Monday, April 27, 2015

Minnesota Lynx Signings

Minnesota Lynx Sign Second-Round Pick Reshanda Gray
MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – Minnesota Lynx today announced the signing of second-round draft pick Reshanda Gray (16th overall).  
Gray, a 6-3 forward out of California, was named Pac-12 Player of the Year this season as well as being selected as a Wade Trophy and Wooden Award finalist after finishing the year averaging 17.4 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. She ranked 12th in the country in field goal percentage at .568 and finished her career as Cal’s all-time leader in career field goal percentage (.557). Gray was fourth in the Pac-12 in scoring and 10th in rebounding.
The first chance fans have to see Minnesota’s new-look roster is the team’s preseason contest at Target Center on Monday, June 1 at 7 p.m. vs. the New York Liberty. Tickets for the game are currently on sale for Lynx season members at their discounted member rate. Single-game tickets will be released for sale at a later date.
The Lynx will kick off their 17th season in the WNBA at home on Friday, June 5 against the Tulsa Shock at 7 p.m. A limited number of lower level full-season memberships are currently available by visiting Lynxbasketball.com or by calling 612-673-8400.

Minnesota Lynx Sign Third-Round Pick Shae Kelley
MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – Minnesota Lynx today announced the signing of third-round draft pick Shae Kelley (35th overall).  
Kelley, a 6-1 forward from the University of Minnesota, was named to the All-Big Ten First Team in 2015 and was a three-time Big Ten Player of the Week honoree, while leading the Gophers in steals (56) and ranking second in points (578). She ranked sixth in the Big Ten in scoring, offensive rebounds and double-doubles, seventh in rebounds and defensive rebounds and 15th in steals.
Prior to transferring Minnesota, Kelley was named to the 2014 All-Conference USA First Team as a member of Old Dominion women’s basketball team. She surpassed 1,000 career points in just her second year at Old Dominion, becoming just the fifth Lady Monarch to do so.
The first chance fans have to see Minnesota’s new-look roster is the team’s preseason contest at Target Center on Monday, June 1 at 7 p.m. vs. the New York Liberty. Tickets for the game are currently on sale for Lynx season members at their discounted member rate. Single-game tickets will be released for sale at a later date.
The Lynx will kick off their 17th season in the WNBA at home on Friday, June 5 against the Tulsa Shock at 7 p.m. A limited number of lower level full-season memberships are currently available by visiting Lynxbasketball.com or by calling 612-673-8400.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Inaugural Green and Gold Gala Scheduled for April 27

FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota State University Athletics will host the inaugural Green and Gold Gala at the historic Fargo Theatre on Monday, April 27, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Fox Sports North's Marney Gellner will serve as the master of ceremonies for the event.

During the gala, the athletics department will honor student-athletes for their athletic, academic and community service accomplishments throughout the 2014-15 athletic year.

"The purpose of the Green and Gold Gala is to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of the athletics program throughout the year," NDSU Director of Athletics Matt Larsen said. "We have many talented young men and women that excel in competition but also perform in the classroom and understand the importance of giving back to the community. It is important to pause and recognize these impressive achievements on an annual basis." 

Awards being distributed include:
  • Female and Male Athlete of the Year
  • Female and Male Rookie of the Year
  • Bison Impact Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • SAAC Team Service Awards
  • NDSU Student-Athlete Choice Award
  • Female and Male Bison Pride Award

In addition, Buck Buchanan Award winner Kyle Emanuel, NCAA Elite 89 recipient Carson Wentz and NDSU All-Americans Lawrence Alexander, Kurtis Julson, Erin Teschuk and Hayden Zillmer will be recognized.

The event will also celebrate and recognize the academic achievements of North Dakota State's student-athletes.

