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Iowa to open 2012 season in Chicago

PAGE 10 | Iowa State Daily | Thursday, April 8, 2010 Editor N. Sandell | sports@iowastatedaily.com | 515.294.3148

Facing o r w a r d

IOWA CITY — Iowa is scheduled to return to Chicago’s Soldier Field for its 2012 season opener. Iowa spokesman Steve Roe says the Hawkeyes have agreed in principle to face Northern Illinois in Chicago on Sept. 1, 2012. The Hawkeyes beat Northern Illinois in the 2007 opener at Soldier Field, home of the NFL’s Chicago Bears. The 2012 trip to Chicago will be followed by back-to-back home games against Iowa State and Northern Iowa. The Hawkeyes conclude spring camp with a final practice at Kinnick Stadium on April 17. Iowa opens the 2010 season at home against Eastern Illinois on Sept. 4.

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Woods gets scolding from Masters’ Payne

Former ISU golfer Patrick Hall works at his desk in his office at Innova Ideas and Services at 304 Main St. in Ames. Hall, who golfed for Iowa State from 2003-07, said his time as a student-athlete made for a smooth and easy transition from college to the working world. Photo: Zunkai Zhao/Iowa State Daily

Beyond

By Doug Ferguson AP Golf Writer AUGUSTA, Ga. — On the day Tiger Woods arrived at the Masters, he changed out of his spikes after playing nine holes, walked across the parking lot and went upstairs to the office of Augusta National chairman Billy Payne. Payne would not discuss details of their Sunday afternoon meeting. Based on his blunt criticism of Woods during his annual press conference Wednesday, they probably weren’t talking about how Woods was hitting the ball or his chances of winning a fifth green jacket. “It is simply not the degree of his conduct that is so egregious here,” Payne said. “It is the fact that he disappointed all of us, and more importantly, our kids and our grandkids. Our hero did not live up to the expectations of the role model we saw for our children.” They were the strongest words from a Masters chairman since Hootie Johnson’s famous “point of a bayonet” reply to Martha Burk in the summer of 2002 when he defended the club’s right to an all-male membership. Payne was one of the Augusta National members who stood among the Georgia pines to the right of the first fairway on Monday, the first time Woods played before a gallery since being caught cheating on his wife five months ago. No other golf official has been so outspoken about Woods’ behavior. No other major is like the Masters. Even though Woods is a four-time champion and the No. 1 player in the world, he is at Augusta National by invitation, just like the other 95 players who will tee it up on Thursday. Woods had already played his final practice round — nine holes with Mark O’Meara — and left the course when Payne held his news conference. The chairman saved his thoughts on Woods for the end of his opening statement. “Is there a way forward? I hope yes. I think yes,” Payne said. “But certainly, his future will never again be measured only by his performance against par; but measured by the sincerity of his efforts to change. “I hope he now realizes that every kid he passes on the course wants his swing, but would settle for his smile.” It was the final press conference before the Masters begins with more scrutiny — more curiosity — than ever of Woods. No one knows what to expect from his game because Woods has not competed since winning the Australian Masters on Nov. 15. “He should do pretty good — he’s coming off a win,” Robert Allenby cracked. Woods has appeared to be as interested in his behavior as his performance during the practice rounds. He is smiling more, making eye contact, even signing more autographs. Payne declined to discuss what type of security was in place, nor was he overly concerned that the return of Woods might overshadow a tournament that attracts the largest golf audience of the year. “We are very secure in who we are, and the Masters has almost now a 74-year history,” Payne said. “We just kind of do things our way. We are not threatened by other big news stories or things like that.” Even so, there has been little attention on anything else this week. Ernie Els, the only player with multiple PGA Tour victories this year, was not invited to the media center for an interview this week. Steve Stricker is No. 2 in the world, with four victories over the last year putting him among the best players who have never won a major. He was introduced at a press conference Tuesday as an eight-time PGA Tour winner who has played on three Presidents Cup and one Ryder Cup team and is making his 10th appearance in the Masters. Anything missing? “A major,” he said.

the field

Editor’s note: The following is part four in a five-part series about student-athletes’ lives after their careers as Cyclones. Part one looked at how life changes after their final season. Part two highlighted the balance struck between athletic and academic work, preparing them for the rest of their lives. Part three profiles athletes with hopes of professional or Olympic careers. Part four examines the differences for those headed into the workplace, and takes a look at former athletes who have already made the jump. Finally, part five will reveal our studentathletes’ feelings about their lives after Iowa State.

