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Video story: Vandal Soccer heads to WAC championship

2 Nov

Whew, talk about updates galore. We’ve been slacking slightly on the video stories, but these babies are back in full swing. Front and center — a recap of Idaho’s weekend and looking ahead to the WAC tournament. Excitement abound.

Good Morning Vandal Nation: Nov. 5, 2009

5 Nov

We’re ramping up hoops coverage here at Vandal Nation — but that doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten about football.

Idaho’s Chelsea Small became the first Vandal ever named to the soccer All-WAC First Team. She led the WAC in shots with 101, scoring eight goals and adding four assists to lead the Vandals.

Now for your morning links.

Football

Basketball

Good Morning Vandal Nation: Oct. 27, 2009

27 Oct

Morning breaks with the news that the Idaho/Boise State game is under consideration for ESPN’s College GameDay. The Idaho Statesman reports that Idaho needs to win at least one — and preferably both — of its games between now and Nov. 14. The good news? Both are at home. The bad news? Fresno State comes to town in two weeks with one of the nation’s most dangerous rushers.

With that, here’s today’s links:

Football

Basketball

    Volleyball

    Soccer

    Tennis

    Good Morning Vandal Nation: Oct. 26, 2009

    26 Oct

    A drizzly, dark morning in Moscow to kick off Homecoming week. Fitting, given the usual weather patterns here — and the Vandals’ ugly performance in Reno this weekend. They’ll be looking to bounce back against Louisiana Tech on Saturday.

    A few programming notes: Beginning on Wednesday, we’ll be joining with Nevada Sagebrush sports editor Juan Lopez for a weekly live chat about Western Athletic Conference sports. The chat will run every Wednesday afternoon from 3 to 4 p.m. Pacific — we’ll break down the week that was, preview the week ahead and answer your questions.

    Also, hoops season kicks off this week — we’ll preview Friday’s Silver and Gold Scrimmage and have live coverage from the sidelines.

    Now to the links… which are fairly thin, as per usual for a Monday morning.

    Football

    Basketball

    Soccer

    Good Morning Vandal Nation: Oct. 19, 2009

    19 Oct

    Vandal Nation is waking up to a reality it hasn’t experienced since 1999: Idaho is bowl-eligible after defeating Hawaii on Saturday.

    The stats are pretty stunning: a 6-1 overall record and a conference-leading 3-0 record in the WAC. Running back DeMaundray Woolridge is ranked seventh in the nation in scoring and quarterback Nathan Enderle is 18th nationally in passing efficiency. (Thanks to SID extraordinaire Spencer Farrin for those stats.)

    Vandal defensive end Aaron Lavarias earned WAC Defensive Player of the Week honors after a four-tackle, two-sack day that included a forced fumble on the second sack, leading to Idaho’s game-clinching touchdown. Lavarias is the sixth Idaho player so honored this season, equaling the Vandals’ Player of the Week total for the last three years.

    Also, this isn’t WAC news, but it’s worthy of your attention nonetheless: Montana Grizzlies football coach Bobby Hauck is freezing out student journalists. He’s belittled them, sworn at them and refused to speak to them — all because they had the gall to report the truth about his team.

    There’s a lot of talk about Idaho — look what happens when you win a few games — so let’s get to your morning links:

    Football

    Men’s basketball

    Soccer

    Volleyball

    Good Morning Vandal Nation: Oct. 13, 2009

    13 Oct

    Brrrrr… the weather outside says it’s getting to be basketball season on the Palouse. Hoops practice begins Friday.

    Posting will be a bit sporadic today — we’ve got a couple big interviews to work on.

    But as always, here’s your morning dose of Western Athletic Conference news and notes.

    Football

    • I’ve got a feature story on Max Komar, a kid who started as a walk-on, endured the years of futility and is now the leading receiver on a winning football team. Click here for the Web-only unedited Q&A.
    • Vandal defensive back linebacker Tre’Shawn Robinson was officially reprimanded by the WAC after being ejected from the SJSU game for throwing a punch. ESPN.com’s Graham Watson has the story.

