June 2014 Archives

2014 Baseball Season in Review

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Hoosier Repeat: Indiana won its second straight Big Ten Championship, finishing the year with a 21-3 conference mark. The team's .874 conference winning percentage was the highest since Ohio State's .893 winning percentage (25-3) in 1999. The Hoosiers clinched their sixth conference title in program history and became the first Big Ten team to secure back-to-back championships since Michigan did so in 2007 and 2008.

Double Champions: For the second straight year, Indiana met Nebraska for the Big Ten Tournament title with the Hoosiers claiming their second straight championship. The Hoosiers earned an 8-4 victory over the Huskers, giving Indiana its fourth tournament title and becoming the first conference team to win consecutive tournament titles since Ohio State in 2002 and 2003. Indiana's Kyle Schwarber was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player after hitting two home runs and driving in five. The complete All-Tournament Team can be found below, while a complete game by game recap of the Big Ten Tournament can be found HERE.

2014 Big Ten All-Tournament Team
P - Christian Morris, Indiana
P -Aaron Bummer, Nebraska
P - Kyle Kubat, Nebraska
C - Joel Fisher, Michigan State
1B - Dan Olinger, Minnesota
2B -Casey Rodrigue, Indiana
2B - Pat Kelly, Nebraska
SS - Travis Maezes, Michigan
3B - Dustin DeMuth, Indiana
DH -Scott Donley, Indiana
OF - Kyle Schwarber, Indiana
OF - Cam Gibson, Michigan State
OF - Ryan Boldt, Nebraska

Tournament Attendance Records: The Big Ten established new attendance records during the 2014 tournament, held May 21-25 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. Sunday's attendance of 19,965 ranks as the largest single-game conference tournament attendance in NCAA history, breaking the previous mark set by Florida State and North Carolina in 2005 with a crowd of 17,860. Including Sunday's championship final, the five-day total tournament attendance of 62,020 shattered the previous Big Ten tournament mark of 12,219 set in 2009. Four days of the tournament featured attendance of more than 10,000, including Wednesday (10,400) Thursday (11,756) and Saturday (12,319). The previous NCAA record for conference tournament attendance was established by Florida State and North Carolina in 2005 with a crowd of 17,860.

All-Big Ten Honors: The Big Ten announced the 2014 baseball All-Big Ten Teams and individual award winners, as voted by the conference's coaches. Indiana's Sam Travis was the unanimous choice for Player of the Year, teammate Joey DeNato garnered Pitcher of the Year accolades and Tracy Smith was tabbed Coach of the Year, while Ohio State's Tanner Tully took home Freshman of the Year honors. Travis is the second Indiana player to win the honor in the last five seasons, following Alex Dickerson in 2010. Overall, he is just the fourth Hoosier to win the award. DeNato gives Indiana its second straight Big Ten Pitcher of the Year accolade, following Aaron Slegers from a season ago, and its third in program history. Smith wins his second straight Coach of the Year award, claiming the third such honor in Indiana history. Indiana finished the season 21-3 in conference play, making their .875 Big Ten winning percentage the highest since Ohio State's .893 percentage (25-3) in 1999. Tully is the second Buckeye in four seasons to be named Freshman of the Year, following teammate Josh Dezse in 2011. Overall, he is the 11th player in Ohio State annals to win the award. For the complete All-Big Ten release, click HERE.

All-Americans: Six Big Ten standouts earned All-America honors from various accolades this season. Indiana's Dustin DeMuth and Kyle Schwarber each garnered first team honors from Baseball America and Perfect Game, while also being named All-Americans by the NCBWA and Collegiate Baseball Magazine. Indiana's Sam Travis was named a second-team honoree from Perfect Game, Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball Magazine, while Joey DeNato was named a second-team pick from NCBWA and a third-team selection from Perfect Game and Collegiate Baseball Magazine. Michigan State's Blaise Salter was named a third-team selection by the NCBWA, while Nebraska's Chance Sinclair garnered third-team accolades by Collegiate Baseball Magazine. Meanwhile, six conference newcomers garnered Freshman All-America honors by Collegiate Baseball Magazine, including Illinois' Adam Walton, Michigan's Brett Adcock and Carmen Benedetti, Nebraska's Ryan Boldt and Ohio State's Ronnie Dawson and Tanner Tully.

All-Region: Ten conference standouts were named ABCA All-Region honorees, including eight All-Mideast Region performers and two Nebraska standouts who appeared on the All-Midwest Region squad. Indiana's Joey DeNato, Dustin DeMuth, Kyle Schwarber and Sam Travis and Iowa's Jake Mangler and Jake Yacinich were each first-team All-Mideast Region selections, while Illinois Tyler Jay and Michigan State's Blaise Salter were second-team selections. Nebraska's Pat Kelly was selected to the All-Midwest Region first team, while teammate Chance Sinclair was a second-team honoree.

Showing Their Smarts: The Big Ten recognized 1,216 spring and at-large sports student-athletes who have been named to the Academic All-Conference team, a list that includes 96 baseball players. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. For more information on the 2014 spring and at-large Academic All-Big Ten honorees, click HERE.

Academic All-District: Three Big Ten baseball student-athletes were named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District teams, it was announced on Thursday. Penn State's Steve Snyder was named to the District 2 All-Academic Team, Northwestern's Jack Quigley garnered All-District 5 honors and Minnesota's Ben Meyer was picked the District 6 All-Academic squad. The trio is now eligible for Academic All-America accolades, which will be announced later this month. To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.3 on a scale of 4.0 and must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her current institution.

Two to the Postseason: Indiana, which earned the No. 4 national seed, and Nebraska were selected to the 2014 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship, marking the third straight year multiple Big Ten teams appeared in the postseason. The Hoosiers became the first Big Ten team to earn a national seed since the NCAA began seeding the top eight in 1999. Indiana made its fourth appearance in the NCAA field and second consecutive, while Nebraska advanced to the NCAA Championship for the first time since 2008 and made its 13th overall appearance. Both the Hoosiers and Huskers were eliminated in the regional round. For a complete recap of Indiana and Nebraska in the postseason, click HERE.

Final Rankings: Indiana and Nebraska each appeared in the final polls released the NCBWA, Perfect Game and Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America, with the Hoosiers garnering top-20 rankings in each. Indiana appeared at No. 16 in Perfect Game's listing, No. 19 in the Collegiate Baseball standings, No. 20 in the NCBWA poll and No. 21 in the Baseball America ranking, while Nebraska appeared at No. 30 by the NCBWA.

Twenty-One Players Selected in Annual MLB Draft: Twenty-one Big Ten players were selected during the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft, held Thursday through Saturday. Indiana led all programs with five players selected, while Iowa and Nebraska each had three standouts chosen. Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue each had two players selected, while Illinois, Minnesota, Northwestern and Ohio State each had one player chosen in the annual draft. A full list of the drafted Big Ten standouts can be found below.

Round (Overall)
1 (4). Kyle Schwarber, C, IND (Chicago Cubs)
2 (67). Sam Travis, 1B, IND (Boston)
5 (146). Dustin DeMuth, 3B, IND (Milwaukee)
8 (239). Jake Yacinich, SS, IOWA (Los Angeles Angels)
12 (350). Pat Kelly, 2B, NEB (Minnesota)
14 (435). James Bourque, RHP, MICH (Washington)
15 (455). Jimmy Pickens, OF, MSU (Cincinnati)
18 (532). Sean McHugh, C, PUR (Philadelphia)
19 (558). Aaron Bummer, LHP, NEB (Chicago White Sox)
19 (562). Joey DeNato, LHP, IND (Philadelphia)
19 (566). Zach Hirsch, LHP, NEB (Milwaukee)
20 (610). Trent Szkutnik, LHP, MICH (Detroit)
22 (662). Jake Kelzer, RHP, IND (New York Yankees)
23 (682). Joel Fisher, C, MSU (Philadelphia)
25 (743). Alec Crawford, RHP, MINN (Colorado)
29 (857). Greg Greve, RHP, OSU (Miami)
30 (899). Ronnie Muck, RHP, ILL (Los Angeles Angels)
35 (1039). Jordan Minch, LHP, PUR (Chicago Cubs)
38 (1131). Taylor Zeutenhorst, OF, IOWA (Seattle)
38 (1155). Sasha Kuebel, LHP, IOWA (St. Louis)
39 (1185). Kyle Ruchim, 2B, NU (St. Louis)

Nine Big Ten men's and women's track & field and cross country student-athletes earned Capital One Academic All-America distinction, the organization announced Thursday. The complete list of Big Ten Academic All-America award recipients can be found below.

