Throwback Thursday: Marquette's Academic All-Americans

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In honor of recent graduate Peter Bolgert's selection as a three-time Academic All-America, Throwback Thursday takes a look back at the only other two-time first team Academic All-Americans in Marquette history, men's basketball player Marc Marotta and men's soccer player Scott Ziemba. Marotta was a three-time first team honoree from 1982-84, while Ziemba earned first team honors in both 1996 and 1997.

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Bolgert, Marotta, Kristen Maskala of women's basketball and Amy Erickson of women's cross country and track and field are the only three-time Academic All-America selections.

In total, MU student-athletes have earned Academic All-America distinction 33 times, starting with men's basketball players Bill Neary and Gary Rosenberger in 1976-77.

For a complete list of Marquette's Academic All-America honorees, click here.

Social Media Fan of the Week: June 20

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If you are reading this right now, you already know: Marquette fans are arguably the most social media-savvy in all of college athletics. To celebrate, and to say thank you, for this great support, every week we will feature our "Social Media Fan of the Week."

Golden EagleSocial Media Fan of the Week: June 20, 2012
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To nominate yourself or another person for the prestigious honor of "Social Media Fan of the Week," simply Tweet @muathletics with the hashtag: #MUSocial, or post to our Facebook timeline, a short note about yourself and why you love Marquette. Of course, photos and videos are encouraged, as we'd love to be able to share them here on the blog.

Thanks again for your tremendous support, and for sharing your love for all-things Marquette through social media.

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Five Marquette University soccer players began their summer break by traveling to Alabama after final exams in May to help Habitat for Humanity rebuild a home for the Nero family after their house was destroyed in a tornado. [photo gallery]

Charlie Lyon, Eric Pothast, Bryan Ciesiulka, Maggie Edlebeck and Jacie Jermier were out of school less than a week before traveling to Tuscaloosa to assist tornado victims Pam and John Nero with the rebuilding project.

"They have obviously been through a lot over the past year," Pothast said of the Nero's, "and it was a great way to kick off our summers. You could tell how grateful they were and it really was a great way for us to give back and be ambassadors for both Marquette University as well as Marquette Soccer."

According to Edlebeck, John Nero was nearly pulled through the roof by the very twister that leveled his home, and his wife helped save his live by holding onto him as the tornado touched down overhead. The Nero's story was also re-told by The Crimson White.

"We spent the week installing tile and wood floors, building a handicap railing, building shelves, graveling the foundation, painting and so many more projects," Edlebeck recalls. "It was tough work, especially with the Alabama heat, and we were drained after working for nine hours each day.

"The trip was a week we'll never forget and made us all feel so blessed to have a roof over our heads."

Fan's Choice Awards: Best Individual Performance

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Today's category is: 2011-12 Best Individual Performance

And the nominees are...

September 4, 2011
Maegan Kelly vs. North Dakota
Game Recap | Box Score 

STATS: 4 Goals, 2 Assists

Maegan Kelly matched a program record for goals (four) and points (10) in a match, tying Christy Zwolski's records set against Sacred Heart on Aug. 27, 2006. Kelly's first goal came just 63 seconds into the match and followed it up with her second in the 14th minute. Her third tally came less than 3 minutes later and goal number four made the score 8-0 in the 75th minute.

October 22, 2011
C. Nortey vs. Seton Hall
Game Recap | Box Score 

STATS: 3 Goals, 3 Shots on Goal

Freshman C. Nortey recorded his first collegiate hat trick, in the first 27 minutes of the match no less, as Marquette defeated Seton Hall, 3-0. Nortey's first goal came just one minute, 53 seconds into the contest, sending a header past the goalkeeper for the opening strike. He then added two more scores (in the 14th and 27th minutes, respectively) after being on the end of a pair of free kicks by senior midfielder Calum Mallace.


November 11, 2012
Ciara Jones vs. Notre Dame
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STATS: 18 Kills, 23 Attacks, .739 Hitting Percentage, 1 Service Ace

Ciara Jones hit an astounding .739 with 18 kills on 23 attacks to help Marquette sweep Notre Dame (25-15, 25-21, 25-17) for the first time in program history. Jones connected on all seven of her first-set attacks for kills and went on to hit .571 (5-1-7) in the second set before closing with a line of 6-0-9 (.667) in the final stanza. The Orlando, Fla., native also notched her first service ace of the season to give MU a 9-7 lead in the second set.

