Sports Summary 21 Feb 12

MetroSource News 02/21/2012 11:06:42
Minnesota Sports

>>Love To Deliver Coats
(Minneapolis, MN) — Minnesota Timberwolves star Kevin Love has been doing it all on the court this year, earning his second straight all-star game appearance this weekend. Well, he continues to contribute off the court, as well. Later today, Love will deliver many of the coats collected during recent coat drives that were held at the Target Center. Love will drive a truck full of coats around the Minneapolis area delivering them to those who need the jackets. Coats were also collected around the city as part of the drive. Love returns to the hardwood tomorrow night, when the Wolves will host Utah at the Target Center at 7 p.m. Minnesota lost in overtime at Denver last night.

>>Gophers Men
(Minneapolis, MN) — University of Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith says his team will have its work cut out for it tomorrow night when number-six Michigan State visits Williams Arena for a Big Ten game. The Spartans are all alone atop the Big Ten standings and Smith says Michigan State’s Draymond Green will likely win the league’s player of the year honor. The Gophers lost at Michigan State earlier this year and Smith says his guys need to play with more toughness and take better care of the ball than they did in Saturday’s loss at Northwestern if they are to pull off an upset tomorrow night. The game tips off at 7:30 p.m.

>>Twins Add “B” Game
(Fort Myers, FL) — The Twins and Red Sox have added a “B” spring training game to their schedule. The game will be played on March 1st at Hammond Stadium and will feature mostly second-level pitching prospects. Team general manager Terry Ryan says an additional “B” game is a good way to get some of his 33 pitchers in camp some work to make sure they get a “fair shake.” Ryan says they will likely add one more “B” game a few days after this newly-scheduled outing. Manager Ron Gardenhire says they could also add an intrasquad scrimmage to help get pitchers some work. The team has a split squad game against Pittsburgh on March 10th, also designed to get extra innings for certain pitchers.

>>Wild Skate Today
(St. Paul, MN) — The Minnesota Wild don’t play again until a Thursday night road game at Florida and a Friday night road game at Dallas. But, head coach Mike Yeo [[ Yoh ]] has the unit scheduled for a midday skate at the Xcel Energy Center today to get ready for the road trip. Minnesota beat Boston 2-0 on Sunday. The Wild will practice tomorrow at the St. Thomas Ice Arena as they make way for the 2012 Girls State High School Hockey Tournament set to start Wednesday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

>>Girls Hockey
(St. Paul, MN) — Here is this week’s schedule of first round games in the 2012 Girls’ State Minnesota High School hockey tournament at the Xcel Energy Center:

  • Class 1-A: Wednesday – Warroad vs. Detroit Lakes, 11am Class 1-A: Wednesday – New Ulm vs. South St. Paul, 1pm Class 1-A: Wednesday – Breck School vs. Chisago Lakes, 6pm Class 1-A: Wednesday – Hutchinson vs. Red Wing, 8pm
  • Class 2-A: Thursday – Roseville Area vs. Grand Rapids/Greenway, 11am Class 2-A: Thursday – Edina vs. Mounds View, 1pm Class 2-A: Thursday – Eagan vs. Minnetonka, 6pm Class 2-A: Thursday – Roseau vs. Lakeville North, 8pm

>>MIAC Hockey Players Honored
(St. Paul, MN) — The men’s and women’s hockey players of the week have been tabbed in the MIAC. Gustavus Adolphus sophomore forward Adam Smyth of Burnsville is the mens’ honoree, while St. Olaf freshman goaltender Sam Ubl of Anoka is the women’s weekly winner.

>>MIAC Track and Field Athletes Win Honors
(St. Paul, MN) — Several MIAC student-athletes have won weekly citations for their work in track and field. St. Olaf sophomore Brian Saksa of Dassel is the men’s indoor track athlete of the week, while Hamline’s Brennan McKeag of Apple Valley is the men’s indoor field athlete of the week. The St. Thomas distance medley unit comprised of Kayla Goeman of Hopkins, Emily Van Heel of Swanville, Larissa Payton of St. Cloud and Taylor Berg of Eagan are the women’s indoor track athletes of the week. And, Hamline’s Brenna Coyle of Chisago Lakes is the women’s field honoree.

>>Grappler Honored
(Burnsville, MN) — Minnesota State-Mankato sophomore wrestler David Demo of Bozeman, Montana is the NSIC Wrestler of the Week. The 125-pounder earned a pair of wins last week, including an upset of number-seven Dylan Wright of St. Cloud State.

>>Wrestling Rankings
(Undated) — St. Cloud State remains this week’s number-one team in the NCAA Division Two wrestling coaches poll. The Huskies are 21-and-0 in dual meets this season. Minnesota State-Mankato is also receiving votes, sporting an 11-and-6 overall mark this season.

>>Swarm Player
(Buffalo, NY) — Minnesota Swarm player Andrew Suitor will serve as the West All-Stars’ assistant captain during this Saturday’s National Lacrosse League all-star game in Buffalo, New York. Suitor will be making his all-star game debut when the 6 p.m. game gets underway on Saturday.