Men's Capital One Academic All-America
First Team
Reed Connor, Wisconsin
Levi Gipson, Nebraska

Second Team
Cody Rush, Nebraska

Third Team
Timothy Faust, Ohio State
Mason Ferlic, Michigan
Caleb Rhynard, Michigan State

Women's Capital One Academic All-America
First Team
Anne Martin, Nebraska

Second Team
Kiley Tobel, Michigan

Third Team
Kelsie Ahbe, Indiana

For the complete release, click here.

Four Big Ten Golfers Earn PING All-America Honors

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

Four Big Ten men's golfers have earned PING All-America honors, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced Thursday. Big Ten honorees include Illinois' Brian Campbell, Charlie Danielson and Thomas Detry and Minnesota's Jose Mendez.

Second Team
Brian Campbell, Illinois

Honorable Mention
Charlie Danielson, Illinois
Thomas Detry, Illinois
Jose Mendez, Minnesota

Illinois Release

Minnesota Release

For the complete release, click here.

Four Hoosiers Earn All-America Status From Perfect Game

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
The Hoosier quartet of Dustin DeMuth, Joey DeNato, Kyle Schwarber and Sam Travis added to their list of All-America accolades after garnering honors from Perfect Game on Tuesday. DeMuth was named the first team's third baseman, while Schwarber occupies the DH position on the first team. Travis is the first baseman on the second team, while DeNato is one of four starting pitchers to garner third-team honors. All four have been named All-Americans by other outlets recently, namely Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 100

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
The Big Ten Conference concluded its 100th anniversary celebration of the esteemed Big Ten Medal of Honor by highlighting the 2014 class of honorees on Wednesday.  Twenty-four student-athletes from 17 different sports were honored with the prestigious award, which was established in 1915 and was the first award in intercollegiate athletics to demonstrate support for the educational emphasis placed on athletics. The Big Ten Medal of Honor is awarded to one male and one female student-athlete from the graduating class of each member institution who has demonstrated excellence on and off the field throughout their college career.


This year's list of distinguished student-athletes includes Academic All-America and All-Big Ten honorees, individual award winners and NCAA and Big Ten team and individual champions.  All 24 of the recipients have been named Academic All-Big Ten at least once in their career and 15 received All-Conference recognition this academic year. This class of honorees is pursuing diverse fields of study with a list of majors that include pre-med, sociology, computer engineering, political science, finance and management, biosystems engineering and many others.

For the full release, click here.

Ohio State's Hession Tabbed National Coach of the Year

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

Ohio State women's golf head coach Therese Hession is the 2014 Golfweek National Coach of the Year, the publication announced on Tuesday. It marks the second national award of Hession's career, earning the same recognition from the National Golf Coaches Association in 1997. Hession, in her 23rd season at the helm of the Buckeye program, led Ohio State to a share of seventh place at the NCAA Championships (third-highest NCAA finish in school history) with a trio of freshmen in the lineup. Ohio State's 1,158 stroke total for the NCAA Championships is the best 72-hole score ever posted by a Buckeye team. The team's overall season average of 296.64 strokes per round is also an all-time program mark.

For the complete release, click here.

Ohio State Release

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 99

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

Northwestern's Lorie Miller (1984, women's volleyball)

A 1984 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Northwestern's Lorie Miller was a four-time letterwinner for the Wildcats from 1980-83. Miller guided Northwestern to its first Big Ten title during her senior season, in which she was named first-team All-Big Ten. Miller ranks seventh all-time on Northwestern's career service aces list (198). She earned her undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and went on to earn her Masters of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western University.  

The Big Ten enjoyed a successful 2014 women's outdoor track & field season, highlighted by 16 top-eight finishes at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships and Penn State taking home the Big Ten Championship.

NCAA Round-Up: Big Ten student-athletes earned 16 top-eight finishes at the 2014 Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., from June 11-14, en route to All-America honors. Michigan State's Leah O'Connor won the national title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, while Indiana's Kelsie Ahbe placed second in the pole vault. In the team standings, Penn State posted a 12th-place finish. For full coverage of the NCAA Championships, click HERE.

All-America Accolades: Fifty-three women's outdoor track & field student-athletes earned USTFCCCA All-America status following their performance at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. For the full list of Big Ten honorees, click HERE.

Elite Honor: For the second year in a row, Nebraska's Anne Martin was tabbed the winner of the NCAA Elite 89 award, which is awarded to the student-athlete with the highest GPA at the NCAA Championships. For more on Martin's honor, click HERE.

Regional Recognition: Three schools collected regional awards from the USTFCCCA, it was announced on June 8. Student-athletes and coaches from Michigan, Nebraska and Penn State earned recognition in three different regions: Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. Michigan's Erin Finn was tabbed Track Athlete of the Year in the Great Lakes Region. In the Mid-Atlantic Region, Penn State's Beth Alford-Sullivan was named Coach of the Year, while fellow Nittany Lion Randy Bungard collected Assistant Coach of the Year honors. In the Midwest Region, Nebraska's Carrie Lane also earned Assistant Coach of the Year laurels. For more on the USTFCCCA awards, click HERE.

And The Awards Go To: The Big Ten Conference announced the 2014 Big Ten women's outdoor track & field individual award winners on May 20th. Michigan's Erin Finn was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year, Track Athlete of the Championships and Freshman of the Year, while Purdue's Dani Bunch was tabbed Field Athlete of the Year and Athlete of the Championships. Penn State head coach Beth Alford-Sullivan was named Coach of the Year by her peers. Click HERE for more on the conference's end of the year awards.

We Are The Champions: The Penn State women's team won the 2014 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Sunday at Rankin Track & Field in West Lafayette, Ind. The Nittany Lions posted four individual crowns and one relay title to claim the championship. The championship marks Penn State's second consecutive and fifth in the last seven years. Penn State totaled 136 points en route to the championship on the strength of first-place finishes from Brittney Howell (heptathlon), Melissa Kurzdorfer (hammer throw), Mahagony Jones (200-meter dash), Kiah Seymour (400-meter hurdles) and the 4x400-meter relay team made up of Jones, Seymour, Dynasty McGee and Tichina Rhoades. For more on the Big Ten Championships, click HERE and HERE.

The Big Ten enjoyed a successful 2014 men's outdoor track & field season, highlighted by 15 top-eight finishes at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships and Wisconsin taking home the Big Ten Championship.

NCAA Round-Up: Big Ten student-athletes earned 15 top-eight finishes at the 2014 Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., from June 11-14, en route to All-America honors. Nebraska's Miles Ukaoma won the national title in the 400-meter hurdles, while Minnesota's Wally Ellenson placed second in the high jump. In the team standings, Wisconsin tied for ninth place. For full coverage of the NCAA Championships, click HERE.

All-America Accolades: Sixty-three men's outdoor track & field student-athletes earned USTFCCCA All-America status following their performance at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. For the full list of Big Ten honorees, click HERE.

Elite Honor: For the second year in a row, Nebraska's John Welk was tabbed the winner of the NCAA Elite 89 award, which is awarded to the student-athlete with the highest GPA at the NCAA Championships. For more on Welk's honor, click HERE.

Regional Recognition: Four schools collected regional awards from the USTFCCCA, it was announced on June 8. Student-athletes and coaches from Illinois, Nebraska, Penn State and Purdue earned recognition in three different regions: Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. Purdue's Raheem Mostert was tabbed Track Athlete of the Year, while Boilermaker head coach Lonnie Greene was named Coach of the Year in the Great Lakes Region. Illinois' Mike Turk also collected Coach of the Year honors, while Nebraska's Billy Maxwell and Penn State's Kevin Kelly earned Assistant Coach of the Year recognition. For more on the USTFCCCA awards, click HERE.

And The Awards Go To: The Big Ten Conference announced the 2014 Big Ten men's outdoor track & field individual award winners on May 20th. Wisconsin's Mohammed Ahmed was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year, while Purdue's Raheem Mostert claimed Track Athlete of the Championships honors. Penn State's Darrell Hill was tabbed Field Athlete of the Year and Athlete of the Championships and Minnesota's Trevor Yedoni earned Freshman of the Year laurels. Badger head coach Mick Byrne was named Coach of the Year by his peers. Click HERE for more on the conference's end of the year awards.

