June 2012 Archives

Illinois' Riley Tabbed Finalist for The Bowerman

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Illinois' Andrew Riley has been named a finalist for The Bowerman, given annually to the most outstanding male and female athletes in collegiate track and field. Riley, the USTFCCCA National Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year, became the first male in Division I history to win both the 100 meters and 110 hurdles at the same outdoor national championships. At this year's Big Ten Outdoor Championships, the Kingston, Jamaica, native was named Big Ten Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year and Athlete of the Championships after taking home three conference crowns.

Riley becomes the first Big Ten student-athlete to be named a finalist for The Bowerman.

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Tickets Available for 2012 Kickoff Luncheon

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Tickets for the 41st annual Big Ten Football Kickoff Luncheon, at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago on Friday, July 27, are available. The day begins at 10 a.m. CT with an hour-long autograph session with the attending coaches and student-athletes. The luncheon portion of the program is slated to get underway at 11:30 a.m., with a special guest serving as emcee of the event. Fans will get an inside look at their favorite teams as each coach address the crowd, while one student-athlete will speak on behalf of the players.

For more information on the 2012 Big Ten Football Kickoff Luncheon, click here.

Four Big Ten Players Selected in NBA Draft

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Four Big Ten players were selected in the NBA Draft on Thursday, marking the second-straight year the conference has tallied four or more draftees. Illinois' Meyers Leonard was the first conference player taken in the draft, going 11th overall to the Portland Trailblazers, while Ohio State's Jared Sullinger was taken 21st by the Boston Celtics. Big Ten Player of the Year Draymond Green went 35th overall to the Golden State Warriors, and Purdue's Robbie Hummel was a second-round selection of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

For more information on each Big Ten selection, select the links below.

Meyers Leonard | Jared Sullinger | Draymond Green | Robbie Hummel

 

Bakich Named Michigan Head Coach

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Erik Bakich has been named Michigan's head baseball coach after having spent the past three seasons in the same position at Maryland. In the last 11 years as a collegiate coach, Bakich has recruited to campus and/or coached 81 players that have been selected in the MLB Draft, including 25 in the first five rounds and nine first-round picks.

Click HERE for the complete release on Bakich's hiring.

Click HERE for Bakich's introductory press conference.

Seven Big Ten baseball players were named to the ABCA/Rawlings Mideast Region First and Second Teams, the American Baseball Coaches Association announced. Purdue led all schools with three players on the first team in pitcher Joe Haase, catcher Kevin Plawecki and third baseman Cameron Perkins. Eric Charles was given second-team recognition, upping the Boilermakers' total to four. In addition, Michigan State second baseman Ryan Jones, Minnesota pitcher TJ Oakes and Penn State first baseman Jordan Steranka were first-team honorees. The complete list of Big Ten players on the All-Mideast Region teams can be found below. The complete release can be viewed by clicking HERE.

ALL-MIDEAST REGION FIRST TEAM
Ryan Jones, 2B, Michigan State
TJ Oakes, P, Minnesota
Jordan Steranka, 1B, Penn State
Joe Haase, P, Purdue
Kevin Plawecki, C, Purdue
Cameron Perkins, 3B, Purdue

ALL-MIDEAST REGION SECOND TEAM
Eric Charles, 2B, Purdue

Plawecki Earns All-America Honors

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Purdue catcher Kevin Plawecki was named a second-team All-American by Baseball America and a third-team All-American by the ABCA. Plawecki was the Big Ten's Player of the Year and the conference tournament's Most Outstanding Player and was taken in the Compensation A round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft.

COMPLETE RELEASE

BASEBALL AMERICA ALL-AMERICA TEAMS

ABCA ALL-AMERICA TEAMS

Ten Big Ten Student-Athletes Tabbed Academic All-America

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Ten Big Ten student-athletes have been named to the Capital One Academic All-America Track & Field/Cross Country Team, as announced on Thursday. To be eligible for All-America recognition, student-athletes must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a 3.30 GPA, and have reached sophomore academic and athletic standings at his or her institution. The complete list of Big Ten recipients is below:

Andy Bayer, Indiana
Chelsea Blanchard, Indiana
Erik Sowinski, Iowa
Rebecca Addison, Michigan
Rebecca Buchholtz, Michigan State
Quentin Mege, Minnesota
Bjorn Barrefors, Nebraska*
Brett Grieb, Nebraska
Nate Polacek, Nebraska*
Elliot Krause, Wisconsin

