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The Start of a New Year

This season, players from LMU Men's Tennis will provide weekly blog entries providing insight into men's tennis program. Check out this website each week for new blog entries.  Today's initial entry comes from junior Daniel Simko before this weekend's USTA Pro Classic Futures Tournament in Claremont, Calif.:

Greetings LMU men's tennis fans. I trust you are all in good health, and why shouldn't you be, you've earned it.

It's been a long time coming and the summer is over, or for some of us from outside the states: the winter! The dream of starting up class and trainnig has finally become a reality. A reality so mesmerising you could take a scoop of it and mix it in with your favourite cereal.

With the inclusion of a new team member, Othar (Kordsachia), formally known as the "Othanator," I can only assume it has everyone on the edge of their seats, so far on the edge of their seats it would be hard for an observer to identify whether you are actually sitting or in some sort of crouching position. Whispers of another American joining us in the spring have crept through the grapevine and is only adding fuel to the growing excitment flame.

Fitness has been a key component for the first few weeks on campus. Sweat has poured and muscles have flexed as we strive to gain an unbeatable fitness base. The boys were treated by our fitness trainner "Longo" (Nick Longo) to a beach workout. It was a grueling workout, on a perfect So Cal day. After the hard work, we frolicked in the ocean for a while. The German boys especially like the water. Evidence of the sun was clear the next day as Felix pasty white skin, turned red. I am confident he will soon be the most tanned German of all time. On a more serious note, the guys will be playing in three Pro Tournament matches over the next three week ends. It is a fantastic opportunity to gain some tough match practice, and hopefully a few guys may get an ATP point.

It's going to be an exciting year for LMU mens tennis, join the Facebook page. Spread it to your friends. Like it. Love it.


Daniel Simko

COURTESY MLB.com -- Searching for more offensive production, the D-backs recalled Minor League RBI leader Ryan Wheeler from Triple-A Reno on Friday and released veteran Geoff Blum.

Wheeler, a third baseman, was a Pacific Coast League midseason All-Star and was leading the Minors with 90 RBIs while batting .351 with 15 homers in 93 games.

The 24-year-old made his Major League debut on Friday batting eighth and playing third against the Astros with eight to 12 family members in attendance.

He collected his first career hit in the seventh inning on a single to center field and later scored. Television cameras caught Wheeler's parents in the stands becoming emotional while watching their son.

"For them to see me out there in a D-backs uniform, it's special," Wheeler said. "I've called them every night to let them know how games have gone."

For the complete story, visit:  http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120720&content_id=35248254&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb

Sam Fischer concluded her senior season at LMU by leading the nation in batting average (.492) and becoming the first Lion in softball program history to earn All-American honors. In June, she achieved another milestone - being named to the 2012 USA Softball Women's National Team.

Check out this feature from the <i>Norman (OK) Transcript</i> on Fischer's rise from LMU to earning an opportunity to try out, and be selected to Team USA.

Fischer Beats Longshot Odds to Represent Mid-Major Programs With Team USA
The run-and-gun era that was the late 1980s for LMU's basketball is constantly featured in magazines and news specials to this day. Yahoo!Sports writer Jeff Eisenberg is working on a series of articles on the 10 most untouchable records in sports. LMU's 186-point game is ranked No. 7. Interview for the story was LMU scorekeeper Dale Marini, who has been doing the games since 1970. Eisenberg went on to do a feature on Marini and his days of writing down each and every point of those fast-paced days. Take a look:

National television coverage commences Thursday, March 1

SAN BRUNO, Calif. ---
The West Coast Conference announced today that BYUtv will produce and broadcast eight games from the 2012 Zappos.com West Coast Conference Basketball Championships at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.  BYUtv will broadcast the men's and women's second round on Thursday, March 1, the women's quarterfinals on Friday, March 2 and the women's semifinals on Saturday, March 3.

In addition, all eight games produced by BYUtv will air live on ESPN3 and seven of the eight games will be carried by ESPN Full Court. This is in addition to the six games that will be televised live by ESPN: the men's quarterfinals on ESPNU, men's semifinals on ESPN2, women's championship on ESPNU and men's championship on ESPN. 