Big Ten Champion Badgers: Wisconsin claimed the 2014 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships on May 18th at Rankin Track & Field in West Lafayette, Ind. The Badgers posted three individual crowns en route to their second title in the last three years and 26th overall. Wisconsin totaled 121 points to claim the championship on the strength of first-place finishes from Mohammed Ahmed (5,000-meter run), Reed Connor (10,000-meter run) and Zach Ziemek (decathlon). Wisconsin claimed the top three spots in both the 5,000- and 10,000-meter runs, as Connor and Malachy Schrobilgen followed Ahmed in the 5,000-meters and Ahmed and VanVoorhis finished behind Connor in the 10,000-meters. For more on the Big Ten Championships, click HERE and HERE.

116 Student-Athletes Earn USTFCCCA All-America Status

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
116 Big Ten student-athletes earned USTFCCCA All-American status following the conclusion of the NCAA Outdoor Championships this past weekend. Below is the complete list of conference honorees.

First Team
Men
Keith Brown, IOWA
James Harrington, IOWA
Tevin-Cee Mincy, IOWA
O'Shea Wilson, IOWA
Mason Ferlic, MICH
Wally Ellenson, MINN
Zach Siegmeier, MINN
John Simons, MINN
Jake Bender, NEB
Levi Gipson, NEB
Patrick Raedler, NEB
Cody Rush, NEB
Miles Ukaoma, NEB
Drew Wiseman, NEB
Chad Wright, NEB
Robert Cardina, PSU
Steve Waithe, PSU
Mohammed Ahmed, WIS
Michael Lihrman, WIS
Zach Ziemek, WIS

Women
Kelsie Ahbe, IND
Sydney Clute, IND
Zinnia Miller, IOWA
Erin Finn, MICH
Brook Handler, MICH
Leah O'Connor, MSU
Ellie Ewere, NEB
Maggie Malone, NEB
Jazmin McCoy, NEB
Ashlee Abraham, OSU
Aaliyah Barnes, OSU
Aliyah Everson, OSU
Chesna Sykes, OSU
Mahagony Jones, PSU
Laura Loht, PSU
Dynasty McGee, PSU
Tichina Rhodes, PSU
Kiah Seymour, PSU
Dani Bunch, PUR

Second Team
Men
Kenneth Allen, ILL
Joe McAsey, ILL
Stephon Pamilton, ILL
Brandon Stryganek, ILL
DJ Zahn, ILL
Rorey Hunter, IND
Babatunde Amosu, IOWA
Gabe Hull, IOWA
Derek Sievers, MICH
Kurt Schneider, MSU
Dominique Howard, MINN
Jon Lehman, MINN
Jodi-Rae Blackwood, NEB
Mate Koroknai, NEB
Tibor Koroknai, NEB
Dexter McKenzie, NEB
Tim Thompson, NEB
John Welk, NEB
Armand Austin, OSU
Lamar Bruton, OSU
Timothy Faust, OSU
Jordan Rispress, OSU
Javon Walker, OSU
Darrell Hill, PSU
Brannon Kidder, PSU
Brian Leap, PSU
Tyler Askew, PUR
Chukwuebuka Enekwechi, PUR
Eric Harris, PUR
Andrew Kendrick, PUR
Raheem Mostert, PUR
Alex Brill, WIS

Women
Jesica Ejesieme, ILL
Kyla Buckley, IND
Brittany Brown, IOWA
Elexis Guster, IOWA
Montayla Holder, IOWA
Lake Kwaza, IOWA
Aaron Howell, MICH
Cindy Ofili, MICH
Tori Franklin, MSU
Rachele Schulist, MSU
Devin Stanford, MINN
Veronica Grizzle, NEB
Annie Jackson, NEB
Anne Martin, NEB
Alexis Franklin, OSU
Evonne Britton, PSU
Brittney Howell, PSU
Melissa Kurzdorfer, PSU
Bre'Anna Smith, PUR
Georgia Ellenwood, WIS
Molly Hanson, WIS

Honorable Mention
Men
Cam Viney, ILL
Matthew Schwartzer, IND
Morsi Rayyan, MICH
Antonio James, MSU
Will Lohman, NEB
Sean Pille, NEB
Donovan Robertson, OSU
Matt Fischer, PSU
Caleb Fricke, PUR
Jake Waterman PUR
Danny Block, WIS

Women
Alex Leptich, MICH
Te'Shon Adderly, MINN
Megan Geyen, MINN
Titania Markland, MINN
Jessica Waldvogel, MINN
Mollie Gribbin, NEB
Carlie Pinkelman, NEB
Tierra Williams, NEB
Katie Borchers, OSU
Tori Gerlach, PSU
Aarin Jones, PUR
Taylor Morrison, PUR
Kari Shoolbraid, PUR

For the full list, click here.

Nebraska Duo Sweeps NCAA Elite 89 Award

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Nebraska senior Anne Martin and junior John Welk were honored by the NCAA at the Outdoor Championships on Friday with the NCAA Elite 89 Award. Both Martin and Welk earned the award for being the female and male athletes competing at the outdoor championships with the highest GPA. The honors marked a complete sweep of the prestigious award for Nebraska among the entire NCAA Championship field. It also the second year in a row the duo has claimed the honor.

For the complete release, click here.

Big Ten Medal of Honor Mondays: Wisconsin

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

During the Big Ten's celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, the conference will be featuring "Medal of Honor Mondays" for 12 consecutive weeks, which will highlight a number of Medal of Honor winners from each school. This week, we feature the University of Wisconsin.

Morgan Shields (2004, women's volleyball)
A 2004 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Shields was a four-year letterwinner for Wisconsin, leading the Badgers to two Big Ten Championships and four NCAA Tournament appearances. Shield, who was a setter, ranks first in Wisconsin history in assists per set (12.82) and fourth in total assists (4,076). She is also tied for third in service aces per set (0.35). Shields was tabbed a third-team All-American in 2002 and an Academic All-District pick in 2003. The Watertown, Wis., native was a two-time All-Big Ten selection and Academic All-Big Ten honoree. Following graduation, Shields played professionally in Sweden and Portugal. In 2004, she played and served as the head coach with Katrineholms VK and in 2005, she competed with Club Academio VC.

Kirk Penney (2003, men's basketball)
Penney, who received Wisconsin's Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2003, was the first Badger to earn back-to-back first-team All-Big Ten honors (2002-03) since 1951-52. In 2002, Penney helped Wisconsin clinch a share of its first Big Ten title in 55 years, and he was just the fifth Badger to earn unanimous first-team honors since 1948. He currently ranks second at Wisconsin in career three-point field goals made (217) and attempted (561), ninth in points (1,454) and 10th in field goals made (503). The Auckland, New Zealand, native also ranks first in school history in total NCAA Tournament games (11). A four-year letterwinner, Penney earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2002 and was named an Associated Press honorable mention All-American in 2003. Penney played two seasons in the NBA with the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers and currently plays for Trabzonspor of the Turkish Basketball League.

Erin Byrd (2003, women's volleyball)
Awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2003, Erin Byrd was a four-year letterwinner for the Badgers, leading Wisconsin in digs each season she competed. She helped lead her team to a pair of Big Ten Championships (2001-02) and four NCAA Tournament berths. She is one of just five Badgers to record more than 1,000 digs and 1,000 kills in her career. The outside hitter was a second-team AVCA All-American (2002), a two-time All-Big Ten selection (2001-02), a Big Ten All-Freshman Team pick (1999) and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree (2000-02). The Glen Ellyn, Ill., native tops the Badger record book in consecutive matches played (133) and is fourth in digs (1,397), fifth in digs per set (3.02) and eighth in service aces (120). Following her collegiate career, Byrd played professionally for six years before earning a master's degree in business administration from Wisconsin.

Mike Kelley (2001, men's basketball)
Mike Kelley, the 1999 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, won the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2001. The Menomonee Falls, Wis., native was an integral part of the Badgers' 2000 Final Four Team, earning All-Region honors during the tournament that season. He still holds Wisconsin's all-time record in career steals with 275, a mark that also ranks third in the Big Ten career record books. Kelley was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, collecting the honor in 1999, 2000 and 2001.

