyer

One game away from the midpoint of the conference season, CSU men’s basketball head coach Tim Miles is looking for his team to gather momentum for a run in the upcoming MWC Tournament.

After dropping three of their last four games, the Rams (7-14, 2-5 MWC) have slid to near the bottom of the conference, but Miles can still see positive things to take into the final stretch of the season.

“We have shown a lot of resiliency,” the former North Dakota State coach said. “We didn’t always come out on top, but we fought hard and never gave up.”

The Rams are set to begin a conference run as they host the San Diego State Aztecs in Moby Arena Saturday evening. CSU will attempt to end a two-game losing streak, most recently stumbling against New Mexico, falling to the Lobos 68-50 in Albuquerque Thursday night.

Miles has been impressed with what he has seen from SDSU this season, calling the Aztecs the most talented team in the Mountain West Conference, but still thinks CSU can pull off an upset.

“We need to keep them off the boards and get good shot attempts,” Miles said. “If we can do that we have a chance, a real good chance.”

San Diego State (14-5, 4-2 MWC) enters the matchup on a hot streak. After winning seven of their last 10 games, the Aztecs have sky rocketed to second in the conference behind perennial powerhouse UNLV. SDSU is led by forward Kyle Spain, who is averaging 14.6 ppg while pulling down 4.9 rebounds.

Miles is impressed with the senior, explaining he should be considered a definite NBA prospect.

“He’s a long athletic guy and it’s hard to get to him,” he said. “He really shoots the three well.”

The Rams have lost seven straight games to the Aztecs, but Miles explained that CSU fans can play a big role in breaking that streak.

“We’re going to need our student fans to go crazy for us and help us out,” he said. “I think if we have a good energy in our environment our guys will really feed off of it.

We’re a young team and that’s something that I think gives them an extra boost.”

Tipoff of Saturday’s game is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Men’s basketball beat reporter Adam Bohlmeyer can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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A five-pack of predictions

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Jan 292009
Authors: Sean Star

Normally this column isn’t one to stray too far off campus. But it’s the dog days of the Mountain West basketball season, so what the hell.

From more than 1,500 miles away and with no access or press pass, I present your unofficial guide to Super Bowl XLIII.

The game may not seem, as the people say, like a sexy matchup, but there is still at least one reason to get geeked about this weekend.

It’s the first Super Bowl you can buy booze on the same day of the game in this state. Thankfully, that means an end to last-minute trips to Wyoming to pick up that much-needed extra 30-rack.

Anyway, about the game. It’s nearly unanimous among those who know much about the NFL that the Steelers should win. And that’s not just because their franchise has a far richer history.

If the regular season means anything, then the Steelers are the much better team. They played a tougher schedule and won more games.

And to throw in a classic cliché, great defense usually always beats great offense.

But the best thing about sports is that no one really knows who is actually going to win.

Pittsburgh would probably win about eight times out of 10. But that’s the thing: How are we supposed to know Sunday won’t be one of those two days?

I don’t, and neither does any other yahoo out there.

The only thing anyone outside of Arizona or Pittsburgh can hope for is an entertaining, competitive game.

And in order for that, here are five things that need to happen.

No. 1: Larry Fitzgerald needs to continue playing like the best player in the league, like he has for the first three games of the playoffs. Fitzgerald has already broken Jerry Rice’s record for the most receiving yards in one postseason,

but he hasn’t faced a defense like Pittsburgh’s, and that includes Philadelphia.

Articulate and selfless, Fitzgerald is exactly who the NFL needs as its next great superstar. Another dominant performance Sunday would cement him as such.

My guess is that Fitzgerald is good but not great – something like 95 yards with one score.

No. 2: Hines Ward needs to play. And I mean play a majority of the game, not just suit up, go in for the first series and then stand on the sidelines the rest of the game. The Steelers’ wide out suffered a sprained knee in the AFC Championship and is officially listed as questionable, though he’s claimed since last week that he’s going to play.

With the signature ear-to-ear grin he wears after every first-down catch, Ward is simply fun to watch. If he’s unable to play, not only would it hurt the Steelers’ chances of winning but it would be a shame for us fans.

Based on the bone-crushing blocks he’s known to throw, Ward is a warrior. So my guess is that he’ll play, and play well.

No 3: Arizona needs to pull off a trick play. Coach Ken Whisenhunt has gained a reputation for his admiration of the trick play, as the Cardinals have already successfully pulled off two flea-flickers this postseason.

Whisenhunt, you might remember, is also the former Steelers’ offensive coordinator who designed the wide receiver reverse pass a few years ago in Super Bowl XL to help Pittsburgh beat Seattle.

My guess is that when Arizona tries its antics, the Steelers will do what they do best and defend it.

