Rika Park finished in the Top 25 at the ACC Championship Tournament
April 30, 2012
Get to Know Miami Hurricane Student-Athletes Sylvia Bullock, Julian Gamble, Monique Albuquerque
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Raising Canes: Jimmy Johnson “Enjoy the Journey”
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The Hurricanes concluded their spring season with a showdown at Sun Life Stadium on April 14. The Orange defeated the Green,7-6, thanks to a touchdown by Mike James.
2011-12 Calendar of Events
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Student-Athletes Set for Graduation
The Department of Athletics will be saying goodbye and good luck to 47 studentathletes as they take part in the 12th Annual UM Hurricane Graduation Reception on Friday, May 11 from 2-4 p.m. at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Stadium. Congratulations to the graduates and best of luck in the future.
Baseball vs. Wake Forest
Join the Hurricanes on May 11-13 at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Stadium for their match-up against conference foe Wake Forest. The series will start with Friday’s game at 8 p.m., continue Saturday at 7 p.m. and conclude Sunday at 1 p.m.
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UM’s nationally-ranked women’s tennis team will battle it out in the NCAA Tournament’ First and Second Round May 11-13. Selections for first round host sites will be announced May 1.
May 1, 2012
Hurricane Club Spring Tour - Atlanta, Ga. STATS Restaurant & Bar, ADIDAS Room | 6:30 p.m.
May 4, 2012
Canes Alumni Golf Tour U Miami Golf Classic & Dinner Biltmore Golf Course | Coral Gables, Fla. Shotgun Start - 12:30 p.m. | Dinner - 5:30 p.m.
May 10, 2012
Hurricane Club Spring Tour - Orlando Panama Jack | 6:30 p.m.
May 11, 2012
Hurricane Club Spring Tour - Tampa Cheval Country Club | Lutz, Fla. | 6:30 p.m.
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Henrique Tsukamoto Men’s Tennis, Freshman
To some he seems shy, but others know better. Decked out from head to toe in Miami Hurricanes apparel, Henrique Tsukamoto is all smiles and welcoming. Tan, five-foot-nine-inches, dark hair and muscular, Tsuka, as his friends call him, is the newest addition to the University of Miami’s men’s tennis team. The Sao Paulo, Brazil, native touched down in sunny, South Florida just three months ago and has already been an asset on the courts. Tsukamoto lived in the small town of Vinhedo, Sao Paulo, his entire life before packing his bags and moving to Coral Gables. “It’s calm but you also have all of the things that a big town offers. If you want to buy something, go to concerts, or anything like that, it’s really close,” Tsuka said. While Tsukamoto was born and raised in Brazil, his parents, Tatsuo and Keiko, are both of Japanese descent. Tsukamoto is the youngest of three children. He has two older sisters, Natalia, 27, and Vivan, 25, whom he has always had a strong relationship with. His parents taught them the importance of respect and hard work ethic. “It was always be concentrated, practice right, do things right, do good in school and have good grades,” he said. Under his parents’ influence, Tsukamoto began playing sports as a child. At four years old, the toddler began toting around a racket bigger than him. He toyed around with soccer before deciding to play competitive tennis at age 12. The German-based engineering company, Bosch, is located near Tsukamoto’s hometown and enhanced
the population in that area. Tsukamoto attended a German private school before making the switch to and American high school. Tennis practice took priority and consumed his day, leaving his evenings for studying and class. Miami Tennis Coach Mario Rincon was determined to recruit Tsukamoto and decided to do something a little out of the ordinary. He flew Tsukamoto to Miami on an official visit but he knew it would be worth it. “We knew he was a special player, a really nice kid who would contribute right away. He had an excellent resume and we did talk to a bunch of coaches who knew him,” Rincon said. While in Miami, Rincon and the rest of the tennis team took Tsukamoto to the September 17th victory over The Ohio State football team. That short weekend allowed him to bond with the rest of the team and form a relationship with his future coach. “I realized he’s a very talented player and a hard worker. He’s a team player and would be a great Miami player. I admire a lot of these qualities that he has,” Rincon said. After Miami, Tsukamoto visited universities in Wisconsin, Texas and Tulsa. In the end, palm trees and highs in the mid ‘80s won him over. Miami’s similar weather to back home was not something he was willing to pass on. Now donning orange and green, Tsukamoto is a jokester and the little brother of the team. In the short amount of time that he has been here, he has grown very close with all of his teammates. Junior Victor Mauz has bonded with him over their love for playing the guitar.