*First-team honoree

 

BTN to Air NBA Draft Preview Show

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BTN will air a special NBA Draft Preview show on Friday at 9 p.m. ET. Hosted by Dave Revsine and Jim Jackson, the special will include interviews with some of the Big Ten's top draft entrants and will give viewers an inside look at the draft process. Click HERE for more information about the show and to watch interviews with players at the NBA Draft Combine.
Illinois' Ashley Spencer and Ohio State's Christina Manning have been named semifinalists for The Bowerman, presented annually to the most outstanding male and female collegiate track & field athletes in the nation.

Spencer becomes the first woman in The Bowerman history to be named a semifinalist in her freshman year. The Illini newcomer claimed first-place honors in the 400 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, and swept the 200- and 400-meters at both the Big Ten Indoor and Outdoor Championships.

Manning, the Suzy Favor Female Athlete of the Year, earned NCAA titles in the 60 hurdles indoors and 100 hurdles outdoors events. The Waldorf, Md., native also earned the Big Ten Indoor and Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year awards, taking home conference titles in the 60 dash and 60 hurdles at the indoor championships, and the 100 dash and 100 hurdles at the outdoor championships.

Finalists for The Bowerman will be announced on Friday, June 29.

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Illinois' Riley Named Semifinalist for The Bowerman

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Illinois' Andrew Riley has been tabbed a semifinalist for The Bowerman, presented annually to the most outstanding male and female collegiate track & field athletes in the nation. Riley, who was named National Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year last Wednesday, became the first male in Division I history to win the 100 meters and 110 hurdles at the same outdoor NCAA meet at this year's championships.

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2012 Softball Season in Review

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Two Big Ten Teams Selected to NCAA Field
Michigan and Northwestern were selected to the NCAA Division I Softball Championship, with the Wolverines advancing to the Super Regional round. Michigan secured the Big Ten's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship after winning the Big Ten title. The Wolverines went 3-0 to win the Louisville Regional before falling to eventual national champion Alabama in the Super Regional. Northwestern made its 13th appearance in the national tournament, where it went 2-2 in the Austin Regional. RECAP

Michigan Continues the Streak
Michigan secured the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Championship and clinched the outright Big Ten Championship following its win over Purdue in the first game of their doubleheader on May 12. The conference title was Michigan's fifth in a row, a conference record, and 15th overall in program history. RECAP

Earning Big Ten Accolades
For the second consecutive year, Michigan's Amanda Chidester was named Big Ten Player of the Year, becoming the first player to win back-to-back honors since Northwestern's Tammy Williams achieved the feat in 2008 and 2009. Wolverine head coach Carol Hutchins garnered Coach of the Year honors also for the second straight year. Michigan's Haylie Wagner was a double winner, taking home Pitcher and Freshman of the Year honors, becoming the first player to win both awards since former Wolverine Kelly Kovach in 1992. RECAP

Among the Nation's Best
Eleven Big Ten softball players were selected as All-Region performers by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, while Northwestern's Marisa Bast was named a third-team All-American. Seven players were chosen as first- or second-team All-Great Lakes Region standouts, including first-teamers Bast, Cassidy Bell of Penn State and Whitney Massey of Wisconsin. Michigan's Amanda Chidester, Sara Driesenga and Haylie Wagner, and Michigan State's Kylene Hopkins were named second-team honorees. Ohio State's Alicia Herron headlined the Big Ten contingent on the All-Midwest Region squad, earning first-team honors. Illinois' Pepper Gay, Iowa's Megan Blank and Nebraska's Ashley Hagemann were named to the region's second team. ALL-REGION & ALL-AMERICA

One of a Select Few
Michigan's Amanda Chidester was one of 24 honorees selected to receive the Big Ten Medal of Honor. One of the most prestigious conference awards in college athletics, the Big Ten Medal of Honor was first awarded in 1915 to one student-athlete from the graduating class of each university who had "attained the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work." RECAP

Where We Rank
Michigan and Northwestern received votes in the final 2012 USA Softball and National Fastpitch Coaches Association polls. The Wolverines appeared at No. 15 in both rankings, while Northwestern was among teams receiving votes outside the top 25. RECAP

