September 2012 Archives

Inside Michigan: Beilein Weekly

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This past Saturday, we had our first annual Staff vs. Student-Athlete softball game. The game took part within the friendly confines of the Oosterbaan Fieldhouse due to inclement weather.

Let me give you some of the highlights of the two inning showdown.

First Inning Recap

The student-athletes got off to a quick start thanks to a two run homer by Detroit's very own, Jordan Morgan. After this two run shot, the offense stalled thanks to some stellar defense by the staff. Spear headed by Jeff Meyer's diving effort to attempt a double play, the staff used this tone-setting play to hold the student-athletes scoreless for the remainder of the inning.

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Other highlights included a triple play by the staff, much to the amazement of the student-athletes.

The bottom of the first inning included an offensive explosion by the staff. C.J. Lee led off with a single, warming up the bats of the staff. The bats did not cool off until a total of seven runs were scored, much to the dismay of the student-athletes. Ben Belanger and Damon Grosz both hit two run homers to lead the staff's effort. Other highlights included me tweaking my hamstring on the way to first after a beautiful single through the middle infield. The staff also utilized some strategy, secretly planning for Bacari Alexander to strike out, causing mass laughter by the student-athletes. The plan worked to perfection, resulting in the student-athletes putting their guard down and Damon Grosz supplying the two-run blast to end the inning in a 7-2 score.

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Second Inning Recap

Taking advantage of some throwing errors by the staff, the student-athletes thought they would have enough to close the scoring gap. With their backs against the wall, they managed to produce three runs at the top of the second inning but ultimately fell short of their goal of tying the game or taking the lead.

With the victory in hand and nothing to play for, the celebration was on. The purely ceremonial bottom of the second inning resulted in the complete cooling of the bats for the staff. A pitching change executed by the student-athletes replaced Peoria's Max Bielfeldt, who was torched for seven runs in the first inning, with Lake Forest's Matt Vogrich, who threw a one-hitter in relief.

Final Score: Staff 7, Student-Athletes 5

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In response to the buildup, intensity, and outcome of the game, a few members of our program issued the following remarks.

Catcher, Bacari Alexander, Assistant Coach.  "U CONSCIOUS!"

Left Fielder, Travis Conlan, Director of Basketball Operations. "There were reports of an unidentified flying object in left field, making all kinds of winning plays. The players thought Megatron only played football."

Right/Center Fielder, Peter Kahler, Video Analyst. "Fellas, stick to hoops!"

Shortstop, Tim Hardaway Jr., Student-Athlete. "Yeah, we lost. I can accept that. But anyone who strikes out twice can't say anything to anybody. U CONSCIOUS!"

First Basemen, Jordan Morgan, Student-Athlete. "No comment."

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All in all, the event was tremendous. We had a great time and we will laugh for a long time about some of the moments that took place. We are all about making memories for our student-athletes here at Michigan!

Go Blue!

- John

Inside Michigan: Beilein Weekly

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It has been a quiet week inside the basketball offices here in Ann Arbor but a busy one for the program as a whole. The coaches, including myself, have been traveling extensively on various recruiting trips, working hard to bring the best and brightest here to Michigan. Our players, on the other hand, have been balancing their time between schoolwork and workouts now that classes are in full swing.

We are all gearing up for an exciting football matchup this weekend as our Wolverines take on the Fighting Irish this Saturday. Last year's nail-biting victory here at the Big House under the lights was so memorable. The game certainly lived up to the buildup.

The last couple meetings between Michigan and Notre Dame have come down to the final plays. We certainly will all be on the edge of our seats for this upcoming game.

We have a very special event planned this weekend with our student-athletes and our staff. We are going to see if the talents of the student-athletes and the staff extend further than the basketball court. I will fill you in on the details in next week's Beilein Weekly.

Best of luck this weekend to all the Michigan teams that are competing.

Go Blue!

-John

Women's Lacrosse Coaches Blog: A New Year of Firsts

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Fall has arrived at Michigan and the excitement on campus that only the waning summer warmth can bring is all around! Ann Arbor is buzzing with students, the streets have been transformed into an ever-flowing sea of maize & blue, and athletics are in full swing once again. It's impossible not to feel the energy that radiates from Michigan this time of year as the new season brings a new year of beginnings, a new year of challenges, a new year of successes and, of course, a new year of amazing experiences!

For women's lacrosse, the fall brings a new year of firsts -- the first two players of our 2013-14 team have arrived on campus, the first workouts and practices are upon us, the first official visits to Michigan will be taken, the first National Letter of Intent signing day will be held in November, and the first full women's lacrosse class (2013) will be announced. Of course, these are a just a few of the many new firsts we will encounter as we embark on the final year of preparation before the official debut of the inaugural University of Michigan women's lacrosse team. The journey continues and the road ahead leads to a new escalating sense of excitement!

Can you feel it? Just as it's hard to ignore the flood of optimism and hope that envelops campus this time of year, it's equally difficult not to notice the enthusiastic anticipation surrounding the upcoming addition of women's lacrosse to U-M's athletic lineup. This time next year our complete team will be in place and we will be off and running, encountering a new first each step of the way as we write chapter one of Team One in our very own history book.

This year will be a special one for Michigan women's lacrosse and I can't wait to share it with you through this blog! You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for a closer look at the women's lacrosse program each step of the way. I wish you a wonderful fall and GO BLUE!

Coach Valore

Inside Michigan: Beilein Weekly

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If you have not driven by Crisler Center in a while, I encourage you to do so. It is really coming along and we can't wait to see the finished product. We thank the men and women who are working very hard to complete the Crisler renovations. We are thrilled that our fans will be able to experience big time college basketball within a big time venue.

Since my last post, school has begun and we have officially kicked off preseason workouts. The first couple of days in the classroom and on the court are organizational days. We instruct our players to really focus during these first few days because understanding now helps application later.

As our players are getting in shape to perform at a high level, Jeff Meyer and I have our own friendly competition going on in the weight room. We both are attacking our workouts to get in better shape for healthy living. I vow to keep working out five to six days a week all year long.

Jeff is a morning guy who prefers to get his workouts in early. I like the afternoons so I have been working out at the conclusion of the work day. It is nice to have a friend to push you to work out. Jeff is being a good teammate right now, and I am doing my best to keep up with the all planks, pushups and stretching he is doing.

The first home football game this weekend marks the first time we have the opportunity to bring in recruits. Football games serve as a great time to get to know prospective student-athletes and their families. The location of the William Davidson PDC gives us the opportunity to show recruits our facilities and at the same time let them enjoy a Big Ten football environment.

Go Blue!

-John