Mason helped the Utes run table in MWC regular season

first_img BYU riding depth, national ranking into MWC tourney The Utah women’s soccer team has won a school-record 10 straight games dating back to late September.While the entire Ute team shares the credit, senior goalkeeper Ashley Mason is a big reason for the remarkable streak.Get this — Mason has not allowed a goal in nine straight games, including all seven Mountain West Conference victories. That’s not only a school record for consecutive shutouts, but a league record as well.Mason and the 11th-ranked Utes will try to keep the streaks going this week at the MWC tournament, which gets under way Wednesday at Ute Field.The No. 1-seeded Utes have a first-round bye and will play Thursday at 7 p.m. against the winner of Wednesday’s New Mexico-San Diego State match. If they win that, they’ll play on Saturday at noon for the MWC championship.”We’ve always been a good defensive team since I’ve been here, but our team defense has really improved during the season,” said Ute coach Rich Manning. “With the system we’re playing, all 11 players are focusing on defensive responsibilities.”But Manning reserves special praise for Mason, whom he has known since coaching her in California, long before he came to Utah.”She’s been so consistent, and I give her high marks for her composure in big games and big moments,” Manning said. “On and off the field, she’s an enthusiastic, positive personality to have on our team.”Manning believes a couple of things set Mason apart as a keeper.”She manages the high balls very well,” he said. “That’s a high commodity is women’s soccer. There are a lot of goalies that can’t handle the crosses and high balls.”The other is her leg strength. Mason boots the ball so far you wonder why she doesn’t punt for the U. football team.”She’s got to be in the top point-one percent of college soccer,” Manning said. “The other team is usually backing up to the 18 (opposite goal box) and it makes so much room for everything. She kicks it so far that it relieves pressure for the defense.””Ever since I was younger it’s been my trademark — ‘watch for the big boot.’ Maybe it’s my big legs,” Mason said with a laugh.If you ask Mason what makes her a great goalie, she said it’s being “fearless.””You can’t think you’re not going to get the ball,” she said. “You’ve got to say, ‘I’m going to make this save and be the difference in the game.’ And if you get scored on, you can’t dwell on it.”Mason grew up in Sunnyvale, Calif., where Manning coached her on the under-15 northern California team. Mason wanted to go out of state and considered Oregon, Washington State and Richmond, before deciding on Utah after Manning got the job.”I never in my life thought I would go to Utah,” Mason said. “But I am 100 percent happy with my decision.”She became the Ute regular goalkeeper as a freshman, allowing just four goals in 16 games, and has kept the job for four years, with a .693 goals-against average and 27.8 shutouts.Mason is known as a free spirit who enjoys life.”She’s so funny, even when she’s not trying to be,” said Manning. “She’s cracking us up all the time. I’m always saying, ‘Ashley, what are you doing?'”When asked, Mason shrugs and says, “I’m a little on the goofy side.”She’s all business on the field, however, where there is more pressure on the goalkeeper than any other position on the field. “If a midfielder doesn’t connect on a pass, it goes unnoticed. But if a goalie makes a mistake, everybody goes, ‘Ohhhhh gosh,”‘ she said. “You’re either loved or hated. But when you make a save and the crowd is going wild and your teammates are screaming for you, it’s a good feeling.” Utah soccer Current ranking: No. 11Record: 14-4 overall, 7-0 MWCBiggest victory: 2-1 at StanfordTeam MVP: Ashley Mason, goalkeeperWhat’s ahead: No. 1 seed Utah faces the New Mexico-SDSU winner Thursday at 7 p.m. in the MWC tournament.Recent history: Four straight NCAA appearances; three MWC titles in last four years. Relatedcenter_img E-mail: sor@desnews.comlast_img read more

