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Roman Augustoviz

Copy editor | Sports
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Roman Augustoviz has been on the sports copy desk since October 2012. Before that he covered Gophers' men hockey and Lynx women's basketball for five years. Going even further back, he was involved with high school sports, as a team leader and reporter, for 20 years.
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Gophers softball: Three reasons for hope, three reasons for concern

Piper Ritter's team reached the NCAA tournament, overcoming the 11th-toughest schedule in the nation, but finished 27-26-1.
Gophers forward Audrey Wethington scored the first goal in her team’s 4-0 win over St. Thomas on Friday night in a WCHA playoff game.

U women's hockey works hard for goals in playoff victory over St. Thomas

Minnesota led only 1-0 until scoring twice in the final 10 minutes of the second period. Taylor Heise and Abigail Boreen, the team's top two scorers, got those big goals.
Minnesota defenseman Jackson Lacombe (2), above looking to pass vs. Wisconsin, got the game-winner against Penn State on Saturday.

Gophers men's hockey overcomes 3-0 deficit to sweep at Penn State

Minnesota got three goals in the second and three more in the third to catch and pass the Nittany Lions.
Gophers forward Taylor Heise took the puck around St. Thomas defenseman Megan Cornell in the first period of a game last month.

Gophers women's hockey routs St. Thomas

The No. 1-ranked Gophers moved closer to a WCHA title led by Taylor Heise's two goals and two assists.
Minnesota forward Catie Skaja, above vs. St. Thomas, had two goals Saturday in a 5-1 win over St. Cloud State,

Gophers women's hockey sweeps St. Cloud State

Norcross, a senior transfer from Boston College, tipped in a shot for the tiebreaking goal late in the second period.
Gopher pitcher Autumn Pease is ranked No. 85 in Extra Innings Softball’s list of the nation’s top 100 players.

Ten things to know about the 2022 Gophers softball team

The Gophers open their season with games on Friday against No. 12 Georgia and Central Florida. Here's a look at what fans can expect from the 2022 team.
Gophers forward Emily Oden (21) and wing Peyton Hemp (15) celebrate with forward Addie Burton (26) after she scored a goal on Jan. 22

Gophers women's hockey routs Bemidji State, moves into first place

Minnesota defeated Bemidji State for the 13th time in a row, led by freshman Peyton Hemp's two goals.
Gophers forward Bryce Brodzinski, above vs. St. Thomas last month, got his 11th goal of the season against Notre Dame. It tied the score at 2-all.

Gophers men's hockey loses to Notre Dame in overtime

Landon Slaggert scored for the Fighting Irish 32 seconds into the extra period.
Gophers forward Taylor Heise, in an earlier game against Wisconsin above, had two goals Saturday in Minnesota’s 5-3 win over Ohio State.

Heise's two goals lead Gophers women's hockey over Ohio State

Senior forward Taylor Heise scored her 19th and 20th goals as Minnesota ended a six-game losing streak to the Buckeyes.
Sylvia Fowles had her path to the rim blocked by Seattle's Breanna Stewart during the first quarter

Seattle wins 82-72 to keep Lynx winless

The Lynx are off to an 0-4 start after two straight losses to the Storm.
Redshirt senior Bethany Hasz is one of 36 Gophers competing at the West and East Preliminary.

One of the biggest weekends for NCAA track and field is loaded with local talent

All three division of NCAA track and field are competing in major tournaments this weekend, and local schools and athletes are represented at every level.
Gophers second baseman MaKenna Partain (3) congratulated pitcher Amber Fiser (13) during the 2019 season.

Amber Fiser and then who? Gophers softball position-by-position breakdown

The Gophers open a new season Friday against Maryland and have intriguing players all over the diamond.
Ice Breaker Tournament called off, was to be Gophers hockey opener vs. UMD

Ice Breaker Tournament called off, was to be Gophers hockey opener vs. UMD

The Ice Breaker Tournament, scheduled to be hosted by Minnesota Duluth, will be postponed to 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was slated for Oct. 9-10 at Amsoil Arena.
Gophers baseball/softball mailbag: What's the outlook for 2021?