Katie Voigt (1998, women's basketball)
Katie Voigt, a 1998 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, led Wisconsin to three NCAA Tournament appearances (1995, 96, 98) during her career. She was tabbed first-team All-Big Ten in 1998 and earned Academic All-Big Ten honors three times. The education and mathematics major was also a CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree in 1996. Voigt ranks among the Badgers' career leaders in numerous categories, including: first in free throw percentage (.831), second in three-point field goals (234), seventh in assists (373) and three-point field goal percentage (.358), and eighth in points (1,576). Following her collegiate career, she played professionally overseas before returning to the U.S., where she joined Athletes in Action, the sports ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ.

John Byce (1990, men's ice hockey)
John Byce, who earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1990, tallied 165 points in 169 career games at Wisconsin. This included a hat trick in the 1990 NCAA championship game, which the Badgers won 7-3 en route to their fifth national title. Within a week of that contest, Byce was playing for the Boston Bruins, helping the team reach the Stanley Cup Finals in 1990. A native of Madison, Wis., Byce played professionally through the 1999-00 season before moving into the corporate real estate business.

Tim Hacker (1986, cross country)
Hacker led the Badgers to NCAA cross country titles in 1982 and 1985, winning the individual title in the latter year. He extended his running career long enough to win a U.S. cross country title at age 35 in 1997. Hacker became a senior scientist in Wisconsin's School of Medicine and director of the school's Cardiovascular Physiology Core Laboratory.

Cathy Branta and John Easker (1985, men's and women's track & field)
Big Ten Medal of Honor winners share a special bond, none more than Wisconsin's 1985 winners, Cathy Branta and John Easker. Branta and Easker were an engaged couple when they ran on the Badgers' cross country and track & field teams, both producing illustrious careers. Branta won 11 Big Ten track & field titles, was a three-time cross country champion (1982-84) and the conference's first national champion in cross country (1984). Easker was a four-time Big Ten track & field title winner and the 1983 conference cross country champion. The couple is married and operates a dairy farm outside of Wausau, Wis.

Ann French (1982, badminton)
The lone badminton player to be honored, Wisconsin's Ann French won the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1982. As a freshman, French was honored with the Broderick Award, given annually to the "outstanding collegiate competitor in badminton." In 1980-81 and 1981-82, French and teammate Claire Allison won the AIAW national doubles title. The Elmhurst, Ill., native was also a four-time All-American.

Mike Eaves (1978, men's ice hockey)
Mike Eaves, who earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1978, is Wisconsin's career points leader with 267 points (94 goals, 173 assists) in 160 career games. A two-time first-team All-American, Eaves was a three-year captain for the Badgers, leading the squad to the 1977 NCAA title. He went on to record 226 points in 324 career games in the NHL before moving into the coaching profession. Eaves took the helm at his alma mater in 2002 and helped the Badgers claim their sixth NCAA crown in 2006. Eaves talked about what winning the Big Ten Medal of Honor meant to him at the inaugural Big Ten Men's Hockey Tournament this year, which his Badgers won. [insert video from Weber]

Douglas R. McFadyen (1970, men's ice hockey)
Douglas R. McFadyen, who earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1970, captained Wisconsin to its first-ever NCAA Tournament berth at the conclusion of the 1969-70 season. The Calgary, Alberta, native skated in 98 games for the Badgers, tallying 82 points on 15 goals and 67 assists from the blue line. A three-time letterwinner, McFadyen led the team's defensemen in points in 1967-68 (35 points) and 1969-70 (16 points).

Pat Richter (1963, football)
A three-sport standout in football, basketball and baseball, Pat Richter earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1963. He was a consensus All-American in 1962, leading Wisconsin to the Big Ten Championship and the Rose Bowl Game. Also that season, he was an Academic All-American and was part of the Academic All-America Hall of Fame Class of 1995. He played for the Washington Redskins from 1963-70 after being selected in the first round of the 1963 NFL Draft. Richter later assumed the role of director of athletics at Wisconsin, serving from 1989-2004. His name appears on the Big Ten's Richter-Howard Wide Receiver of the Year trophy.

As the Big Ten continues to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Wisconsin announced that Reed Connor from the track & field and cross country team and Mary Massei of the softball team have been named Wisconsin's 2013-14 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients.

For the complete release, click here.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 97

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Father/Son duo
Purdue's Robbie Hummel was awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2012, while his father, Glenn, won the award in 1976 while playing tennis for Illinois. The younger Hummel was a three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection, finishing his collegiate career with 1,772 points, 862 rebounds and 268 assists. The three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree was Purdue's first-ever Senior CLASS Award winner, while he also helped lead Team USA to the bronze medal at the 2009 World University Games. As for Robbie's father, Glenn was a four-year letterwinner for the Illini, earning All-Big Ten distinction his senior season. He was just the second Illinois men's tennis player to earn the Big Ten Medal of Honor.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 96

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Minnesota's Matt Nohelty (2009, baseball)
Matt Nohelty was an All-Big Ten pick all four years of his college baseball career, including first-team honors in 2007 and 2008. His career .366 batting average is ranked eighth in Gopher history, and he led the Big Ten in runs scored (69) and was second in stolen bases (26) as a senior. In the classroom, Nohelty was a first-team Academic All-American twice and a third-team selection as a sophomore. He was a Lowe's Senior CLASS Award nominee and a four-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. Nohelty was twice selected in the Major League Baseball Draft and is now lead Software Engineer at Thomson Reuters and just finished a Master's Degree in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota. To read more about Nohelty's college experience and what winning the Big Ten Medal of Honor meant to him, read this Q&A.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 95

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Ohio State's Laura Murray (2000, pistol)
Murray won the NRA Collegiate National Champion in women's air pistol and sport pistol and led the Buckeyes to their first women's and open national championships in pistol. In 2000, she was named first-team All-American in standard and women's sport pistol and second-team in air pistol. One of just two women's pistol Big Ten Medal of Honor winners in program history, Murray was a U.S. Navy Nurse Corps Officer and worked at the Naval Hospital in Pensacola, Fla., before becoming a staff nurse in the medical surgical unit at Onslow Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, N.C. She was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013.

Current Big Ten Golfer Set to Compete in U.S. Open

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Illinois' Brian Campbell is set to compete in the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst. Campbell qualified for the U.S. Open by tying for fourth at the Daly City, California, sectional qualifier on June 2. He is coming off an impressive junior season in which he earned All-America honors - the first of his career - by tying for ninth at the 2014 NCAA Championships, including a final-round 63 that tied the course record at Prairie Dunes (at the configuration used for the NCAA Championships). He also was named the 2014 Big Ten Player of the Year and broke Luke Guthrie's single-season stroke average record with a 71.08 mark.

For live stats, click here.

Illinois release

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 94

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Northwestern's Marty Riessen (1964, tennis)
Marty Riessen won a career Grand Slam in mixed doubles with Australia's Margaret Court and seven mixed doubles majors overall. He also won two Grand Slam titles in men's doubles. Riessen swept Big Ten singles and doubles titles for three consecutive years and lost in the NCAA singles final in each of those years. A two-year letterwinner, he was a five-time member of the U.S. Davis Cup team and Dunlop Sport named one of its wooden racquets the "Marty Riessen."
Three Indiana Hoosiers were named All-Americans by Baseball America on Wednesday, including two first-team honorees. Dustin DeMuth and Kyle Schwarber each garnered first-team honors, while Sam Travis was named to the second team. It is a repeat honor for Schwarber and DeMuth, who garnered second- and third-team honors, respectively, in 2013. It is the second All-America accolade for the trio this season, as each earned Louisville Slugger All-America status by Collegiate Baseball Magazine.

Also announced on Wednesday, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association revealed its All-America teams, which included four Big Ten standouts. Indiana's DeMuth, Joey DeNato and Schwartber each earned second-team honors, while Michigan State designated hitter Bliase Salter was named to the third team.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 93

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Illinois' Tim Simon (1988, track)
The 1988 Big Ten Medal of Honor winner, Simon finished third in the 400 meters at the 1988 NCAA Championships behind two UCLA sprinters who won medals at that year's Seoul Olympics. Simon still holds the Illini record of 44.88 seconds in the 400 meters. He was tabbed Big Ten Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year in 1988, the same year he was named Athlete of both the Indoor and Outdoor Championships. After graduation, Simon earned a medical degree from Howard University and has been a colon and rectal surgeon in Georgia since 2002.