Stratford dominates state

first_imgTigers wrestlers set a school record, earn four state championships in MadisonBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMADISON — The Stratford wrestling team had an historic night at the 2015 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament.Stratford won a school-record four Division 3 state championships as each of its wrestlers in the championship round won at the Kohl Center in Madison on Saturday.Two freshmen got things started for the Tigers as A.J. Schoenfuss and Jeremy Schoenherr won at 106 and 113 pounds, respectively.Schoenfuss (46-2) dominated Austin Wolfe (40-4) of Boyceville 7-2 before Schoenherr (42-2) pinned Weston Wichman (44-5) of Johnson Creek 34 seconds into the second period.Sophomore Mason Kauffman capped an undefeated season with a 9-5 victory over two-time state champ Kal Gerber (44-1) of Cameron at 126 pounds. Kauffman, who missed all of his freshman season with an injury, finishes the year with a perfect 49-0 record.Stratford sophomore Mason Kauffman takes down two-time state champ Kal Gerber en route to a title of his own. (Kelly O’Day photo)“Mason capitalized his own strengths by outscoring Gerber on his feet,” Stratford coach Joe Schwabe said. “This strategy didn’t allow Gerber to score anything but one point escapes from the bottom as Kauffman showed a command performance.”Sophomore Kamren Bornbach (41-3) finished off the quadruple with a 5-0 whipping of Henry Fielding (44-2) of Shiocton in the 182-pound final. Bornbach took fifth at state last year.“Kamren didn’t want to go out without matching his teammates, and he had Fielding on his back in the second period with a cradle and never looked back,” Schwabe said.“It is great that it worked out so well that all four finalists were able to win. Seldom does it end the way we’d like, and the nice part is two are freshman and two are sophomores.”Auburndale’s Wyatt Weiler lost his bid for a Division 3 state title, losing 7-5 to Jared Roen (42-3) of Riverdale 7-5. Weiler finishes his senior season with a 44-8 record and a state silver medal.Weiler’s teammate, senior Paul Willfahrt, ended up taking fifth place at 145 pounds. Willfahrt (44-7) lost his consolation semifinal match to Trenton Pasch (42-8) of Royall 3-2 but turned around and beat Marc Lansin (36-7) of Coleman 5-3 in the fifth-place match.Stratford’s Hunter Kauffman and Spencer’s Bryce Shaw ended up taking sixth place.Hunter Kauffman, who was forced to forfeit his semifinal match on Friday night due to an injury, was unable to wrestle Saturday in the consolation round and had to forfeit his final two matches, ending the season with a 40-4 record.Shaw, a freshman, lost both of his consolation matches Saturday to finish sixth at 113 pounds. Shaw (28-21) was pinned by Fennimore’s Riley Lull in 2:26 and lost 7-4 to Kewaunee’s Jesse Steinhorst in the fifth-place match.Both of Marshfield’s state qualifiers earned medals in Division 1.Senior Mitch Hertel won both of his consolation matches Saturday to take third at 160 pounds. Hertel (30-2) beat Jared Krattiger (42-2) of Waterford 7-3 and beat Austin Powell (46-3) of Sauk Prairie 5-2 in the third-place match. Hertel defeated Powell 2-1 in a preliminary-round match on Thursday.Hertel was making his third state meet appearance and grabbed his second medal after placing fourth in 2012.Junior Josh Lang took fourth for the Tigers. Lang (31-6) won his first consolation match by injury default over Christian Dischler of Pewaukee but lost a third-place match to Ross Agg (38-7) of Oak Creek 7-5.Spencer’s Tim Bauer and Hunter Luepke and Stratford’s Anthony Gliniecki also competed at state and were eliminated on the first day of the tournament. Stratford’s Sam Wenzel and Tyson Kauffman won their first matches but lost in the quarterfinals and were eliminated from the tournament in the consolation bracket.Paul Lecker is publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com, a contributor to Hub City Times Sports. You can reach him by email at paul@marshfieldareasports.com.last_img read more

Daily Mullets (October 28)