January 15, 2012
Katherine Plouffe vs. St. John's
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STATS: 39 minutes, 18 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists

Katherine Plouffe led all scorers with 18 points and 11 rebounds in the win over the Red Storm and give MU its first BIG EAST road win of the season. Plouffe  played 39 minutes and added three assists, two steals and one block. She made 8-of-14 attempts from the floor.

February 19, 2012
Kyle Winter - BIG EAST Indoor Track & Field Championships
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BIG EAST Championship: 800-meter time of 1:52.99

Junior sprinter Kyle Winter claimed the first BIG EAST Conference indoor title for Marquette with a time of 1:52.99 in the 800-meter run finals at the BIG EAST Indoor Track and Field Championships at The Armory in New York. Winter notched the first BIG EAST title for Marquette since the outdoor championships in 2008 and the first individual championship since Matt Piekarski captured the decathlon title in 2006.

March 15, 2012
Jae Crowder vs. BYU
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STATS: 25 points, 16 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals

Jae Crowder completely dominated the BYU Cougars, posting 25 points, a career-high 16 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. The performance made him just the third player in NCAA Tournament history to hit those totals and the first in 36 years, joining Providence's Marvin Barnes in 1974 and UCLA's Marques Johnson in 1976.


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Marquette Mailbag: Brad Autry

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Men's Basketball Assistant Coach Brad Autry was kind enough to volunteer for the inaugural edition of Marquette Mailbag. Here are your questions from the past week and here's what Brad had to say...

How is your role different now as an assistant coach vs. your old position?
- Jamison, Stevens Point 

There are NCAA limitations on involvement in recruiting and on-floor coaching in my previous position so those restrictions have now been lifted. I have always been heavily involved with the development of our players in a variety of areas and that will continue. Coach Williams is very good about involving our entire staff in as much of the operation of the program as possible within NCAA rules.  We have had a very talented staff here for the last four years and I feel like each of us played an important role in the development of our program.  Buzz has continued to add talent in the open positions and has been very prepared for the inevitable changes that come with success.  I appreciate the opportunity to continue to move forward in my coaching career and look forward to the new challenges

What is one thing about Buzz that most people don't know?
- Brian, Syracuse, N.Y.       

Buzz loves music about as much as any person I've ever known. Buzz, Barb and I have an ongoing name that tune" contest in the office.  Given a select few lyrics to a song you have to name the song and/or artist.  He is also a connoisseur of the national anthem performances at games.  He loves a well sung national anthem!

What exactly is in the bag of the book of important things?
- Ted Baker, Eustis, NE      

The bag holds the book of important things. Those important things are varied and on a "need to know" basis only.  That kind of information needs only to be in the hands of men trained in the dispensing of said information.  I've already said too much.  I was never here.

What is the hardest thing about recruiting 18 year olds to come and play for Marquette?
- Thomas Janowski, Park Ridge, IL       

The number of people that surround players that are talented enough to help us win a national championship at Marquette. It is absolutely bizarre.  

Who is going to be the NBA Champions?
- Maria Guadalupe Rosas, Milwaukee       

Hayward = OKC Thunder / Wade ='s a win/win.  I'm a fan of Marquette and great basketball.  It will end up being a tremendous series and I believe it goes 7 games.  I think it's too close to call.

Which of the returning players do you feel is poised for a breakout season in 2012-13 and why?
- Boyd, Pecatonica    

Every year it is interesting to watch how the roles of each player change with the graduation of seniors.  We have been very fortunate every year to have those that are "leaders in waiting" rise up and meet the challenge when their time has arrived.  We have a very talented core of returners and each will play a critical role in the continued success of our program next year.

Have any NBA teams contacted you about Jae or DJO? What are their lives like now as they prepare for the draft and where do you think they'll be picked?
- James, Spartanburg, S.C.              

Many teams have contacted me and our entire staff about Jae and Darius both.  The investment that NBA teams are preparing to make in the upcoming draft is staggering.  No team will leave any stone unturned in gathering as much information as possible on any possible draft pick.  I think they are both handling the pressure of the tryouts very well and have performed at a high level at every opportunity.  It's impossible to predict where they will go in the draft because there is so much speculation involved and it is extremely difficult to know exactly what is going to happen past the first 10-15 picks in the 1st round.  The recent success of Wes, Lazar and Jimmy out of our program have given both a great deal of confidence that they are prepared regardless of what happens in the draft.  All either of them want is an opportunity to prove themselves worthy of being on a roster next year.  We all want that for them as well.