Gophers baseball/softball mailbag: What's the outlook for 2021?

Both teams had their seasons cut short this year, but both are well-stocked for next year.

Gophers welcome 25 who hope to make a splash

The Gophers announced their full incoming swimming and diving classes on Wednesday. Both on the men's and women's side, they are talented and from many places.

U women's tennis had best start in more than 40 years before season's halt

The Gophers had a nine-match winning streak and were undefeated at home before the coronavirus pandemic ended their season.
University of Minnesota fans cheer on the women's gymnastics team.

U sports mailbag: Time to recognize women's gymnastics success?

A question about the contract status of the women's gymnastics staff and athletes who made an impact in the short spring season.
Looking back at a Gophers softball season that ended too soon

Looking back at a Gophers softball season that ended too soon

Coming off a Women's College World Series appearance, Minnesota played a tough schedule and finished 15-9-1 with several impressive performances.

U volleyball recruit ranked nation's best; two others among top six

Three of the Gophers volleyball team's four signed recruits for the fall are on's Fab 50 list of high school seniors.
U softball's final non-conference tune-up weekend: Five things to know

U softball's final non-conference tune-up weekend: Five things to know

The Gophers have taken their losses while playing a tough schedule and aren't that far off from last season's pace.
Five things to know: U softball gets boost from Hansen, DenHartog

Five things to know: U softball gets boost from Hansen, DenHartog

The Gophers are 12-7 and continue a tough schedule this weekend at the UCLA/Long Beach State tournament.

Gophers dropping in softball polls but coach upbeat over play so far

Coach Jamie Trachsel was pretty upbeat after a split last Saturday: a 4-0 win over Texas State and a 2-1 loss to Baylor in eight innings
U softball team testing itself early, ranked No. 17 after 5-4 start

U softball team testing itself early, ranked No. 17 after 5-4 start

Amber Fiser and MaKenna Partain have been among the standouts so far through Minnesota's 5-4 start, which includes a win over then-No. 5 Florida State.
Amber Fiser

Gophers softball in elite weekend tournament: Five things to know

The Gophers, who went 3-2 on their opening weekend, play No. 16 Oklahoma State (2-2) and No. 5 Florida State (5-0) at 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Gophers baseball, picked as third-best in Big Ten, will lean on infield, veterans

Season starts Friday afternoon.
Gophers catcher Kendyl Lindaman (23) was greeted by teammates after hitting a three run home run last April.

Gophers softball team returns a veteran core with a new coach

After advancing to the NCAA super regionals last season, the Gophers softball team starts its 2018 season Friday with a pair of games in Las Vegas.
Steve Hoag crossed the finish line in the 1975 Boston Marathon. He finished second.

Minnesota distance running star Steve Hoag dies

The former Gophers runner is probably best known for finishing second in the 1975 Boston Marathon to Bill Rodgers.

Gophers softball team opens Big Ten play as favorite

The Gophers are first in the Big Ten in multiple statistical categories and this season they have some pitching depth.

Nobody's playing where she was last year with unbeaten Gophers softball team

When the Gophers took the field last Sunday vs. Illinois State, there was a new player at every position on the field from last year yet Minnesota keeps on winning.

Gophers-Rutgers women's basketball preview

The Gophers have lost four of their past five games, while Rutgers is on track for its first losing season since 2001-02 and has lost five in a row and is 0-11 on the road.

Gophers women's soccer can clinch share of Big Ten title Wednesday

Beating last-place Maryland would guarantee Minnesota a share of the Big Ten women's soccer title, which it last won in 2008.
Gophers pitcher Sara Groenewegen

Groenewegen legend grows a bit as Gophers take Big Ten title

Sara Groenewegen put the Gophers softball team on her shoulders this weekend and carried her teammates to the Big Ten tournament title.
The 1909 St. Paul Colored Gophers, from"They Played for the Love of the Game."

