SMC Athletics mourns the passing of loyal Gael staffer

Todd OgorzelecThe Saint Mary’s College community mourns the passing of 1996 graduate and loyal athletic department staff member Todd Ogorzelec this morning.

In an email to the campus community this morning, SMC Athletic Director Mark Orr said Todd had a positive effect on the lives of countless students, faculty and staff as a resident hall director and was highly respected as an athletic administrator.  Visiting teams, game officials, fans, coaches, student-athletes and students consistently provided feedback of Todd’s service and commitment to the department.

“He utilized his Lasallian education to live his life each day and that was demonstrated in the way he served the community,” said Orr.

A memorial service is planned for Tuesday, August 5 at 11 a.m. in the Saint Mary’s Chapel with a reception afterward in Dreyden Hall.

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TheW.TV catches up with SMC’s Summer League players

Earlier this month, reporters from TheW.tv were in Las Vegas to catch up with various former West Coast Conference men’s basketball players at the NBA Summer League.  Here are the links to watch TheW.tv’s reports on three Gaels in Las Vegas

 

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Geyer’s final day sizzle lands 2nd-place at Long Beach Open

Former Saint Mary’s golfer Ben Geyer fired a sizzling 8-under par 64 to finish just one stroke behind another SMC Gael, Eric Meichtry ’93, to finish second at the Long Beach Open yesterday at El Dorado Golf Course.

The 2012 West Coast Conference champion and 2013 co-Player of the Year, finished the 72-hole professional event with impressive rounds of 68-69-67-64 for a 20-under par 268.  Starting four strokes off the lead going into yesterday’s final round, the Arbuckle, Calif. native birdied four holes and carded an eagle during his first nine holes, then registered three more birdies on the back nine to earn $14,500 of the $165,000 purse.

Meichtry, a 1987 graduate of Clayton Valley (Calif.) High School, played at Saint Mary’s during the 1992 and 1993 seasons. His seven top-10 finishes in 1993 still ranks as the second-most in program history.  He currently lives in Murrieta, Calif.

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Former SMC golfer starts soccer blog

Former Saint Mary’s golfer and emerging sports communications professional Nick Sako, an unabashed supporter of London’s Arsenal FC of the Barclays Premier League, has started a new blog featuring editorial content about professional soccer.

If you enjoy reading about (primarily) European soccer from a bit of a unique perspective, check it out by clicking here.

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Sagoo posts top-10 finish at South of England Open Amateur

Saint Mary’s golf signee Pavan Sagoo finished tied for eighth place with a 4-over par 292 at the 2014 South of England Open Amateur Championship this week at Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey, England.

The incoming SMC freshman fired rounds of 75-71-71-75 to tie three other golfers at 4-over.  Adam Chapman took medalist honors at 1-under, winning the tournament by two strokes.

In other SMC golf news, recent grad Dalan Refioglu finished in a 4-golfer tie for 28th place at the 48th Pacific Coast Amateur at Pine Canyon Club in Flagstaff, Ariz.  The Foster City, Calif. native shot 66-71-70-75 for a 2-over par 282.

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Late eagle keeps Refioglu among top 20 at Pacific Coast Am

After a sluggish start, former Saint Mary’s golfer Dalan Refioglu went 2-under par on the back nine to finish the third round of the Pacific Coast Amateur with an even par 70 at Pine Canyon Club in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Refioglu was 3-over on his first six holes today before carding two birdies and an eagle down the stretch.  He is 3-under for the tournament and tied for 17th place among the tournament’s 80-golfer field.

The 72-hole tournament’s final round takes place tomorrow.

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TheW.TV caught up with Matthew Dellavedova

Former Saint Mary’s guard Matthew Dellavedova played just three NBA Summer League games with the Cleveland Cavaliers before heading off to his native Australia to join the Boomers in preparation for the upcoming FIBA World Cup.

But, that didn’t prevent the hard-working reporters over at TheW.tv from catching up with him and filing this great video report.

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