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UCSD Baseball Explodes

The UCSD baseball team split a doubleheader against Vanguard at home Saturday. Pitching took the afternoon off during the first game as Vanguard won a four-hour offensive slugfest 17-11. UCSD’s Ryan Larson scored three runs, and teammate Chad Addison drove in three. Vanguard’s Ryan Williams picked up the win, allowing three runs on five hits. The Tritons’ Erik Snyder got the loss after allowing four runs in one inning of work. The second of the two games was more to UCSD’s liking, as they won 6-4. The game was called after six innings because of darkness. The Tritons’ Andy Hanau picked up the victory, striking out seven batters. Vanguard’s Brian Wood was given the loss after allowing three runs in one-third of an inning. Offensively, six different Tritons scored, and Chris Tallman and Blair Suzuki each drove in a pair of runs. Next up for UCSD is a pair of road games. First, the Tritons travel to the University of Redlands for a game Friday at 2:30 p.m., then they head to Concordia University in Irvine for a game Saturday at 11 a.m. ...

Stars Are Coming to Town

La Jolla opens its doors to the world as the 2001 Buick Invitational starts its opening round Thursday at the Torrey Pines Golf Course, just north of UCSD. The invitational continues through Sunday, when the final round will be held. A purse of $3.5 million is up for grabs as the defending champion Phil Mickelson, a native of San Diego, defends his title. Other golfers in the 156-player field scheduled to attend include Tiger Woods, Fred Couples, Tom Lehman, Davis Love III, John Daly and Mark O’Meara. All these golfers will battle for the top prize of $630,000. The first and second rounds begin at 9 a.m. today and tomorrow, respectively, and continue into the weekend. After the second round, the field will be cut down to the 70 players with the lowest scores; weekend rounds begin at 8:30 a.m. Sponsored by The Century Club and local Buick dealers, the annual tournament normally draws a large crowd. In addition to providing lively golf festivities, the Buick Invitational also raises money for several causes including the UCSD golf program. Over $4.5 million has been raised for local charities since the tournament moved to Torrey Pines. Other events that are scheduled include a Pro-Am tournament and a junior golf clinic. The UCSD golf team, which also plays regularly at Torrey Pines, is selling tickets for the event to raise money. They are promoting it as a chance to see Tiger Woods up-close and in action. Ticket prices for the event are $19 per day for today and Friday, and $25 per day for the weekend. For those who want season badges, tickets are $65 in advance or $75 at the gate. A season badge allows entrance for all four days of the tournament. Children 12 and under, when accompanied by an adult, are allowed admission free of charge. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or through Ticketmaster. Due to local construction at the Torrey Pines Lodge and traffic congestion around UCSD, using public transportation from campus to Torrey Pines is highly recommended. The golf course’s close proximity to the campus should not be a major problem. General parking for the tournament will be available only at Sea World and the Del Mar Showpark. Shuttles will provide transportation to and from the parking areas. ...

Women's Rowing Team is Building a Solid Foundation

The rowing team has been improving by leaps and bounds and looks to be even better than last year. “”We’re still a young team,”” said UCSD women’s crew head coach Patti Pinkerton. “”Our big issue last year was that we did not have much of a varsity so we lacked leadership. The challenge was to teach all of the skills to the novices without that leadership. They obviously met the challenge because they finished off the season really well.”” 2000’s team was as young as they come. Now, with a year of experience behind it and a solid foundation below it, UCSD crew is gearing up for the big dogs. “”Now our challenge is our lightweight, because that’s where our key varsity girls were,”” Pinkerton said. “”We have returning lightweights in that boat. We know they’re in the ballpark because they got ranked last year.”” Two veterans who will lead the squad are Heather Beckman and Julie Snyder. “”They’re both four-year rowers, so they provide a lot of leadership in the boat,”” Pinkerton said. There are also a couple of younger talents in Emily Gray and Carrie Blemker looking to make their mark. “”We have a some really exciting rookies,”” Pinkerton said. Everyone on the rowing squad will get a chance to prove her metal. “”Because we’re such a developing squad, I move people around a lot,”” Pinkerton said. “”I want them to get as much racing experience as possible. We’re really trying to fast track them. We have girls with sheer power that make up for a lot of other things.”” Crew competes in an open division. All of the Division I schools have larger crew programs, but UCSD still remains competitive. “”There’s definitely a gap between the top Division I schools and the top Division II schools,”” Pinkerton said. As far as fellow Division II schools are concerned, UC Davis is the school to beat. “”We’re at a disadvantage because Davis is at Division II,”” Pinkerton said. “”They’re a scholarship school. They have a more aggressive policy toward athletics. But I think we have as much talent as they do.”” UCSD’s rowers have April 28 circled in their calendars. That is the date of the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship. “”We will be peeking toward Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship,”” Pinkerton said. “”Last year the race was in April, which was right in the middle of the racing season. We pretty much rowed through that. It was very awkward last year.”” Things are right on track for this year’s crew and for the program in general, Pinkerton’s second at the helm. “”I think we’re moving faster,”” she said. “”Usually it takes four years to develop a program. We have a lot of talent. Our challenge is to close the gap.”” ...

