Junior college hall of fame coach Jay Pivec has applied for the
new men’s head basketball coaching job at Dakota County Technical College in
Rosemount. Pivec’s coaching job was eliminated at Minneapolis Community
and Technical College when the school disbanded its basketball programs
after last season. Dakota County Technical plans to start men’s
basketball and women’s volleyball programs for the next school year.
Dakota already has soccer, baseball and softball teams. The new
basketball coach will need to assemble a roster and schedule, plus help
determine practice and game sites (not available on campus). It was 20 years ago this spring
that Pivec was hired at Minneapolis Community and Technical College where he
had a legendary career.
Don’t expect the Washington Wizards management, including coach Flip
Saunders, to struggle with who to pick at No. 1 in the upcoming NBA
draft. With the first overall choice, the Wizards will take Kentucky
point guard John Wall, not Ohio State forward Evan Turner.
Gophers basketball season ticket holders will pay $2 more per game ($33)
for next season. It’s the second increase since 2002.
It’s not difficult to realize why the Twins pitching is so-so, just look
back to 2006. Four years ago the Twins had a promising prospect in
rookie Matt Garza, a first year wonder in Francisco Liriano,
a Cy Young winner in Johan Santana and All-Star closer Joe
Nathan. Garza, now with Tampa Bay, is 5-3 and among the league
leaders in wins. Liriano, who has impressed several times this
season, is still trying to prove he’s a
dominant pitcher after Tommy John surgery nearly four years ago.
Santana hasn’t been Cy Young-like while pitching for the Mets, but could help
the Twins a lot. Nathan is out for the season following Tommy John surgery.
Garza, with 57 strikeouts, is the right-handed power pitcher the Twins
lack in the rotation. He’s also durable. In five of his last
10 starts he’s pitched eight innings.
Anthony Slama is 0-0 with a 1.69 ERA at AAA Rochester. The right-handed relief pitcher,
26, has impressed in the minor leagues but Twins general manager
Billy Smith said on KSTP Radio last Sunday that Slama has more work to
do in the minors. “He’s going to be a big league pitcher,” Smith said.
The baseball Gophers, who won the regular
season Big Ten title, will play their first game today in the conference
tournament in Columbus against Indiana starting at 6 p.m. Minneapolis
time. All tournament games are being televised on the Big Ten Network.
writer Peter King stirred up the Green Bay-Vikings rivalry with
his recent power rankings of NFL teams. He has the Packers No. 1 and
the Vikings (a “bubble team” for the playoffs) at No. 13. He writes
that the Vikings offensive line is in “decline.”
the Minneapolis born, Roseau raised hockey player, has eight goals in 16
NHL playoff games this spring for Chicago, a team that opens the Stanley
Cup playoffs on Saturday against Philadelphia. The 6-4, 257 pound wing, who
also has played defense, only scored 17 goals during the regular season.
The Hockey News rated Blaine
Nick Bjugstad as the second-best American
prospect and ninth-best prospect overall in its final rankings before
next month’s NHL Entry Draft. Defenseman Cam Fowler,
from Farmington Hills, Michigan, is ranked No. 3.
Gustavus' Max Hanson is the Central Region Men's Track Athlete of
the Year, Bethel's Marie Borner the region’s Women's Track
Athlete of the Year and Gustavus' Janey Helland the Field Athlete
of the Year.