Former Bruin and NFL standout James Washington will be joined by members of the
UCLA Football Coaching Staff who will conduct a free One Day Football Boot
Camp themed "Back to the Basics" on Saturday, May 19 from 9 am to 2 pm at LA
Southwest College (1600 W. Imperial Hwy, Los Angeles 90047). The camp is for
youth in grades five through eight (as of Fall 2012 and aged 9-13). Walk-up
registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Football Stadium.
Phil Steele's 2012 College Football Preview listed several Bruins in its pre-season All-America and All-Pac-12 teams released today. Punter Jeff Locke, a fourth-team All-American, was the lone Bruin to earn first-team all-conference recognition. Three Bruins were selected to the second-team All-Pac-12 squad - TE Joseph Fauria, LB Patrick Larimore, and CB Aaron Hester. Listed on the third team all-league unit were OT Xavier Su'a-Filo and LB Jordan Zumwalt. Fourth-team picks included RB Johnathan Franklin, WR Shaquelle Evans, OL Jeff Baca, DL Cassius Marsh, DL Datone Jones, and S Tevin McDonald.
Thea Lemberger was recently named to the Jewish Sports Review's 2011-12 College All-America Basketball team. She started 29 of the Bruins 30 games last season and averaged 12.0 points per contest (15th in the Pac-12 Conf.). She was also listed in the conference rankings in assists (13th-3.0/g), free throw percentage (9th-.713), three-point field goals made (10th-1.3/g) and minutes played (5th-34.6/g).
UCLA's men's basketball player Larry Hollyfield, who lettered on
three John Wooden NCAA Championship teams (1971-73), and Bruin men's track &
field jumper George Henry Brown, Jr., a member of the 1952 U. S. Olympic team,
are among the inductees into the Compton Community College Athletic Hall of
Fame on Saturday, May 26. The event will be held at the Lakewood Country Club beginning with a 5 p.m. reception and silent
auction. The dinner and program follow at 6:30.
Hollyfield attended Compton College in 1969-70 before transferring
to UCLA the following season. As a three-year letterman and 6-4 senior starting
guard in 1972-73,Hollyfield helped lead
the Bruins to three consecutive national championships and an overall
three-year record of 89-1, including unbeaten 30-0 seasons in 1972 and 1973.
During his Bruin career, he appeared in 71 games and averaged 7.9 points and 2.7
rebounds. In the 1973 NBA Draft, he was a seventh round selection by the
Brown attended Compton College prior to enrolling at UCLA in 1951.As a Bruin under head coach Elvin C. 'Ducky'
Drake, Brown was the NCAA long jump (broad jump) champion in 1951 and 1952 and the USA
Track & field long jump champion for three consecutive years (1951-53).
Brown's Bruin best 26-3 ¬ľ (1952) is No. 4 on the UCLA all-time long jump list,
and he was a 2007 inductee into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame.
Sports Illustrated began a recent feature on its website which looks back at the Top 100 U.S. Olympic Moments in pictures. Bruin Jackie Joyner-Kersee, one of the all-time greatest female track &
field athletes, won her sixth and final Olympic medal at the 1996 Games
in Atlanta. After pulling out of the heptathlon due to injury,
Joyner-Kersee focused on the long jump; her final jump of 22-11 3/4
earned her the bronze medal, making her the most decorated female
athlete at the time.
Team USA wrapped up its international women's basketball tournament in China with a 65-55 win over the Chinese National "B" team. The Americans, which featured several players from the Pac-12 conference, including UCLA's Rebekah Gardner, finished with an 8-1 record on the tour. Gardner was named MVP of the Zhongxian stage of the tournament and was named All-Tournament in the first stage of the event in Fuling, China. She averaged 11.7 points on the trip and scored in double digits in seven contests.
The start of the new WNBA season is right around the corner for former Bruins Darxia Morris and Noelle Quinn. Morris was signed by the Los Angeles Sparks during the off-season and scored four points and handed out five assists in a 98-71 exhibition win over the Chinese National team over the weekend. The Sparks will host the Japanese National team on May 10 at LA Southwest College before starting the regular season on May 18 at the Seattle Storm. Quinn was traded to the Washington Mystics over the off-season and her new team will be in action on May 10 in an exhibition contest at the Chicago Sky. The Mystics open the regular season versus Chicago on May 19.