Golf Team Drives at Eastlake

The UCSD golf team finished fourth out of 13 schools at the Point Loma Invitational Monday. The tournament was held at Eastlake Country Club in Chula Vista, which is a par 72 course and a total of 6,606 yards in length. The Tritons’ overall two-round score was a 605. The winning school, University of Redlands, shot a 589 overall. The top Triton golfer was Ben Page, who shot a two-round 148, tied for ninth overall. Fellow Triton Robin Shelton cracked the top 20, finishing tied for 15th with a score of 150. The top overall golfer was the Master’s College Ryan Higton, who shot a two-round 143. Other Triton finishers were Andy Thomson with a 154 (tied for 30th), Matt Howe with a 155 (tied for 33rd) and Blake Schneider with a 157 (tied for 42nd). Next up for the UCSD golf team is the Family Motors Invitational at Seven Oaks Country Club in Bakersfield, which will last all day Monday and Tuesday. ...

Marky Mark and His Funky Crotch

Hey buddy. Yeah you, the big guy with the expensive haircut. Come over here a second and let me give you a bit of advice that will be of use to you now that you are a free man after that outrageous trial. Here it is; listen closely: Do not force yourself on underage girls in your family bathroom at an after-prom party! Oh, and another thing: You are a famous professional football player with millions of dollars! You can probably find a chick or two who would actually willingly get down with you. You wouldn’t even have to force them into the bathroom and soil your wife’s new towel set. OK, OK, so according to the U.S. court system, this alleged incident did not actually occur. But if you listened to Mark Chmura’s post-trial comments to the press, you might not believe the court’s decision. When asked what he was going to do now that he has been acquitted, he fixed his eyes on the camera with one of his smirks and retorted, “”I’m going to Disneyworld.”” Now, it is common knowledge that Disneyworld is populated with mostly teens, and the plethora of available “”YM””-reading gals makes it a perfect place for a fellow like Mark to take a trip. However, while most of us associate Disneyworld with the famed amusement park, Chmura was actually talking about Disneyworld High School, located about a half-hour from his house. There were going to be some awesome keggers there this weekend … and the girls there are supposedly more tight-lipped than his previous high school “”date.”” You really can’t blame a guy like Chmura for going through this phase of lusting after teenage girls. Most guys have gone through it, including me. I believe I referred to this period as “”high school,”” and if I remember correctly, I was an underage feller myself during that time. Now, while most of us grow out of this by our 18th birthday, remember that people mature at different paces, and some people never mature at all. Remember, Chmura, there are plenty of ladies around, and lots of them actually will not imprison you. Watching you fidget around in court all day, like so many of your NFL brethren before you, became a fixture for many a couch potato, and the whole bunch of them were pondering the same thing: Here is a family man, a prosperous young celebrity with nary a care in the world and a job that many would kill for. The perfect life. So let’s see, what to do, what to do … I know, let’s try to hook up with a wee little high schooler partying after returning home from a dance in her ribbon and banner-strung school gymnasium. Yes, Markie, I know, I have seen the Britney Spears videos too and I understand the effect they can have on a man. But please, you can easily persuade many an elder lass to garb themselves in those very same schoolgirl skirts and knee-high socks. Luckily you told Cochran and F. Lee to shelf the “”Christina Aguilera made me do it”” defense or the outcome to your trial might have been different. But luckily you emerged a free man, and now with all your newfound free time you should cruise on down to San Diego; it’s got more high schools per square block than most places, and with all the spring birthdays, a good number of the ladies will now be as legal as the day is long. And on top of that there are also plenty of bubblin’ Jacuzzis in which to do your thing. Party on Mark, party on. ...