Big Ten Softball in the Polls

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

In the final polls of the 2014 season, three Big Ten teams appeared among the top 25 of the NFCA Coaches poll, while four conference squads received top 25 nods in the USA Softball ballot. In the coaches' poll, Michigan checked in at No. 10, followed by No. 15 Minnesota and No. 16 Nebraska. Northwestern and Wisconsin also received votes. In the USA Softball ballot, Michigan led the way at No. 10, followed by No. 14 Minnesota, No. 17 Nebraska and No. 24 Wisconsin. Northwestern also received votes.

The Wolverines finished the season with a 47-15 record, won their seventh consecutive Big Ten title and qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the 20th consecutive season. The Golden Gophers advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the ninth time in program history and finished the season with a 44-12 mark. The Cornhuskers earned a share of the Big Ten title, posted the seventh 40-win regular season in school history and won an NCAA Regional title for the eighth time in program history. The Badgers finished the season with 36 wins, just the second-highest total in school history, and won a pair of NCAA Tournament games for just the second time. The Wildcats concluded their season with a 35-18 overall record after advancing to their sixth NCAA Regional championship game in the last 10 years.

Eleven Big Ten rowers earned All-America recognition by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA), it was announced on Monday. Additionally, Indiana head coach Steve Peterson was tabbed Division I Coach of the Year and the entire Indiana staff was named the Division I Staff of the Year. The full list of Big Ten honorees are below.

First Team
Mera Dickensheets, IND
Jessica Eiffert, MICH
Bryna Oleshansky, MICH
Claire-Louise Bode, OSU
Victoria Lazur, OSU
Holly Norton, OSU
Catherine Shields, OSU

Second Team
Morgan Grastorf, IOWA
Amanda Elmore, MICH
Ashley Bauer, OSU
Anne Rauschert, WIS

For the full releases, click here and here.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 92

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Iowa's Lindsey Meder (2002, women's basketball)
A two-time Academic All-American and first-team All-Big Ten selection, Meder was awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2002. In her four years, she led the Hawkeyes to three NCAA Championship appearances, a Big Ten title (1998) and a Big Ten Tournament crown (2001). The Solon, Iowa, native ranks second all-time in scoring (1,906) and first in three-point field goals (261) for the Hawkeyes. Her three-point field goals made also ranks fifth in the Big Ten record book. Meder was taken by the Minnesota Lynx in the 2002 WNBA Draft. Following her professional career, she returned to Iowa for dental school and is currently a practicing endodontist.

Five Schools Take Home USTFCCCA Regional Awards

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Five schools collected regional awards from the USTFCCC, it was announced on Sunday. Student-athletes and coaches from Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska, Penn State and Purdue earned recognition in three different regions: Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest.

Michigan's Erin Finn and Purdue's Raheem Mostert were tabbed Track Athlete of the Year in the Great Lakes Region, while Boilermaker head coach Lonnie Greene picked up Coach of the Year laurels. Penn State earned three out of the four coaching honors in the Mid-Atlantic Region, as head coach Beth Aldord-Sullivan was named Coach of the Year, Kevin Kelly and Randy Bungard collected Men's and Women's Assistant Coaches of the Year recognition, respectively. In the Midwest Region, Illinois' Mike Turk took home the Coach of the Year award, while Nebraska's Billy Maxwell and Carrie Lane were named Men's and Women's Assistant Coaches of the Year.

For the full list of honorees, click here.

2014 Big Ten Rowing Season In Review

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

The 2014 Big Ten rowing season came to a close at the NCAA Championships, where Ohio State claimed its second consecutive national team title after earning first-place finishes in the first varsity eight and second varsity eight.

We Are The Champions: The Ohio State rowing team made program history at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, claiming its second consecutive national team title after earning first-place finishes in the first varsity eight and second varsity eight. The Buckeyes are the fifth rowing team to win two-straight crowns and the first since Brown in 2007 and 2008. The Ohio State first varsity eight, made up Aina Cid Centelles, Elodie Ravera, Eelkje Miedema, Ashley Bauer, Stephanie Williams, Catherine Shields, Holly Norton, Claire-Louise Bode and coxswain Victoria Lazur, crossed the finish line in 6:44.48 to close out the season with a perfect 12-0 record. The second varsity eight crew of Daphne Socha, Chloe Meyer, Nicole Becks, Lauren Eckles, Meghan Birkbeck, Anne Dietrich, Katie King, Taylore Urban and coxswain Sami Jurofsky posted a winning time of 6:59.43, less than three seconds ahead of second-place Princeton. For more NCAA coverage, click HERE.

On To The Main Event: Four Big Ten teams were selected for the 2014 NCAA Division I Rowing Championships as Indiana, Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin earned berths into the national event, marking the fifth time in the last six years four conference teams have participated in the NCAA Championships. For the full release, click HERE.

We Are The Champions Pt. 2: Ohio State won its fifth Big Ten title at the 2014 Big Ten Rowing Championships at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis. The crown marked the second-consecutive conference title for the Buckeyes and third in the last four years. Ohio State recorded 164 points, a new championships record, on the strength of five first-place finishes. The Buckeyes tallied wins in the first varsity eight, second varsity eight, first varsity four, second varsity four and third varsity four races. For complete coverage of the Big Ten Championships, click HERE and HERE.

And The Awards Go To: The Big Ten office announced on Wednesday, May 21, the rowing individual award winners, as chosen by the conference coaches. Ohio State's Catherine Shields was named Big Ten Athlete of the Year, while Indiana's Alice Wright was tabbed Freshman of the Year. Buckeye head coach Andy Teitelbaum earned Coach of the Year honors. For more on the end of the year honors, click HERE.

Regional Honors: Eighteen Big Ten rowers were named to the All-Central Region teams by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches of America (CRCA). Nominated student-athletes were evaluated on the strength of their team's regional finish, coaches' recommendations and 2,000-meter erg score. Nominees must have been eligible student-athletes who have competed in their teams' varsity boat in 75 percent of races this season. For the complete list of Big Ten honorees, click HERE.

National Recognition: Eleven Big Ten rowers earned All-America recognition by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA), it was announced on Monday, June 9th. The full list of Big Ten honorees can be found HERE.

Coach Em Up: The Indiana rowing coaching staff was named Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Central Region Staff of the Year and Division I Staff of the Year. The Hoosiers' staff led Indiana to its first NCAA Championships berth where IU finished 11th overall. Indiana spent most of the season ranked No. 13 in the CRCA/USRowing Coaches poll. The Hoosiers finished fourth at the Big Ten Championships, the program's best finish at the championships. Additionally, head coach Steve Peterson was tabbed Central Regional Coach of the Years and Division I Coach of the Year.

Head Of The Class: Thirty-one Big Ten rowers were tabbed scholar athletes by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA). To be eligible for the honor, student-athlete must have met all eligibility rules as defined by her institution, be in at least her second year of eligibility, rowed in her institution's NCAA or IRA eligible boat(s) for a minimum of 75% of the season's races and have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA. For the complete list of Big Ten honorees, click HERE.

Academic All-District: Wisconsin's Elizabeth Schoenfeldt was named to the Capital One Academic All-District, it was announced on Thursday, May 15th. 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.

Big Ten Medal of Honor Mondays: Purdue

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

During the Big Ten's celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, the conference will be featuring "Medal of Honor Mondays" for 12 consecutive weeks, which will highlight a number of Medal of Honor winners from each school. This week, we feature Purdue University.

Robbie Hummel (2012, men's basketball)
A 2012 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Hummel was a three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection, finishing his collegiate career with 1,772 points, 862 rebounds and 268 assists. The three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree was Purdue's first-ever Senior CLASS Award winner, and also helped lead Team USA to the bronze medal at the 2009 World University Games. A two-time Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American, Hummel played internationally for one year before signing with the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves in September 2013. The Valparaiso, Ind., native played in 53 games during his rookie season. Hummel's father, Glenn, was Illinois' 1976 Big Ten Medal of Honor winner.