“That’s something we share. We only have one guitar here because he didn’t bring one, but we plan on buying one next semester,” Mauz said. “We both like acoustic rock.” Their team bonding outside of daily 6:30 a.m. practices has helped them on the court. Tsukamoto brings the energy needed to cheer on his teammates when it matters most. “He’s the kind of guy who is pumped up all of the time. He fight’s really hard on the court. I feel like with everything he does, he gives 100 percent. When he has a test, he studies a lot. When he comes to practice, he gives 100 percent,” Mauz said. Tsukamoto’s hard work does not go unnoticed. His teammates and Coach Rincon have acknowledged his talent and have already seen improvement from him. The first time away from home for anyone is hard enough but to be a freshman in college in a completely different country takes some adjusting. Tsukamoto will not be able to see his family until the summer but Skype has made keeping in contact very easy. Tsukamoto video chats with his family once a week and Coach Rincon updates Henrique’s parents on his progress. “You miss some things, but when you’re here, you make new friends and learn to live a little more. When I came here I looked at it as the beginning to a new part of my life. I miss my friends but I’m really happy here,” Tsukamoto said. By Mikayla Vielot
2012 Hurricane Club Membership Renewals 2012 Annual Contributions: $7,063,814 2012 Active Hurricane Club Members: 3,808 40for40 Campaign Participants: 821 @ $33,000 States Represented: 41 Countries Represented: 4
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Events Hurricane Club Spring Tour - Atlanta, Tuesday, May 1, 2012 Featuring Head Football Coach Al Golden and Micheal Barrow Program Emcee: Don Bailey, Jr. Location: STATS Restaurant and Bar, ADIDAS Room, 300 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, Ga. 30313 Time: 6:30 p.m. Cost: $20 Hurricane Club members, $30 non-Hurricane Club members, $40 at the door Includes hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Program will also include a raffle and auction. Canes Alumni Golf Tour U Miami Golf Classic and Dinner, Coral Gables, Friday, May 4, 2012 Featuring Head Football Coach Al Golden, Art Kehoe, Jedd Fisch, Mark D’Onofrio, Brennan Carroll, Terry Richardson, George McDonald, Jethro Franklin & Hurlie Brown Program Emcee: Don Bailey, Jr. Location: Biltmore Golf Course, Coral Gables, Fla. Time: 12:30 p.m. Shotgun Start Dinner: 5:30 p.m. If you would like to play golf or attend the dinner only, please click here for more information or call 305-284-2872 to sign up. Hurricane Club Spring Tour - Orlando, Thursday, May 10, 2012 Featuring Head Football Coach Al Golden, George McDonald, Terry Richardson and Hurlie Brown Program Emcee: Joe Zagacki Location: Panama Jack, 724 Franklin Lane, Orlando, Fla. 32801 Time: 6:30 p.m. Cost: $20 Hurricane Club members, $30 non-Hurricane Club members, $40 at the door Includes hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Program will also include a raffle and auction. R.S.V.P. by Friday, May 4, 2012 by calling the Hurricane Club at 305-284-6699. Hurricane Club Spring Tour - Tampa, Friday, May 11, 2012 Featuring Head Football Coach Al Golden, Jethro Franklin, Art Kehoe and Hurlie Brown Location: Cheval Country Club, 4312 Cheval Blvd, Lutz, Fla. 33558 Time: 6:30 p.m. Cost: $45 Hurricane Club members, $50 non-Hurricane Club members Includes dinner of prime rib or chicken. Program will also include a raffle and auction. Advance registration is required; R.S.V.P. by Friday, May 4, 2012 by calling the Hurricane Club at 305-284-6699. Chicago Coaches Dinner - Chicago, Wednesday, May 16, 2012 Featuring Head Football Coach Al Golden, Art Kehoe, Jedd Fisch and George McDonald Distinguished guests include: Ted Hendricks, Michael Irvin, Russell Maryland, Jarrett Payton, and Ed Reed Location: The Westin Lombard, 70 Yorktown Center, Lombard, Ill. Time: 7 p.m. Click here for more information and to register. Hurricane Club Spring Tour – Hobe Sound, Wednesday, May 23, 2012 Featuring Head Football Coach Al Golden, Brennan Carroll, Paul Williams and Hurlie Brown Program Emcee: Don Bailey, Jr. Location: Lost Lake Golf Club, 8310 Southeast Fazio Drive, Hobe Sound, Fla. 33455 Time: 5:30 p.m. Reception, 6 p.m. Dinner Cost: $25 Hurricane Club members, $30 non-Hurricane Club members Includes dinner of prime rib or fresh catch. Program will also include a raffle and auction. Advance registration is required; R.S.V.P. by Friday, May 18, 2012 by calling the Hurricane Club at 305-284-6699. University of Miami Alumni Association and Hurricane Club Spring Tour – New York, Tuesday, June 5, 2012 Featuring Head Football Coach Al Golden, Jedd Fisch and Mark D’Onofrio
Raphael Akpejiori LAGOS, NIGERIA | FORWARD | SOPHOMORE
