Monday, March 23, 2009

WAC TOP TEN (March 14-23)

Check out the latest and greatest in the WAC with our Top Ten picks from the past week!

10. Southern Utah junior Elise Wheeler earned WAC Gymnast of the Year honors. Wheeler landed a 9.825 on the bars en route to claiming the all-around title with a score of 39.325

9. San Jose State outfielder Jacob Bruns helped the Spartans to a 5-0 record last week. Bruns batted .588 with five doubles (three in one game) his first home run as a Spartan, seven runs and nine RBI.

8. Ricketts, a freshman from San Jose, Calif., went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and threw the first no-hitter in the WAC this season as the Rainbow Wahine went 2-1 on the road at Louisiana Tech. She fired her first career no-hitter in the first game vs. the Techsters, retiring the first 12 batters before a walk became the only blemish in the score book. She then proceeded to retire the next nine straight for the no-hitter.

7. In women's golf action, Idaho's true freshman Kayla Mortellaro notched her first collegiate tournament victory with a one-stroke decision over Texas A&M’s Lauren Johnson and Osaka’s Nanae Shinzato at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational.

6. The San Jose State University baseball team defeated visiting Dartmouth College, 6-1, for its sixth straight to give head coach Sam Piraro career win No. 700 in his 22nd season in charge at his alma mater, at Municipal Stadium on Thursday night, March 19.

5. For the second consecutive year, Louisiana Tech has earned the distinction as the Western Athletic Conference's winner of the NCAA Pack the House Challenge. Louisiana Tech's Pack the House Challenge game was Feb. 13 when the Lady Techsters hosted Hawaii and drew a season-high 4,972 fans.

4. Idaho defeated Drake 69-67 in the first round of the Tournament. Five different Vandals scored in double figures. Idaho now travels to face Pacific in the quarterfinals of the tournament. The game is slated for Monday, March 23 at a time to be determined.

3. Adrienne Johnson scored a career-high 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Louisiana Tech to a 77-54 win over SMU in the first round of the WNIT Thursday. With the win, Tech (21-12) advances to Tuesday's second round game at Illinois State.

2. Winning three of the four event rotations, Boise State defended its title at the Western Athletic Conference Gymnastics Championship

1. Ten WAC Athletes Earn All-America Honors at Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Boise State / Ryan Grinnell / Triple Jump
Boise State / Simon Wardhaugh / Weight Throw
Boise State / Eleni Kafourou Long / Jump
Fresno State / Sharon Ayala / Weight Throw
Hawai`i / Amber Kaufman / High Jump
Hawai`i / Annett Wichmann / Pentathlon
Idaho / Mykael Bothum / Shot Put
Idaho / KC Dahlgren / Pole Vault
Utah State / Clink Silcock / High Jump
Utah State / John Strang / Heptathlon

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