Pollards’ Amazing Race
Imagine having the chance to travel the world, visiting destinations such as Taiwan, Indonesia, Africa, and Denmark — all with the chance to win $1 million.
That’s what MARCUS POLLARD ’94 was up to, as he and his wife Amani trekked across the world in CBS’s The Amazing Race.
The series was taped last summer and premiered September 25. The couple had their ups and downs along the race. They managed to score a victory, coming in first place in Thailand during the fifth leg of the race, and as their victory prize they received a paid trip for two to Bali, Indonesia. They narrowly escaped elimination in the following episode as they raced to Malawi, Africa.
Visit cbs.com/shows/amazing_race for more about the competition.
By the eighth leg of the race — the show that aired on November 13 — the Pollards were off to a rocky start when the other contestants flew to Copenhagen ahead of them. By the episode’s end, they had advanced from last to fourth place, remaining in the competition with four other couples. Racing a Ford Mustang on the November 27th episode, Pollard and his wife again stayed in the competition in Brussels, Belgium.
Pollard said that he was excited to see and experience new places, foods, and cultures.
Inducted into the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005, Pollard played forward on the basketball team from 1992 to 1994, where he helped lead the Braves to the 1994 NIT. After college, Pollard changed direction and started an NFL career by signing with the Indianapolis Colts in 1995, where he spent 10 seasons. He went on to play for Detroit, Seattle, and Atlanta, retiring in 2009. His wife Amani recently opened a boutique. They live in Pine Mountain, Georgia, with their four children.
— Jacob Terranova ’13
Naperville native RACHELLE DEJEAN ’12 broke the Bradley career digs record of 1,361 digs on Nov. 4 at Renaissance Coliseum. At press time, Dejean only needed three digs to become the 26th player in MVC history with 1,437 career digs.
Listen to men’s basketball coach Geno Ford on Monday mornings from 8:30-9 through the season on 1470 WMBD.
The team won its last regular season game (1-0) with BRYAN GAUL ’12 scoring in the 50th minute against Central Arkansas. The Braves advanced to the MVC semifinals with a 1-0 win over SIU Edwardsville with CHRISTIAN MEZA ’12 scoring in the 88th minute, but then fell to Creighton in the next round (1-0).
The Braves earned an at-large invitation to the NCAA championship for the fourth time in their six NCAA appearances. They beat Loyola (2-1) at home on November 17. They fell to Louisville (3-2) in double-overtime on November 20.
The men opened their regular season with a 68-58 victory over University of Missouri, Kansas City, at Carver Arena. DYRICUS SIMMS-EDWARDS ’13 had a game-high 21 points, and TAYLOR BROWN ’12 added 20.
On Nov. 16, the Braves returned to campus for the first time since 1982 against an NCAA Division I opponent, with a 66-65 victory over Southeast Missouri State in front of an exuberant standing-room-only crowd of 4,340 at Renaissance Coliseum. More than 1,000 students saw the Braves secure a win with a final 3-point play. Visit bradley.edu/hilltopics/go/throwbackgame for details.
The women won their season opener 59-49 against Northern Colorado with CATIE O’LEARY ’14 shooting 10-for-10 from the free throw line and scoring a game high 15 points in her first game as a Brave.
The women, ranked sixth going into the Missouri Valley Conference, edged out four other close teams for a third-place finish. SARAH McMAHON ’15 earned all-conference honors and turned in Bradley’s third-best finish at a conference race from an underclassman.
The men took seventh place at the LaVern Gibson course in Terre Haute, Ind. They were paced by MARSHALL MOYER ’15, who led the Braves for the fourth time this season, with NATHAN DAVIS ’14 three seconds behind.
At the Nov. 4 home game against Northern Iowa, RACHELLE DEJEAN ’12 broke the Bradley career digs record of 1,361 digs previously held by JENNY PAVLAS GROESS ’98.The Braves (11-15 overall) won four of their last five home matches, including a victory over Drake on senior night. GENEVIEVE DEJEAN '12 was one of 10 MVC Good Neighbor Award recipients.
The women’s team rounded out its fall season at the Pat Bradley Invitational in Fort Myers, Fla., by turning in its lowest round of the season (307). Earlier, at the Johnie Imes Invitational, KELLY AMUNDRUD ’12 broke the Bradley career record of BARI ERAIS ’09 for rounds in the 70s with 74.
The men’s team traveled to Kiawah Island, S.C., and competed against the largest team field they’ve seen since 1995. The Braves tied for seventh in the 21-team field. They also turned in the lowest 54-hole team score since the fall of 2010.
The women wrapped up their fall season at the Central Regional Championships in Tulsa, Okla., with the doubles pair SARAH RODEFELD ’14 and CARLY MILES ’15 grabbing a first-round victory against Arkansas State.
HAMISH WEERASINGHE ’14 and AHMED AL BITAR ’15 advanced out of their respective singles qualifying brackets at the regional meet. GABRIEL TOWNES ’14 finished as runner-up in the consolation draw after winning against Wichita State, but then fell to Drake.
— Sarah Hallstein ’12
In 1979 DAVE SNELL ’76 boarded a plane for Anchorage to broadcast his first Bradley basketball game, not knowing it was the beginning of an impressive career. Now, Snell is set to broadcast his 1,000th game on January 7 against Creighton at Carver Arena.
Much has changed since that first chilly Alaskan Shootout. “The biggest change is computers and the ability to get information quickly,” said Snell. “The game itself is played at a higher level, as well; the athletes are bigger, stronger, and faster now.”
Snell has witnessed the ups and downs of Bradley basketball through the years but still approaches every game as if it’s the first. “You have to keep that enthusiasm and that freshness to motivate yourself to do the best job you can,” he said. “You have to be able to paint a picture in the listeners’ minds.”
While Snell appreciates good competition and a solid win as much as any fan, he knows there’s more to the game than winning. “The specifics of the games fade away, but the relationships and this time period that shape the student-athletes and what that means to the success of the rest of their lives is the story. That’s everything to me.”
Tune in to 1470 WMBD to listen to Snell call his 1,000th game on Saturday, January 7, at 7:00 p.m.
— Sarah Hallstein ’12
Bradley soccer star Bobby SMITH ’12 is one of 10 national finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.
The CLASS Award, an acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, is presented by Lowe’s to seniors with outstanding achievement in the community, classroom, character, and competition.
Smith has been an active volunteer in the MVC State Farm Just Read Program at grade schools, at a local cemetery doing maintenance, and the 2010 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Run/Walk 5K race.
A native of Springfield, Smith plays primarily as the team's central defensive midfielder, and has started more than 66 games with the Braves. He has maintained a GPA of 3.93 and will graduate from the five-year accounting 3:2 program in just four years, receiving both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
Smith is the fourth Bradley student-athlete to be a finalist for the CLASS award, joining the company of DODIE DUNSON ’11, GRANT ESCUE ’09, and EITAN BARBALAT ’08.
The winner will be announced during the 2011 NCAA Men’s College Cup on December 9 and 11.
Visit seniorclassaward.com for an update.