April 12, 2013
By Tom Schott
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Four Purdue student athletic trainers came to the rescue of a runner who was found unconscious north of Ross-Ade Stadium last Saturday. While setting up for the football team's scrimmage around 9:15 a.m., juniors Shelby Heilman, Erica Illium, Jennifer Vande Loo and Adrian Yepez discovered an elderly man lying face down on the pavement, his face purple in color and bleeding from one of his temples. He was not breathing and did not have a pulse. Another bystander had called 911. After rolling the man over on to his back, Heilman and Illium began administering CPR via compressions, while Yepez stabilized the man's head and chest and opened his air way, and Vande Loo continued checking the man's pulse. Within a few minutes, a law enforcement officer arrived with a defibrillator and, shortly thereafter, an ambulance arrived. The man's pulse was restored, and he was taken away in the ambulance. For Heilman, it was the second time she was involved in administering CPR in a real-life situation.
Football Spring Game
The football team will wrap up spring practice with its spring game tomorrow. The Ross-Ade Stadium gates will open at noon, with kickoff set for 1 p.m., but there are a host of other pregame events. There is no admission charge for the game. Click here for all the day's details and click here for the Gold and Black team rosters. Among the former Boilermakers expected back on campus this weekend are head coach Jim Young, quarterbacks Bob Griese and Mark Herrmann, fullback Mike Alstott and safety Stuart Schweigert.
Women's Golf on a Roll
The women's golf team is having an outstanding spring, with three tournament championships thus far, including the last two it played. The Boilermakers won the Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate in March and the web.com Invitational that wrapped up Tuesday. They are No. 11 in the country in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Senior Paula Reto was the medalist at the web.com, winning in a playoff, and subsequently was named Big Ten Golfer of the Week. Purdue, which has one regular-season tournament remaining - the Lady Buckeye Invitational at Ohio State on April 20 and 21 - has finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships each of the last seven years.
Softball Has Key Series at Indiana
The softball team begins a key three-game series at intrastate rival Indiana tonight at 6. The two teams will play Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. The Friday and Sunday games will be webcast on BTN.com and Purdue All-Access. Both the Boilermakers and the Hoosiers are 3-6 in Big Ten play, tied with Ohio State for seventh place. Purdue leads the all-time series 22-17 (it is 11-11 in games played in Bloomington), and the teams have split the last 10 meetings, dating to 2008.
Drey Mingo of the women's basketball team received the Brady Sports Achievement Award on Thursday night in Indianapolis. The Brady Sports Achievement Awards were established by the Methodist Sports Medicine Research and Education Foundation and are sponsored by ATI Physical Therapy to honor four Indiana student-athletes that have overcome injury or hardship. Mingo overcame a bout with bacterial meningitis and subsequent loss of hearing in November of 2010 and a season-ending knee injury in October of 2011 before finishing her career with the Boilermakers this season. She graduated last May with a degree in biology and a minor in Spanish and presently is pursuing a graduate degree in occupational and environmental health sciences.
The inaugural Golden Pete Awards show took place last Sunday at Loeb Playhouse on campus. The baseball team won the Best Performance Award for its 2012 Big Ten regular-season and tournament championships. Women's basketball won Best Pregame Ritual. Robert Maci of the football team and volleyball's Ariel Turner received the Big Ten Medal of Honor (demonstrating the greatest proficiency in scholarship and athletics), and Turner also received the Varsity Walk Award (outstanding senior who has participated as a varsity athlete and brought national recognition to Purdue).
The 2000 Purdue football team that played in the Rose Bowl will be featured on the BTN's "Big Ten Elite" series this fall. A crew is on campus this weekend conducting interviews and will travel to New Orleans and Wyoming later this month to visit with quarterback Drew Brees and head coach Joe Tiller. Tim Newton, radio play-by-play voice of the Boilermakers, will narrate the piece ... Among the featured speakers at today's football coaching clinic is George Catavolos, who intercepted USC's two-point conversion pass attempt to preserve Purdue's 14-13 victory in the 1967 Rose Bowl. Catavolos coached both in college and the NFL and is speaking on "Secondary Organization and Drills" ... Junior Terone Johnson received the men's basketball team's John R. Wooden Most Valuable Player Award. Johnson paced Purdue with 13.5 points per game and ranked second with 4.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists ... Senior All-American Ivan Lopouchanski was named the wrestling team's Most Outstanding Wrestler on the heels of posting a 32-4 record at 149 pounds ... The women's basketball team was ranked No. 20 in the final USA Today top 25 national coaches poll.