Academic Awards include:
  • Bison Academic Performance Award
  • Bison Academic Achievement Award
  • Bison Academic Excellence Award
  • Bison Most Valuable Scholar Athletes
  • National Consortium for Academics and Sports Student-Athlete Day Award
  • Thundering Herd Female and Male Academic Award
  • Presidential Most Improved Academic Award
  • President Academic Team Award

Prior to the start of the gala, student-athletes will have the option of entering the theatre on the green carpet from 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Female Athlete of the Year Nominees
  • Sierra Bonham, Women's Soccer
  • Brooke LeMar, Women's Basketball
  • Krista Menke, Softball
  • Erin Teschuk, Women's Track & Field & Cross Country
  • Maddie Van Beek, Women's Track & Field

Male Athlete of the Year Nominees
  • Lawrence Alexander, Men's Basketball
  • Kyle Emanuel, Football
  • Carson Wentz, Football
  • Hayden Zillmer, Wrestling

Female Rookie of the Year Nominees
  • Brianna Rasmusson, Volleyball
  • Natalie Roth, Women's Golf
  • Jacquelyn Sertic, Softball
  • Taylor Thunstedt, Women's Basketball

Male Rookie if the Year Nominees
  • A.J. Jacobson, Men's Basketball
  • Clay Ream, Wrestling
  • R.J. Urzendowski, Football

Female Bison Pride Award Nominees
  • Gaby Arnquist, Women's Soccer
  • Jenni Fassbender, Volleyball
  • Liz Keena, Women's Basketball
  • Emma Kusick, Women's Golf
  • Alyssa Reina, Softball
  • Maddie Van Beek, Women's Track & Field & Cross Country

Male Bison Pride Award Nominees
  • Mitch Friedman, Wrestling
  • Paul Funk, Baseball
  • Chris Kading, Men's Basketball
  • Esley Thorton, Football

Vaughan Leaving NDSU Men’s Basketball Staff to Join University of Mary



FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota State director of men’s basketball operations Josh Vaughan is leaving NDSU to become an assistant coach at the University of Mary, it was announced Friday, Apr. 24.

Vaughan spent the last two seasons as the director of operations on David Richman and Saul Phillips’ staffs at NDSU. He played four seasons at North Dakota State from 2006-10.

“We would like to thank Josh for his time here as a player and more recently as an important member of our staff,” said Richman. “Josh has been a vital part in our recent back-to-back Summit League titles. We wish him and his fiancĂ©e Halie all the best as they team up with Bison alum Joe Kittell at the University of Mary.”

The Bison finished 23-10 this season, winning their second consecutive Summit League Tournament title after sharing the league's regular season crown. NDSU is one of only nine mid-major programs in the country to post at least 23 victories in each of the last three seasons.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

UMC Volleyball Releases 2015 Schedule



CROOKSTON, Minn.-  The University of Minnesota Crookston volleyball team officially announced their 2015 schedule Tuesday. UMC’s slate will be highlighted by eight games against 2014 NCAA Division II Tournament participants. The Golden Eagles will play a 20-match Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) schedule, while also competing in two tournaments as they head to Bentley University in Waltham, Mass. and Augustana College (S.D.) in Sioux Falls, S.D. for eight matches prior to the start of the conference season.

“This year’s non-conference schedule is highlighted with a trip to Bentley University in Boston, Mass.,” said UMC Head Coach Lee Anderson. “We are scheduled to play a few of teams that made the NCAA tournament last year so it should be challenging. I try to give the athletes a great experience going to different regions of the country so visiting the Northeast should be fun.”

The Golden Eagles will begin the 2015 slate at Bentley University, located inside the Greater Boston area. UMC will get four matches at Bentley. UMC will open up the slate against Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, Pa., at 10 a.m. Sept. 4. The Griffins went 14-16 on the 2014 season. The Golden Eagles will then take on 2014 NCAA Tournament participant Florida Southern College out of Lakeland, Fla., at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 4. The Mocs went 25-6 on the season in 2014. UMC will continue the tournament Sept. 5 as they take on host Bentley at 10 a.m. The Falcons went 19-12 and were also a 2014 NCAA Tournament team. UMC will wrap up the tournament against New Haven University in West Haven, Conn. at 2:30 p.m. The Chargers went 24-9 in 2014 and also competed at the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

UMC will continue their non-conference schedule as they head down Interstate 29 to Sioux Falls, S.D. for the Augustana College (S.D.) Tournament. The Golden Eagles will get several tough matches prior to opening up conference play. UMC will open the tournament against regional foe Northwest Missouri State University out of Maryville, Mo., at 10 a.m. Sept. 11. The Bearcats went 11-19 in 2014. UMC will continue the day as they take on Black Hills State University out of Spearfish, S.D., at 4 p.m. The Yellow Jackets went 10-18 last season. The Golden Eagles will wrap up the tournament Sept. 12. UMC will take on NCAA Tournament participant Grand Valley State University out of Allendale, Mich., at 10 a.m. The Lakers posted a 27-6 mark overall in 2014. The Golden Eagles’ final match of the tourney will come against Southwest Baptist University out of Bolivar, Mo., another regional rival. The Bearcats went 10-20 during the 2014 slate.

