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first_imgAcross any level of sports, college athletes have the least amount of time to prove themselves. Think about it: If they want to advance to a higher level or even just be remembered, their four years as a collegiate athlete must be remarkable and realize every last ounce of talent.As the NCAA playoffs approach, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team is preparing to bring its season to a close. Whether it ends in the first round against Harvard University this Saturday or after a national championship, six seniors must hang up their cardinal and white jerseys for a last time and hope they made the most of their time at the University of Wisconsin. One of these seniors is goaltender Alex Rigsby, whose four more-than-remarkable years in Madison cemented her name in the record books, highlight reels and fans’ memories.Long before arriving at UW, Rigsby displayed both a love and talent for the sport, one unrivaled by other extracurricular activities.“When I was sixth or seventh grade, I was playing soccer and realized that I just wanted to play hockey, and it was too much to do both sports,” Rigsby recalled. From that point on, she was, in her words, “full-time hockey.” The senior Badger goaltended solely on boys’ teams growing up, something she attributes her competitive nature to, along with what made the game fun for her in the first place.Head coach Mark Johnson added that from a coaching perspective, the curly-haired goalie’s history of blocking boys’ slap shots and breakaways so successfully is what made her a standout to scouts.“The impressive thing with [Rigsby] was she played AAA Midget hockey with the boys,” Johnson explained. “For a female to do that, especially at that position, indicates that somebody thinks she’s pretty good. She also went down to the Chicago Steel’s camp and got drafted in the USHL, and her being able to do those things with that level of competition means she’s got the make of being a pretty good goalie.”A “pretty good goalie” would prove to be an understatement. Upon arriving at UW during the 2010-2011 season and becoming a part of women’s team for the first time, Rigsby took no time to adjust to the collegiate level of competition. She earned a shutout during her Wisconsin debut, was named the WCHA’s Rookie of the Week on two different occasions and was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Week once. What’s more, the moment Rigsby still considers to be the biggest of her time at UW came at the end of that first season.“I think the biggest high of my career has been winning the national championship my freshman year,” Rigsby said. “I came in here and we had a fantastic team, a fantastic season, and we finished off strong and that was huge for our team.”It was an impressive start to say the least and Rigsby was just getting warmed up.Over the next three years, the Delafield native only added to her successes. In the conference alone, she went on to be named to the All-WCHA Academic Team twice (2012-2014), received Defensive Player of the Week nine more times, was on the roster of both the All-WCHA first and second teams (2013-2014, 2012-2013 respectively) and once was the league’s Goaltending Champion (2011-2012).In Wisconsin’s own history, her name frequents the record book often enough to make you wonder if there were two or three Alex Rigsbys. She ranks first in overall saves (3,271) and in a single season (1,044) as the only UW goalie to record over 1,000 saves in one season. As if that isn’t enough, she occupies first place in the UW records for the number of games played and minutes played in a career. She is also tied for second for most points scored by a goaltender (3).But several challenges were sprinkled throughout her successes along the way. She faced surgeries and injuries even before freshman year started, dealt with some tough family issues last season and even had to work at earning her spot back this September after being cut while she tried out with the Olympic team last year. Johnson mentioned that watching her battle through so many different obstacles is something that makes him proud of Rigsby and is why she wears the “C” on her jersey in her senior year, the only goaltender in UW history to ever do so.“I think with some of the adversities that she’s had to face she’s been able to persevere and come back stronger because of some of those things,” Johnson said of his netminder. “For a lot of people those are life-changing things, and you never know how you’re going to react. She certainly has done it in a very positive and very impressive way, and is well respected in our locker room. That’s why we felt comfortable with her being captain this year.”Johnson looks to be right about Rigsby’s resiliency. After having to battle for her spot back before the season started, the senior spent the rest of the season adding a few more records of her own to UW history, tying two past Badger goaltenders for save percentage (.941) and surpassing Olympian and former Badger Jessie Vetter’s overall wins record at Wisconsin. If UW defeats Harvard this Saturday in the first round of the NCAA playoffs, Rigsby will have attained her 100th career win—a mile marker only two other goaltenders have achieved in the history of collegiate women’s hockey. When asked how she was feeling about potentially pushing her total over into the triple digits this weekend, the senior seemed more concerned with winning for the sake of moving on than for any personal gain, maybe showing that early-learned competitive edge from her boys’ hockey days.“I’m super excited to play Harvard,” Rigsby said without hesitation. “It’s going to be competitive, and fans are going to see a very good game between two good teams.”Being at the tail end of a memorable college career, you can’t help but wonder what’s in store next for Alex Rigsby. She mentioned she was thinking about the national team, getting a job, maybe playing over in Europe at some point and even just getting an internship somewhere for the summer. But even with no solidified plans for what happens after her last season with the Badgers, Rigsby said she knew one thing for sure.“I definitely at this point know I want to keep playing hockey. There’s no way I can’t keep playing.”last_img read more

