Penn State Sports Newswire - 04/11/2014

Sports edition
Friday, April 11, 2014

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IN THIS ISSUE:

STORIES:
-- Record 468 student-athletes earn 3.0 GPA during fall semester
-- Nine head coaches to join Franklin on Coaches Caravan in May
-- Penn State rises to second in Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings
-- New RV traffic pattern announced for Blue-White Game
-- All-Sports Museum to host Family Day on Sunday
-- Nittany Lions to visit Michigan for prime time clash
-- Men's gymnastics advances to NCAA team finals
-- Women's gymnastics to compete in evening session at NCAA Championships
-- Men's tennis moves up eight spots in ITA Poll to set new program high
-- Baseball travels to Ohio State for Big Ten showdown
-- Baseball's Haley takes home Big Ten Freshman of the Week
-- USBWA names award after former Penn State SID Mary Jo Haverbeck
-- Russell selected EIVA Offensive Player of the Week
-- Sutton tabbed CAA Rookie of the Week
-- Graham Woodward to transfer from Penn State
-- PSU female powerlifters knock down antiquated stereotypes
-- Heard on Campus: Scott Shirley, co-founder of Uplifting Athletes
-- McGrath named associate athletic director for business relations, communications

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TOP STORIES:

Record 468 student-athletes earn 3.0 GPA during fall semester
A school record 468 Penn State student-athletes earned a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher during the 2013 fall semester, with nearly 200 earning dean's list recognition.

Read the full story: http://news.psu.edu/link/knm37nmW
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Nine head coaches to join Franklin on Coaches Caravan in May
Building on his mission to "Dominate The State," Penn State football coach James Franklin will be joined by nine head coaches during the Penn State Coaches Caravan tour in May, with stops in 17 locales. Thirteen of the events will take place in Pennsylvania, including five on Penn State campuses, with additional stops in Baltimore, New Jersey, New York City and Washington, D.C.

Read the full story: http://news.psu.edu/link/MwJxstZd
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Penn State rises to second in Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings
On the strength of two national championships, Penn State has moved up to second in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings with a total of 792 points.

Read the full story: http://news.psu.edu/link/jg4DBszj
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New RV traffic pattern announced for Blue-White Game
Fans attending the Blue-White Game should be aware of some changes for the autograph session and to gameday parking around Beaver Stadium. Fans also will have an opportunity to pre-print a parking pass for the contest.

Read the full story: http://news.psu.edu/link/KMgLyDSS
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All-Sports Museum to host Family Day on Sunday
The Penn State All-Sports Museum is hosting a Family Day from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 13. Complimentary refreshments will be offered following the Beaver Stadium Run.

Read the full story: http://news.psu.edu/link/ZcV6zf1k
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Nittany Lions to visit Michigan for prime time clash
Penn State's Oct. 11 Big Ten road clash at Michigan has been set for prime time and is the Nittany Lions' second announced kick time for the 2014 season.

Read the full story: http://news.psu.edu/link/MKSc9Rrv
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Men's gymnastics advances to NCAA team finals
- Behind a trio of first-place performances, the No. 6 Penn State men's gymnastics team captured a third-place finish in the second session of the NCAA qualifier to advance to the team and all-around finals. The Nittany Lions' score of 433.100 placed third behind second place Ohio State (437.950) and first place Michigan (444.100).

Read the full story: http://news.psu.edu/link/5w5HXG_G
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Women's gymnastics to compete in evening session at NCAA Championships
For the first time since 2009 and the 17th time in school history, the Penn State women's gymnastics program earned a spot at the NCAA Championships in Birmingham, Ala. on April 18-20.

Read the full story: http://news.psu.edu/link/qgpYTfPR
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Men's tennis moves up eight spots in ITA Poll to set new program high
The Penn State men's tennis team moved up eight spots in this week's ITA Poll to No. 16. The Nittany Lions continue to set new program highs in 2014. The team is now 19-2 overall and 6-1 in the Big Ten. They enter this weekend with an eight-match win streak.

Read the full story: http://news.psu.edu/link/sJX1YYkK
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Baseball travels to Ohio State for Big Ten showdown
Penn State travels to its neighboring state this weekend for a three-game set in Columbus against Ohio State. Game one is scheduled to begin on Friday at 6:35 p.m. with game two of the series on Saturday at 4:05 p.m. The series will wrap up on Sunday with a 1:05 p.m. start in Columbus.

Read the full story: http://news.psu.edu/link/GbWQ1mj6
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Baseball's Haley takes home Big Ten Freshman of the Week
Jim Haley (Upper Darby, Pa.) was awarded the Big Ten Freshman Player of the Week on Tuesday afternoon, marking the first Big Ten accolade in his collegiate career.

Read the full story: http://news.psu.edu/link/RpPM2Nqs
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USBWA names award after former Penn State SID Mary Jo Haverbeck
The United States Basketball Writers Association (USBW) announced that a new award will join its lineup next season. The Mary Jo Haverbeck Award will be the women's version of the Katha Quinn Award on the USBWA men's side given to those who provide special service to USBWA or sportswriters - in this instance - covering women's basketball. Haverbeck was a longtime Penn State sports information director in women's basketball who died in January after a brief illness.

Read the full story: http://news.psu.edu/link/2PpW2bLv
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Russell selected EIVA Offensive Player of the Week
After helping the No. 12 Penn State men's volleyball team (19-6, 10-1) to a 2-0 weekend, senior Peter Russell has earned his first conference honor of the 2014 season, as he has been selected as the EIVA Offensive Player of the Week.

Read the full story: http://news.psu.edu/link/VHvRDQyh
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Sutton tabbed CAA Rookie of the Week
On the heels of a five-goal masterpiece at Drexel, freshman Mike Sutton (Sewell, N.J.) was named men's lacrosse Rookie of the Week by the Colonial Athletic Association Monday afternoon.

Read the full story: http://news.psu.edu/link/_t61Pq6F
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Graham Woodward to transfer from Penn State
Graham Woodward, a freshman guard from Edina, Minn., has been released from his Penn State men's basketball scholarship and will seek a transfer to another institution, Patrick Chambers, head coach of the NIttany Lions, announced Wednesday.

Read the full story: http://news.psu.edu/link/PVqRHQgK
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PSU female powerlifters knock down antiquated stereotypes
Since it first began in 1986, Penn State's Iron Lions have been a power house of strength for both men and women. The club team has gained national recognition through out the years, and is one of the few stand out teams in the Northeast.

 

In early April the team entire team will travel to Orlando, Florida  to compete against 35 other schools for national championship. This is following both Penn State men's and women's teams placing first at the American Open last December in King of Prussia.

Watch video: http://news.psu.edu/link/CGDFRn6K
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Heard on Campus: Scott Shirley, co-founder of Uplifting Athletes
"I was living my dream building things (as an engineer), but I had the opportunity to build something else, a nonprofit organization that could impact the lives of 30 million Americans. It was a no-brainer for me. Through Uplifting Athletes, we could use the platform of college diseases and make rare diseases matter. We could create a climate that does inspire others to take action and makes us relevant in the medical community. This career allows me to live at the intersection of purpose and profit."

Read the full story: http://news.psu.edu/link/3BzHp5Yp
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McGrath named associate athletic director for business relations, communications
Penn State Director of Athletics Dave Joyner has announced the appointment of Tom McGrath as associate athletic director for business relations and communications.

Read the full story: http://news.psu.edu/link/z3pntv_f
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