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March 7, 2012

Lumberjack News from the AD, Edition 59

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lumberjack News from the AD, Edition 59

The 2012 Northern Arizona football team will host five home games with a new look Big Sky Conference schedule with the addition of four football schools to the conference this season.

“The 2012 season brings the first year of the new Big Sky Conference with the addition of the new teams,” said Head Coach Jerome Souers. “We are going to experience a lot of change in the traditions of who we have played normally.”

The Big Sky welcomes the University of North Dakota and Southern Utah University as full members and two football affiliate members in Cal Poly and UC Davis in 2012.

“Playing Cal Poly, UC Davis and North Dakota will give us different opponents than we have seen,” said Souers. “The challenge will be fun and invigorating and interesting for the fans to see. The traditional games we have played will also be quality games for our football program. I am really excited about it and I think our team is as well.”

The Lumberjacks will host Fort Lewis in the home opener on Sept. 15 after playing two road games to open the season at Arizona State (Sept. 1) and UNLV (Sept. 8).

“The non-conference schedule is challenging and exciting,” said Souers. “Overall, the 2012 schedule is an opportunity to accomplish some great goals. For a team that was so close last year and ready to emerge, I think it is a great schedule.”

NAU opens Big Sky Conference play at Montana on Sept. 22 before returning for the Family Weekend contest against Portland State on Sept. 29.

“We are going to get our quality of play up to speed early,” said Souers. “When you open up conference play against Montana, we have to be at our midseason best. I really believe our non-conference schedule will prepare us to be tough on the road.”

After a bye week on Oct. 6, NAU will travel to North Dakota in Grand Forks, N.D., on Oct. 13 for the first time. The Lumberjacks finish the regular season by hosting three of their final five games at home. NAU hosts new Big Sky affiliate member UC Davis on Oct. 20 for Homecoming before back-to-back road games at Northern Colorado (Oct. 27) and at Idaho State (Nov. 3).

The Lumberjacks will then host new full member Southern Utah on Nov. 10 and football affiliate member Cal Poly on Nov. 17.

“Southern Utah has grown into a rival team,” said Souers. “Geographically they are close and every game we have played with them has been close and now they will count in conference.”

Games times will be announced at a later date.

 

2012 Northern Arizona University Football Schedule

Sept. 1, at Arizona State, Tempe, Ariz., TBA; Sept. 8, at UNLV, Las Vegas, Nev., TBA; Sept. 15, FT. LEWIS, FLAGSTAFF, TBA; Sept. 22, at Montana, Missoula, Mont., TBA; Sept. 29, PORTLAND STATE (FW), FLAGSTAFF, TBA; Oct. 13, at North Dakota, TBA; Oct. 20, UC DAVIS (Homecoming), FLAGSTAFF, TBA; Oct. 2, at Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colo., TBA, Nov. 3, at Idaho State, Pocatello, Idaho, TBA, Nov. 10, SOUTHERN UTAH, FLAGSTAFF, TBA; Nov. 17, CAL POLY, FLAGSTAFF, TBA.

NEWS AND NOTES…

Offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren has accepted a position at San Jose State. We wish Brian and his family the best and thank him for his dedication to the program over the last six years. Best of luck to track and field’s Diego Estrada this week at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Boise State in Nampa, Idaho. Diego will compete in the 5,000 meters on Friday at 8:05 p.m. entering the race with the fifth-best time, returning on Saturday in the 3,000m at 7:55 p.m.. Both races will be available to watch online on ESPN 3. Congratulations to women’s basketball’s Amy Patton for earning All-Big Sky second team honors this week. Freshman James Douglas was named the Big Sky Freshman of the Year by College Sports Madness, which also recognized Durrell Norman with All-Big Sky honors. The swimming and diving program will also be represented at the NCAA Zone Diving Championships this week by four student-athletes: Cassie Anderson, Kristy Ardavanis, Holly Frost and Kali Lents. Competition begins on Thursday.