“Our conference schedule will be very tough again this year,” Anderson said. “The NSIC is at an all-time high in terms of level of play, everyone improves every year. Every match is tough regardless if we are at home or on the road. You just do not get a night off, everyone is that good.”


UMC will open up an always difficult conference slate Sept. 17. The Golden Eagles will have four games against NCAA Tournament participants from the conference. In addition, they will have 10 matches at home and 10 on the road, getting to host NCAA runner-up Southwest Minnesota State University and seven-time National Champion Concordia University, St. Paul in the friendly confines of Lysaker Gymnasium.

UMC will open up the slate against University of Minnesota Duluth, the team that captured the regular-season NSIC crown in 2014 and went on to the NCAA Tournament. UMD went 33-2 on the 2014 season. The Golden Eagles will face the Bulldogs in Duluth, Minn. at 7 p.m. Sept. 17.

UMC will then hit return home for matches against St. Cloud State University and Bemidji State University. UMC will face St. Cloud State at 4 p.m. Sept. 19 at Lysaker Gymnasium. The Huskies posted a 7-21 mark in 2014. UMC split with St. Cloud State on the 2014 season. UMC will then take on Bemidji State at 7 p.m. Sept. 22 at Lysaker Gymnasium. UMC swept the Beavers last season, who finished with a 5-23 mark.

The Golden Eagles will hit the road the following weekend to take on University of Mary Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. in Bismarck, N.D. and Minot State University Sept. 26 at 3 p.m. in Minot, N.D. UMC defeated U-Mary last season. The Marauders went 4-25 on the season. The Golden Eagles split with Minot State last year. The Beavers went 11-18 on the season. Both programs will have new coaches for the season with Thais Franca taking over the Marauders and an as of yet unhired coach taking over Minot State.

UMC will return home to host Northern State University Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. in Lysaker Gymnasium and then will take on Minnesota State University Moorhead at 4 p.m. Oct. 3. The Golden Eagles lost all of their matches against the Dragons and Wolves in 2014. Northern State had a strong season, finishing 19-10 overall, while MSU Moorhead was 11-17 on the year.

The Golden Eagles will hit the road the following weekend as they take on Augustana College (S.D.) at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 and Wayne State College (Neb.) at 3 p.m. Oct. 10. Both the opposing schools were victorious against UMC last season. Augustana went 18-10 on the year, while Wayne State was an NCAA Tournament
participant and wnet 27-7 on the season.

UMC will host NCAA runner-up Southwest Minnesota State Oct. 16 at 7p.m., and will take on University of Sioux Falls Oct. 17 at 4 p.m. in a pair of games at the “Hersch”. Southwest Minnesota State finished the year with a 26-10 overall record, while Sioux Falls went 17-14. UMC lost all four games against the schools last
 season.

The Golden Eagles will hit the road for a three-game road stand Oct. 20-24, taking on
Bemidji State University at 7 p.m. Oct. 20, Winona State University Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. and Upper
Iowa University Oct. 24 at 4 p.m. Winona State went 19-8 on the year, while Upper Iowa was 12-16.

UMC will return home the following weekend to battle Minnesota State University, Mankato Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. They will also take on Concordia University, who was an NCAA Tournament participant despite finally being dethroned as NCAA Division II Champion after seven-straight titles. UMC defeated Minnesota State on the year. The Mavericks went 16-12 on the year. Concordia finished 27-6 on the 2014 season. The Mavericks will be under new leadership as Dennis Amundson retired from the post.

The Golden Eagles will have their final road trip of the season Nov. 6 against MSU Moorhead at 7 p.m. and Nov. 7 against Northern State at 4 p.m.

UMC will wrap up the 2015 slate with home matches against Minot State at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 and 4 p.m. Nov. 14.

