UNLV MEN’S GOLF NEWS: Ban Earns MW Golfer Of The Week Honor


UNLV senior earns third such career accolade

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UNLV men’s golf senior Shintaro Ban has been named the Mountain West Men’s Golfer of the Week for competitions ending Feb. 18, the league announced Wednesday. This is Ban’s third career MW Golfer of the Month/Week accolade and his second of the season.
Ban led the Rebels in their spring season opener in Hawaii to a 2017-18 season-best tie for second place at the 20-team John Burns Intercollegiate last week. He tied for seventh individually out of 122 participants, marking his fourth top-10 finish of the season (in six events).
Ban opened the tournament with two rounds in the 60s. He shot an opening-round 7-under-par 65 to hold a two-shot lead after the first day, then carded a second-round score of 4-under 68 increasing his margin to a three-shot lead after 36 holes. Fighting an illness all week, he finished the tournament, which was played at the par 72, 6,991-yard Wailua Golf Course in Linhue, with a final-round 79.
His finished the event at 4-under 212, with a scoring average of 70.67 per round. In 54 holes, he tallied 15 birdies and an eagle.
NEXT FOR THE REBELS: UNLV will be back in action on Sunday-Monday, Feb. 25-26 at the National Invitational Tournament in Tucson, Ariz.



UNLV MEN’S GOLF NEWS: Mountain West Championship Begins Friday



Conference tournament will be held in Tucson, Ariz., for ninth straight time


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The No. 24 UNLV men’s golf team will compete at the 2015 Mountain West Men’s Golf Championship beginning on Friday, May 1, at the Catalina Course at Omni Tucson National Resort (par 71, 7,144 yards) in Tucson, Ariz.

The 2015 championship will mark the ninth consecutive year the tournament will be held at Tucson National. The first MW Championship was played in Palm Desert, Calif., in 2000, while the 2001-2006 events were held in Sunriver, Ore.

All 11 Mountain West teams (Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, Nevada, Reno, New Mexico, San Diego State, San José State, UNLV, Utah State and Wyoming) will participate in the three-day, 54-hole tournament. 18 holes will be played each day (Friday-Sunday), with tee times beginning at 7 a.m. PT (10-minute intervals between groups).

New Mexico and UNLV will be grouped together for the first round with tee times slated for 7:00-7:40 a.m.

UNLV won the inaugural MW Championship in 2000 and again in 2002, and will be looking for its third MW title this week. BYU won in 2001, New Mexico won the title four straight years from 2003-06, BYU won again in 2007, Colorado State won in 2008, TCU won in 2009, Colorado State again in 2010, San Diego State in 2011 and 2012, while New Mexico is the two-time defending team champion.

Individually, UNLV has had five MW champions with Michael Kirk claiming medalist honors in 2000, Ryan Moore in 2004, Eddie Olson in 2008, Derek Ernst in 2011 in a playoff and Kevin Penner in 2013.

As a team, UNLV has finished third place or better at the event in each of the past six years. The Rebels placed third last year at 1-under par, five shots back of the team champion.

Competing for the Rebels at this year’s MW Championship will be senior Kurt Kitayama, freshman John Oda, senior Carl Jonson, freshman Shintaro Ban and junior AJ McInerney.

This will mark Kitayama’s and Jonson’s fourth MW Championship, while it will be the third for McInerney and the first for Oda and Ban. Kitayama’s best finish at the event was a tie for eighth in 2013, while Jonson finished third last year. McInerney’s best finish at the MW Championship was a tie for 18th last year.

Live stats for the MW Championship will be available courtesy of Golfstat through a link on UNLVRebels.com. For more information on the MW Championship, visit TheMW.com or its tournament central page.

The MW Championship will also be an opportunity for the Rebels to earn three more points in the Governor’s Series, presented by NV Energy. The competition between UNLV and Nevada, Reno is in its third year. It is a head-to-head athletic and academic challenge between the longtime rivals. UNLV won the first two years of the Governor’s Series.

UNLV currently leads this year’s competition 21-18. To track the scoring, visit the Governor’s Series page at UNLVRebels.com.

UNLV has recorded seven top-five finishes in its 10 events this season, including each of its last three. In addition, the Rebels have recorded two team victories (Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational in September and and the Jackrabbit Invitational in March).