No 4: Ben Roethlisberger needs to pull off one of his signature scrambling miracles. The Steelers quarterback has a knack for holding on the ball until the last possible minute before delivering a pass that looks like it was drawn up in the dirt. Two weeks ago he did it when his desperation heave found Santonio Holmes, who then turned the busted play into a touchdown.

Few things are as fun to watch in sports than a quarterback scramble away from a pass rush while trying to find an open man down field, because a majority of the time it ends in a big play, for either the offense or defense.

My guess is that at least once Big Ben pulls off an incredible scramble, one that ends up being the key play in a scoring drive.

No. 5: The commercials make a comeback.

Unless my memory fails me because the game was so great, but last year was not a good year for commercials. What happened to the classics, like Magic and Bird playing a game of horse for a Big Mac?

My guess is that the ads make a comeback this year. Because the economy is so rough, companies will be sure their millions of dollars are well spent.

So if the Steelers do blow out the Cardinals, at least maybe there will still be something fun to watch. But again, let’s hope that’s not the case.

Collegian columnist Sean Star can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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Rams travel to San Diego for the weekend

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Jan 292009
Authors: Justin Warren

Today the CSU women’s basketball team (7-13, 2-5 MWC) heads to San Diego, Calif., to take on the SDSU Aztecs (13-5, 4-2 MWC) Saturday afternoon for their first match of a two-game road trip.

“If we do what the coaches say — play hard, make good, smart passes, and not have as many turnovers — I think we can keep up with them,” said freshman forward Meghan Heimstra, who is coming off a career performance Wednesday night.

Both the Rams and the Aztecs are coming off defeats Wednesday night, as CSU fell to New Mexico and TCU handed SDSU their second MWC loss of the season. Despite the loss Wednesday night, the Aztecs have won eight of their last 10 games.

“San Diego State is a quick team, the quickest team in all the league. They are going to look to get out in the passing lane and press us full court,” senior forward Britney Minor said.

The Rams, however, will begin Saturday’s game having lost six of their last 10 games and on a two-game losing streak in MWC play.

Wednesday night, the Rams once again found themselves down by 10 points with minimal time on the clock. For the second straight game, CSU attempted a comeback but fell short after pulling within three points.

The consecutive comeback attempts have given the Rams confidence to be able to post a comeback against any team they face.

“I think that we did draw some confidence from the comeback, knowing that that team (New Mexico) is as they have,” head coach Kristen Holt said. “They (New Mexico) have been in the top 25 and I think that gives us a lot of confidence.”

“We can beat any team in our conference and San Diego State is one of them,” Minor said.

Coach Holt will stay with the same starters that began Wednesday night’s game – Juanise Cornell, Britney Minor, Zoi Simmons, Meghan Heimstra, and senior captain Kandy Beemer. Because she’s battling bronchitis, the decision to start Beemer will be determined at game-time.

Minor is coming off her second consecutive double-digit game, having posted 21 points against Wyoming and 14 points against New Mexico.

“I am just trying not to think about it,” said Minor. “When I think too much is when I stand out on the perimeter and hold the ball and let the defense do whatever. I just try not to think about it and go out there and play. I mean, two games in a row is pretty good.”

Heimstra will get her second consecutive start after collecting a career-best 19 points and six rebounds Wednesday night.

“I am just excited to play some hard defense,” Heimstra said.

Simmons had an impressive outing last game with a near career-high eight rebounds, while scoring nine points.

Tipoff for Saturday’s game will be 3 p.m. MT.

Next up for the Rams will be the second matchup of the year against the TCU Horned Frogs in Fort Worth, Texas.

The Rams will not return to Moby Arena until Feb. 11, when they will host BYU.

Women’s basketball beat writer Justin Warren can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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Letter to the editor

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Jan 292009
Authors: Jim Bertolini

Impact vs. intent: Let’s take a second to consider what this means.

Concerning oneself over the impact of one’s actions, regardless of intent, is the mark of a truly educated and concerned citizen, the supposed endpoint of our college careers.

However, in this institute of higher education, the student newspaper, a supposedly progressive one at that, decided to run a series of ads for a party called “Pimps and Hoes.”

On its surface, this party may just seem like one among many themed parties in which the object is to simply have fun. After all, what’s wrong with a little fun? We are hard-working college students, deserving of a good time and a chance to relax and unwind during our hectic weeks.

However, the implications of this advertisement reflect a basic lack of consideration and poor judgment on the part of not only Zydeco’s, but the Collegian.

Most important is the issue of objectification and oppression of women.

This ad shows two women, suggestively and scantily clad, in an attempt to evoke eroticism within the reader. The reference to these women as “hoes” infers a sense of sexual ownership that the male in the advertisement has over these women.