The Golden Eagles return five starters from their 2014 team, along with several other players who played instrumental roles. The biggest task at hand for Coach Anderson and Associate Head Coach Heather Grieser will be replacing the production of 2014 All-NSIC First Team pick Brittany Looker, who takes her 4.16 kills per game with her. Playing major roles for UMC will be senior outside hitter Stephanie Pearson (Frankfort, Ill.)who averaged 1.88 kills per game, along with Kassi Green (So., RS, Anoka, Minn.), who averaged 1.90 kills per sent and 0.59 blocks per set. Adding to the outside hitter positions will be the return of Maggie Perrel (So., RS, New Germany, Minn.), who returns to the team after a year away. Perrel averaged 2.01 kills per set as a freshman in 2013. The Golden Eagles also return depth with Kali Erickson (Jr., OH, Fargo, N.D.)

In the middle, UMC returns starters Kelci Green (So., MH, Anoka, Minn.) and Erin Schwarz (Jr., MH, Eden Prairie, Minn.). Green came on late in the year and averaged 1.07 blocks per set, to lead the team. Schwarz added 0.95 blocks per set for the Golden Eagles. The Golden Eagles also return Alyssa Muelken (So., MH, Savage, Minn.), who saw time as a freshman.

At setter, UMC returns the two-pronged attack of Sierra Trost (Jr., S, Ham Lake, Minn.) and Kaycie Hagen (So., S, Savage, Minn.). Trost averaged 7.49 assists per set last season, while Hagen came on when UMC moved to a 6-2 system, finishing the year with 2.45 assists per set.

Defensively, UMC returns Becca Vandenheuvel (So., Lib., Cannon Falls, Minn.) and Casey Cashman (Jr., Lib., Ashland, Wis.). Vandenheuvel averaged 1.32 digs per set, while Cashman averaged 1.49 digs per set.

The Golden Eagles will also be adding in eighth players to the fray, who should help to push for time on the court as UMC looks to improve from their 11-17 mark during the 2014 season. Despite a down year from 2013, the Golden Eagles were very close in several matches, losing five matches in five-set thrillers. UMC will look to continue to show improvement on the 2015 season.

For more information, visit the Golden Eagle Athletics website at www.goldeneaglesports.com.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

NDSU's Track & Field Rankings

NDSU Women’s Track & Field Ranked 4th in Midwest Region

The North Dakota State women’s track & field team is ranked fourth in the Midwest Region in the latest outdoor regional team rankings released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday, Apr. 20.

The Bison trail only Kansas and Kansas State of the Big 12 Conference and Nebraska of the Big Ten Conference in the latest rankings. Schools ranked behind NDSU include Oklahoma, Minnesota, Wichita State, Iowa, Oklahoma State, Missouri, Iowa State and Illinois.

The USTFCCCA calculates national and regional team rankings based on national and regional descending order lists. The Midwest regional team rankings include all Division I schools in the nine-state area of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, South Dakota and North Dakota.

NDSU junior Erin Teschuk owns the region’s top times in the 3,000m steeplechase and 1500m. The Winnipeg, Manitoba, native ranks second in the NCAA and seventh in the world in the steeplechase this year.

Bison senior Maddie Van Beek (5000m) and junior Melissa Kitching (400m hurdles) are both ranked No. 2 in the Midwest Region in their respective events. Ashley Heinze (400m hurdles) and Sierra Rosenau (javelin) hold No. 4 rankings in the Midwest.

USTFCCCA Midwest Regional Team Rankings – Women

1. Kansas
2. Kansas State
3. Nebraska
4. North Dakota State
5. Oklahoma
6. Minnesota
7. Wichita State
8. Iowa
9. Oklahoma State
10. Missouri
11. Iowa State
12. Southern Illinois
13. South Dakota
14. Illinois
15. Missouri State


Bison Men’s Track & Field Ranked 10th in Midwest Region

The North Dakota State men’s track & field team is ranked 10th in the Midwest Region in the latest outdoor regional team rankings released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday, Apr. 20.

The USTFCCCA calculates regional team rankings based on regional descending order lists. The Midwest regional team rankings include all Division I schools in the nine-state area of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, South Dakota and North Dakota.

Bison sophomore Matti Mortimore is ranked No. 1 in the Midwest in the javelin following his school-record performance on Friday at the Mt. SAC Relays. NDSU owns the top two javelin throwers in the region with junior Tyler Parker coming in at No. 2.