Oda leads the team with seven top-10 individual finishes this season, including a victory at the Sea Best Invitational. He also has two runner-up showings. Kitayama has turned in three top-10 individual finishes this season, including a win at the Jackrabbit Invitational, while Jonson has finished in the top 10 twice. McInerney tied for second at the Falcon Invite.

Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada Joins New Sickle Cell Disease Collaborative

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Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada Joins New Sickle Cell Disease Collaborative

Partnership Brings Better and Consistent Care To Those With Sickle Cell Disease

The Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada will join other well-known regional treatment centers in the Western United States to improve available services, as well as the long-term health, of those affected by sickle cell disease (SCD), the most common inherited blood disorder in the United States.

The Pacific Sickle Cell Regional Collaborative (PSCRC) part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), will specifically address the unique needs of those affected by sickle cell disease. 

The vast majority of those with SCD are of African American and Hispanic descent. In many communities, economic disparities often pose barriers to receiving treatment. The sickest of those with SCD are often unable to work and must rely on Medicaid. However, fewer providers are willing to see these complex patients due to low reimbursement rates. Additionally, few physicians working with adult patients are trained to manage SCD and there are dwindling numbers of hematologists working with adult patients.

As such, health related quality of life is often poor for those with SCD and the lifespan is significantly shortened based on the absence of knowledgeable health care providers. 

PSCRC outlets, including the Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada will provide:

  • Sickle Cell Comprehensive Care Team – knowledgeable health care providers who are up-to-date on the latest treatment methods, best outcome practices and clinical trials. Team members provide consistent medical access to SCD patients improving overall health and life expectancy.
  • Shared measurement and data monitoring – allows best treatment methods to be tracked and ultimately shared to providers in and outside of the collaborative.
  • Family to Family community based organizations – to help access patients/families in need of services.

“It is truly a great honor to be included with this great endeavor,” said Alan Ikeda, M.D., Director of Oncology at the Children’s Specialty Center.  “In addition to the ongoing clinical trials that are evaluating the efficacy of new therapeutic agents at the Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada, the PSCRC will increase the cooperative interaction with other providers that treat sickle cell disease in order to identify other needs and decrease suffering for patients affected with sickle cell disease.”

“This is the type of collaboration that is much needed in our community and will provide access to a wider range of research for our sickle cell patients,” said Nik Abdul-Rashid, M.D. “To be able to work in close communication with the leading experts in this field is truly exciting.”

The Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada will join other sickle cell disease treatment centers including, Providence Hospital, Anchorage, Alaska; University of Arizona Cancer Center, Tucson, Arizona; St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute, Boise, Idaho; Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Oregon; and Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, Washington. 

The Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada and The Hemophilia Treatment Center of Nevada are programs of Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non profit organization founded in 2007.

Alan Ikeda, M.D.

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Nik Abdul-Rashid, M.D.   




Cure 4 The Kids Foundation is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. Its mission is to provide funding and access to the latest medical treatments for those facing life-threatening diseases such as cancer, rare and ultra rare diseases, inherited bleeding disorders and rheumatological conditions.  Dr. Jonathan Bernstein founded Cure 4 The Kids Foundation in 2007. Bernstein saw firsthand the difficulties faced by families whose children were affected by major diseases but didn’t have the financial resources or health insurance to receive treatment.  Cure 4 The Kids Foundation was created with these families in mind.  Cure 4 The Kids Foundation’s Charity Care Program ensures patients at the Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada and the Hemophilia Treatment Center of Nevada receive medical treatment regardless of family income or presence of health insurance. www.cure4thekids.org


UNLV MEN’S GOLF NEWS: No. 23 Rebels To Play In Tucson This Weekend




National Invitational Tournament will be held Friday-Sunday, March 14-16

The No. 23 UNLV men’s golf team is in Tucson, Ariz., for the National Invitational Tournament, which will be played at Omni Tucson National Golf Club’s Catalina Course (par 72, 7,094 yards) on Friday-Sunday, March 14-16.

The 14-school, 54-hole tournament will consist of 18 holes played each day beginning at 8 a.m. MT. This year’s field is made up of Arizona, California, Marquette, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Oklahoma State, San Diego, San Diego State, SMU, TCU, Texas A&M, UNLV, UTEP and Wyoming.