Ariel Turner (2012, women's volleyball)
Purdue's Ariel Turner is the university's only women's volleyball player to earn the Big Ten Medal of Honor. The 2012 Capital One Academic All-American of the Year, Turner was a two-time Academic All-America honoree, two-time AVCA All-America honoree, a Senior CLASS Award finalist and unanimous All-Big Ten selection in 2011. Turner also was the 2011 Big Ten Player of the Year and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.

Drew Brees (2001, football)
Drew Brees ended his collegiate career holding numerous school and conference records en route to winning Big Ten Medal of Honor laurels in 2001. He was not only an All-American and a Maxwell Award winner on the field, but he was also named Academic All-America of the Year as a senior. He guided the Boilermakers to the Big Ten Championship in 2000 and their first Rose Bowl appearance since 1967. Drafted in 2001, he is currently an 8-time Pro-Bowler. Brees won Super Bowl XLIV in 2009 and was named game MVP. He became one of the many faces of the New Orleans community following the Hurricane Katrina tragedy by establishing numerous charitable foundations to help the area in its recovery.

Stephanie White (1999, women's basketball)
A 1999 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient, Purdue's Stephanie White is the only player in conference history to record more than 2,000 points, 500 assists and 250 steals. After leading the Boilermakers to the national title in 1999, White earned the Honda Award and Wade Trophy and was named Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year. The 1999 Academic All-American of the Year, White was a two-time All-American and Academic All-American. Following her collegiate career, White played five seasons in the WNBA before entering the coaching realm. Formerly an assistant coach with the Indiana Fever, White will begin as head coach next season. She currently serves as a college basketball analyst for BTN and ESPN. She was inducted into the Purdue Hall of Fame in 2005.

Joy Holmes (1991, women's basketball)
Purdue's first women's basketball All-American, Holmes earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1991, the same year she was named Big Ten Player of the Year and Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year. She ranks among the Top 10 in various Boilermaker career categories, including third in steals (323), fourth in field-goal percentage (56 percent), sixth in field goals (682) and free throws made (372), seventh in points (1,747) and blocks (131) and ninth in rebounds (744). The Mansfield, Ohio, native was a three-time first team All-Big Ten selection and led Purdue to the 1991 Big Ten Championship and three NCAA Tournament appearances. Holmes was named to the Big Ten's All-Decade Team and has been inducted into the Purdue Hall of Fame. Her son, Gary Harris, played basketball for Michigan State and was the 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year.

Jane Neff (1983, women's volleyball)
Purdue's first recognized volleyball All-American, Jane Neff was awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1983. The four-year letterwinner led the Boilermakers to a Big Ten Championship in her senior season (1982) and two NCAA Tournament berths. A middle hitter, Neff ranks in the Purdue Top 10 in seven career categories, including fourth in total blocks (523). She also holds the record for most solo blocks in a season (75) and led the Boilermakers in hitting percentage and total blocks for three of her four seasons.  The Kettering, Ohio, native was Purdue's team MVP in 1981 and 1982 and was tabbed a first-team Academic All-American in 1982. She was named to the Big Ten All-Decade team in 1992 and inducted into the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 1994.

John Konsek (1960, men's golf)
John Konsek won the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1960. Konsek's Boilermaker teams were Big Ten champions from 1958-60, and he was an All-American all three of those years. He also was the Big Ten individual champion for those three consecutive seasons, once beating Ohio State's Jack Nicklaus by two strokes in the 1960 Big Ten Tournament. Nicklaus once said: "If John had turned professional, he definitely would be in the Hall of Fame." While Nicklaus became the world's top golfer, Konsek went on to be a physician specializing in internal medicine.

John Wooden (1932, men's basketball)
John Wooden was named the Big Ten Medal of Honor honoree in 1932, after winning the national championship and graduating with a degree in English. He was the first player to be named an All-American three times while at Purdue. As a coach at UCLA, Wooden's Bruins won an unprecedented 10 championships in a 12-year period and achieved an 88-game winning streak. Wooden was named national coach of the year six times and became the first person ever to be enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player (1961) and a coach (1973).  Wooden's "Pyramid of Success," which simply describes how to be successful in both sports and life, is still referenced regularly to this day.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 90

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Michigan State's Robert Jasson (1958, Hockey)
Jasson, who earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1958, tallied 34 points from the blue line between 1955-56 and 1957-58. Named the team's Most Valuable Player at the conclusion of the 1956-57 campaign, Jasson helped lead the Spartans to their first winning record in program history in 1957-58. A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Jasson was a two-year captain for Michigan State, wearing the "C" in 1956-57 and 1957-58. He was just the second two-year captain in program history.

Twenty-One Big Ten Players Chosen in MLB Draft

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Twenty-one Big Ten players were selected during the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft, held Thursday through Saturday. Indiana led all programs with five players selected, while Iowa and Nebraska each had three standouts chosen. Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue each had two players selected, while Illinois, Minnesota, Northwestern and Ohio State each had one player chosen in the annual draft. A full list of the drafted Big Ten standouts can be found below.

Round (Overall)
1 (4). Kyle Schwarber, C, IND (Chicago Cubs)
2 (67). Sam Travis, 1B, IND (Boston)
5 (146). Dustin DeMuth, 3B, IND (Milwaukee)
8 (239). Jake Yacinich, SS, IOWA (Los Angeles Angels)
12 (350). Pat Kelly, 2B, NEB (Minnesota)
14 (435). James Bourque, RHP, MICH (Washington)
15 (455). Jimmy Pickens, OF, MSU (Cincinnati)
18 (532). Sean McHugh, C, PUR (Philadelphia)
19 (558). Aaron Bummer, LHP, NEB (Chicago White Sox)
19 (562). Joey DeNato, LHP, IND (Philadelphia)
19 (566). Zach Hirsch, LHP, NEB (Milwaukee)
20 (610). Trent Szkutnik, LHP, MICH (Detroit)
22 (662). Jake Kelzer, RHP, IND (New York Yankees)
23 (682). Joel Fisher, C, MSU (Philadelphia)
25 (743). Alec Crawford, RHP, MINN (Colorado)
29 (857). Greg Greve, RHP, OSU (Miami)
30 (899). Ronnie Muck, RHP, ILL (Los Angeles Angels)
35 (1039). Jordan Minch, LHP, PUR (Chicago Cubs)
38 (1131). Taylor Zeutenhorst, OF, IOWA (Seattle)
38 (1155). Sasha Kuebel, LHP, IOWA (St. Louis)
39 (1185). Kyle Ruchim, 2B, NU (St. Louis)

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 89

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
George MacKinnon (Minnesota, 1929, football)
George MacKinnon was an All-American center who served as a U.S. Navy officer during World War II. George MacKinnon was a center for the football team and a three-time letterwinner from 1926-28. During those three seasons, the team complied a 17-5-2 record, including going undefeated during the 1927 season. That 6-0-2 record led the Gophers to a Co-Big Ten Championship title. He became an attorney involved in high-profile labor racketeering cases and later a politician. MacKinnon served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia from 1969-83.

DeMuth, Yacinich Selected on MLB Draft's Second Day

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Indiana third baseman Dustin DeMuth and Iowa shortstop Jake Yacinich were both selected on the second day of the 2014 MLB Draft on Friday. DeMuth was picked by the Milwaukee Brewers with the 11th pick in the fifth round, becoming the third Hoosier player selected following teammates Kyle Schwarber and Sam Travis on Thursday. With the 14th pick in the eighth round, The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim selected Yacinich. Both DeMuth and Yacinich were first-team All-Big Ten selections last season and are the third and fourth conference players selected in this year's draft.

Eight Big Ten Tennis Players Named All-Americans

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
A total of eight Big Ten tennis players earned 2014 ITA All-America recognition, the organization announced on Thursday, including seven men's tennis standouts and one women's tennis student-athlete. Illinois led all men's programs with four honorees as both Jared Hiltzik and Farris Gosea earned singles honors while Tim Kopinski and Ross Guignon garnered accolades in doubles. Minnesota's Leandro Toledo was named a singles All-American after reaching the Round of 16 at the NCAA Championships last month. Ohio State added a pair of honorees as the national runner-up tandem of Peter Kobelt and Kevin Metka earned All-America status in doubles. Kobelt also was named a singles All-American, making him one of just seven men's tennis players to be named an All-American in both singles and doubles this season. He is now a four-time All-American, having achieved the same feat last season. On the women's side, Michigan's Emina Bektas was named an All-American for the second time in her career, earning the honor in singles this season after garnering the accolade in doubles last season.