Rebekah Gardner helped lead Team USA to a couple of wins over the weekend in the Xiangyang stage of an international women's basketball tournament being played in China. The Americans defeated Austrailia 66-39, with Gardner scoring six points and grabbing four boards. The USA added an 84-36 win over New Zealand, which up its record on the trip to 7-1. Gardner scored eight points in that second contest. The All-Star team will wrap up its trip to China with a game against the "B" team from the Chinese National squad.
Senior linebacker Patrick Larimore has been named to the Watch List for the Lott Impact Award. Larimore led the Bruin team in tackles last season with 81 stops (17th in Pac-12). The Lott IMPACT Trophy is presented annually to the
Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year in college football. IMPACT is an acronym for:
Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community, and Tenacity.
The award, which equally recognizes the personal character of the
winning player as well as his athletic excellence, is presented on Dec. 9 in Newport Beach,CA.
Team USA member Rebekah Gardner was named the MVP of the Zhongxian stage of the international women's basketball tournament being played this week in China. She scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in the final game of the tournament, a 90-58 win over Australia on May 3. Gardner scored in double-digits in each contest in this three-game stage of the event, including a double-double (10/10) in a win over China. Earlier in the week, Team USA
bested New Zealand, 83-36, behind 15 points from Gardner, in a game
played before over 3,000 fans.
Several UCLA student-athletes participated in the 13th annual Bruin 5k Run/Walk on Sunday, Apr. 29, benefiting the Chase Child Life Program at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA.
Sophomore rower Deanna Wong put together a team of rowers to run the race. Joining her were teammates Erin Wenzel, Katie Shurtleff, Kate Miller, Emma Murray, Nicole Sung-Jereczek and Carolina Paini.
Additionally, other student-athletes such as football's Jeff Baca and Johnathan Franklin, men's basketball's Tyler Trapani, swimming's Anna Senko, men's volleyball's Joel Blocksom and rowers Audrey Calandra and Kristin Snook volunteered at the Kids Corner booths for the event and led the participants in an 8-clap at the start of the race.
Rebekah Gardner helped lead Team USA to a pair of wins in the second stage of an international women's basketball tournament in China. The Americans defeated China 66-43 on Wednesday, May 2, in a game played in Zhongxian City. Gardner recorded her first double-double of the tournament with 10 points and 10 rebounds in that contest. Earlier in the week, Team USA bested New Zealand, 83-36, behind 15 points from Gardner, in a game played before over 3,000 fans.
UCLA Athletics Video Operations Director Ken Norris will
be honored with the inaugural Pioneer Award at the College Sports Video Summit
in Atlanta, Ga. on June 7.
Norris, who has been at UCLA since 1989, is considered
one of the most innovative and respected minds in his profession, having been
named National Video Coordinator of the Year by his peers in the Collegiate
Sports Video Association.
"Ken Norris was the obvious choice to be the
recipient of the inaugural SVG College Sports Video Summit Pioneer Award,"
said CSVS Chairman Tom Buffolano. "He is widely acclaimed as an innovator
and thought leader in the development of technology, platforms, and production
workflow for video, not only for UCLA and the Pac-12, but for all of college
Norris oversaw the development and implementation of the
I2 Internet Exchange Program, which he implemented in the then Pacific-10
Conference. That venture was ahead of its time and now allows the conference's
12 football programs to exchange coaching films through the Internet, bypassing
the use of videotape. Norris is currently assisting other sports and other
athletic conferences in implementing the I2 program.
"[Ken's] influence extends to those who are now in
similar positions in both college and professional sports, and he is seen as a
mentor to many who now pursue video production as a career," adds
Buffolano. "Ken approaches his craft with passion and humility, and he
sets a high standard for those who will receive this award in the future."
Norris and his staff are also responsible for filming
instructional and highlight footage for almost every UCLA athletic program.
They create many of the teams' year-end highlight films.
Norris began his career working for the NFL's Los Angeles
Rams at age 13, splicing and editing 16mm film.