Last Thursday, St. Cloud State University and Western Michigan University officially accepted invitations to join the National Collegiate Hockey Conference when the conference begins play in 2013-14. St. Cloud State is the sixth member of the WCHA to make the move, while Western Michigan becomes the second team from the CCHA.
After failing to notch a victory in six chances against Bemidji St. last season, the UNO hockey team went to northern Minn. last weekend with an understanding of the challenge before them. Frustration Friday night gave way to a blowout Saturday night, and the Mavs snapped their seven-game winless streak against the Beavers.
Just five days after competing in six events at the Summit League Indoor Championships, Sami Spenner went to the U.S. Track and Field Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. and cemented her reputation as one of Division I's best athletes.
On Feb. 25, she was named the Field MVP at the conference championships. March 1 Spenner finished fourth in the pentathlon and bested her own school record with a final score of 4,271 points.
Spenner's result in Albuquerque was just 207 points behind winner Sharon Day, last summer's runner-up at the Olympic Trials. Weeks later Day went on to wear the red, white and blue and compete in the 2012 London Games.
But despite those facts, the NCAA denied UNO's request to grant Spenner a waiver to compete in any NCAA championship events. Steve Smith, the head coach of UNO track and field, likens the NCAA's handling of Spenner to the football program at Southern Methodist receiving the death penalty in 1987
Of all the athletic programs at UNO, wrestling may be the richest in tradition and continued success. Maverick wrestling head coach Mike Denney has been at the helm for 32 years, leading a program that continues to be the envy of many schools across the nation.
The UNO track and field team returned from a Friday meet in Lincoln, Neb., freshly qualified for the NCAA Division II indoor track and field championship in the 4 x 400 meter relay.