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Trout was out with a jammed right wrist, and Shohei Ohtani didn’t start because the Rays were expected to use a lefty for most of the game.The Angels have been one of the worst teams in the majors against lefties this year, and those numbers were mostly accumulated with right-handers Trout, Ian Kinsler and Martín Maldonado in the lineup.The Angels didn’t even threaten until the seventh inning, when Upton led off with a single and went to third on an Albert Pujols double. They scored on back-to-back groundouts.“We just didn’t have the continuity on the offensive side,” Scioscia said. “Justin and Albert got us going with a single and a double in the seventh, but those guys bent but didn’t break. They gave up a couple of runs but got out of the jam, and we weren’t able to keep pressing the action.” Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter PreviousST PETERSBURG, FL – AUGUST 02: Manager Mike Scioscia #14 of the Los Angeles Angels looks on in the third inning during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on August 2, 2018 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout looks on from the bench during the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Trout is out of the lineup because of a sore right wrist. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney delivers to the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols bats against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)Tampa Bay Rays’ C.J. Cron, right, scores in front of Los Angeles Angels catcher Jose Briceno on a sacrifice fly by Willy Adames during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)Tampa Bay Rays’ Willy Adames hits a run scoring sacrifice fly off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Rays’ C.J. Cron scored on the play. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)Tampa Bay Rays’ C.J. Cron celebrates with teammates after scoring on a sacrifice fly by Willy Adames off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Cron hit a two-run single in the inning. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)Tampa Bay Rays’ Tommy Pham, right, scores on a wild pitch from Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney, left, during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)Tampa Bay Rays’ Daniel Robertson, right, shakes hands with on-deck batter Jake Bauers after Robertson and Matt Duffy scored on a two-run single by C.J. Cron off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)Tampa Bay Rays’ Carlos Gomez gets hit by a pitch from Los Angeles Angels’ Andrew Heaney during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)ST PETERSBURG, FL – AUGUST 02: Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels catches a fly ball in front of Kaleb Cowart #22 in the third inning during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on August 2, 2018 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)ST PETERSBURG, FL – AUGUST 02: Andrew Heaney #28 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on August 2, 2018 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Tampa Bay Rays’ C.J. Cron connects for a two-run single off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)ST PETERSBURG, FL – AUGUST 02: Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels catches a fly ball in the third inning during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on August 2, 2018 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Sergio Romo celebrates after closing out the Los Angeles Angels in the ninth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Rays won the game 4-2. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, strikes out against Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Diego Castillo during the eighth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)ST PETERSBURG, FL – AUGUST 02: Andrew Heaney #28 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on August 2, 2018 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Willy Adames (1) and first baseman Jake Bauers celebrate the team’s 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels in a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)ST PETERSBURG, FL – AUGUST 02: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels hits in the third inning during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on August 2, 2018 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols (5) shares a laugh with Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Daniel Robertson after Pujols doubled during the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons (2) makes a diving stop on a ground ball by Tampa Bay Rays’ Daniel Robertson and is able to force Matt Duffy at second base during the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, strikes out against Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Diego Castillo during the eighth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons (2), who made a diving stop on a ground ball by Tampa Bay Rays’ Daniel Robertson, is able to force out Matt Duffy at second base in the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)ST PETERSBURG, FL – AUGUST 02: Jake Bauers #9 of the Tampa Bay Rays slides into second on a double in the second inning as Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels fields the throw during a game at Tropicana Field on August 2, 2018 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)ST PETERSBURG, FL – AUGUST 02: Manager Mike Scioscia #14 of the Los Angeles Angels looks on in the third inning during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on August 2, 2018 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout looks on from the bench during the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Trout is out of the lineup because of a sore right wrist. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)NextShow Caption1 of 24Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout looks on from the bench during the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Trout is out of the lineup because of a sore right wrist. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)ExpandST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Andrew Heaney pitched very well in five innings. Unfortunately for him and the Angels, he pitched six innings.A four-run fourth inning was too much to overcome for an Angels team playing without Mike Trout, and they lost 4-2 to the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday afternoon, as the Angels got swept in the three-game series.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.The fourth inning was a 30-pitch nightmare for Heaney, ironically just after a breezy nine-pitch third. Heaney gave up four hits and hit two batters.“I just didn’t make some good pitches,” Heaney said. “Hit a couple of guys, which didn’t help. I tried to force some balls in there and was maybe a little too aggressive.” Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone center_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Former Angel C.J. Cron came up with the bases loaded and no outs. Heaney got ahead of him 0-and-2, but then he threw a fastball well above the zone. His next one was lower, close enough it could have been called strike three, but he didn’t get the call. The next was right over the middle, and Cron banged it up the middle for a two-run single.All the while, the Angels bullpen – which has been overworked lately – was silent. They needed Heaney to get deeper in the game, and he accommodated them by retiring six of the seven in the next two innings.He also retired nine of 10 in the first three innings, making the fourth-inning all the more puzzling.“They bunched their hits, bunched their offense in one inning and got four runs,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “I thought Andrew threw the ball really well.”Related Articles One bad inning was enough to beat an Angels team playing with a short-handed lineup. The Angels managed just three hits, two by Justin Upton. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more