Rowing With the UCSD Crew

The UCSD men’s crew team kicked off its 2001 campaign last Sunday at 8 a.m. with the San Diego Indoor Rowing Championship in Mission Bay. Sky Frostenson Guardian Competing against other local teams such as San Diego State University, UC Irvine, Loyola Marymount, and the University of San Diego, the Tritons were able to hold their own and get a glimpse of what the rest of the 200l season has in store for them. “”It went really well,”” said varsity assistant coach Steven Casey. “”The team’s looking good.”” For the men’s varsity team, crew member Brian Sullivan placed first in the event with a time of 6:12.2, which was an astounding four seconds faster than the second place finisher. Varak Smith was the only other top-10 finisher for the Tritons, garnering a respectable eighth place with a time of 6:29.3. Geffery Rapoport also did well for the Tritons, as he took the collegiate lightweight event with a time of 6:45.0. The freshman crew team was particularly impressive as they swiped eight of the top ten times. The first-year phenoms were led by Andrew Fisher with a time of 6:31.5. The rookies’ performance has coach Casey looking forward to the new season. “”The incoming freshman team is probably the best freshman team ever at UCSD,”” Casey said. “”The biggest thing I’m happy with is our depth and tenacity; also our willingness to work hard and meet the goals we set.”” The varsity team, however, will be looking to recover from the loss of key contributors to graduation. “”The varsity will be good, but not as strong as last year,”” Casey said. Varsity head coach Michael Filippone will be looking for returnee Tom Whitzgall to lead this year’s varsity team to its goals, which include winning the Cal Cup for Division II/III and the San Diego Crew Classic on April 7 and April 8. The Tritons are looking to avenge last year’s loss, in which they came in second to Trinity University by less than a second. This year, UCSD has an extra incentive to beat Trinity as the previous freshman coach, Jim Oaks, is now an assistant for them. The Tritons are also seeking to extend their domination of their local adversaries. “”We definitely don’t like all the San Diego area schools,”” Casey said. “”Since Filippone has been here we haven’t lost to any of those schools. There’s this pride with not wanting to lose to them.”” With such a strong freshman group, UCSD crew will most likely be dominating its neighbors for a long time to come. “”This program has a lot of potential,”” Casey said. “”Right now we’re probably the fifth-best program on the West Coast. We definitely have the athletes and the potential to be a top competitor.”” Add the fact that their event on Sunday was 2,000 meters, which is more sprint-oriented and shorter than most programs are used to at this point in the year, and their dominance is even more impressive. “”We have a lot of depth,”” Casey said. “”The biggest thing right now is fitness and mental toughness.”” To top it all off, the men’s crew team this year has already landed three top-notch recruits from Orange Coast College. These recruits will help UCSD extend its dynasty well into the future. The Tritons will be looking to build on Sunday’s performance this weekend, as they go head-to-head with Loyola Marymount in a preseason scrimmage at Mission Bay. ...

Volleyball Handle Princeton With Ease

Can you dig it? In the cozy confines of RIMAC Arena, the Triton men’s volleyball team rolled to victory over Princeton University Thursday night. UCSD came to play and hoped to pick up its first victory of the season. That is exactly what it did. Led by the inspired play of seniors Zach Hite and Donald Chen, the Tritons pounded their way to a three-game sweep over the Princeton plebeians. As a crowd of 181 eagerly cheered them on, UCSD locked up the three-game match with scores of 32-30, 30-23, and 30-26. It took extra points for the Tritons to seal the deal in the first set, but it was all blue and gold love from there on out. The dominating victory was a shot in the arm for UCSD, as it had struggled through its first four matches. The Tritons played their previous match against perennial volleyball powerhouse Long Beach State Wednesday night at the ugly-looking Pyramid in the LBC. While they played an impressive first set, battling hard before falling 30-27. The next two sets were not as close, at 30-23 and 30-19, but you could see the progress the team has made and could tell that a victory was right around the corner. The Tritons will use the Princeton victory to establish some momentum and pump them up for their next match, which will be a nonconference tilt with University of La Verne. The Tritons should use this opportunity to rack up some big points and let out some aggression. The Tritons will next be in action this Friday and Saturday night, when they will play a pair versus Brigham Young University out in the cold, dreary abyss that is Provo, Utah. ...