Who wins one-on-one: you or Buzz? Who's the best player on the staff?
- Adam, Providence, RI    

I think you would get different answers from every person on staff if you asked that same question.  We all think we are pretty good...even when we aren't.  Buzz can really shoot it and when he gets going you can't give him a look.  Jamie McNeilly has us all on age and is a big guard that was a really good player at UNO who I coached against during my time at UALR.  Blair Broadhurst was great off the bounce and Todd Smith is a rebounding maniac.....I would say Double E (Ernest Eugene) has the sweetest "raindrop" jumper of them all and I hear Coach Chew can play a little ball...we shall see.  But, obviously, I'm the best player....and it's not even close.

What thoughts were going through your mind immediately after the Murray State win?
- Taylor, Dayton   

"Did we just win a game to go to the Sweet 16 on the road?"  Was the toughest tournament environment I have ever been in with that crowd and their confidence and talent level.  Was a huge win that might not have seemed as big as it was.  To beat a team that had that kind of roll going in what was essentially a road game?? Huge.  Buzz and our players were absolute warriors.

Want more from Coach Autry? Follow him on Twitter: @BradAutry

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April 22, 2008...That was the monumental day when the Golden Eagles men's golf team captured Marquette's first-ever BIG EAST Championship in any team sport.

Marquette was led by the heroics of senior Ted Gray who opened with back-to-back rounds of four-under-par 68. Despite closing with a final-round 75, Gray still managed individual medalist honors, claiming a five-stroke victory over St. John's Keegan Bradley ... you know... the winner of the 2011 PGA Championship and Wanamaker Trophy? No big deal [sarcasm]. Bradley is going for his second major tournament victory this week at the U.S. Open, by the way.

"I just tried to play smart," Gray told Golfweek deputy editor Steve Harmon. "It was pretty nerve-racking," Gray recalled.
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In addition to Gray, Marquette's lineup at the BIG EAST tourney that spring consisted of two-time all-American Mike Van Sickle, All-BIG EAST honoree and current MU assistant coach Michael Bielawski, as well as Kelly Kretz and Dustin Schwab, who rank third and 10th, respectively, in career scoring average.

"I honestly can't describe how happy I am," Bielawski told Gary D'Amato of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "This is the happiest golf moment I've had for a very, very long time. We've talked talked about taking Marquette University golf to this place, and we finally got it done."

Van Sickle posted a fourth-place finish in the event while Bielawski tied for seventh among individuals, as MU won its third tournament of year, still a single-season school record for wins.

Marquette, coached by Tim Grogan, led the nation in eagles that year with 22 during regular-season competition, en route to its first NCAA postseason berth.

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(L-R): Ted Gray, Mike Van Sickle, head coach Tim Grogan, Michael Bielawski, Kelly Kretz, Dustin Schwab. The entire championship season is well-chronicled in that year's NCAA postseason media guide.

If you haven't yet seen Episode One of "Otule Asks Marquette," go watch it now. Trust us, you will enjoy it...

Told ya you'd like it. OK, so Chris still wants to know, who do you think plays Buzz in a movie? Below are a few top candidates, but feel free to post your suggestions to the comments section. 

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Social Media Fan of the Week

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If you are reading this right now, you already know: Marquette fans are arguably the most social media-savvy in all of college athletics. 

The @muathletics Twitter account boasts more than 10,000 followers - the most of any athletic department without football - while our Facebook page has been liked by more than twice as many MU fans. Meanwhile, the Marquette YouTube channel has recorded more than 1 million video views since its creation less than three years ago and the most truly advanced social media connoisseurs have supported Marquette on Foursquare, Pinterest and Google+.

As a small token of appreciation for this tremendous support, we would like to highlight some of the most passionate Marquette fans that participate in social media. To nominate yourself or another person for the prestigious honor of "Social Media Fan of the Week," simply Tweet @muathletics with the hashtag: #MUSocial, or post to our Facebook timeline, a short note about yourself and why you love Marquette. Of course, photos and videos are encouraged, as we'd love to be able to share them here on the blog.

If you have any questions, you should always feel free to contact us via Twitter @muathletics and we'll try to get back to you ASAP. 