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Playing basketball has given me the chance to travel to a lot of countries and meet a lot of people. Just have fun in general and get an education. Be in Miami, make a lot of friends. I was recruited when I was in high school in Kansas by a bunch of different schools. Miami was a good place, I liked the coaches and the school. I liked that it was a small school. It’s generally a nice place and they play in the ACC so that’s really what drew me closer. I get to play against a pro every night and a good team or a good Hall of Fame coach or Hall of Fame coach in the making. When I was introduced to Coach L he was a different breed I would say. He’s just like my dad, a very straightforward person, a guy who looks you in the eye and tells you how it is. He’s not going to be rude to you, but he’s going to tell you. He is more fun than his age tells. He’s 61 and he sounds like he’s really old but he’s like a 30 year old. When I played basketball as a kid I pretended to be Shaq because I was the biggest person on the court and at that time and Shaq was winning all the rings with the Lakers. So I pretended to be Shaq for a while, then I pretended to be Tim Duncan. After that, I pretended to be LeBron James. Lagos is full of too many people and traffic. That’s the first thing that comes to my mind. You wake up in the morning and say you want to go from here to a distance of like South Beach, it would take you like two hours to get there because of the traffic. First thing that comes to mind is the traffic and the second thing is there are a lot of crazy people out there and a lot of fun people. I was back for a while to visit before I came back here for high school. My family still lives in Nigeria, all of them. I just wanted something new. I had a scholarship to go to high school and I was good at basketball so I figured I would go [to the United States] and experience another world. It wasn’t really tough, it was more fun and more of an adventure until I dislocated my ankle. That was really tough. That was in 2008 when I first got here. I couldn’t play basketball for a whole year. I was basically useless to a lot of people, but some people were still kind to me until I got back to playing. I’ll never forget what my father told me when I was going to school in Nigeria and he was dropping me off. He told me “never cheat anyone and never allow myself to be cheated by anyone,” so that’s something I will never forget. I secretly wish I played football. I see Calvin Johnson and Jimmy Graham and sometimes I think I could do that. On Sundays, everyone is wearing your jersey and you see old people going crazy. I think I can put on a tight end’s jersey or a wide receiver’s jersey. My personal goals are to graduate with a mechanical engineering degree, to play in the NBA for a long time, to raise a family, and maybe be a lawyer some day. When I was growing up I had a lot of fun with my sister. She was like my first best friend. We were together for a long time. Now she’s grown and she’s about to get married and it’s just weird. In mechanical engineering you just think about everything that works. Every single thing from the design of your spoons that you eat with, your house, your cars, your bridges and everything. Just anything that works. There’s a process that makes it work. There’s someone who designs it. There’s a calculation.
To be an engineer you have to be perfect. Every little thing is in detail. The end of the bottle cap of a bottle is in detail. So in basketball, every little screen set, every angle of the screen, every turn, the way you stand to get a rebound, everything is in detail. There’s a place you have to be for that to work. The spin behind the ball, the arc, when you shoot the ball, the form. So that’s how mechanical engineering transitions to the court on every play. Everything is in detail. My dad got married twice. We have six kids in my family and growing up was very fun because there was never a dull moment and there was always something going on. There’s always a fight, and after a fight there’s always laughter so it was fun. We went to church like three times a day so we grew up being Christians and tried to live life the best way we could and be nice to other people, hoping that people would be nice to us. At the U I’ve learned so much from my professors, especially Dr. Rahm. He’s a pain in the rear but he’s a good guy. He really knows what he’s saying. He’s someone who is really good at what he does. I also learned a lot from Coach Haith when he was here. He was a nice person and he always took interest in what you did, how your life was. Also from Coach Larranaga. He has a winner’s mentality.
He knows how to do things the right way from the smallest things to the hardest things. He tells you to try to have class and attitude and be a good person overall. My favorite thing about being a part of the U family is that everyone knows everyone. I know all the football players, they all know who we are. I know all the swimmers, names and last names. All the rowers, all the athletes. It’s like a little family. The U is like a little cult where you go outside and you represent and someone throws the U up and you go hyper. I am a competitive person. I hate losing. I learned to suck it up when you lose. Sometimes you play really well and you still lose, but being a competitive person gives you an edge to keep going and you know that you can win more than you lose. Everything I do, I do it hard and I try to do it well to the best of my abilities. Competition at the U is good. We have teammates who don’t like to lose either so it makes it more fierce while you’re competing against each other. Check out more player profiles on the University of Miami’s athletics website at Fast Breaks Central.
