Monday, May 27, 2024



Spartans ready for final four

GRAND RAPIDS - In his four years with the MSU hockey team, senior left wing Damon Whitten has seen a lot. But the Spartan assistant captain has never played against North Dakota - MSU’s first opponent in the Frozen Four - nor has he ever been to Albany, N.Y.


Baseball team falls to Illinois in opener

The Big Ten opening game was a disappointment forthe MSU baseball team, who fell 10-1 to Illinois on Friday.On Saturday, the team showed their stuff by beating the Fighting Illini twice in a row with scores of 13-7 and 13-8.Early in Saturday’s first game, it looked as if the Illini might take another win, but MSU eventually prevailed.


Three track stars earn honors

The MSU men’s track team may be starting its outdoor season this weekend in Alabama, but three members are still basking in the glow of victory from their last indoor meet two weeks ago.Freshman shot-putter Steve Manz, senior pole vaulter Paul Terek (a junior in eligibility), and sophomore runner Andy Lixey all earned All-American status at the NCAA Indoor Track Championships two weeks ago in Fayetteville, Ark.


Team starts road to recovery

Four months after stepping off the field following a 42-23 loss to Penn State that sent it home without a bowl game in 2000, the MSU football team stepped back onto the practice field Wednesday for their first of 15 spring practice sessions.


Patchell looks to make up for mishap

Sean Patchell’s most recent NCAA Tournament memory is not a happy one.Last March, the then-junior Spartan left wing was sitting alone in the locker-room during MSU’s first-round NCAA Tournament game versus Boston College in Minneapolis, Minn.Patchell had just been whistled for a major penalty for checking star BC forward Brian Gionta from behind in overtime, and he was justifiably worried.For the next five minutes, the Eagles would skate with a 5-on-4 advantage, needing only one goal to advance to the regional final and end MSU’s season.And making things even harder on Patchell, he had to sit there and listen to every excited gasp from the BC fans as the Eagles peppered MSU goaltender Ryan Miller with shot after shot - without being able to do anything about it.In the end, his Spartan teammates valiantly killed off 4:54 of the penalty - all but six seconds - but BC forward Jeff Farkas sealed the Eagles’ 6-5 victory at the 11:53 mark of the extra frame.The rest of the Spartans trudged into the locker room and their expressions told Patchell everything he needed to know.


Freshmen shine during weekend

Anytime a coach throws freshmen into the madness of March, it’s a gamble. But the Spartans left Memphis, Tenn., holding all the chips. MSU head coach Tom Izzo said he never thought twice about playing freshmen guard Marcus Taylor and center Zach Randolph their normal minutes in their first NCAA Tournament. And why should he?


Spartan recruit earns top high school award

The Associated Press DETROIT - When people talk about Kelvin Torbert, this year’s Mr. Basketball, the word “special” is used a lot - and not just because of what he does on the court. On Monday, Torbert became the 21st winner of the award. Torbert is headed to MSU next year, joining a long list of Flint standouts who’ve played for head coach Tom Izzo. “I’m real excited to go up to East Lansing and play for a coach like coach Izzo and play with players like (last year’s Mr. Basketball) Marcus Taylor and (1999 Mr. Basketball) Jason Richardson; that caliber of players,” Torbert said.


Spartans beat Cinderella hopeful Bowling Green and arch-rival U-M

DETROIT - Everything was green in Detroit on St. Patrick’s Day. Green-clad fans cheered as the CCHA Tournament championship banner ascended to the Joe Louis Arena rafters with a brand-new green addition at the bottom. The joyous bunch of hockey players, donning green and white jerseys, huddled together on the ice with the inaugural Mason Cup. And No.


Six wrestlers place in NCAA tourney, earn All-American

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Six Spartan wrestlers came to the NCAA wrestling championships in Iowa this weekend, and four of them can now call themselves All-Americans. Junior Chris Williams (125 pounds), senior Pat McNamara (133 pounds) and sophomores Gray Maynard (157 pounds) and Nik Fekete (197 pounds) earned the prestigious status by finishing in the top eight in their weight class. The foursome helped lead MSU to a 15th-place finish from the event.


Spartan baseball drops three games, softball splits matchups

MSU baseball’s six-game winning streak came to a disappointing end this weekend with three losses and a single win over the Ohio University Bobcats. The Spartans split a doubleheader Sunday, losing 14-9, but came back with a 10-4 win. The Spartans scored first during the second inning of Friday’s game, but was quickly overpowered by the Bobcats, who held the lead, finishing with a 7-3 win. The Bobcats dominated Saturday’s game with nine home runs, winning with a score of 21-2.


Golf show offers tips for pros, hackers

Many people will list the Detroit Auto Show as the best place to learn how to smooth out a drive, but golfers know Lansing’s Golf Show will fix the type of drive they’re concerned with.The Lansing Center, 333 E.


Miller named Player of the Year by CCHA, Nail, Hutchinson win defensive awards

DETROIT - MSU sophomore goaltender Ryan Miller will have to clear off some mantel space in his East Lansing home. The All-CCHA goalie walked away from the CCHA Awards banquet in Detroit’s Fox Theatre on Thursday with an armload of new trophies and plaques. Among his numerous honors, the CCHA named Miller as the league’s Best Goaltender and, more importantly, the Player of the Year. “My teammates are why I’m here right now.