first_imgI am headed to Stillwater this morning. Carson and I are doing a live podcast on Saturday night between 7-7:30 p.m. (depending on what time he can hustle over there). We will be at Hideaway with David Glidden. Everyone should come out!Football NewsBerry Tramel on Big 12 parity: “That’s outstanding parity and would be exalted if not for the Big 12’s other problems, from dysfunction in the board room to dysfunction in defensive secondaries.” [NewsOK]Of Mike Gundy’s 99 wins, which was the most important? [PFB]Vincent Taylor’s dad on his son’s upbringing: “It was pretty rough for Vincent. He got labeled as a refugee; he got teased for that. He was a big kid, too, and other kids challenged him. From elementary school to middle school, it was very difficult and hard for my son.” [ESPN]Gundy on college football: “They’re going to blink and this will be gone. Most of us that are coaches would love to go back and do it again. It’s like anything else in life. You don’t enjoy it until it’s too late. And I try to stress that to them. Things that are important. Your preparation through the week, what you can control.” [Tulsa World]Mason Rudolph on the WVU defense: “I think they’re good at what they do. We prepared a lot for that this spring and have a lot of stuff on tape we’re going to install.” [NewsOK]Rudolph on getting The President the rock: “[Bracket coverage has] been happening all year and he still gets production. We’ve got to find better ways to get him the ball and we will.” [Tulsa World]This is awesome. From Gundy: “Eddie told me a long time ago, ‘Mike, you’d better have thick skin to be a head coach. It had better be really thick if you’re gonna be the coach at OSU.’ He said, ‘Ultimately people grade success by wins and losses, and if you’re at Oklahoma State it’s not always easy to win. So you’d better believe in yourself and you’d better have thick skin.’” [Tulsa World]Mike Yurcich on WVU’s defense: “They’re a unique defense in that they can drop eight defenders and then also play eight-man front football. So they’re very unique in their style. They create some challenges for you offensively, and it’s a challenge that we’re very eager to meet this week.” [NewsOK]Get hype. Ben Grogan on setting the all-time scoring record.WVU NewsOSU-WVU — a condensed history. [PFB]Good film study here on WVU: Different year, same Dana. [PFB]Dana says he was hired at OSU for one reason. [PFB]Players to watch for WVU. [PFB]Around the LeagueHow the average Big 12 coaching salary looks compared to other conferences. Good post here. [LGG]Hoops NewsBrad Underwood said he’s just going to climb into the stands and watch Homecoming & Hoops tonight with the students. [NewsOK]The best and worst day of Brad Underwood’s career at SFA. [PFB]Travis Ford has landed three (!) top 150 recruits thus far. [PFB]Vine’s deadNoooooo! [The Verge]Top 10 Vines from Up The Thunder. [UTT]Two absolute gems from me. I’ll post a top 10 list later.This will probably always be my favorite Vine ever. https://t.co/oMtJMJ8zbz— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 27, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.center_img This one is pretty great too. RIP Vine. https://t.co/Bfj1niLTZf— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 27, 2016last_img read more