NDSU senior Brett Kelly and junior Brendan Skime are No. 5 and No. 7, respectively, in the Midwest in the 3,000m steeplechase. Sophomore Angus Stoudt is fifth in the decathlon.

NDSU’s 4x400m relay team of Matt Bedard, Aron Klos, Landon Jochim and Wesley DeLong is No. 6 on the Midwest Region list this season after running the fastest time by a Bison quartet since 2005 on Saturday at the Beach Invitational.

The Bison will compete at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, on Apr. 24-25.

USTFCCCA Midwest Regional Team Rankings – Men

1. Nebraska
2. Oklahoma
3. Illinois
4. Iowa
5. Kansas
6. Minnesota
7. Wichita State
8. Missouri
9. Southern Illinois
10. North Dakota State
11. Oklahoma State
12. Kansas State
13. Loyola-Chicago
14. Tulsa
15. South Dakota

Friday, April 17, 2015

UND Athletics announces Hall of Fame Class of 2015


GRAND FORKS, N.D. – University of North Dakota Director of Athletics Brian Faison and UND Letterwinners Association President Liz Olson announced today the UND Letterwinners Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2015.

Holly (Bonk) Corbin (softball, 1999-2002), Shelly (Ebbighausen) Van Dyne (swimming, 1990-94) and Rich Glas (men’s basketball coach, 1988-2006) will be inducted as individuals, while Glas’ 1990-91 men’s basketball team will be inducted in the team category.
Additionally, longtime tennis coaches Tom and Tim Wynne will be honored as co-recipients of the Tom Clifford Award, while former UND Director of Sports Medicine Jim Rudd will be recognized posthumously with the Honorary Letterwinner Award.
The 41st annual Athletics Hall of Fame event will take place with a brunch and induction ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 31 prior to UND's Big Sky Conference football game against Montana State. The Class of 2015 will also be recognized during halftime of the football game.

“The UND Letterwinners Board has chosen an exceptional group of individuals as inductees into the Hall of Fame Class of 2015,” said Olson. “Holly Corbin in softball, Shelly Van Dyne in swimming, as well as Rich Glas and his 1991 basketball team, have achieved extremely high levels of accomplishments. Tim and Tom Wynne are truly deserving of the Tom Clifford Award for all of their work in the advancement of tennis in the area. Jim Rudd, who served as UND’s Director of Sports Medicine and head athletic trainer from 1989-2003, will be an Honorary Letterwinner, awarded posthumously. All of these individuals should be congratulated on their achievements and their election into the Hall of Fame.”

This year's three inductees bring the total number of individuals in UND's Letterwinners Athletics Hall of Fame to 243, while the 1990-91 men’s basketball team is the 36th team to be recognized.

UND Hall of Fame Class of 2015:
Holly (Bonk) Corbin | Softball | 1999-2002:
Appeared in school-record 199 career games and hit .352, at the time second-highest career batting average in UND history (currently ranks third) … Also graduated as UND’s career leader in hits (210), runs scored (128), doubles (32), total bases, stolen bases (99), and walks (51) … Remains program’s career leader in games played and stolen bases … Earned All-North Central Conference honors in each of her last three years to become first three-time all-conference performer in program history … Earned NFCA All-Region honors in 2000 … An Academic All-American in 2002 … Set numerous single-season school records and still holds the UND single-season record for stolen bases (38 in 2001) … Currently resides in Buffalo, Minn.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Shelly (Ebbighausen) Van Dyne | Swimming | 1990-94: A 23-time All-American, making her the third-most decorated women’s swimmer in UND history …  Member of UND team that enjoyed top-6 national finishes in each of her four years, including three fourth-place showings … Three-time NCAA Division II individual or relay champion … Member of UND’s national championship 200 Medley Relay Team in 1991 … Also won back-to-back national titles in the 100 Butterfly in 1992 and 1993 … Set NCC record in the 100 Butterfly in 1992 … Also helped NCC relay records in 1992 (200 Medley Relay) and 1994 (200 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay) … Helped lead UND to four straight North Central Conference titles during her career … The NCC’s Most Valuable Female Swimmer in 1992 … Named NCC Female Newcomer of the Year in 1991 … Member of UND’s 400 Free Relay team that set a school record in 1991 … Currently resides in Lakeville, Minn. … Married to former UND swimmer Steve Van Dyne.

