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RIP Peter Sauer

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Drip, Jul 9, 2012.

  1. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    Peter Sauer, a former captain at Stanford who helped lead the Cardinal to the 1998 Final Four, has died. He was 35.

    The school said Monday that Sauer died Sunday night in White Plains, N.Y., while playing in a recreational basketball game. The 6-foot-7, 225-pound forward from Pittsburgh was part of a Stanford team that reached four straight NCAA tournaments under former coach Mike Montgomery.

    Stanford's coaching staff received details that Sauer was shooting free throws after a game, collapsed and hit his head. He couldn't be revived.

    "Peter was a guy who when he stepped on the court, he always played with a huge heart," former teammate and current Stanford assistant coach Mark Madsen said. "He was a great shooter and a tough guy, but when he went off the court, his heart and the amount he cared about people was even bigger."

    A four-year letter winner for the Cardinal from 1995-99, Sauer averaged 7.9 points and 4.2 rebounds for his career, including 9.2 points during his junior season. Madsen recalled the guts Sauer showed during the Final Four run by returning from a knee injury to knock down a 3-pointer in the closing seconds of the Cardinal's 86-85 overtime loss to Kentucky in the NCAA semifinals. Sauer finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and a blocked shot in 22 minutes of that game.

    "You wanted the ball in Pete's hands late in the game," Madsen said. "He wanted the pressure and to shoot late in the game."

    Montgomery, now coaching at California, called Sauer "the epitome of the definition of a student-athlete. He was smart; he was tough; he was a winner."
  2. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    Awful, awful news.

    His dad Mark was an MLB (Cardinals, Pirates) and NHL (Blues) executive
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