"We are enthusiastic about partnering with BYUtv at the Zappos.com West Coast Conference Basketball Championships for the second consecutive year," WCC Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich said. "In addition to our multiple broadcasts on ESPN, BYUtv will help enhance both our national and international exposure for the tournament.
"We are thrilled that BYU Basketball joined the prestigious West Coast Conference," said Derek Marquis, Managing Director of BYUtv. "And we're equally excited to provide coverage of the 2012 Zappos.com West Coast Conference Basketball Championships to fans who wouldn't otherwise be able to watch their favorite teams in action."
BYUtv is currently in over 60 million homes nationwide on DirecTV, Dish Network and approximately 600 other cablesystems throughout the United States. BYUtv is also available in HD via live streaming and video-on-demand through
, BYUtv iPhone/iPad apps, and Roku or Google TV devices. A comprehensive list of where to find BYUtv is available at http://byutv.org/getBYUtv.

Here is a game-by-game look at media coverage for the 2012 Zappos.com West Coast Conference Basketball Championships:
Wednesday, February 29
Women's Game #1: No. 8 vs. No. 9, 3:00 p.m.
(Live streaming on WCCsports.com)
Men's Game #1: No. 8 vs. No 9, 6:00 p.m.
(Live streaming on WCCsports.com/Audio: Sirius Satellite Radio)
Thursday, March 1
Women's Game #2: No. 8/9 vs. No. 5, 12:00 p.m.
(BYUtv/ESPN3/ESPN Full Court)
Women's Game #3: No. 6 vs. No. 7, 30 min. after game #2
(BYUtv/ESPN3/ESPN Full Court)
Men's Game #2: No. 8/9 vs. No. 5, 6:00 p.m.
(BYUtv/ESPN3/ESPN Full Court/Audio: Sirius Satellite Radio)
Men's Game #3: No. 6 vs. No. 7, 30 min. after game #2
(BYUtv/ESPN3/ESPN Full Court/Audio: Sirius Satellite Radio)
Friday, March 2
Women's Game #4: No. 5/8/9 vs. No. 4, 12:00 p.m.
(BYUtv/ESPN3/ESPN Full Court)
Women's Game #5: No. 6/7 vs. No. 3, 30 min. after game #4
(BYUtv/ESPN3/ESPN Full Court)
Men's Game #4: No. 5/8/9 vs. No. 4, 6:00 p.m.
(ESPNU/ESPN3/Audio: Sirius Satellite Radio)
Men's Game #5: No. 6/7 vs. No. 3, 8:00 p.m.
(ESPNU/ESPN3/Audio: Sirius Satellite Radio)
Saturday, March 3
Women's Game #6: No. 4/5/8/9 vs. No. 2, 12:00 p.m.
(BYUtv/ESPN3/ESPN Full Court)
Women's Game #7: No. 3/6/7 vs. No. 1, 30 min. after game #6
Men's Game #6: No. 4/5/8/9 vs. No. 2, 6:00 p.m.
(ESPN2/ESPN3/Audio: Sirius Satellite Radio)
Men's Game #7: No. 3/6/7 vs. No. 1, 30 min. after game #6
(ESPN2/ESPN3/Audio: Sirius Satellite Radio)
Monday, March 5
Women's Game #8: Championship Game, 12:00 p.m.
Men's Game #8: Championship Game, 6:00 p.m.
(ESPN/ESPN3/Audio: Westwood One Radio)



I just want to thank all of the students, parents and families, alums, faculty/staff, LionsFund members and all Lion fans who came to cheer on the Lions against Valpo in the BracketBusters game last night.  

You were difference makers! Tonight, with your spirit and enthusiasm, we made an impression on national television.

We cannot thank you enough.

I hope to see you again for our last two games on Thursday and Saturday.  These are BIG games for the team and Saturday is senior night.  Come and say farewell to Drew, Laron and Tim in their last home game.  All three have unique stories, but in the end they are Lions to be proud of how they have represented anyone associated with LMU.  

Again thank you for making last night so special.

Go Lions!

On the web: http://www.wccsports.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/020612aab.html

2012 Zappos.com WCC Basktball Championships ticket/hotel update
Hotel rooms going fast, single-game tickets expected to be available

SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Hotel rooms are selling fast for the 2012 Zappos.com West Coast Conference Basketball Championships at the Orleans Arena. The event begins on February 29 and runs through March 5 as 18 teamscompete for two automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament.