Men's Basketball Gets a Rare Win, Defeating Chico State

Who rocks the body that rocks the party? Who rocks the body that rocks the party? I’ll tell you who — the UCSD men’s basketball team, that’s who. They were the ones rocking the party that went down Friday night at a posh, high-profile San Diego venue. Lyon Liew Guardian That venue was RIMAC Arena, to be further referred to only as “”The Macky,”” and the party was Spirit Night 2001. Men’s and women’s basketball games were on tap and 2,352 boozed-up and raging revelers were on hand to bask in the event’s glow. Of course, what’s a party without a good ol’ fashioned ass-whupping, and on that count the Triton B-ball squad was more than happy to oblige. The poor souls on the short end of this festive bludgeoning were the players of Chico State, as they lost their heart, their soul, and their wallet in La Jolla. Oh, and they lost the game too, as the raucous Macky crowd roared its approval. The Tritons jumped out to an eight-point first half lead and never looked back, leading by 17 at one point and winning by the final score of 68-64. While the final score was close, there was never a doubt in the minds of the Triton fans. Well, maybe there was an inkling of doubt when Chico State tied the game with 19 seconds left, but then Cole Miller and Sam Higgins both sank two free throws in the waning moments to seal the deal. The Tritons were led by the clutch play of forward Higgins, who had a team high with 27 points on 6-15 shooting. Even more impressive is that his points were all recorded on three pointers and free throws. Higgins also came up big on the boards, pulling down 13 rebounds. Guard Nick Christensen also had a hand in the effort, netting 12 points, as did Cameron Jackson who had 11 on the night. Chico State had solid performances from guard Deon Robinson, who had 19 points and eight rebounds, Lee McCowan who had 12 points, and Jon Henderson, who was 5-12 shooting for nine points. Alan Case also pitched in with 10 rebounds. It wasn’t enough to topple the Triton attack, and UCSD notched its third check in the win column. The game was strong, the crowd was rowdy, and the team was pumped and ready to take on their next challenger. The excitement faded once this challenger, in the form of UC Davis, showed up on the Macky’s doorstep the following night. They came in and abruptly cut the Triton winning streak short before it even had a chance to get going. The Tritons took the court full of swagger, which intimidated the Aggies. This led to a 32-29 first half lead for the Tritons. They could not hold on though, as Davis made a run to come back and take the game by a final score of 70-56. The Tritons simply could not get their offense on track in the second half, and Davis took this opportunity to build a lead and sit on it. UCSD saw another quality performance from Higgins, who had 13 points on the night. The rest of the offense experienced a letdown from the previous night’s action, as the other four starting Tritons combined for a paltry 24 points. Ryan Rikansrud came off the bench to contribute nine points. Erik Ramp picthed in with seven points. These performances were overshadowed by the Tritons’ UC counterparts, who had a number of players put up solid numbers. Dominic Calori led with 13 points on 5-11 shooting, while fellow Aggie Keith Johnson also hit double figures with 10. Jess Mcelree had nine points to go along with his nine rebounds and Jordan Moss also knocked down nine points-worth of buckets. With the win the Aggies record improved to 9-5 in California Collegiate Athletic Association play and 12-7 overall. The Tritons saw their record fall to 2-12 in CCAA play and 3-16 overall. The Tritons hope to have more games like Friday’s and less like Saturday’s in the future. They will next get a chance to make good on those hopes Friday, when they will be traveling to Rohnert Park to go dome to dome with Sonoma State. ...