THANKS TO THIS WEEK’S SPOTLIGHT CORPORATE SPONSOR...
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona   – http://www.azblue.com

2012 NAU LUMBERJACK GOLF CLASSIC - Saturday, April 14…

Join NAU Athletics for a great day of golf at the 2012 NAU Lumberjack Golf Classic on Saturday, April 14. The outing will take place at the Oakcreek Country Club in Sedona, Ariz., with proceeds to benefit the Lumberjack Athletic association, NAU athletic scholarships, and our NAU student-athletes. The day will begin with registration and the driving range open at 12 p.m. with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. The registration fee is $125 per person and includes driving range, 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch, tee-prizes, contests, and much more!  To make a reservation, please call Rocky Silvestri at 928-523-3389 or email Rocky.Silvestri@nau.edu by Monday, April 9.  Sponsorship opportunities are also available. To view the brochure for this event, click here.

STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT…

Stephanie Kim, a junior from Tempe, Ariz., has a 3.73 grade point average in photography. Kim was the top Lumberjack at this weekend's Red Rocks Invitational, finishing in a tie for fifth with an eight-over par 152 in the two-round event. After the first day, she was in a tie for 10th after shooting a first round five-over par 77, but improved to her fifth place finish after a three-over par 75 in the second round.

**UPCOMING HOME ATHLETIC EVENTS & NAU SPECIAL EVENTS SCHEDULE THIS WEEK** 

 

> Fri., March 9 – Sun, March 11:  NAU Women's  Golf at the Rio Verde Invitational. This tournament is hosted by Western Michigan at the Rio Verde Country Club (Rio Verde, AZ)

Come see the NAU Women's  Golf team take on schools such as Penn St, Kansas, Yale, Wichita St and Red Rock Invitational Champion Eastern Michigan. All NAU Women's Golf matches are FREE to attend.

> Sat., March 10:  NAU Women's Tennis vs. New Mexico, Noon at Continental Country Club 

Come see NAU Women's Tennis take on Mountain West Conference member New Mexico. All NAU Men's & Women's Tennis matches are FREE to attend.

> Mon., March 12:  NAU Women's Tennis vs. Akron, Noon at Continental Country Club 

Come see NAU Women's Tennis take on Akron. All NAU Men's & Women's Tennis matches are FREE to attend.

- To see the complete 2011-12 Special Events calendar for all NAU Athletic events , click here

**SAVE THE DATE**

- 2012 Spring Semester Coaches Luncheon Dates (@ Collins):  3/20

- Lumberjack Golf Classic: Saturday, April 14 at Oak Creek Country Club (Sedona, AZ). For more information click here

- 2011 Soccer Banquet: Sunday, April 15 at Taverna Greek Grill. For more information click here

- 2012 Wine & Dine: Sunday, August 19 at the Arizona Snowbowl

BIG SKY CONFERENCE STANDINGS…

Here is the weekly update on the conference standings:

2011-12 Men's Tennis Standings

School

Conf

Pct

Overall

Home

Away

Streak

Eastern Washington

3-0

1.000

8-4

5-0

3-3

L1

Montana State

1-0

1.000

4-6

2-1

2-5

W2

Sacramento State

1-0

1.000

2-5

2-0

0-4

L1

Idaho State

3-1

0.750

4-7

4-3

0-4

W2

Weber State

2-1

0.667

4-5

3-0

1-5

W3

Northern Arizona

1-2

0.333

2-6

0-0

2-5

L4

Northern Colorado

1-4

0.200

2-5

1-1

0-4

L2

Montana

0-0

0.000

4-1

0-0

3-1

W3

Portland State

0-4

0.000

2-9

2-2

0-6

L2

2011-12 Women's Tennis Standings

School

Conf

Pct

Overall

Home

Away

Streak

Montana

1-0

1.000

6-5

0-0

3-3

L2

Montana State

1-0

1.000

3-3

2-2

1-1

W2

Sacramento State

4-0

1.000

8-5

5-0

3-3

W1

Northern Arizona

3-1

0.750

4-8

0-1

4-4

L3

Northern Colorado

3-1

0.750

3-5

0-4

3-1

W2

Idaho State

1-3

0.250

2-5

2-4

0-1

L3

Eastern Washington

0-1

0.000

1-6

0-3

1-2

W1

Weber State

0-3

0.000

0-13

0-4

0-6

L13

Portland State

0-4

0.000

2-10

0-2

0-6

L3

 

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Jim Fallis

Athletics Director