Spartan Notes: Fales wins lots of awards, sees draft stock go up

san_jose_stateDavid Fales is starting to get a lot of attention.

The senior quarterback is winning all the awards this week. The list seems to go to 11 so far. Such are the accolades for knocking off everyone’s favorite — and most overrated — BCS buster in Fresno State.

On top of that, Charles Davis of sees the senior quarterback zipping up draft boards also.

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MWC Roundup: ‘Ice cream fixes everything’ for San Jose State edition

935_-mountain_west_conference-primary-2011San Jose State coach Rob Caragher has stolen a page out of the kindergarten handbook in an attempt to lighten the dour mood around the South Campus.

After a lifeless performance in a loss to Nevada on Saturday,  he decided to bring some levity to this week’s practices by having the fat guys on the offensive and defensive line participate in a kicking contest, with ice cream as the prize.

It ended in a tie, so everyone got sweets, writes Jimmy Durkin of the Mercury News. It makes the players take their mind off the task at hand at least, but it doesn’t necessarily fix the fact that the Spartans let the last really good opportunity to wrap up a bowl berth escape and run for a touchdown.

Now, it means having to do it against a 6-4 Navy team that runs the ball as well as anyone or an undefeated Fresno State program that is firing on all cylinders.

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Spartan Notes: Bubble bursts in second half of WAC championship on SJSU soccer

san_jose_stateFor 56 minutes and 11 seconds, it looked like the San Jose State men’s soccer team could do the impossible.

Then Seattle scored, and everything came crashing back to Earth. The Spartans, nearly flawless through the first two-and-a-half games of the Western Athletic Conference men’s soccer tournament, couldn’t hold off the conference’s only elite team, falling to Seattle 2-1 thanks to two second half goals by the Redhawks.

San Jose State took an early lead on an unassisted goal by Ben Cowdrill. But Seattle had spent the first half peppering goalkeeper Emmanuel Espinoza, throwing 10 shots his way with two needing to be stopped.

In the 57th minute (at 56:12 to be exact), the dam finally broke for the Spartans. Miguel Gonzalez netted his team leading 13th goal of the season with the help of Ian Hines-Ike. The Redhawks took the lead for good when Hines-Ike assisted Hamza Haddadi on his fifth goal of the game in the 71st minute. All told, of Seattles eight shots in the second half, seven were on net, with Espinoza stopping five others.

The Redhawks earn the WAC’s automatic bid into next week’s NCAA tournament, concluding the regular season 10-8-2, and undefeated (7-0-3) in WAC play. Despite a valiant showing at the conference tournament, San Jose State ends its season with a record of 4-13-4.

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This week’s San Jose State sports schedule, Nov. 18 to 24

Rounding up this week’s San Jose State sports events.

Football (5-5, 3-3 Mountain West)

Spartans vs. Navy, 6:30 p.m. Friday at Spartan Stadium, TV: ESPN2; Radio: KLIV 1590 AM (San Jose).

Men’s basketball (0-4)

Spartans at Pepperdine, 7 p.m. Wednesday at Firestone Fieldhouse, Malibu.

Spartans vs. Cal State Fullerton, 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Event Center Arena.

Women’s basketball (3-1)

Spartans vs. San Francisco, 7 p.m. Wednesday at Event Center Arena.

Spartans vs. San Diego, 3 p.m. Saturday at Event Center Arena.

Volleyball (8-19, 5-11 Mountain West)

Spartans vs. Colorado State, 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Event Center Arena; TV: MTN.

Spartans vs. Wyoming, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Event Center Arena; TV: MTN.

Other sports

Women’s Swimming and Diving: at Arena Invitational in Los Angeles, Friday through Sunday.

Club Hockey (9-2): at Beehive Grill Showcase in Logan, Utah, Thursday through Sunday.