    Men’s basketball

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    Good Morning Vandal Nation: Oct. 12, 2009

    12 Oct

    It’s Monday morning, and as usual there’s a bunch of links looking at the weekend that was in college football.

    It’ll be a mainly-hoops day on Vandal Nation: we’ll have a breakdown of our Preseason All-WAC ballot and the first of nine team previews, in reverse order of predicted finish.

    But first, the links — with a heavy dose of Hawaii stories as we look ahead to Saturday.

    Football

    • The Spartan Daily also has a funny/sad story on Spartan coach Dick Tomey holding a lunch discussion for students… only six of whom bothered to show up. There’s some school spirit.

    Men’s basketball

    Women’s soccer

    • Idaho’s footy squad has dropped two home games in a row after losing in double overtime to defending champion Utah State. Idaho Athletics has the story.

    Good Morning Vandal Nation: Oct. 9, 2009

    9 Oct

    It’s everyone’s favorite WAC wake-up call, and this Friday day-before-gameday edition is chock-full-o-links. But first, a few housekeeping items.

    Vandal Nation will have a reduced posting schedule this weekend. I will be out of state to celebrate the life of my grandmother, and necessarily my attention is focused on personal matters.

    We’ll have complete WAC game previews this afternoon, and we will try to have a Vandal Gameday post tomorrow morning, with perhaps a quick game recap in the evening. Better Know a Foe will take the week off.

    With hoops practice set to start next week, our Western Athletic Conference basketball preview coverage will begin in earnest. This weekend, we’ll round out our hoops class rankings by looking at the league’s top freshmen. We’ll reveal our Preseason All-WAC ballot on Monday and begin a daily Preview Countdown in predicted order of finish, from worst to first.

    Remember, it’s Vandal Spirit Friday, so wear your Vandal gear!

    Let’s get to the links:

    Football

    Men’s basketball

    • As we reported last night, Idaho’s home rivalry game against Boise State on Jan. 25 will be nationally televised on ESPNU.

    Women’s soccer

    Volleyball

    Good Morning Vandal Nation: Oct. 5, 2009

    5 Oct

    Another day breaks in Moscow, and the college football world is beginning to realize that Idaho football is no joke, no fluke and no pushover.

    The Vandals pulled down two WAC Football Player of the Week awards for the first time ever — defensive back Shiloh Keo and kicker Trey Farquhar were named defensive and special teams Player of the Week, respectively.

    Football

    Women’s soccer

    Good Afternoon Vandal Nation: Oct. 4, 2009

    4 Oct

    It was a night of redemption in the Kibbie Dome for the Idaho Vandals and their fans, who stormed the field to celebrate together in a moment of collective catharsis.

    The Vandals (4-1, 1-0 WAC) charged back from a 14-point first-quarter deficit to defeat the Colorado State Rams, 31-29, in front of a sellout crowd of 16,000. It’s a program-defining win that firmly establishes Idaho as a contender in the Western Athletic Conference and brings within reach the team’s first bowl berth since 1998.

    Click here to view a replay of our live play-by-play coverage.

    It’s been a great weekend for Idaho sports — on Friday, the women’s soccer team handed Louisiana Tech its first defeat of the season in Ruston, La. and earlier Saturday, the volleyball team opened at home with a 5-set victory over Fresno State with 1,401 fans in Memorial Gym. Today, the soccer team plays New Mexico State. Live stats are available here.

    We’ll have more thoughts and reactions throughout the day, but let’s get right to the day’s links:

    Football

    • Sandra Kelly of the Moscow-Pullman Daily News has her take on the game, focusing on Shiloh Keo’s game-sealing defensive plays.

    Men’s basketball

    Women’s soccer

    Volleyball

    Good Morning Vandal Nation: Oct. 2, 2009

    2 Oct

    Today is Friday — and like every Friday, it’s Vandal Spirit Friday, so wear your Vandal gear!