The Rebels’ lineup includes junior Kurt Kitayama, junior Carl Jonson, sophomore AJ McInerney, freshman Taylor Montgomery and sophomore Zane Thomas. Freshman Chris Tuulik will compete as an individual. UNLV finished ninth (out of 16 teams) at last year’s NIT at 5-over 869. New Mexico won the team title by one shot at 20-under, while individual medalist honors were captured by TCU’s Julien Brun by a stroke at 8-under. Kitayama was the Rebels’ top finisher as he tied for 22nd at even par.

UNLV is coming off its second victory of the season, a team win at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters in Las Vegas on March 9. Golfweek named UNLV its National Team of the Week after the win at the prestigious tournament, which annually features one of the toughest fields in college golf. Last weekend’s event included seven of the top-10 ranked teams in the country. In addition, 11 of the 15 teams competing were ranked in the top 20 and all participants were among the nation’s top 50. The field also featured 20 of the top-30 ranked individuals.

The victory was UNLV’s second in three years at the event, fifth in the last seven and seventh in the last 10. Kitayama tied for second individually, while Jonson also finished in the top-10 in a tie for eighth.

Live scoring of the NIT will be available on the internet courtesy of Golfstat through a link at UNLVRebels.com.

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UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS (Game Notes): Runnin’ Rebels At No. 2 Arizona On Saturday – 2:15 PM PT – ESPN2




Game at McKale Center set for 2:15 p.m. PT on ESPN2

The UNLV men’s basketball team will embark on its first road trip of the season this weekend as the Thomas & Mack Center hosts the annual National Finals Rodeo. UNLV, which is the only Mountain West team to have yet to play a road or neutral-site game this season, played its first six games of this year’s campaign at home, recording a 3-3 mark.

The Runnin’ Rebels are set for their biggest challenge of the season as they head to Tucson, Ariz., to face No. 2 Arizona at McKale Center on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 3:15 p.m. MST/2:15 p.m. PST. The contest, which will be the Wildcats’ annual “white out” game, is completely sold out and will be televised nationally on ESPN2 with Roxy Bernstein and Miles Simon calling the action and will also be available via the WatchESPN App. Jon Sandler and Robert Smith will handle the radio call, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 AM/98.9 FM. A listen link as well as Gametracker is available at UNLVRebels.com.

UNLV is coming off a 30-point win over UT Martin (85-55) last Saturday, Nov. 30. Runnin’ Rebel junior Roscoe Smith, who leads the nation in rebounding average with 16.2 rpg, recorded his fourth double-double of the year in that game with 13 points and 19 rebounds. He has grabbed 10 or more rebounds in every game this season and has had at least 19 in three of his last four games. Junior forward Khem Birch, who is second in the country in blocked shots with 4.7 per contest, has had double-figure rebounding totals in four of his six contests and has blocked at least four shots in a game in all but two this season.

Prior to their 30-point win over the Skyhawks, the Runnin’ Rebels lost two straight by a combined eight points – 86-80 to Arizona State on Nov. 19 and 61-59 to Illinois on Nov. 26.


UNLV (3-3, 0-0 Mountain West)


NO. 2 ARIZONA (8-0, 0-0 Pac-12)  

Saturday, December 7, 2013
3:15 p.m. MST/2:15 p.m. PST
McKale Center (14,538), Tucson, Ariz.
ESPN2/WatchESPN (Roxy Bernstein, Miles Simon)
ESPN Radio 1100 AM/98.9 FM (Jon Sandler, Robert Smith)
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UNLV SWIMMING AND DIVING NEWS: Rebels Fall In Season Opener At Arizona




The UNLV men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams dropped their season opener on Friday afternoon at Arizona, with the Rebel men falling by a 208-91 score to the 23rd ranked Wildcats, and the UNLV women suffering a 183-109 loss.

On the men’s side, UNLV did post a total of four first-place swims on the afternoon. Matt Roe won the first individual race of the day, touching first in the 1000 free in 9:24.44. Balint Batka claimed the 200 fly in 1:48.76, while Dillon Virva posted a winning time of 20.26 in the 50 free. The final win for the UNLV men was in the 200 IM, with Giacomo Gremizzi placing first in 1:50.18.

Two Rebel women each won one event against Arizona. Jessica Heim placed first in the 500 free, posting a time of 5:02.99. The other win came from Katelyne Herrington in the 100 fly, thanks to a first-place time of 54.95.

UNLV stays in the state of Arizona for its next competition, on Saturday at Arizona State in Tempe starting at 12 pm.