Former student-athletes find success on alternate paths after graduation By Jake Lovett Daily Staff Writer

Davis

At some point, every athlete must move on. Some do it after a run at playing professionally, but most do it directly after college. While being a professional athlete is almost every little boy’s dream, priorities change later. “I liked playing football, but it wasn’t my love,” said former ISU student-athlete Jon Davis. “It wasn’t one of those things that I saw myself doing for the long run.” Davis graduated in 2006 after spending four years on the ISU football team. In his final season, he was the Cyclones’ leading receiver. Four years later, he’s eighth in ISU

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history with 126 receptions and 1,445 yards. When he left, though, Davis just wanted to settle down. “Moving around so much as a military kid, I kind of wanted to get settled down in one spot and make sure I have something stable,” Davis said. “[Playing professionally] wouldn’t have been something stable that I really wanted.” Instead, Davis moved to the Omaha, Neb., area — his hometown, Papillion, is a suburb of the city — to work at TD Ameritrade in Bellevue, Neb.

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Softball

Cyclones strive to swing threegame slump By Jordan Wickstrom Daily Staff Writer

nology. “We’re usually pretty competitive, but Minnesota-Duluth is always the heavy favorite.” As of now, the Cyclones sit third in the UMLL standings, trailing Minnesota-Duluth and the University of Minnesota. They’re in the midst of the regular season, all leading up to the UMLL tournament. The winner of that tournament will then go on to the national tournament for a chance at the MCLA Division I Championship. While they’ve never reached the national tournament, the team has competed well, considering its budget isn’t close to some of the teams they play. “The guys in Duluth pay probably $2,000 to play,” Meadows said. “Where we play like $250.” Meadows and Gross said the Minnesota-Duluth players spend all that money

When the Cyclones (22–16) walked off the field Tuesday after their third straight loss the general mood of the team was one of frustration and disappointment. After losing their third straight game by two runs or less, coach Stacy Gemeinhardt-Cesler took it upon herself to remind the team of why they play the game. “We need to take the night off to decompress and just relax,” Gemeinhardt-Cesler said. “We need to remember that it is just a game and it should be fun. That’s ultimately what’s most important. When we play with that fun approach, we tend to do better.” On Thursday, Iowa State will try to rebound and start having fun again when the team travels to Des Moines to face Drake in a rematch of Tuesday’s one-run pitcher’s duel that left a sour taste in the Cyclones mouths. Junior pitcher Rachel Zabriskie tossed a complete game gem against the Bulldogs but allowed two home runs that proved to be the deciding factor of the game. Despite the loss, the Cyclones believe they can use Drake’s dependency on power to their advantage. “They obviously think they can beat us just by home runs because that’s how they scored their runs,” said senior catcher Alex Johnson. “But I don’t think you can win every ball game like that, especially with the way we come out and we hit the ball and put runs together; I just think we’re a better team.” Thursday’s game could potentially be one of the most important games Iowa State has played this season. The Cyclones currently sit at 22 wins and are now just four wins shy of tying last year’s win total. And with the possibility of the first 30-win season in 21 years, the way the Cyclones rebound from this three-game losing streak could play an important role with how the Cyclones perform the rest of the season. But in order to reach that 30 win plateau, the Cyclones will have to avoid what the 2008 team did toward the end of the season. That year the team began the season 23-11 but ultimately struggled in the latter part of the season to a 6-18 record and ended the season at 29-29. What proved to be problematic for the 2008 team was its inability to get past long losing streaks. In order to not have a repeat of that season, this team hopes to get back to the basics by staying focused and not getting ahead

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The ISU Lacrosse Club plays against Iowa in 2009. The lacrosse club is preparing for the Upper Midwest Lacrosse League tournament. Courtesy photo: Lauren Devereaux

Tournament looms for ISU lacrosse team By Jeremiah Davis Daily Staff Writer Athletes all across the country have at least one sport they love, for whatever reason. Whether it’s the adrenaline rush, the skill challenge or simply the competition, every athlete has something. For 27 students at Iowa State, that sport is lacrosse. “It’s a combination of soccer, hockey and football,” said team captain Kyle Meadows, junior in business marketing. “It’s definitely a rush, and we love it.” The ISU Lacrosse Club team plays in the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association, which is a collection of club teams from universities all across the country. The team is in the Upper Midwest Lacrosse League in the MCLA. “We play teams from Minnesota and Wisconsin,” said Brendan Gross, club president and a senior in industrial tech-


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