What is the difference between Ole center Jon Bain 07 and Minnesota Timberwolves' All-Star forward Kevin Garnett? As it turns out, a lot more than just six inches, 40 pounds and $21 million in salary.
The St. Olaf women's hockey team split a home-and-home series with St. Mary's last weekend. The Oles fell to the Cardinals 3-2 in Winona on Friday, then rallied on Saturday to defeat St. Mary's soundly 5-1.
The St. Olaf men's hockey team clinched a MIAC playoff berth last weekend with a sweep of St. Mary's University. The Oles defeated the Cardinals 3-2 at home on Friday night, and 4-3 in Winona on Saturday, elevating their MIAC record to 8-4-2.
In late January, both of us had the opportunity to tag along with more serious writers Ryan Maus and Matt Tiano and experience an NBA game from the sports writer's perspective. We're talking fifth or sixth row seats behind the backboard and access to the locker rooms before and after the game. What follows is our observations, both serious and silly, from those two games: Mark's game was against the Atlanta Hawks on Jan. 17 and Matts on Jan. 31 versus the Sacremento Kings. Both games were, unfortunately, disheartening losses for the Wolves.
The St. Olaf women's basketball team has endured a tough season, beginning the year with a 1-12 mark. Since 2007 began, however, they have started to find their groove despite injuries and other troubles. Most recently, the team defeated Macalester 58-52 last Wednesday and lost a hard-fought game to playoff-bound Carleton 72-62 Sunday afternoon.
After a successful regular season, crunch time has arrived for the St. Olaf men's and women's swimming and diving squads, with the MIAC Championships this weekend at the University of Minnesota. The men, who finished undefeated against MIAC competition, will look for their first league title since 2001. The women seek their third consecutive MIAC title and fourth in the last five years.