Review: 'They Played for the Love of the Game,' by Frank M. White

NONFICTION: This comprehensive book by the son of a baseball catcher details the lives and careers of black ballplayers in Minnesota before and after big-league integration.

Gophers baseball team hoping for better start, better season

The Gophers opened 0-7 last season and struggled to a 21-30 final record. Their 2016 season starts Friday in Arizona.

Schedule could doom Gophers' NCAA women's tournament hopes

The Gophers, who have won eight of their past nine games, have to stay hot in the stretch run to make the NCAA tournament.

Gophers women third in Big Ten, but not even NCAA bubble team yet

The Gophers need to finish strong to make the NCAA field again.

A splendid start to U's softball season

The Gophers softball team beat Utah Valley 9-0 and No. 8 Oklahoma 1-0 on Friday in its first two games of the season.

Play ball! Gophers open softball season Friday

The Gophers, ranked No 14 in the USA Today/NFCA poll, open their season today with two games. They will the heavy favorite in one and the slight underdog in the other.

An upset, a nailbiter as Big Ten season in women's basketball opens

Northwestern falls, Purdue wins in last seconds, Maryland shows its power, etc.
Dr. Bennet Omalu at the premiere of the movie “Concussion.”

Review: 'Concussion,' by Jeanne Marie Laskas

NONFICTION: The dramatic story of the Nigerian doctor who made the connection between professional football and dangerous brain injuries.

NCAA volleyball: It's Big Ten vs. Big 12 in Final Four

The Gophers and Nebraska made it from the Big Ten to volleyball's Final Four and there each will go against a Big 12 team in the semifinals

NCAA volleyball, Day 4: Big Ten advances two teams, three fall in five sets

The Gophers and Nebraska, the No. 2 and 4 overall seeds, made it to the Elite Eight in three-set sweeps but nobody else did.

NCAA volleyball, Day 4: Eight matches set in Sweet 16, with six Big Ten still standing

Minnesota and three other Big Ten teams are favored to make the Elite Eight.

Illini don't fear Gophers in Sweet 16 volleyball match

Illinois coach Kevin Hambly said his players are confident they can beat the Gophers on Friday in Des Moines.
Minnesota middle blocker Molly Lohman (13) spiked the ball for a point against Jackson State.

Gophers might have easiest road to volleyball's Final Four

Based on RPIs, the second-seeded Gophers have the easiest path to the Final Four in Omaha; Wisconsin, the No. 6 seed, is in the toughest regional

NCAA volleyball, Day 3: Six Big Ten teams advance to Sweet 16

All five seeded Big Ten teams advanced to regional semifinals and one unseeded one, Illinois, and Michigan almost made it seven.

NCAA volleyball, Day 2: Big Ten flexes its muscle

The Big Ten's nine teams in the NCAA tournament went 8-1 on Friday and one team, Wisconsin, advanced to a region final.

One sport Minnesota crushes a Wisconsin team: women's hockey

The Gophers are 16-0-2 against the Badgers in their last 18 games going into their big weekend series starting Friday in Madison.

NCAA volleyball, Day 1: Big Ten starts off 2-0

Wisconsin and Purdue won their opening round matches but both needed four sets. All nine Big Ten teams in tournament play Friday, including the Gophers.

Big college volleyball week starts Thursday in St. Paul

The Gophers are hosting four teams for NCAA D-I first- and second-round matches starting Friday, but in St. Paul there are eight teams gathered for a D-II Central Regional starting Thursday.

Can the Gophers get a No. 1 volleyball seed?

Expect the Gophers to get a top four seed on the selection show (8 p.m. on ESPNU).

Almost a shocker for U volleyball at Penn State

Coach Hugh McCutcheon's Gophers pushed Penn State to five sets in volleyball before succumbing.

U soccer atop Big Ten after three wins

Road wins over two ranked teams and at home over Purdue have the Gophers in first place in Big Ten women's soccer.