Rich Glas | Men’s Basketball Coach | 1988 -2006: The winningest coach in UND men’s basketball history … Amassed a 335-194 (.633) record in 18 years as head coach … Led the program to eight NCAA Division II Tournament appearances, including consecutive NCAA DII Elite Eight berths in 1989-90 and 1900-91 … Went 170-163 (.556) during conference play and won North Central Conference championships in 1989-90, 1990-91 and 1994-95 … Two-time North Central Region Coach of the Year … Coached 10 All-Americans and six NCC Most Valuable Players while at UND … Enjoyed eight 20-win seasons and set an NCC record with 17 conference victories in 1990-91 … Recently completed his seventh year as head men’s basketball coach at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn.

1990-91 Men’s Basketball Team:
Rich Glas-led team went 29-4 and advanced to the NCAA DII Elite Eight just two years after an 8-20 season … Outscored opponents by an average of 13.1 points per game … Won the North Central Conference championship (17-1) and set a conference record for wins … Senior center Dave Vonesh was named first-team All-America and NCC Most Valuable Player … Vonesh and Scott Guldseth earned All-NCC honors … Rico Burkett was named NCC Defensive Player of the Year … Vonesh graduated as program’s all-time leading scorer, a record broken two years later by Guldseth … Four members of the team rank in the top 10 on UND’s career scoring list: Guldseth (1st), Vonesh (2nd), Chris Gardner (5th) and Todd Johnson (7th) … Vonesh (2002) and Guldseth (2008) were previously inducted into UND Athletics Hall of Fame as individuals.

Thomas J. Clifford Award (co-recipient)
The Clifford Award, established to honor former UND President Thomas J. Clifford, recognizes the UND alumni who serve as athletics coaches at the high school or collegiate level and have been notably successful in their sport.
Tim Wynne (Tennis, 1974-77): Member of North Dakota Tennis Association’s inaugural North Dakota Tennis Hall of Fame class in 2014 … Four-year letterwinner at UND … Currently serves as Tennis Coordinator and Head Teaching Professional at Choice Health and Fitness in Grand Forks … Has served as head tennis pro in Grand Forks for more than 30 years … Has served as head tennis coach at both Red River High School and Central High School … Won 10 straight state championships at Red River as well as 10 state singles titles and eight state doubles titles … Also won a state title as Central head coach … Finalist for National High School Coach of the Year in 2010 … Named co-recipient of 2000 USTA Northern Ward C. Burton Junior Development Award … 2008 Grand Forks Herald Co-Sportsperson of the Year … Has served on USTA Community Tennis Association Board.

Thomas J. Clifford Award (co-recipient)
Tom Wynne (Tennis, 1974-77): Member of North Dakota Tennis Association’s inaugural North Dakota Tennis Hall of Fame class in 2014 … Four-year letterwinner at UND … Currently serves as head tennis coach at his alma mater … First became UND’s men’s and women’s tennis coach after graduating in 1978 … Led men’s program to 1979 North Central Conference title, the program’s first in 42 years … Won NCC women’s titles in 2004, 2006 and 2008 and earned NCAA DII postseason appearances in each of the program’s final
seven seasons at the DI level … Four-time conference coach of the Year in the NCC and Great West Conferences … Named co-recipient of 2000 USTA Northern Ward C. Burton Junior Development Award … 2008 Grand Forks Herald Co-Sportsperson of the Year.

Honorary Letterwinner Award
The Letterwinners Association Honorary Award is given upon official action by the club's Executive Committee to persons who, in the opinion of the committee, have contributed significantly to the furtherance of UND athletics.
Jim Rudd: Will be honored posthumously after passing away in August 2014 … Served as UND’s Director of Sports Medicine and head athletic trainer from September 1989 through June 2003 … Instrumental in developing the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree within the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences in the early 1990’s  … Was still an active professor and academic advisor within the BSAT degree program at the time of his passing … A 2009 inductee into the North Dakota Athletic Trainers Association (NDATA) Hall of Fame … Received his bachelor’s degree in biology from St. Lawrence University in 1973 … Earned his master’s degree in physical education from UND in 1981 … Career in sports medicine began in 1973 when he served as an assistant athletic trainer for the National Football League’s (NFL) Philadelphia Eagles … Spent the previous four years in the same position at Valdosta (Ga.) State University prior to returning to UND in 1989.