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Getting to Know U SYLVIA BULLOCK | JR | ANCHORAGE, ALASKA Favorite professional team? Miami HEAT.
Favorite movies? Love & Basketball.
Career ambition? Teach and coach.
Farthest you’ve traveled from home? Costa Rica.
Early morning workouts make me want to... Go back to sleep.
I wear No. 34 because...
I loved Shaq when he was on the Lakers.
JULIAN GAMBLE | SR | DURHAM, N.C. What is your favorite midnight snack? Blue Bell cookies ‘n cream ice cream.
My first memory of playing basketball is... Hitting the game winner when I was 12.
If I were a superhero, my name and power would be...
Lamborghini Jules and I would have super speed. If I could only eat one meal for the rest of my life, it would be... French toast.
My first job was ...
A basketball camp coach. If I won the lottery, the first thing I would buy... Is a house for my mom.
MONIQUE ALBUQUERQUE | SO | PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL What is your favorite meal? Japanese food.
If you could visit one place in the world, where would it be? Fernando de Noronha, Brazil.
What one superpower would you like to have? To fly.
What person would you love to trade places with for the day? Serena Williams.
If you could invite three people to dinner, who would they be? My boyfriend, Roger Federer and my mom.
Who is your celebrity crush? Brad Pitt.
Freshman tri-linguist goes beyond the links
A profile on Leticia Ras-Anderica, women’s golf Last December, the University of Miami wasn’t on Leticia Ras-Anderica’s college map, one that stretched all over the country. Somehow, sunny Coral Cables missed the plane. She considered Furman, Texas State, and Vanderbilt because they had all offered her scholarships. Miami, however, wasn’t biting. Then, Ras-Anderica went to Doral and played in a tournament. While there, the U came out and offered her a scholarship after watching her play. Suddenly, Coral Gables looked a whole lot sunnier. “I thought, ‘Miami is a nice place,’” joked RasAnderica. “Really, the city is great, I haven’t had the chance to see much but other times that I’ve come here, I love it. There’s so much to do here, concerts, everything.” Originally from Moraira-Teulada, Spain, this trilingual gal has been playing golf since she was seven years old. Her parents “dragged her out on the course,” but once she started playing competitively, she really began to enjoy it. However, her opportunities to play at a high level were limited by a passport and lack of a spot on the Spanish national team. “I was lucky enough that my parents could afford to take me to tournaments,” said Ras-Anderica. “I was never part of the Spanish national team because I’m German. My family lives in Spain, but I never had a Spanish passport so I couldn’t play for the team.” Her German mother and English father live in Spain, so Ras-Anderica manages to speak fluent Spanish, German, and English. Her accent is one that can only be explained as a brief European geography lesson. Her adventures go beyond the continent though. She’s enjoyed the fact that golf has allowed her to travel all over the world. Her favorite was a visit to San Diego for a tournament at Torrey Pines, a course that amazed her and she was able to revisit in early March of this year with the team. But she’ll have plenty of other courses to fall in love with this season, which is well under way for the Lady Canes. Ras-Anderica, a freshman, proved that she had no intention to start her career like one. In her first tournament as a Cane, she birdied three holes in her final round and finished first on the team at the Cougar Classic in Hanahan, SC. Then, she led the team at the Mary Fossum Invitational and took home a third place finish overall at the Bettie Lou Evans Fall Invitational. Not bad for someone that wasn’t even a prospect for Miami last year. But that never fazes Ras-Anderica, who claims her greatest asset to team is her talent “according to my
coach” and not over thinking on the golf course. “A round of golf takes for ages, so between each shot you have so much time to think,” she said. “Having a good mental game is so much more of an advantage.” As a student athlete, that mental game becomes more than an asset just on the course. In the classroom, Ras-Anderica is taking her time to figure out her passion. She enjoys painting and fine arts, but still wants to stay focused on a future in golf. “As a student athlete, you get to travel, meet loads of people, and work out a lot. It’s about being around a good atmosphere,” she said. That atmosphere will be something the team looks to propel them forward as they prepare for their potential berth into the NCAA East Regional Tournament. The announcement will be made Monday, April 30. Ras-Anderica feels the team chemistry couldn’t be better right now. “It would be amazing to be in the national title race because I never thought I could be that good. If one day I get up to that level, I’d be very happy with myself and like I’d done something with my life,” she said. As if her knowing three languages and then traveling halfway around the world to attend school isn’t enough of an accomplishment. Although, she did catch a break. “My parents rented an apartment nearby and they come and visit very often,” she explained. “But, I miss my family, my grandma especially, my pets (an old dog and a parrot) and my friends back home. But I’m making loads of new friends here, so it’s a new experience right now.” By Haley Struthers
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