    Remember to pick up your student tickets at the Kibbie Dome ticket office for tomorrow’s game — there can’t be many left.

    Coming today on Vandal Nation is our Better Know a Foe with The Coloradoan’s Kelly Lyell, complete previews of every WAC game this weekend and more.

    There’s a whole pile of links today, given that tomorrow is gameday, so let’s get right to it.

    Football

    Men’s basketball

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    Good Afternoon Vandal Nation: Sept. 29, 2009

    29 Sep

    We’re back, with a big pile of links from the weekend that was. All sorts of good stuff relating to the Idaho Vandals’ upset of Northern Illinois. We apologize for the day-long hiatus, but there was homework to catch up on!

    The Vandals are receiving more national attention than ever — as well they should, given their 3-1 record, the best FBS start in school history and the best overall since 1994.

    But the gridiron Vandals aren’t the only squad on a hot start. Idaho’s women’s soccer squad is 7-4 heading into conference play this weekend, also its best-ever season start.

    On Saturday, the Vandals will take to the Kibbie Dome for a nationally-televised night battle against the Colorado State Rams, which will close out the non-conference season. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. — students are advised to pick up their tickets soon, as nearly three-quarters of the allocation has already been distributed.

    Football

    • The Argonaut’s Jennifer Schlake has a game report that also mentions Nathan Enderle’s WAC Player of the Week honors.

    Men’s basketball

    • Chris Murray of the Reno Gazette-Journal and Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News both make preseason picks for the WAC’s best players. Murray’s top seniors and juniors; Groves’ top seniors and juniors. No surprise, Mac Hopson is among them.

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    Good Morning Vandal Nation: Sept. 25, 2009

    25 Sep

    The sun rises on another day in Vandal Nation, and it’s just one day to gameday in DeKalb, Ill.

    On tap today here, we’ll have previews of every Western Athletic Conference football matchup, along with coverage of today’s Idaho Vandals/South Dakota Coyotes soccer game.

    Football

    Men’s basketball

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    Good Morning Vandal Nation: Sept. 21, 2009

    21 Sep

    After our usual recovery-Sunday hiatus, there’s a big pile of WAC news from the weekend that was, so let’s get right to it.

    First, though, comes the news that Vandal linebacker JoJo Dickson has been named WAC Defensive Player of the Week.

    Dickson brought the house down with his spectacular, 74-yard interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter of Saturday’s Idaho Vandals/San Diego State Aztecs game. That opening score gave the Vandals a lead they would never relinquish. Dickson also contributed six tackles on defense, including three solo takedowns.

    Football

    • The Moscow-Pullman Daily News’ Sandra Kelly has another gamer.
    • The Spokesman-Review’s Josh Wright has yet another gamer — feeling the flow here?

    Volleyball

    • After a strong start, Vandal volleyball has now dropped six consecutive games. Idaho’s athletic site has the gory details on the losses to UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly.

    Soccer

    Tennis

    Cross country

    Vandals break losing streak against Eastern Washington; dominate in physical 4-1 win

    18 Sep

    The University of Idaho Vandals soccer squad pushed aside five years of history tonight with a dominating win over rival Eastern Washington University.

    “This was a very satisfying win,” coach Peter Showler said. “We battled, we closed things down, we had players in tight. Everyone worked hard for each other.”

    The Vandals (5-3) had lost five straight to the EWU Eagles before this evening’s match, including a heartbreaking 1-0 loss last year in a game where everything but luck was in the Vandals’ favor. In that game, the Vandals dominated the Eagles in every category only to watch shot after shot ring off the Eagles goalpost.

    The Vandals struck early in tonight’s game, with Erica Hart blasting a shot past Eagles goalkeeper Lisa Dimak 3:28 into the game.

    “Playing forward was a different experience for me,” said Hart, who started off as a defensemen early in the season before advancing to midfield and finally forward. “It was a little nerve-racking, but it was fun working with Chelsea Small.”

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