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony, proudly sponsored by the UND Letterwinners Association, will be held on Oct. 31 in the Memorial Union ballroom on the campus of the University of North Dakota. For ticket information, please contact UND Athletics Director of Special Projects Amy Stroup at (701) 777-2713.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Lynx Wrap Up 2015 WNBA Draft


MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – After trading its 11th, 23rd and 28th overall picks to New York Liberty in exchange for guard Anna Cruz and the Liberty’s 16th and 35th picks, the Minnesota Lynx wrapped up the evening by taking California’s forward Reshanda Gray with the 16th pick and Minnesota’s forward Shae Kelley with the 35th pick.
Gray, a 6-3 forward out of California, was named Pac 12 Player of the Year this season as well as being selected as a Wade Trophy and Wooden Award finalist after finishing the year averaging 17.4 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Gray was fourth in the Pac-12 in scoring and 10th in rebounding. She finished her career as Cal’s all-time field goal percentage leader and ranked fifth in points and rebounds.
Kelley, a 6-1 forward from the Minnesota Gophers, was named to the All-Big Ten First Team in 2015. She ranked sixth in the Big Ten in scoring, offensive rebounds and double-doubles, seventh in rebounds and defensive rebounds and 15th in steals. Prior to Minnesota, Kelley was named the 2014 All-Conference USA First Team as a member of Old Dominion women’s basketball team. She surpassed 1,000 career points in just her second year at Old Dominion, becoming just the fifth Lady Monarch to do so.
The first chance fans have to see the new-look roster is the team’s preseason contest at Target Center on Monday, June 1 vs. the New York Liberty at 7 p.m. Tickets for the game are currently on sale for Lynx season members at their discounted member rate. Group tickets can also be purchased for the preseason game and every game for the 2015 season starting at a rate of $14 by calling the Lynx at 612-673-8400. Group ticket pricing may vary by game. Single-game tickets will be released for sale at a later date.
The Lynx will kick off their 17th season in the WNBA at home on Friday, June 5 against the Tulsa Shock at 7 p.m. A limited number of lower level full-season memberships are currently available by visiting Lynxbasketball.com or by calling 612-673-8400.

MN Lynx Acquire Guard Anna Cruz from New York Liberty


MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Lynx traded its 11th, 23rd and 28th overall picks in the 2015 WNBA Draft to the New York Liberty in exchange for guard Anna Cruz and the Liberty’s 16th and 35th overall picks.
A native of Spain, Cruz played 34 games for the Liberty last season and averaged 7.7 points, 3.6 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game. Prior to signing with the Liberty in 2014, Cruz spent the 2013-14 season playing in Russia for Nadezhda Orenburg where she averaged 7.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game.
This offseason Cruz played 19 games for Nadezhda Orenburg and averaged 8.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists in league play. She was named the 2014 Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Point Guard of the Year and was also named to the Eurobasket.com All-European 1st Team 2014.
Additionally, Cruz competed in the Spanish League for nine seasons, including the previous four with Rivas Ecopolis. She also played for Olesa, Burgoes and Barcelona. She has represented Spain as member of the national team since 2009, earning bronze medals at the 2009 Women European Championships and 2010 World Championships and the silver medal at the 2014 World Championships. 
Anna Cruz’s Recent Stats:
Nadezhda Orenburg 2014-15 
G
Min
FG%
3Pt%
FT%
Reb
Ast
Stl
Blk
Pts
EuroLeague
16
30.6
.400
.280
.621
5.0
4.1
1.63
0.19
9.3
Premier League
20
25.5
.386
.229
.763
4.1
3.0
1.65
0.10
8.5











WNBA
G
Min
FG%
3Pt%
FT%
Reb
Ast
Stl
Blk
Pts
2014 (NYL)
34
27.1
.462
.347
.692
3.5
3.6
1.29
0.26
7.7
 