To earn ITA All-America honors, a student-athlete must achieve one of the following:

- Singles - Top 16 seed in NCAA Singles Championship; reach round of 16 in NCAA Singles Championship; finish in the Top 20 of final ITA National Singles Rankings

- Doubles - Top eight seed in NCAA Doubles Championship; reach quarterfinals in NCAA Doubles Championship; finish in the Top 10 of final ITA National Doubles Rankings

ITA Release

Schwarber Named District V Player of the Year by NCBWA

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
After being selected fourth overall in the MLB Draft on Thursday, Indiana's Kyle Schwarber was named the District V Player of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association on Friday. He earns the accolade for the second straight year after garnering second-team Louisville Slugger All-America honors. Schwarber ended the year with 14 home runs, 66 runs and 153 total bases, ranking seventh, fourth and fifth in the nation, respectively. He is a finalist for the Johnny Bench Award, garnered unanimous All-Big Ten status and Most Outstanding Player status at the Big Ten Tournament.
As the Big Ten continues to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Michigan State announced that Kristen Henn from the field hockey team and Greg Wolfe of the ice hockey team have been named Michigan State's 2013-14 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients.

For the full release, click here.
Two Indiana standouts were taken on the first night of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft on Thursday. Catcher Kyle Schwarber was selected by the Chicago Cubs with the fourth overall pick, becoming the highest Big Ten player selected in the draft since Michigan State pitcher Mark Mulder was the second selection in the 1998 draft. Schwarber was a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection, the Big Ten Tournament's Most Outstanding Player and a finalist for the Johnny Bench Award, given annually to the nation's top catcher. First baseman Sam Travis was selected in the second round, 67th overall, to the Boston Red Sox. The Big Ten Player of the Year and unanimous All-Big Ten choice, Travis led the conference with 85 hits and 58 RBI in 2014. He was a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award.

Twelve Big Ten student-athletes earned Capital One Academic All-America distinction, as announced on Thursday. Ohio State's Michael Newburger was tabbed the Capital One All-America of the Year. The complete list of Big Ten Academic All-America award recipients can be found below.

Men's Capital One Academic All-America
First Team
Nick Caldwell, WIS - swimming & diving
Connor Jaeger, MICH - swimming & diving
Michael Newburger, OSU - gymnastics*
David Taylor, PSU - wrestling

Second Team
Eric Ress, IND - swimming & diving

Third Team
Jamie Bissett, PUR - swimming & diving

*Academic All-America of the Year

Women's Capital One Academic All-America
First Team
Emily Wong, NEB - gymnastics

Second Team
Kimberly Dinh, WIS - golf
Brooklynn Snodgrass, IND - swimming & diving

Third Team
Courtney Beidler, MICH - swimming & diving
Shae Fournier, IND - water polo
Gabrielle Shishkoff, PSU - swimming & diving

For the complete release, click here.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 87

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Wisconsin's Erik Raygor (1998, men's ice hockey)
During his four years as a forward at Wisconsin, Erik Raygor made quite the impression on the ice and in the community. A three-year letter winner from 1994-1998, Raygor recorded 86 points in 130 games for the Badgers. He was awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1998, the same year that he earned the Hockey Humanitarian Award, given annually to the college hockey player who best exemplifies personal character and commitment to studies.

In The Polls

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Fourteen Big Ten men's tennis players and 10 doubles pairs have been ranked nationally in the final ITA singles and doubles polls of the season, released on Wednesday. The complete list of Big Ten singles and doubles players can be found below.

Singles
8. Peter Kobelt, OSU
12. Jared Hiltzik, ILL
20. Farris Gosea, ILL
36. Leandro Toledo, MINN
45. Leonard Stakhovsky, PSU
53. Raleigh Smith, NU
67. Tim Kopinski, ILL
85. Alex Petrone, MICH
97. Ralf Steinbach, OSU
101. Dusty Boyer, NEB
103. Sam Monette, IND
118. Sam Shropshire, NU
121. Jonas Dierckx, IOWA
123. Oskar Wikberg, WIS

Doubles
2. Peter Kobelt/Kevin Metka, OSU
6. Tim Kopinski/Ross Guignon, ILL
14. Peter Kobelt/Ralf Steinbach, OSU
23. Russell Bader/Leonard Stakhovsky, PSU
35. Mathieu Froment/Jack Hamburg, MINN
36. Mihir Kumar/Raleigh Smith, NU
37. Barrett Franks/Alex Buzzi, MICH
44. Sam Monette/Daniel Bednarczyk, IND
61. Ricky Medinilla/Szymon Tatarczyk, PUR
68. Diego Acosta/Aaron Dujovne, PUR

The final ITA College Tennis Rankings, which were released on May 27, included Nine Big Ten teams. Following its run to the NCAA quarterfinals, Ohio State claimed the No. 5 spot. Illinois (No. 11) and Penn State (No. 24) joined Ohio State in the top 25, followed by Northwestern (No. 33), Michigan (No. 39) and Purdue (No. 42) in the top 50. Minnesota checked in at No. 54, with Michigan State (No. 62) and Indiana (No. 64) also within the top 65.

For the complete polls, click here.

In The Polls

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Eight Big Ten women's tennis players and 10 doubles pairs have been ranked nationally in the final ITA singles and doubles polls of the season, released on Wednesday. The complete list of Big Ten singles and doubles players can be found below. 

Singles
16. Emina Bektas, MICH
29. Ronit Yurovsky, MICH
36. Belinda Niu, NU
56. Veronica Corning, NU
96. Gabriella De Santis, OSU
105. Ruth Seaborne, IOWA
108. Sarah Lee, MICH
119. Amy Zhu, MICH

Doubles

19. Brooke Bolender/Emina Bektas, MICH
25. Veronica Corning/Alicia Barnett, NU
43. Ronit Yurovsky/Sarah Lee, MICH
58. Krisztina Kapitany/Mara Schmidt, PUR
59. Carolyn Chupa/Katie Klyczek, IND
62. Erin Faulkner/Marina Bohrer, MSU
63. Gabriella De Santis/Sandy Niehaus, OSU
68. Grainne O'Neill/Noelle Malley, OSU
88. Maddie Lipp/Nida Hamilton, NU
89. Sarah Lee/Amy Zhu, MICH

The final ITA College Tennis Rankings, which were released on May 27, included seven Big Ten women's tennis teams. Northwestern led all conference squads in the rankings, coming in at No. 15. Michigan joined Northwestern in the top 20, checking in at No. 17, followed by Ohio State (No. 37), Purdue (No. 43) and Illinois (No. 45) in the top 50. Indiana (No. 51) and Minnesota (No. 69) rounded out the Big Ten contingent.

For the complete polls, click here.
As the Big Ten continues to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Minnesota announced that Sara Moulton from the softball team and Derek Toomey of the men's swimming & diving team have been named Minnesota's 2013-14 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients.

For the full release, click here.

Six Garner Freshman All-America Accolades

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Six Big Ten newcomers garnered Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America status by Collegiate Baseball Magazine, it was announced on Wednesday. Illinois' Adam Walton, Michigan's Brett Adcock and Carmen Benedetti, Nebraska's Ryan Boldt and Ohio State's Ronnie Dawson and Tanner Tully each garnered the honor after also earning conference All-Freshman Team honors this season. Tully was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, and along with Dawson and Walton, were second-team All-Big Ten selections.

Illinois Release
Michigan Release
Ohio State Release
Nebraska Release

Indiana's Schwarber Named Johnny Bench Award Finalist

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Indiana junior catcher Kyle Schwarber has been named one of three finalists for the 2014 Johnny Bench Award as announced by the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission on Tuesday. The award is given to the top Division I catcher in the country. Schwarber is a finalist along with Mississippi's Will Allen and Kennesaw State's Max Pentecost. A final vote among the national committee will occur during the College World Series. All Finalists will be brought to Wichita and the winner will be announced at the 17th Annual Greater Wichita Banquet on June 26. Schwarber finished the 2014 season batting .358 with 14 home runs, 48 RBI with a slugging percentage of .659. In his final eight games for the Hoosiers (Big Ten Tournament and NCAA Regional), the Middletown, Ohio, native batted .469 (15-for-32) with four home runs, 12 RBI and slugged .938 during that stretch. He was named the Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player and to the All-Tournament team at the NCAA Bloomington Regional.