U-S-A! U-S-A!
Michigan's Amanda Chidester, the 2012 Big Ten Player of the Year, was added to the United States National Team roster this week, joining former Wolverine teammate Jordan Taylor and current Iowa assistant coach and former Hawkeye player Stacy May-Johnson as Big Ten alums on the national team. Chidester capped her Michigan career with her fourth Big Ten Championship and a Super Regionals appearance. RECAP

Chidester Added to Team USA Roster

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Michigan's Amanda Chidester, 2012 Big Ten Player of the Year, was added to the United States National Team roster this week, joining former Wolverine teammate Jordan Taylor and current Iowa assistant coach and former Hawkeye Stacy May-Johnson as former Big Ten standouts on the national team. Chidester capped her Michigan career with her fourth Big Ten Championship and leading the Wolverines to the Super Regionals.

Michigan Release

Michigan, Northwestern Receive Votes in Final Polls

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Michigan and Northwestern received votes in the final USA Softball and National Fastpitch Coaches Association polls of the 2012 season this week. The Wolverines appeared at No. 15 in both rankings, while Northwestern was among teams receiving votes outside the top 25.

Huskers Earn All-America Honors

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A pair of Huskers received All-America recognition from the Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, as Michael Pritchard was named a third-team All-American as a designated hitter, and Pat Kelly was named a first-team Freshman All-American as a second baseman.

COMPLETE ALL-AMERICA RELEASE
COMPLETE FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICA RELEASE

Illinois' Andrew Riley has been named National Men's Track Athlete of the Year, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association announced on Wednesday. The Illini senior became the first male in NCAA history to win the 100 meters and 110 hurdles at the same outdoor championships.

For the complete release, click here.

Eighty-seven Big Ten student-athletes have been named USTFCCCA All-Americans, based on their performances at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Illinois' Andrew Riley was one of four men to earn All-America honors in three events, and made NCAA history by becoming the first man to win both the 100 dash and 100 hurdles at the same NCAA championship meet. First-team recognition is awarded to student-athletes that earn a top-eight finish at the national championships, while second-team honors are awarded to ninth to 16th place finishers.

The list of Big Ten All-Americans is below.

Illinois
Stanley Azie (4x100 relay)*
Jesica Ejesieme (400 hurdles)
Andrew Riley (100 meters, 110 hurdles, 4x100 relay)*
Ashley Spencer (400)*
Brandon Stryganek (4x100 relay)*
DJ Zahn (4x100 relay)*

Indiana
Andrew Bayer (1,500)*
Kyla Buckley (shot put)
Kind Butler (200)
Adrien Dannemiller (3,000 steeplechase)
Derek Drouin (high jump)*
Emma Kimoto (high jump)
Zachary Mayhew (10,000)
Olumide Olamigoke (triple jump)
Rex Parker (triple jump)
Andrew Poore (3,000 steeplechase)
De'Sean Turner (3,000 steeplechase)*

Iowa
Justin Austin (200)
Matt Byers (javelin)
Troy Doris (triple jump)*
Ashley Liverpool (400)
McKenzie Melander (5,000)
Erik Sowinski (800)*

Michigan
Ali Arastu (400 hurdles)
Craig Forys (3,000 steeplechase)*
Emily Pendleton (discus)
Jillian Smith (1,500 meters)
Kiley Tobel (pole vault)

Michigan State
Tori Franklin (triple jump)
Leah O'Connor (3,000 steeplechase)
Lonnie Pugh (discus)
Beth Rohl (discus)*

Minnesota
Harun Abda (800)
Nyoka Giles (4x100 relay)
Micah Hegerle (hammer)*
Nick Hutton (1,500)
Hassan Mead (5,000)*
Quentin Mege (hammer)*
Chimerem Okoroji (4x100 relay)
Kylie Peterson (4x100 relay)
David Puchuta (800)
Todea-Kay Willis (4x100 relay)

Nebraska
Bjorn Barrefors (decathlon)*
Mara Griva (triple jump)
Tyler Hitchler (discus)*
Ashley Miller (1,500)
Chris Phipps (long jump)
Luke Pinkelman (shot put)*
Miles Ukaoma (400 hurdles)
Morgan Wilken (discus)
Chad Wright (discus)*