Thanks again for your tremendous support, and for sharing your love for all-things Marquette through social media.

Golden EagleSocial Media Fan of the Week: June 13, 2012
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Fan's Choice Awards: Game of the Year

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Today's category is: 2011-12 Game of the Year

And the nominees are...

September 25, 2011
Women's Soccer: Marquette 3, Notre Dame 2 (OT)
Game Recap | Box Score | Photo Gallery | Video

Taylor Madigan scored the Golden Eagles' golden goal 18 seconds into overtime to lift 15th-ranked Marquette over defending National Champion Notre Dame, 3-2, at Valley Fields.

In a back-and-forth affair, Ashley Stemmeler opened the scoring for MU, notching a goal just 30 seconds into the match, but Notre Dame countered in the 63rd minute to tie the score at 1. 

Marquette answered just three minutes later, as Maegan Kelly let loose a low drive that found the back of the netting for the go-ahead goal. Notre Dame then responded yet again with an equalizer in the 71st minute and the two teams battled back and forth in the final moments until overtime.

October 21, 2011
Women's Volleyball: Marquette 3, Seton Hall 2
Game Recap | Box Score | Video

After dropping the first two sets 25-22 and 25-14, Marquette rallied back to beat Seton Hall in five sets, with 25-21, 25-19, and 15-12 victories in the final three sets.

Trailing 19-17 in the third set and coming out of a timeout, Ciera Jones unleashed back-to-back crucial kills to even the set.  She then combined with junior middle hitter Danielle Carlson for a block to give Marquette a 21-20 lead.  From there, three straight attack errors from the Pirates gave Marquette their first life in the match, a 25-21 third set victory. 

In the fourth set, the Golden Eagles were tested yet again, as Seton Hall opened an early 10-4 advantage, but Beyer and Jones once again rose to the occasion late in the set and had a couple of huge go-ahead kills.  A few big attack errors ultimately cost Seton Hall the set, which the Golden Eagles took 25-19.

In the deciding fifth set, Beyer took control with four big kills and a service ace.  Beyer's kill at 3-2 gave the Golden Eagles the lead for good, and her 16th and final kill put the match away for Marquette.  The team mobbed Beyer on the court, and the Marquette women's soccer team erupted from the stands to celebrate as well.  

March 17, 2012
Men's Basketball: Marquette 62, Murray State 53 
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Down late yet again, Jae Crowder scored six points to lead Marquette during a decisive 14-2 run, and the third-seeded Golden Eagles pulled away from Murray State for a 62-53 victory hat sent MU into a second-straight Sweet 16.

After two layups from Davante Gardner late in the game, Crowder took a charge and then came down to the other end and coolly drilled a 3, sending the outnumbered Marquette fans into a frenzy. Even Father Pilarz was pumping his fist and screaming, "We are! Marquette!"

We were a couple plays from closing the game out, and I just wanted to make the next big play," said Crowder, the Big East player of the year. "I knew at that time it was big in the game, and it was the next big stop that we needed."


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There's nothing better than summer in Milwaukee, but for @muathletics fans, it's a long time to wait until the games resume in August.

So with this in mind, will offer a series of features designed to help MU fans survive the arduous months of June and July. Here's the scheduled lineup, with more surprises planned over the next 10 weeks.

Fan Choice Awards

Vote on your favorite games, moments, performances and more from the 2011-12 sports seasons.

Marquette Mailbag
Submit your questions for the week's featured guest, and look for responses on Friday.

Twitter Trivia

Test your @muathletics knowledge with a new trivia question every Tuesday.

Featured Auction Item of the Week
Own a piece of history by entering a bid on a classic auction item from the annals of Marquette lore. Plus, every penny raised through our online auction goes directly to the Blue & Gold Athletic Scholarship Fund. A new item will be featured every week on

Social Media Fan of the Week
Are you the most passionate Marquette fan in the world? Tweet us some supporting evidence and we will highlight the biggest fans every Wednesday on the "On the Record" blog.

Throwback Thursday
Each week will highlight a significant, memorable or underappreciated game, player, coach, moment or season from Marquette lore, and fans are encouraged to share their own memories in the comments section.

Marquette Mailbag
Check the blog to read the responses to your questions from earlier in the week.

Anything else you'd like to see? We're open to all suggestions... just tweet us @muathletics or post your comments below.
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