Full Indiana Release

Indiana Coaching Staff Earns CRCA Honors

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
The Indiana Rowing coach staff has been named Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Central Region Staff of the Year, announced by the association on Monday, June 2. The Hoosiers' staff led Indiana to its first NCAA Championships berth where IU finished 11th overall. Indiana spent most the season ranked No. 13 in the CRCA/USRowing Coaches poll. The Hoosiers finished fourth at the Big Ten Championships, the program's best finish at the championships. Additionally, head coach Steve Peterson was tabbed Central Regional Coach of the Year.


As the Big Ten continues to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Northwestern announced that Marisa Bast from the softball team and Raleigh Smith of the men's tennis team have been selected Northwestern's 2013-14 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients.

For the full release, click here.

NHL Update - Stanley Cup Final

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

A total of three players from Big Ten schools will skate for the National Hockey League's ultimate prize when the Stanley Cup Final opens on Wednesday night in Los Angeles. New York Rangers teammates Carl Hagelin (Michigan), Ryan McDonagh (Wisconsin) and Derek Stepan (Wisconsin) will face the Los Angeles Kings with each player looking to hoist the Stanley Cup for the first time in their career.

Hagelin, McDonagh and Stepan each have made significant impacts to help the Rangers reach the Stanley Cup Final. McDonagh and Stepan are tied for the team points lead with 13 apiece while Hagelin is tied for the team lead in goals with six. McDonagh has logged more ice time than any New York skater, averaging more than 25 minutes per game.

In all, 35 players from Big Ten schools have won the Stanley Cup a total of 49 times. With 12 different players whose names have been inscribed on the Stanley Cup, Wisconsin leads all schools across the nation. Minnesota is fourth with eight different players that have won the Cup, followed by Michigan and Michigan State in a tie for fifth place with seven different NHL champions. Wisconsin holds the national lead with a total of 17 Stanley Cup wins among its alums while Michigan is tied for third with 13 total NHL crowns.

Wisconsin's last player to win the Stanley Cup was Davis Drewiske, who did so with Los Angeles in 2012. Michigan is aiming for its first NHL champion since 2010, when former Wolverine John Madden and former Badger Adam Burish helped lead the Chicago Blackhawks to the title. Michigan State and Minnesota boasts the most recent players with their names on the Stanley Cup, with former Spartan Duncan Keith and former Gopher Nick Leddy teaming up on Chicago's 2013 championship-winning squad.

Big Ten Medal of Honor Mondays: Penn State

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

During the Big Ten's celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, the conference will be featuring "Medal of Honor Mondays" for 12 consecutive weeks, which will highlight a number of Medal of Honor winners from each school. This week, we feature Penn State University.

Adrian Evans (2014, men's gymnastics)
Evans closed out his collegiate career with a top-20 performance at the 2014 NCAA national championship team finals. During his final campaign in the Blue and White, he recorded four top-10 finishes on the pommel horse, highlighted by a second-place finish against Temple. This season he was also selected as one of nine finalists for the 2014 Nissen-Emery Award. Widely regarded as one of the most prestigious honors in collegiate gymnastics, Evans became the 26th Nissen-Emery finalist in Penn State program history. He also was named a recipient of the 2014 Ernest B. McCoy Memorial Award, which is presented annually to one Penn State senior male and one senior female student-athlete who have combined successful athletic participation with academic excellence.
In 2013, Evans garnered his second consecutive All-America honor on the pommel horse at the 2013 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships. Outside of the gym, the advertising major and 2014 team captain earned College Gymnastics Association All-America Scholar-Athlete honors the last three consecutive seasons, while also earning a spot on the Academic All-Big Ten team each year.

Emily Giannotti (2014, women's track & field)
Giannotti, who is majoring in rehabilitation and human services, has been a fixture on the Nittany Lion women's track and cross country teams during her career. On the course, this long-distance runner competed in three NCAA Cross Country Championships (2011-13), leading Penn State to a berth in the 2013 Championships. Giannotti also earned All-Region status with a 21st-place finish at the 2012 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional, which the former All-Big Ten member helped the Nittany Lions win. Giannotti helped Penn State capture the Big Ten women's indoor and outdoor track and field championships in 2013-14. On the national scene, the Coudersport, Pa., native qualified for the 2013 NCAA Eastern Preliminary Round in the 10,000 meters and in the steeplechase event in 2012. A graduate student, she placed third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships. She also won the 2014 Ernest B. McCoy Memorial Award this year.

John Urschel (2013, football)
Urschel, who claimed the Big Ten Medal of Honor in May of 2013, was a first-team All-Big Ten honoree in 2012, starting all 12 games at right tackle and helping the Nittany Lions lead the Big Ten in total offense during the conference season. The 2013 Campbell Trophy winner and 84th AAU Sullivan Award winner, he earned his bachelor's degree in less than three years on campus. He earned his first master's degree in Math last May and is currently working on his second master's in Math Education. He has taught Integral Vector Calculus and Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry, as well as researched multigrid methods and computational mathematics. He also has had a paper published last spring in the journal, Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronom titled "Instabilities of the Sun-Jupiter-Asteroid Three Body Problem".

Joanna Lohman (2005, women's soccer)
Lohman was the first four-time First Team All-Big Ten selection in the school's history and captained the Nittany Lions soccer team in 2002-2003. She was Big Ten Player of the Year in 2003 and led Penn State to their fourth straight conference title. Her 3.98 GPA while studying business earned her four-time Academic All-American honors. After playing professionally, Lohman moved to Spain with her partner and founded the JoLi Academy, a training center for young female soccer players in India and helped launch an organization that encourages schools to create safer spaces for lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual and questioning athletes called GO! Athletes. As Vice President of Tenant Consulting, LLC, a commercial real estate firm in the Washington, D.C., area, she also helped create the first "carbon neutral calculator" for office buildings, resulting in an invitation to meet former Vice President Al Gore.

John Amaechi (1995, men's basketball)
A 1995 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient, Amaechi scored 1,310 points in three seasons at Penn State, which is the most points scored for a Nittany Lion in less than four seasons. He was a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 1995, a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, a two-time Academic All-American and was named the Academic All-American of the Year in 1995. One of just five players to post at least 1,300 points and 700 rebounds at Penn State, Amaechi played five seasons in the NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic and Utah Jazz. After his NBA career, Amaechi helped England earn the bronze medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. The Manchester, England, native was the first and only Briton to have his jersey hung in the U.S. Basketball Hall of Fame. Amaechi is currently an organizational consultant, a New York Times best-selling author and a social entrepreneur in America and Europe.

Helen Holloway (1994, women's basketball)
A 1994 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Holloway led Penn State to its first Big Ten Championship during her senior season. She guided the Lady Lions to four NCAA Tournament appearances, tallying 1,022 points and 598 rebounds in her career. Holloway was a two-time All-Big Ten selection and was tabbed the Atlantic 10 Freshman of the Year in 1991. She led her team in scoring during the 1993-94 season and was named to the NCAA Midwest All-Region team in 1994.

Michele Robinson (1992, women's volleyball)
Michele Robinson became the first Penn State female to collect the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1992. A four-year letterwinner for the Nittany Lions, Robinson's teams compiled a 140-18 (.890) record during her collegiate career, winning conference championships in 1988, 1989 and 1990. She was a two-time Academic all-conference selection. Following her collegiate career, Robinson spent four years in the U.S. Navy, where she competed nationally and internationally on the All-Navy and All-Armed Forces Volleyball Team.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 83

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Current golf coaches
After winning the Big Ten Medal of Honor for their careers in women's golf, Michigan State's Aimee Neff and Caroline Powers are currently pursuing coaching careers for their respective schools. Neff, who won the award in 2011, is in her first season as the assistant coach for the Spartans. She was a first-team All-Big Ten selection and helped Michigan State win its ninth Big Ten Championship in 2011. Powers, a volunteer assistant coach for the Spartans, was the Big Ten Player of the Year in 2013. She helped Michigan State win two Big Ten Championships (2011-12) and earned first-team All-Big Ten honors three times. Powers holds the school record with a 74.26 career stroke average. 
Multimedia Store