Ohio State
Antonio Blanks (400 hurdles, 4x400 relay)*
Marvel Brooks (4x400 relay)
Aisha Cavin (4x100 relay, 4x400 relay)*
Nyjah Cousar (400 hurdles, 4x400 relay)
Matt DeChant (shot put)*
Jacqueline Dim (4x400 relay)
Mike Hartfield (long jump)
Cory Leslie (3,000 steeplechase)*
Christienne Linton (4x100 relay)*
Christina Manning (100 hurdles, 4x100 relay)*
Shaniqua McGinnis (4x400 relay)
Thomas Murdaugh (4x400 relay)
Heath Nickles (decathlon)
Korbin Smith (4x400 relay)
Chesna Sykes (4x100 relay)*

Penn State

Doris Anyanwu (4x400 relay)
Brandon Bennett-Green (4x400 relay)*
Brady Gehret (400, 4x400 relay)*
Ijeoma Iheoma (4x400 relay)
Lauren Kenney (javelin)*
Joe Kovacs (shot put)*
Melissa Kurzdorfer (hammer)
Laura Loht (javelin)*
Casimir Loxsom (800, 4x400 relay)*
Dynasty McGee (4x400 relay)
Aaron Nadolsky (4x400 relay)*
Kirsten Nieuwendam (4x400 relay)
Rebecca Simko (800)

Purdue
Dani Bunch (shot put)
Leah Eber (long jump)

Wisconsin
Mohammed Ahmed (5,000)*
Dorcas Akinniyi (heptathlon)*
Danny Block (discus)
Kelsey Card (discus)
Japheth Cato (decathlon)
Caitlin Comfort (10,000)
Rob Finnerty (1,500)*
Jessica Flax (heptathlon)*
Elliot Krause (10,000)*
Deanna Latham (heptathlon)
Austin Mudd (800)

*First-Team Honoree

Big Ten Ranks Second Nationally in Attendance

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For the 19th time in the last 20 seasons, Big Ten women's basketball finished in the top two nationally in average attendance, it was announced by the NCAA. Averaging 4,128 fans per contest, the Big Ten finished second among all conferences, drawing more than 760,000 fans to its stadiums this season. Six Big Ten schools finished among the top 20 in average attendance, the most of any conference in the country. Purdue (7,958) and Michigan State (7,505) ranked seventh and eighth, respectively, while Penn State (4,956), Wisconsin (4,846), Iowa (4,846) and Nebraska (4,597), rounded out the top 20 at Nos. 17-20.

To view the complete NCAA attendance report, click here.

Eight Big Ten student-athletes have been named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Team, as announced on Thursday. To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30, have sophomore eligibility and be nominated by his or her sports information director. The complete list of Big Ten honorees is below.

Eileen Brandes, Field Hockey, Michigan
Josh Ihnen, Wrestling, Nebraska
Tucker Lane, Wrestling, Nebraska
Ulrike Denker, Rowing, Ohio State
Sean Duddy, Hockey, Ohio State
Andrew Elliott, Swimming & Diving, Ohio State
Kelsey Amy, Field Hockey, Penn State
Miguel Pineda, Gymnastics, Penn State

Draft Tracker: Rounds 35-40

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Two more Big Ten players were taken in the 35th through 40th rounds of the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, bringing the conference's total number of selections to 30.

39th Round
Geoff Rowan, Northwestern (Tampa Bay Rays)

40th Round
Brad Schreiber, Purdue (Minnesota Twins)

Draft Tracker: Rounds 31-35

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Four Big Ten players were selected in the 31st through 35th rounds of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, increasing the conference's total to 28 draftees.

31st Round
Kevin Johnson, Illinois (New York Yankees)

33rd Round
Tony Wieber, Michigan State (San Diego Padres)
Mike McQuillan, Iowa (Washington Nationals)

35th Round
Chad Christensen, Nebraska (Miami Marlins)

Draft Tracker: Rounds 26-30

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Four more Big Ten players were taken in the 26th through 30th rounds of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, upping the conference's total to 24 selections.

26th Round
Jordan Parr, Illinois (Los Angeles Dodgers)

29th Round
John Walter, Penn State (Kansas City Royals)
Eric Charles, Purdue (San Diego Padres)

30th Round
Barrett Serrato, Purdue (Texas Rangers)

Draft Tracker: Rounds 16-25

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Nine Big Ten players were taken in the 16th through 25th rounds of the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, increasing the conference's total to 20.

