Here is a look at some news and notes from the University of Minnesota in recent days:
Minnesota sophomore lefthander Glen Perkins (Stillwater, Minn.) was named a Collegiate Baseball Second-Team All-American for the second straight season, according to an announcement by Collegiate Baseball Magazine.
He becomes the first Minnesota pitcher since Wayne Knapp (in 1960-61) and Larry Bertelsen (1960-61) to claim All-American honors in back-to-back seasons. Paul Giel also claimed First-Team All-American honors in 1953 and '54, and also was a second-team All-American in 1952.
Perkins received second-team honors last year, and was also one Collegiate Baseball's Freshmen Players of the Year. Heading into this year's NCAA Tournament, Perkins already claimed the 2004 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year honors and the Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player of the Year award.
Rower Roche Named All-American
Minnesota senior rower Melissa Roche was named as a second-team All-America selection, announced recently by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association. It is the third straight season that Roche has been named an All-Big Ten, All-Region and All-America selection.
Roche rowed in every Varsity Eight race for the Golden Gophers in both the fall and spring seasons in 2003-04. As a member of the First Varsity Eight, Roche aided the Gophers to a 22nd-place finish at the prestigious Head of the Charles regatta and a win at the Head of the Iowa. Minnesota then opened the spring season with wins over Louisville and Iowa.
The Gophers finished the regular season with a home dual win over Kansas and SMU to earn Big Ten Boat of the Week honors. Roche and Minnesota finished fifth at the Big Ten Championships with 78 team points. Roche was named a first-team All-Big Ten selection in the championships. The Gophers finished eighth overall in the Lexus South/Central Regional Sprints and sixth overall in the region.
Minnesota head women's track and field coach Gary Wilson recently announced that Matt Bingle has been promoted to the position of Associate Head Coach of the Golden Gopher women's track and field program. Bingle has spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach. He will continue to oversee the sprints, hurdles, jumps and multi-event disciplines of the team, as well as an active role in the recruitment of student-athletes and as the staff liaison to the Compliance Office.
Odds and Ends
Minnesota wrestling coach J Robinson said in the Star Tribune over the weekend that he will no longer hold Gopher wrestling matches at the Target Center because the U does not do anything to promote wrestling. … Former Gopher wrestler Brock Lesnar recently donated $25,000 to the program. … The 23rd Annual Berg Golf Outing is today at the University of Minnesota/Les Bolstad Golf Course. This event is a scholarship fundraiser to benefit female student-athletes and is sponsored by Gold Country.
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