A Closer Look at Kansas State’s Boring, Methodical Offense

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The Pokes head to the Little Apple this weekend for a 2:30pm date with the 5-2 (3-2 in Big 12) Kansas State Wildcats. A daunting statistic about playing at Kansas State: the last two quarterbacks from OSU who were able to win in Manhattan? Brandon Weeden (2010) and Mike Gundy (1988). It’s an overused statement in college football, but going into Bill Snyder Family Stadium and coming out with a W is a hard thing to do. While that might be true, this Cowboy team is loaded for bear averaging 40.6 points per game and forcing 2.4 turnovers per game, top 5 in the country. The 2016 Wildcats look like a Bill Snyder coached team: they don’t beat themselves (only given up three fumbles and four interceptions, top 10 in FBS), display sound football fundamentals and aren’t super talented but they have players that know the system. They have one of the best run defenses in the country and lead the conference in time of possession. Speaking of time of possession, something else intriguing about this team that you may not notice is how long they wait to snap the ball on offense. Coach Gundy estimates that the number of times they snap the ball with two seconds or less is four times the number of most teams in this league. There’s a comprehensive plan in place, from when they snap the ball to leaning heavily on the run and shorter throws the lead to long, methodical, time of possession hogging drives. The crowd at Bill Snyder Family Stadium tends to be a lively bunch, the Wabash Cannonball is quite a spectacle, and Coach Snyder is creeping toward his 200th win (currently at 198). The Cowboys will be the first ranked foe welcomed into the unfriendly confines of Snyder Family Stadium and a really exciting, close football game could be in store. Let’s look at KSU’s offense.KSU OffenseThe Wildcat offense at first glance looks like your typical Big 12 spread, but quickly unveils itself as a Big 10 style offense. Perennially putting out the all-conference fullback seems like a K-State tradition (most recently with sophomore Winston Dimel), they love to grind out those long, timely 80+ yard, 15-play drives that just suck all of the wind out of the opponent’s sails.  Dana Dimel and Del Miller are co-offensive coordinators for the eighth straight year and little has changed this year. While you don’t necessarily think of prolific offenses in Manhattan, last year’s 29.9 points per game average was the first time since 2009 they haven’t averaged over 30 points per game. They’re not one of the more explosive offenses, but they consistently deliver a steady diet of first downs with a solid rushing attack and play action centered game plan. To top things off, if K-State gets into the red zone, they’re getting points as they lead college football in red zone conversions (97.4 percent).Quarterback PlayJunior Jesse Ertz is a 6’3”, 212-pound dual-threat quarterback that loves to tuck it and run. Freshman Alex Delton will bring fresh legs and spell Ertz at times, generally for a strong dose of running the ball. As is tradition, they run Ertz a ton: the Wildcats’ quarterback usually ends up getting close to leading the team in rushing attempts. He’s been a fairly inconsistent passer at times, he’s said to have some lingering shoulder issues from the OU game on October 15th. A majority of throws he makes are hitches and slants as the Cats don’t go downfield a ton as it doesn’t really fit the QB or the game plan.Wide ReceiversErtz spreads the ball around and has a few solid options, both out wide and out of the backfield. Speedy sophomore Dominque Heath is the sure-handed, leading receiver with 358 yards on the season. Heath is great out of the slot and been really consistent lately with at least seven receptions over the last three games. You could liken senior receiver Deonte Burton to our Jhajuan Seales, a really talented senior that struggled with drops early on but is coming into his own (72 yards and a touchdown against Iowa State). The X-factor at receiver is junior college transfer Byron Pringle, a 6’2”, 205 pound deep threat that has taken some time to learn the offense, but stretches the field averaging 14 yards per catch. The last thing about the K-State passing game is how they lull you in the midst of the grinding running game, then either sneak up to the line for a Tebow-like pop pass or slip the play action pass to fullback Winston Dimel.Running BacksThe running back committee is headed by 5’10”, 208 pound senior Charles Jones who has 439 yards on the year. A threat to catch some balls out of the backfield, Jones has hauled in 31 catches during his time in Manhattan. He’s backed by Tulsa Union alum Justin Silmon who has really looked like the more explosive back as of late. Silmon looked great against Iowa State in the first half, averaging 6 yards per carry but may be banged up as he left at halftime and didn’t return. Freshman Alex Barnes is a pretty dynamic third teamer and will likely see the field against the Cowboys. The goal line threat is the bruising 6’1”, 235 pound fullback Winston Dimel who leads the team with seven rushing touchdowns.Offensive LineThe offensive line was overhauled as they lost four of five starters from last year. Returning starter Dalton Risner was All-Big 12 preseason and mans the right tackle spot while senior Terrale Johnson was given honors pre-season as well and mans the right guard spot. Snyder has a way of making it all work and you’re going to want to watch that right side of the line on running plays. ProFootballFocus recently ranked them the No. 3 line in college football.They’ve come a long way since allowing eight sacks against Stanford and it’s safe to say this was a reload more than a rebuild. last_img read more

Oklahoma State Remains at No. 10 in College Football Playoff Rankings

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The spectacle that is the college football playoff held their penultimate show on Tuesday evening. Oklahoma State went into the week at No. 10 from last week’s release, and again remained in the 10th spot this week in the latest rankings.The Cowboys are 11th in both the AP and Coaches poll this week, but the playoff committee’s rankings are the rankings that ultimately decide their future — and a chance at a potential playoff spot. Although a lot would have to happen.Colorado has passed Oklahoma for No. 8. OU No. 9, Oklahoma State No. 10.RIP, Big 12.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) November 30, 2016Here’s the full top 25:Fifth Rankings: The #CFBPlayoff Selection Committee Top 25 for games played through November 26. pic.twitter.com/tSlBNBS48K— College Football Playoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 30, 2016last_img read more

