May 24, 2013
By Tom Schott
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The good news is the women's golf team enters today's final round of the NCAA Championships tied for third place. The bad news is the Boilermakers, Alabama and UCLA trail run-away leader USC by 28 strokes, while they are 11 strokes behind runner-up Duke. Purdue will be paired with the Trojans and Blue Devils today by virtue of recording the lowest third-round team score (seven-over 295) of the third-place teams. Senior Paula Reto leads the Boilermakers with a two-under 214, good for a tie for seventh place. Classmate Laura Gonzalez-Escallon is tied for 17th with a one-over 217. The Boilermakers have finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships seven straight years. They were national champions in 2010 and runners-up in 2011, and placed ninth last season.
Baseball Youngsters Honored by Big Ten
It is no secret that the 2013 baseball team was characterized by youth after the program lost seven players, including three seniors-to-be, to the professional ranks last June. So it's appropriate that four Boilermakers were named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team earlier this week: catcher Josh Estill, outfielder Kyle Johnson, starting pitcher Jordan Minch and designated player Kyle Wood. Purdue's four selections were the most among conference schools, one more than Indiana and Michigan.
Last Chance to Register for John Purdue Day
Today is the deadline to register for John Purdue Day. To do so, contact the John Purdue Club office by phone (800-213 2239 or 765-494-3248) or via email. Also, the 2013 Boilermakers Coaches Caravans got under way yesterday in Lake County. There are six more stops. For all the details, click here.
Reading, Writing, Arithmetic and Wrestling
For the second straight season, the wrestling team has earned National Wrestling Coaches Association honors for having the No. 30 grade-point average in the country. Senior Ivan Lopouchanski, junior Camden Eppert and sophomore Patrick Kissel each secured spots on the NWCA All-Academic team. The Boilermakers were one of just eight teams to have at least three individuals honored, including one of just four in the Big Ten.
Keady Honored by Hometown
Former Purdue men's basketball coach Gene Keady will be honored in his hometown of Larned, Kan., on June 8. The town with a population of 4,100 will rename Third Street, where Keady was raised by his parents, Mary Helen and Lloyd Gibson Keady, Gene Keady Way." Keady, who will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in November, is the winningest coach in Purdue history with a record of 512-270 from 1980 to 2005. He owns a 550-289 mark in 27 seasons as a Division I head coach. Counting his time in junior college and high school, as well as four stints with USA Basketball, Keady has a lifetime head coaching record of 879-381 (.698 winning percentage). "It is a great privilege to be able to give recognition to a hometown boy," Larned mayor Robert Pivonka said. Gene Keady has, over his lifetime and coaching tenure, shown the character and hard-working values on which he was raised. To be able to designate Third Street as 'Gene Keady Way' will be an honor for the citizens of Larned and Pawnee County." Keady, who has served as special assistant/advisor for St. John's men's basketball since 2010, celebrated his 77th birthday on Tuesday.
NFF Honors Dinner Set for June 10
Olympic Gold Medalist David Boudia, Miss Indiana MerrieBeth Cox and NFL Executive of the Year Ryan Grigson will be the primary honorees at the National Football Foundation's Joe Tiller Chapter of Northwest Indiana Honors Dinner on Monday, June 10, at the Purdue Memorial Union Ballrooms. Among the speakers and presenters on stage will be new football coach Darrell Hazell, emeritus football coach Joe Tiller and athletics director Morgan Burke, while Purdue President Mitch Daniels and New Orleans Saints All-Pro quarterback Drew Brees will provide video presentations. Table prices are the same as last year for a table of eight ($400 for general public, $320 for NFF chapter members and honorees' families, and $280 for students). Single tickets are $55 for public, $45 for members and $35 for students. VIP Dessert Reception tickets are $100 each for a chance to meet the honorees. To order or for more information, contact Jim Vruggink by phone (765-427-3303) or via email.
The track and field teams have 17 men and six women at the NCAA East Regionals, which got under way Thursday and run through Saturday. Purdue is competing in 20 individual events (13 on the men's side and seven on the women's side), plus a men's relay ... Junior Adam Schenk tied for ninth place at NCAA Columbus Regional and just missed qualifying for the NCAA Championships. His four-over 217 was three strokes behind Virginia's Denny McCarthy, who finished as the top player not on a team advancing from Columbus and earned the one individual spot in the championships ... Junior outfielder Andie Varsho has earned third team Capital One Academic All-America honors. She is Purdue's first softball Academic All-American since Tricia Lilley in 2006 and the sixth in program history ... The volleyball team returns from its 12-day European tour this afternoon. By all accounts, it has been a wonderful experience ... Former defensive end Ryan Kerrigan, heading into his third season with the Washington Redskins this fall, graduated last weekend with a degree in sociology ... The 2013 Purdue football season - and the Darrell Hazell Era - kicks off 14 weeks from tomorrow - 98 days. The Boilermakers' Homecoming game against Northern Illinois on Sept. 28 will start at noon ET ... Have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend.