They’re different players, and on this everyone can agree. Older brother Patrick Armstrong, a senior first baseman, is the top returning hitter in the Mountain West while younger brother Joey Armstrong will trot out for Friday’s opening day at home as UNLV’s starting center fielder after a freshman season at third base.
The UNLV baseball team’s Friday night starter this season is one of the nation’s best, according to Baseball America. The nationally respected magazine today included Rebel junior right-hander Erick Fedde on its Preseason All-America Second Team. It also ranked Fedde as the nation’s 17th best junior, regardless of position.
The Nevada Board of Regents this morning approved an action to extend UNLV interim athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy’s contract to the end of 2014. The extension comes with a $10,000 pay raise to make her annual contract $180,000.
Zach Johnson is one of the top golfers on the PGA Tour, finishing last season fifth in the chase for the FedEx Cup with eight top-10 finishes. He’ll be one of the marquee attractions this week at the Shriners Hospital for Children Open, which begins today at TPC Summerlin.
There was no shortage of well-wishers for Tina Kunzer-Murphy. Standing outside of Rebel Park as the football team wrapped up practice, Kunzer-Murphy exchanged handshakes and hugs with a gaggle of Rebels coaches. Their support is a big reason why she’ll continue to oversee UNLV athletics for the foreseeable future. “Everybody knows my love has always been to get back to UNLV and to be in college athletics,” Kunzer-Murphy said.
Despite two faults in the finals, Silverado High and UNLV product Amanda Bingson placed 10th in the hammer throw Friday at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow. She faulted on throws one and three but measured 238 feet on her second attempt.
Jim Livengood’s face is all red. Resting on the floor next to a pile of boxes in his soon-to-be vacant office at the Thomas & Mack Center is a framed collection of photos showing students painting the athletic director’s face in Rebel red.
If one American record is good, a second is even better. Competing Saturday at the USA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, former Rebel Amanda Bingson set a new American record in the hammer throw and then bested her own mark minutes later.
This offseason has been anything but dull on Maryland Parkway. That includes a few items over the weekend and early this week. Let's get everyone caught up, starting with more news from the UNLV basketball team.
The Mountain West men’s and women’s basketball tournaments will include all 11 teams after the additions (Utah State and San Jose State) plus the decisions of Boise State and San Diego State to remain in the league, the league announced Tuesday afternoon.
Kurt Kitayama holed out from more than 200 yards on his final shot, putting the UNLV men’s golf team in position for a playoff that they survived late Thursday to advance to Friday’s match play at 8:30 a.m. Las Vegas time at the NCAA Division I Championships in Atlanta.
The Rebels’ last trip to a national championship tournament was in 2010, back when Carl Jonson and A.J. McInerney were still in high school. Now Jonson, a sophomore, and McInerney, a freshman from Coronado High, are the Rebels’ top performers heading into the tournament in Atlanta.
When Efren Navarro was selected by the Los Angeles Angels in the 50th round of the 2007 MLB First-Year Player Entry Draft out of UNLV, common logic would have suggested the junior return to the Rebels for his senior season.