Report: Oklahoma State Defensive Coordinator Glenn Spencer Interviewing for Georgia State Head Coaching Vacancy

first_imgThe coaching rumors are swirling in Stillwater.On top of Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy reportedly speaking with Baylor regarding their head coaching position, Glenn Spencer, the defensive coordinator for OSU, is reportedly in contact with Georgia State regarding their head coaching position.This is according to a report from GoPokes.com citing ‘sources’ that he spoke with officials from the school.Spencer was one of a number of finalists to land the UTSA head coaching job last season, before returning to the school to coach the defense for OSU again this year.Not only are there rumors swirling about Gundy and Spencer, the Cowboys ace recruiter, Marcus Arroyo, is also reportedly being considered for the head coacing job at San Jose State. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Baylor AD Provides Conflicting Report on Head Football Coaching Position

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. On Tuesday, while opening the introductory press conference for new head coach Matt Rhule, Baylor’s athletic director Mack Rhoades stated that no other candidates were offered the position.Mack Rhoades introduces Matt Rhule by saying “the only coach we offered the job to” #Baylor— Jessica Morrey (@JessicaMorrey) December 7, 2016This comes just one day after it was reported by Jim Traber of the Sports Animal that Mike Gundy turned down the school’s 10-year, $60-million offer.Pat Jones, also of the Sports Animal-Tulsa (and Gundy’s former head coach at Oklahoma State) also reported that Baylor had made an offer for the current Cowboy coach’s services.Someone is not telling the truth. And I’m not exactly sure who I believe.Either Jim Traber or Baylor’s AD is lying. https://t.co/NBoqZNlYkt— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 7, 2016last_img read more

Freshman LC Greenwood Says Track at OSU is a ‘Possibility’

first_imgWhile many signed recruits have used the football offseason to work out or just to rest, incoming freshman receiver LC Greenwood was running.Track season just ended, and Greenwood competed in the 200-meter, 4×400-meter relay and the 4×100-meter relay for his high school. He is signed to play football for the Cowboys in the 2017 season, but he said running track at OSU remains “a possibility.”“It depends on how the season goes,” Greenwood said.But he isn’t the only Cowboy recruit in the 2017 class who was out running. Just a few days after his graduation from Lakeview Centennial High School, he will report in Stillwater for summer camp June 2 and move in with his roommates and fellow freshmen receivers Tylan Wallace and Braydon Johnson. They’ve met.“It makes you more comfortable,” Greenwood said. “I’ve encountered them in track season because they’re track runners, too.”It has been a hectic few months for Greenwood since National Signing Day. Track kept him busy. He was nominated for prom king last weekend. Spring football practice just started, so he is out there helping the younger guys through it. And now he has to get ready to leave for Stillwater in a few weeks.“Finally starting to pack my bags and stuff, getting my stuff together,” Greenwood said.Greenwood also attended an awards ceremony Thursday night. He said it’s all been such a blessing to see where some of his friends have signed to play collegiately and even those who didn’t, it’s still just a fun time.Not everything is so easy though. Greenwood said the hardest part about the transition process to college is living on his own. No mom to do laundry, pack a lunch or say good night.“The waking up, being on my own part,” Greenwood said. “Not having anyone to wake you up and all that.”Greenwood said though learning how to live on his own might be tough, there’s one thing that he is most excited about when he gets to Stillwater.“Playing football,” Greenwood said. “Taking on the challenge.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Oklahoma State Secures Fifth OL Commit of the 2018 Class

first_imgCheck out this highlight! https://t.co/OW7Hye6cW6— Jacob Farrell (@jfarrell_52) February 1, 2017 The Josh Henson fit just felt right from Day 1 (before actually). And the biggest selling point on the former Cowboy lineman was his recruiting acumen. So far, he hasn’t disappointed. Just four months after the Cowboys finalized a signing class without a single high school O-lineman, they boast five prospects verbally committed for 2018.The latest comes from three-star prospect Jacob Farrell from Sulphur High School (Okla.).AdChoices广告Farrell is the 15th ranked overall prospect from the state of Oklahoma and has played in the trenches on both sides of the ball. He joins Hunter Anthony (Tuttle) and Bryce Bray (Bixby) as three of the top five in-state offensive line prospects according to 247Sports, all are headed to Stillwater next year.Oklahoma State extended an offer one month ago (May 13) and it didn’t take Farrell long to make up his mind. He turned down offers from TCU, Texas Tech and others. He’s also seen interest from Oklahoma, Texas and Missouri.Here’s a look at what we can expect from Farrell in the future. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways. The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more