The conference has released the following ticket and hotel information for the championships and information will be regularly updated on WCCsports.com in the days leading up to the event:
Ticket Availability
All-session tickets are sold out.  
However, a limited number of single game tickets are expected to be available each morning during the tournament at the Orleans Arena box office.  Any single game tickets available will go on sale at 10 a.m. each day for that day's games.

Hotel Availability
The WCC block for championship weekend at the Orleans Hotel still has limited availability, but fans are encouraged to book quickly to ensure rooms at the special WCC rate. Rooms can be reserved by calling 1-800-675-3267 or visiting www.orleanscasino.com/groups and using booking code 2WCCFAN

The Palms Casino and the Palms Place and Spa, both official corporate partners of the West Coast Conference for the thirdstraight year, are also offering special WCC room blocks and rates. The Palms will also run a free shuttle to-and-from the Orleans Arena, beginning approximately two hours before tournament games.
For more information regarding the 2012 Zappos.com West Coast Conference Basketball Championships, please visit WCCsports.com.

Inside the Numbers

For LMU men's basketball, most offensive numbers (and its records) start and end in the late 1980s. "The System" set offensive numbers so high, at last count 13 were still NCAA Division I records.

With that said, the Lions' 90-88 win over San Francisco on Saturday, which include a 60-point second half, had some numbers that hadn't been seen at Gersten Pavilion for quite some time. Here is a little more look into those numbers:

• The Box Score: It was uncommonly similar. FGs: LMU 29-for-60; USF 29-for-61. 3FGs: LMU 11-for-20; USF 11-for-27. FTs: LMU 21-for-25; USF 19-for-23. Rebounds: LMU 7o-24d=32 total. USF 7o-24d=32 total. Fouls: 20 each. Assists: LMU 18, USF 16. TOs: LMU 14; USF 13. Blocks: 1 each. Steals: 7 each. This all coming in a series that has been decided by a TOTAL of six points in the last four games. 2010-11: 1 point, 2 points. 2011-12: 1 points, 2 points.

• LMU trailed by 19 in the first half and then by 16 with 7:28 to play in the second half. The teams combined in the second half for 105 points, 16 three-pointers (on 26 attempts for a 61.5 percent clip), 27-for-32 shooting from the free throw line (84 percent) and 54 percent shooting from the field (31-for-57).

• The Lions comeback included a 10-for-13 clip from the three point line (76.9 percent), including a 4-for-4 clip by Drew Viney and a 3-for-4 clip by Jarred DuBois. They finished 18-for-30 from the field overall (60 percent) and went 14-for-15 (93.3 percent from the charity stripe. 

• The 60-point half was the most since the Lions scored 69 in the second half against USC on Nov. 30, 1993. The 60 points in a half is not a new thing, they did it four times in 1991-92, seven times in 1990-91 and 18 times in 1989-90. The Lions 122 points per game in that 89-90 season still holds the NCAA D-I record.

• LMU's 90 points in WCC play was the most since scoring 94 points on Feb. 6, 2006. Prior to USF's 88 points, LMU had not allowed more than 77 on the season (Florida State) and more than 71 (Saint Mary's) in WCC play. In fact, the Lions' had allowed no more than 68 in nine of the previous 10 games. 

There is more to come, as the Lions head to their toughest road stretch of the season when they play at Portland, Gonzaga and No. 16 Saint Mary's in their next three. It begins Thursday at Portland. Listen live on KXLU 88.9 FM starting at 8 pm.

Here are the weekly award winners for Jesuit Men's Basketball for the week of 12/26/11 to 1/1/12.  Again, to demonstrate how far-reaching the Jesuit "conference" is, the ten players on this list come from 10 different states.
Jesuit Men's Player of the Week

Aaron Broussard (Seattle, Sr., F, 6-5, Federal Way, WA)
25.0 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 1.5 spg, 20-39 FG, 3-8 3PTFG, 7-8 FT
Led Redhawks to title game of Elgin Baylor Classic, named all-tourney despite loss
Posted career high in scoring with 31 vs. Nebraska-Omaha,  averaging 26.3 points and 9.0 rebounds over past two weeks
Jesuit Honor Roll