Better than expected, U volleyball on roll

The Gophers won their ninth match in a row Wednesday, beating No. 12 Ohio State in Columbus in five sets
Review: 'Billion-Dollar Ball,' by Gilbert M. Gaul; big money in college football

Review: 'Billion-Dollar Ball,' by Gilbert M. Gaul; big money in college football

NONFICTION: Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Gilbert M. Gaul examines the economics of top college football programs.

U opens soccer season with shutout over North Dakota State

Simone Kolander scored goals three minutes apart in first half to lead Gophers to 3-0 home win over the Bison in their season soccer opener.
Leandro Toledo

U's Toledo faces tough challenge in NCAA tennis tournament

Senior Leandro Toledo meets a player he lost to twice this school year in his opening match in Waco, Texas.
Jubilant Gophers players waited to greet Paige Palkovich (10) after her walk-off grand slam beat Arizona and kept the Gophers alive in the NCAA softba

U softball: Crazy finish to a great season

The Gophers came so close to winning a regional in Tucson, which is next to impossible.

U softball wins easily in regional, but it will get tougher today

The Gophers softball team made a strong showing in its first NCAA regional game, pounding New Mexico State. Now it gets tough.
Minnesota Twins' outfielder Tony Oliva is pictured, March 1968. (AP Photo) ORG XMIT: APHS464314

In spring, a fan's attention turns to thoughts of baseball

Just in time for baseball and its early-season optimism are two books with local subjects.

U gets biggest win of season in softball

Michigan came to Jane Sage Cowles Stadium ranked No. 4 in the country in softball and with 31 wins. But they got badly outplayed by the home team.

Big Ten lead at stake for U softball at Nebraska

The Gophers, tied for second in the conference at 3-0, play at 5-0 Nebraska this weekend.

It's a golden age for female superstars at U -- in four sports

In recent memory, there have not been four more accomplished female athletes at the U of M than there is this very day. They are not usually grouped together but, when they are, it seems remarkable that they are all here in one place, playing for the Maroon and Gold.

U's most amazing streak: 15-0-2 vs. Badgers in women's hockey


It's Gophers vs. Big Ten to start second day at NCAA wrestling

Seven Gophers are still alive in the NCAA tournament, and five face opponents from the Big Ten in their first matches on Friday.

U baseball draws tough opening conference matchup

Coach John Anderson's Gophers, after a demanding nonconference baseball schedule, face preseason conference favorite Maryland on the road this weekend to open Big Ten play.

Gophers look like Big Ten title contenders in softball

Minnesota and Michigan have distanced themselves from the pack in nonconference play. The Wolverines are 25-4, the Gophers 24-4; no other conference team has more than 19 wins.

Ranked and rolling Gophers flounder on Florida softball trip

The Gophers went 1-3 in the Citrus Classic, losing to two teams barely about .500. What went wrong?

Who's Luca Wieland? A Big Ten indoor champ for Gophers

There are two sentences on the U of M bio for Luca Wieland. He was 11th in the heptathlon a year ago at Big Tens.

Uphill run for Gophers in men's Big Ten indoor championships

The Gophers finished sixth in the conference indoor track and field meet, but lost several key performers so it might be tough for them to do as well.

Gophers swimmers off to good start at Big Ten meet

The Gophers are tied for third at Iowa City after two events.

Gophers always contenders in the pool

The Gophers men's swimming team has quite a string of success going in the Big Ten meet. Since 1989, it has always finished fourth or better in the conference meet.

Nebraska denies Zahui the ball -- and beats the Gophers easily

The Gophers women's five-game winning streak ended with a one-sided loss in Lincoln, Neb.

U women's, men's teams fare almost completely opposite over weekend

Here's an oddity: Almost every women's team at the U had a good weekend, almost every men's team didn't.

U softball shows its comeback swagger

The Gophers fell behind Colorado State 5-1 after two innings, but scored five runs in last two innings to win 8-3 and improve to 13-1.