18th Round
John Kuchno, Ohio State (Pittsburgh Pirates)

21st Round
Jordan Steranka, Penn State (Pittsburgh Pirates)

22nd Round
Willie Argo, Illinois (Tampa Bay Rays)

23rd Round
Travis Huber, Nebraska (Minnesota Twins)
Lance Breedlove, Purdue (Pittsburgh Pirates)
Kale Kiser, Nebraska (Chicago White Sox)
Richard Stock, Nebraska (Cleveland Indians)
Matt Dermody, Iowa (Arizona Diamondbacks)

25th Round
Khiry Cooper, Nebraska (Boston Red Sox)

Six Big Ten Players Named Freshman All-Americans

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Six Big Ten baseball players were named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America Team, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper announced on Wednesday. The Big Ten's honorees are listed below.

Reid Roper, UT, Illinois
Kyle Schwarber, C, Indiana
Sam Travis, 1B, Indiana
Sasha Kuebel, LHP, Iowa
Pat Kelly, 2B, Nebraska
Kyle Kubat, LHP, Nebraska

Draft Tracker: Rounds 11-15

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Four Big Ten baseball players were taken in the 11th through 15th rounds of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, increasing the conference's total number of draftees to 11.

11th Round
Matt Milroy, Illinois (Miami Marlins)
TJ Oakes, Minnesota (Colorado Rockies)

13th Round
Ryan Jones, Michigan State (San Francisco Giants)

14th Round
Tony Bucciferro, Michigan State (Chicago White Sox)

Draft Tracker: Rounds 2-10

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Six Big Ten players were taken in the second through 10th rounds of the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Draft on Tuesday, bringing the conference's draft total to seven.

Sixth Round
Cameron Perkins, Purdue (Philadelphia Phillies)

Eighth Round
Torsten Boss, Michigan State (Baltimore Orioles)
Joe Kurrasch, Penn State (San Francisco Giants)

Ninth Round
Nick Wittgren, Purdue (Miami Marlins)
Micah Johnson, Indiana (Chicago White Sox)

10th Round
Chad Martin, Indiana (Chicago Cubs)

Women's Golf Season in Review

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The Big Ten enjoyed a successful 2012 women's golf campaign, highlighted by three squads earning bids to the NCAA Championships and a top 10 overall finish.

Purdue Places Ninth at NCAA Championships: Purdue wrapped up the NCAA Women's Golf Championships in ninth place on Saturday, May 25, finishing 11 strokes of the pace. The Boilermakers finished the tournament at 30-over par, scoring an 11-over 299 on the final day of competition. Laura Gonzalez-Escallon placed third individually to lead Purdue, posting a score of 1-under for the tournament. COMPLETE RELEASE

Championship Bound: Michigan State, Ohio State and Purdue advanced to the NCAA Women's Golf Championships following the conclusion of the regional championships on May 12. Each team finished in the top eight of their respective regionals to move on to the championships. COMPLETE RELEASE

All-Conference & Individual Honors: The Big Ten Conference announced on Tuesday, May 1, the women's golf All-Conference teams and individual award winners. Purdue's Laura Gonzalez-Escallon earned the Big Ten Player of the Year award, Ohio State's Kendall Prince took home Freshman of the Year accolades and Michigan State's Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll earned Coach of the Year honors. COMPLETE RELEASE

Twice as Nice: Michigan State won its second consecutive Big Ten Women's Golf Championships and fifth overall on Sunday at the Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort. The 23rd-ranked Spartans led after the final three rounds of the tournament, compiling a team score of 885 (+21) en route to the title. Purdue finished second, trailing Michigan State by 10 strokes at 895 (+31), while Ohio State took third at (+34). COMPLETE RELEASE



Men's Golf Season in Review

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The Big Ten men's golf season concluded at the NCAA Championships, with Illinois' Thomas Pieters crowned an NCAA champion.