Angelo Caloiaro (San Francisco, Sr., F, 6-8, Saratoga, CA)
20.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.5 spg, 14-25 FG, 7-10 FT
Powered a USF rally vs. Loyola Marymount, scoring 21 after halftime (26 in all) as Dons wiped out big deficit to force OT before losing
Steve Catich (Wheeling Jesuit, Sr., F, 6-5, Tyrone, PA)
31 points, 3 rebs., 1 steal, 13-16 FG, 4-7 3PTFG, 1-4 FT
Continued stellar final season by leading Cardinals to win in only action of week. Has scored in double figures in all 11 games with 16+ in all but one game
Sam Dower (Gonzaga, So., C, 6-9, Brooklyn Park, MN)
17.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 12-18 FG, 3-4 3PTFG, 8-9 FT
Came off bench to spark Bulldogs to a 2-0 week and help extend GU win streak to six, had double-double (20 pts., 10 rebs.) in just 22 minutes in big win over JBS rival Xavier
Kevin Foster (Santa Clara, Jr., G, 6-2, Katy, TX)
22.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.5 spg, 16-31 FG, 10-17 3PTFG, 3-6 FT
Played key role as Broncos reached final of Cable Car Classic only to see strong comeback wiped out by controversial buzzer-beater, named to all-tournament team
Chris Gaston (Fordham, Jr., F, 6-7, Union City, NY)
23 points, 17 rebs., 2 assts., 3 steals, 6-16 FG, 11-15 FT
Dominated inside as Rams surprised Georgia Tech in only game of the week, 10th double-double of the season to lead the nation, has at least 15 points and 15 rebounds in three of last four games
Anthony Ireland (Loyola Marymount, So., G, 5-10, Waterbury, CT)
15.5 ppg, 4.5 apg, 8.0 apg, 1.5 spg, 10-24 FG, 9-10 FT
Guided Lions to a 2-0 week, sinking the game-winning runner with 1.8 seconds left in OT to beat JBS rival San Francisco
Otto Porter (Georgetown, Fr., F, 6-8, Sikeston, MO)
10.0 ppg, 13.0 rpg, 1.5 spg, 8-13 FG, 4-7 FT
Came up big in key spots as Hoyas went 2-0, including a win at Louisville
Scored 6 of the final 8 points of the game to hold off the Cardinals and had a timely putback basket in win over Providence
Rakim Sanders (Fairfield, R-Sr., F, 6-5, Pawtucket, RI)
19.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.5 apg, 13-22 FG, 7-12 3PTFG, 5-5 FT
Helped lead the Stags to a 1-1 week, including a JBS win over Canisius, has scored in double figures in 12 of 14 games this season
Corey Shontz (John Carroll, Sr., G, 6-1, Andover, OH)
17.0 ppg, 5.0 apg, 5.0 spg, 11-22 FG, 11-12 FT
MVP of Bill Sudeck Holiday Tournament after leading Blue Streaks to title, their second in-season tourney title of the season and his second MVP award

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From the West Coast Chatter blog ...

SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- Happy New Year from the West Coast Conference! Although we're just a week in, conference play in the WCC is off to another entertaining start. It's going to be a wild ride, and I personally can't wait to see where we end up.

First off, join us every Wednesday night for your chance to interact with WCC coaches and student-athletes on our famous WCC Live talk show. This popular Internet radio talk show airs each Wednesday from 8 to 9 p.m. Pacific. On this week's show, host Jeff Lampe will chat live with Santa Clara sophomore Evan Roquemore, LMU sophomore Anthony Ireland, USF senior Rheina Ale, and Saint Mary's sophomore Stephen Holt. Best of all, you can take part! Submit questions any time by e-mail (radio@westcoast.org); Twitter (@WCCsports); or on our Facebook page (Facebook.com/WCCsports); or by phone (877-779-6383) during the live broadcast.

If you can't catch the show live, don't worry. You can listen on-demand anytime. You can even download the show for your mp3 player, free of charge. The link to tune-in: http://blogtalkradio.com/wccsports

Also, we're bringing back the popular "Road to Las Vegas" web video series. Each week, join host Ted Robinson and other WCC correspondents as they bring you men's and women's highlights and interviews. On the first show (set to debut on January 4), we get to know LMU junior Alex Cowling, the WCC's leading scorer. In addition, Sean Farnham hosts a round table discussion with head coaches Marty Wilson, Rex Walters, and Eric Reveno on what it takes to build a program. New this year, we'll take you Around the WCC in a fast-paced segment to get you caught up on the latest WCC news. New episodes of "The Road to Las Vegas" can be seen on WCCsports.com and on our YouTube channel every Wednesday leading up to the tournament in Las Vegas.


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