UNLV SWIMMING AND DIVING NEWS: Rebels Open Season This Weekend At Arizona, Arizona State




The UNLV men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams open the 2013-14 season with a pair of meets in the state of Arizona. First up is the University of Arizona on Friday at 2 pm in Tucson, and that’s followed by a Saturday afternoon meet at 12 pm against Arizona State in Tucson.

UNLV swimming and diving weekly release

Rebel Women Highlights

• The Rebels bring back a strong group from last year, highlighted by a senior class that has two All-Americans (Honorable Mention), Rachel Dixon (50 Free) and Katelyne Herrington (100 Fly)

• Herrington is also a returning MW individual champion, as she won the 100 fly title last year in a new league record time. Herrington and Dixon also made up half of the 400 free relay squad that won the MW title.

Rebel Men Highlights

• UNLV ended the 2012-13 season with an 8-1 record, ranked 25th in the nation, a MPSF Championship title, and a tie for 29th in the NCAA Championships
• UNLV is in its third conference in the past four years, as the Rebels have rejoined the WAC conference, along with several other teams that moved over from the MPSF
• Highlighting the Rebel swimmers are a pair that earned Honorable Mention All-American status last year in individual events, David Szele (100 breast) and Balint Batka (200 fly). In addition, Henrique Machado Samuel Lameynardie  teamed up with Szele and Cody Roberts (graduated) to place 12th in the 400 Medley Relay

Next Time Out
The Rebels will host Toronto on Friday, Nov. 1 at 7 pm in Las Vegas at Buchanan Natatorium.

UNLV MEN’S GOLF NEWS: Rebels Finish Ninth At NIT



Rebels shoot final-round 5-over, Kitayama turns in top individual finish in a tie for 22nd in Tucson

The UNLV men’s golf team shot a final-round 5-over-par 293 on Sunday and finished in ninth place at the Don Puckette National Invitational Tournament, which was played at Omni Tucson National Golf Club (par 72, 7,200 yards).

New Mexico fired a 9-under 279 during the final round to win the event by a shot at 20-under 844. TCU finished second at 19-under, while Oklahoma State finished third at 12-under. Arkansas was fourth at 9-under, followed by Texas A&M in fifth at 5-under. UNLV’s 54-hole total was 5-over 869.

TCU’s Julien Brun shot 3-over 75 during the final round, but hung on to win the individual title at 8-under 208. Texas A&M’s Ben Crancer finished second, one shot back, at 7-under.

UNLV sophomore Kurt Kitayama shot 2-under 70 on Sunday to lead the Rebels with a tie for 22nd at even-par 216. Senior Kevin Penner finished 28th at 1-over 217 after a final-round 2-over 74. Sophomore Carl Jonson tied for 35th at 3-over, freshman AJ McInerney tied for 39th at 4-over, and junior Blake Biddle tied for 58th at 9-over.

The tournament featured 16 teams and 92 individuals. UNLV will be back in action April 5-7, at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational in Tempe, Ariz.



UNLV MEN’S GOLF NEWS: Rebels To Play In Tucson This Weekend



National Invitational Tournament will be held
Saturday-Sunday, March 16-17

The UNLV men’s golf team will travel to Tucson, Ariz., for the Don Puckette National Invitational Tournament, which will be played at Omni Tucson National Golf Club (par 72, 7,094 yards) on Saturday-Sunday, March 16-17.

The 16-school, 54-hole tournament will consist of 36 holes played on Saturday and a final round of 18 holes taking place on Sunday. This year’s field is made up of Arizona, Arkansas, Hawaii, Long Beach State, Nevada, Reno, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Oklahoma State, San Diego, San Diego State, SMU, TCU, Texas A&M, UNLV, UTEP and Wyoming. Play will begin at 8 a.m. MT each day.

The Rebels’ lineup includes senior Kevin Penner, junior Blake Biddle, freshman AJ McInerney, and sophomores Kurt Kitayama and Carl Jonson.

UNLV finished second (out of 12 teams) at last year’s NIT at 4-under 860, one shot back of team champion San Diego State. Penner turned in the Rebels’ best individual performance at 2-under, which tied for third place, 13 shots behind individual medalist J.J. Spaun from San Diego State.

In its last tournament, UNLV finished ninth at its own Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters, which had a 15-team field including nine of the nation’s top-10 ranked teams. In seven events this season, UNLV has finished in the top four on four occasions.

Live scoring of the NIT will be available on the internet courtesy of Golfstat through a link at UNLVRebels.com.