Taking Home the Hardware: Illinois' Thomas Pieters won the NCAA Golf Championships individual title on May 31, firing a 5-under 208 over 54 holes. The Illini sophomore became the second Illinois golfer in the last three years to claim the title, following 2010 champion Scott Langley. COMPLETE RELEASE

Championships Qualifiers: Illinois and Iowa advanced to the NCAA Men's Golf Championships on May 19, based on their finish at their respective regional sites. Illinois tied for third in the Norman Regional, while Iowa finished fifth in the Athens Regional to earn spots in the championships field. COMPLETE RELEASE

Regional Qualifiers: Six Big Ten teams and three individuals were selected to compete in the NCAA Men's Golf Regionals. The Big Ten contingent was represented at five of the six regional sites, with the top five teams and top individual not on one of those teams advancing from each regional to the NCAA Championship. Three regionals hosted 13 teams and 10 individuals while the other three sites welcomed 14 teams and five individuals. COMPLETE RELEASE

All-Conference Teams & Individual Honors:
The Big Ten announced on Tuesday, May 1, the men's golf All-Conference teams and individual award winners with Illinois' Luke Guthrie taking home the Big Ten Player of the Year award. Ohio State's Grant Weaver was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, while conference champion Illinois' head coach Mike Small was tabbed Coach of the Year. COMPLETE RELEASE

Four in a Row: Illinois won the Big Ten Men's Golf Championships on Sunday, April 29, shooting a 23-over 1,175 to clinch its fourth-straight and 11th overall conference title. The Fighting Illini took the lead in the second round of the championships and remained in front through the rest of the event, outshooting second-place Indiana (+26) by three strokes. Northwestern (+34) finished third at the championships, followed by fourth-place Michigan State (+40) and fifth-place Purdue (+50). COMPLETE RELEASE




Purdue catcher Kevin Plawecki, the Big Ten Player of the Year and Big Ten Tournament's Most Outstanding Player, was taken 35th overall by the New York Mets in the Compensation A Round of the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Monday evening. COMPLETE RELEASE

Rounds 2-15 of the Draft will take place on Tuesday beginning at Noon ET.
Five Big Ten outdoor track and field teams have been awarded Regional Athlete of the Year and Coach of the Year honors, the USTFCCCA announced on Monday.

Illinois' Andrew Riley (Midwest Region) and Wisconsin's Mohammed Ahmed (Great Lakes Region) were tabbed Men's Track Athlete of the Year, while Indiana's Derek Drouin (Great Lakes Region) and Penn State's Jordan Kovacs (Mid-Atlantic Region) were named Men's Field Athlete of the Year. The Badgers' Ed Nuttycombe was honored as Men's Coach of the Year, while the Hoosiers' Jeff Huntoon and the Nittany Lions' Chris Johnson were tabbed Men's Assistant of the Year.

On the women's side, Christina Manning (Great Lakes) was named Women's Track Athlete of the Year, and Wisconsin's Jessica Flax was tabbed Women's Field Athlete of the Year. The Buckeyes' Karen Dennis took home Women's Coach of the Year honors, and the Badgers' Nate Davis earned Women's Assistant Coach of the Year laurels.

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Big Ten Women's Tennis Season in Review

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Six Teams Head to NCAA Championships: Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern and Purdue represented the Big Ten at the NCAA Women's Tennis Championship. The selections marked the second time in the last three years the conference had boasted six seeds in the tournament. COMPLETE RELEASE

Michigan, Northwestern Advance to Round of 16:
Michigan and Northwestern advanced to the Round of 16 of the NCAA Women's Tennis Championships. For complete championships coverage, click here.

All-Conference Teams & Individual Awards: The Big Ten announced on Thursday, April 26, its women's tennis All-Conference teams and individual award winners at the conference tournament banquet. Nebraska's Mary Weatherholt was named Athlete of the Year, while Michigan's Emina Bektas took home Freshman of the Year honors. The Wolverines' Ronni Bernstein and the Huskers' Scott Jacobsen were tabbed Co-Coaches of the Year. COMPLETE RELEASE

Purdue Wins First Big Ten Tournament Crown: Fifth-seeded Purdue rallied from a 3-2 deficit with wins at the No. 5 and 2 positions to edge second-seeded Michigan, 4-3, giving the Boilermakers their first Big Ten Women's Tennis Tournament title. Purdue's Lynda Xepoleas won a third-set tiebreaker at No. 2 singles to clinch the victory. RECAP

Sharing the Trophy:
Michigan and Northwestern clinched a share of the Big Ten Women's Tennis Championship on Sunday, April 22. The Wildcats claimed their 14th title in program history, while the Wolverines earned their fourth Big Ten crown.