Do the Collegian and Zydeco’s openly endorse the subjugation of women to men’s sexual desires, otherwise known as slavery and rape?

While the intent to promote a sexist society, in which men harbor absolute sexual power over women, may not have been present in the thoughts and actions of the Collegian or Zydeco’s, the impact of this advertisement is to promote that same oppressive society.

You might be asking yourself how a simple advertisement for a party could have such a tremendous impact? People have control over their actions, yes?

Absolutely. However, what we perceive through our interactions everyday can affect what all of us perceive as right or wrong.

This “Pimps and Hoes” party may not actively promote the sexual ownership of women by men, but it implies that such a relationship is not wrong. This is where the ad crosses the line.

By indirectly denying women the freedom to control their sexuality, this ad promotes the social institutionalization of rape.

This is not something any organization or any newspaper should ever condone.

Again, I ask both Zydeco’s and the Collegian to consider that their actions do have impacts far beyond what any original intent may have been. Until consideration is made for that impact and the subjugation of women is not openly condoned, both Zydeco’s and the Collegian will have denied the validity of a society in which all people — men, women and transgendered — are treated equally and empowered equally.

Jim Bertolini is a senior history major. Letters and feedback can be sent to letters@collegian.com.

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Beer bill could harm small stores

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Jan 292009
Authors: Alex Stephens

If you care about the price of beer, where you can buy your beer and the welfare of Colorado’s citizens (you included out of state students), continue reading.

On the agenda for this session of the Colorado legislature is a bill that has the potential to change your beer purchasing habits.

The beer bill, sponsored by Sen. Jennifer Veiga, D-Denver, and Rep. Liane McFadyen, D-Pueblo, would allow grocery and convenience stores to sell full strength beer. While this might sound like great news to most of us, for convenience’s sake, the ramifications of such a law need to be considered.

Since liquor sales became legal on Sundays last year, near-beer Sunday sales at grocery stores have dropped 16 percent while full beer Sunday sales jumped 19 percent for liquor stores, according to the Greeley Tribune. The Sunday law gave a substantial boost to the liquor industry of Colorado while harming a small fraction of grocery store profit.

Now the grocery industry is fighting to win back those lost dollars by lobbying to have liquor store beer available in their sector.

Suits from the major grocery operations, Kroger, Safeway, Wal-Mart and others, flew to our Capitol earlier this month to pitch their case for the full-beer privilege. Their argument goes that the prohibition era law of preventing grocery stores from selling full beer is outdated, hurting their sales and employment. If they were allowed to sell the real stuff, the profit turned could be made into jobs.

Similarly, convenience stores like 7- eleven are lobbying for the right to sell full-beer in their stores as well, citing substantially decreased Sunday sales as a result of the Sunday liquor sale law. Because of decreased sales, managers have had to cut hours for employees or make tough layoffs.

However, the harm such a law might cause stands to outweigh the benefits offered by corporate grocers.

Small liquor stores would most likely lose a high portion of their beer sales, which is a substantial source (often 50 percent or more) of their livelihood.

That means, at best, workers could be laid off. At worst, it could cause stores to go under. During an economic recession, that would be very unwelcome news to our state.

Large grocery stores, like Safeway and Wal-Mart, have an edge on smaller liquor stores because they can buy in bulk, which means they are able to undercut their competition.

After all, if you go to Wal-Mart for your weekly supply of essentials, why would you want to make a second trip to a liquor store only to pay 15 to 30 percent more for the same generic beer available to you where your food is sold?

Here’s one argument why: When you buy mass produced goods at Wal-Mart, chances are your money is flowing out of Colorado (with few possible exceptions, like produce).

Also, if large grocers gained control of the beer market, many of the smaller 110 breweries in Colorado, like New Belgium, would indirectly be hurt.

If the small store that carries their brew goes out of business and Wal-Mart refuses to carry it, the brewer suffers as well. Jeff Crabtree, of Crabtree Brewery in Greeley, estimates that it would cost an extra $2 per six-pack if large chains sold his microbrew, if they did so at all.

On the other hand, 41 other states in America sell whole varieties of alcohol at grocery stores, including full-beer, so why not Colorado? Through that lens our near-beer law does seem very antiquated and coddling toward our liquor stores.

Last year a similar bill to this was voted down, but last year our economy wasn’t in nearly the state it is today. Our lawmakers should do their best to vote in a utilitarian manner so that the fewest jobs are lost (if that’s at all possible to estimate).

Judging by the direction of the current economic wind, their best bet might be to leave this issue alone for now and vote against it.

Alex Stephens is a senior political science major. His column appears Fridays in the Collegian. Letters and feedback can be sent to letters@collegian.com.

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