Women's Tennis Off to a Smashing Start

The UCSD women’s tennis team earned its second victory in a row after defeating Grand Canyon University 8-1 at UCSD’s north courts on Friday. David Pilz Guardian The match against Grand Canyon displayed the dominance UCSD has in the singles portion of matches. The Tritons took five of the six singles matches, with clutch three-set performances from No. 1 freshman Ashley O’Neil and No. 3 junior Lyndsey Tadlock. No. 4 player Kristina Jansen, a freshman, and No. 6 player Jaime Walker, a senior, cruised to easy victories in their single matches 6-1, 6-1 and 6-0, 6-4 respectively. In the doubles competition, UCSD made a clean sweep of it. Tadlock and Stephanie Moriarity defeated Point Loma’s team of Robin Jaeger and Christina Klokinis 8-6. No. 2 team Julie Westerman and Melisa Liao defeated Christine Liwanpo and Sarah Mitchell 8-6; and the combo of O’Neil and Jansen defeated Denia Combs and Katie Robins 8-4. All of the elements that hurt them against Long Beach State University seemed to work against Point Loma. “”The Long Beach match was more of a practice for us, just to see what kind of tennis is out there,”” Liao said. “”We knew going in that the match was going to be really tough, and the team basically used it to get a feel for the competition in Division I.”” On Jan. 30, the team from Point Loma Nazarene came to town and seemed no trouble for UCSD. Last year the Tritons won two matches against Point Loma, one with a score of 7-2, dropping only the first two singles matches. On Tuesday, the team won a comfortable 6-3 victory. In that match, UCSD’s No. 1 player O’Neil had a tough time handling Anna Sieczka from Point Loma and lost in a tough three-setter. Overall the singles portion favored the Tritons, as the remaining five players won their matches, capped by Westerman’s romp over Point Loma’s Julie Krause 6-1, 6-0. “”Against Point Loma, the match itself wasn’t too hard because we were psyched to rebound from the Long Beach loss,”” Liao said. “”We have been practicing so hard, trying to build some confidence and adapt to having a new team. We only have three returnees from last season, so we needed the victory to gel as a team.”” With only three returnees, senior Walker, junior Tadlock, and sophomore Liao, the team must get used to the difference in play quickly to stay in the playoff hunt. “”It was hard at first to adapt to such new faces, but we knew we had to learn each other’s style quickly as the new season got underway,”” Liao said. “”I think the most important thing was that we took the time to know each other and have that team chemistry instead of making it individualistic. I think the young players will make strides in their game and become accustomed to the college game.”” As they look ahead at the upcoming season, it is clear in the minds of the players that UC Davis is the team to beat. They are ranked first in the CCAA, and they have yet to play a conference game. The second seed is UCSD, with Sonoma State closely behind. Neither of these teams has lost a conference game. Thus, the weekend of March 3 will be the real key to the season, as the Tritons travel to Sonoma and Davis to face their bitter rivals. “”Davis is the team we want to beat,”” Liao said. “”We have such a positive attitude toward the chance to defeat the No. 1 team, and I feel that we have the team to do it. Our doubles are really strong and can be the difference between a loss and a win.”” ...

Pro Bowl is Anti-Climactic Season Ending

Yesterday, the NFL held its annual exhibition of all-star talent, the infamous Pro Bowl. The prevailing question for many people, including me, during this compelling sporting event was “”Why?”” The Pro Bowl is not like other sports’ all-star games. It comes at the end of the season because it is too risky to play in the middle of the season as other sports do. By the time the game is finally played, no one really cares any more. The ultimate game, the Super Bowl, has already taken place. After that, everything else is anti-climactic. The Pro Bowl is an honor, but a small one compared to other all-star games. Every year, a rash of mysterious injuries appear just before the game. This is because the players just don’t care. Sure, they enjoy the free trip to Hawaii for the game, but after that, they just want to have fun. They have just played 16 games — more if they made it to the post season. By the time of the Pro Bowl, the season is over and the players are ready to move on. Baseball and basketball are a little different. They both have all-star games that are much better than football’s equivalent. Baseball’s all-star game has got to be the best. The matchup between the National League and the American League is a sports classic. It is truly an honor to be selected. It is also a welcomed break in the middle of a grueling season. Players come, they fraternize, and then each play only a couple of innings on a nice July evening. Sure, there are some dissenters who get “”injured”” before the game, but not nearly as many as the NFL. Plus, baseball has the home run derby, which is always a fan favorite. Basketball’s mid-season get-together is also fun. Just watch the players; you can tell that they’re having fun. Sure, the game is not that great, and that can be argued of any NBA game, but the players are not taking it seriously. As in baseball, they are just hanging out, enjoying the midseason break and the chance to play with the best players around. Basketball also has the three-point shootout and the dunk contest, which brings even more fun and excitement. What should the NFL do? I don’t know. They should not scrap it. It is still fun to see some of the league’s best perform. They should move it to the middle of the season, but tone it down a little so there is less risk of injury. Then they could get rid of that bye week once the league expands to 32 teams. People would pay a lot more attention to what was going on if the game were in the middle of the season instead of after the season. Right now, no one cares. ...