Big Ten Men's Tennis Season in Review

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Take Two: Ohio State's Chase Buchanan and Blaz Rola took home the NCAA Doubles Championship on Monday, May 28, at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. The Buckeye duo took down Texas Tech's Raony Carvalho and Gonzalo Escobar, 7-6 (4), 6-3 to claim the title. RECAP

Academic All District: Illinois' Bruno Abdelnour and Iowa's Garrett Dunn were named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District Team, announced on Thursday, May 17. The Academic All-District team recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their performances in the classroom and athletically. The complete list of Big Ten honorees can be found here.

Going Dancing: Six Big Ten squads competed in the 2012 NCAA Tennis Championships in Athens, Ga. For the complete championships coverage, click here.

Illini take home Big Ten Tournament title: Third-seeded Illinois rallied from a 3-1 deficit with victories at the No. 5, 6 and 2 singles positions to knock off top-seeded Ohio State and earn the Illini's first tournament title since 2005. In the clinching match at the No. 2 spot, Illinois' Roy Kalmanovich knocked off the Buckeyes' Blaz Rola, ranked sixth nationally, to end OSU's six-year run as tournament champions. For complete championships coverage, click here.

All-Conference & Individual Awards: The Big Ten men's tennis All-Conference teams and individual awards were announced on Thursday night at the Big Ten Tournament banquet. Michigan junior Evan King was named Big Ten Athlete of the Year, while Minnesota's Leandro Toledo earned Freshman of the Year honors and Ohio State's Ty Tucker picked up Coach of the Year laurels. COMPLETE RELEASE

Lucky Number Seven: Ohio State clinched the Big Ten Men's Tennis Championship on Sunday, April 22, claiming a 6-1 win over No. 21 Michigan en route to the outright title. The third-ranked Buckeyes closed the regular season with a perfect 11-0 record in Big Ten play and a 29-2 overall mark to take their seventh-straight and 11th overall conference title. RECAP


Big Ten Women's Cross Country Season in Review

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The 2011 Big Ten women's cross country season came to a close at the NCAA Championships, with three of the five competing Big Ten teams placing in the top 20 at the national meet. Penn State finished 13th at the championships, followed by Michigan in 15th, Big Ten Champion Michigan State in 16th, Wisconsin and 24th and Minnesota in 27th. The Nittany Lions' Caitlin Lane took 16th individually to pace all Big Ten runners at the meet en route to All-America status.

Big Ten Reels in Regional Awards: After earning the Great Lakes Regional title, Michigan was well-represented in the USTFCCCA regional awards contingent. The Wolverines' Danielle Tauro was named the Great Lakes Region Athlete of the Year, while head coach Mike McGuire was tabbed Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year. Additionally, 29 Big Ten runners received All-Region recognition by virtue of their top-25 finish at their respective regionals. For complete regional results, click here.

Big Ten Championships Roundup: Michigan State won its second straight Big Ten Championship, finishing with a winning score of 55 after placing three in the top 10. Penn State's Caitlin Lane finished first individually. Michigan finished second in the team standings, while Penn State took third. For the complete Big Ten Championships recap, click here.

Big Ten Postseason Awards: Penn State's Caitlin Lane was named Big Ten Athlete of the Year after placing first at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 19:58. After leading Michigan State to its second consecutive Big Ten title, Spartan head coach Walt Drenth picked up his second straight Coach of the Year award. Michigan's Taylor Pogue and Wisconsin's Gabrielle Anzalone were named Co-Freshman of the Year after turning in top-20 finishes at the Big Ten Championships. For more on the individual Big Ten award winners, click here.

Larson Earns Academic All-America Honors

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Minnesota's Troy Larson was named to the 2012 Capital One Division I Academic All-America Second Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced on Friday. COMPLETE RELEASE

Plawecki Named Second-Team All-American

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Purdue catcher Kevin Plawecki was named a Louisville Slugger Second-Team All-American, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper announced on Thursday. Plawecki was the Big Ten's Player of the Year and the conference tournament's Most Outstanding Player. COMPLETE RELEASE
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