Minnesota still has the 16th and 35th overall picks in the 2015 WNBA Draft.
The first chance fans have to see the new-look roster is the team’s preseason contest at Target Center on Monday, June 1 vs. the New York Liberty at 7 p.m. Tickets for the game are currently on sale for Lynx season members at their discounted member rate. Group tickets can also be purchased for the preseason game and every game for the 2015 season starting at a rate of $14 by calling the Lynx at 612-673-8400. Group ticket pricing may vary by game. Single-game tickets will be released for sale at a later date.
The Lynx will kick off their 17th season in the WNBA at home on Friday, June 5 against the Tulsa Shock at 7 p.m. A limited number of lower level full-season memberships are currently available by visiting Lynxbasketball.com or by calling 612-673-8400.

UMC Adds Hollcraft to Baseball and Men’s Basketball Signing Classes



CROOKSTON, Minn.-  The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s basketball and baseball programs announced the signing of Aaron Hollcraft (5-11 175, Crookston, Minn./Crookston H.S.) to a National Letter of Intent. Hollcraft will compete in both sports at University of Minnesota Crookston, as a left-handed pitcher for the baseball team and a guard for the UMC men’s basketball squad.

Hollcraft is the fifth signee for the UMC men’s basketball program joining Chase Knickerbocker (F, 6-6 175, Annandale, Minn./Annandale H.S.), Kobe Critchley (G, 6-0 190, Roseville, Minn./Roseville Area H.S.), Connor Gamble (G, 6-0 155, Stillwater, Minn./Stillwater Area H.S.) and Nate Lorenz (F, 6-7 210, Breckenridge, Minn./Breckenridge H.S.), who all signed during the early signing period.

He is the sixth signee for the UMC baseball program joinin Zach Seipel (C, 6-2 185, Eagan, Minn./Eagan H.S.), Clarke Peterson (C, 5-6 175, East Grand Forks, Minn./East Grand Forks H.S.), Eric Newman (RHP, 6-3 188, Buffalo, Minn./Buffalo H.S.), David Olson (C, 6-1 195, Stillwater, Minn./Vermillion C.C.) and Wyatt Peppel (OF, 6-0 225, Greenbush, Minn./Badger-Middle River Greenbush H.S.).

All signees are contingent upon admission to UMC and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center. Everyone released today has signed their National Letter of Intent prior to release of information.

Aaron Hollcraft/5-11 175/Crookston, Minn./Crookston H.S.

Hollcraft is one of the best athletes to come through Crookston High School in recent years. As a basketball player, he set the record for most career rebounds in Pirate boys basketball history. Hollcraft was second all-time in career scoring with 1,415 career points at Crookston H.S., just shy of Kenley Wahlin, the brother of current UMC women’s basketball assistant coach Kamille Wahlin. He is also an accomplished left-handed pitcher for the Crookston High School baseball team. Hollcraft played for current UMC baseball players Trevor Buttermore and Jesse Jennings for the Crookston American Legion team. He currently is coached on the Crookston H.S. baseball team by former UMC softball coach Mitch Bakken. As a sophomore, Hollcraft was 4-3 with five complete games and a shutout. He struck out 67 batters and had two saves. He was named Co-Conference MVP for baseball. In basketball, he shot 42 percent from beyond the arc. Hollcraft is ranked second all-time in career three-pointers. He led basketball team to 25-4 mark. Hollcraft was an Academic All-State pick and Conference Most Valuable Player. He was coached on the basketball team by Greg Garmen.

Hollcraft is the son of Monica and Ray Hollcraft. He was born Oct. 2, 1996 and is undecided on his major. Several of Hollcraft’s family members have been college athletes.

For more information, visit the Golden Eagle Athletics website at www.goldeneaglesports.com.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

UND's 2015-16 NCHC conference schedule


GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) announced today its 96-game conference schedule for the 2015-16 season, including North Dakota’s 24-game NCHC slate. All eight member teams will play a 24-game conference schedule leading up to the annual NCHC Frozen Faceoff at Target Center in Minneapolis.

North Dakota will open the NCHC schedule Oct. 30-31 at Colorado College, one of six conference road trips UND will make in 2015-16. The defending Penrose Cup champion will also travel to St. Cloud State (Nov. 20-21), Minnesota Duluth (Dec. 11-12), Western Michigan (Jan. 29-30), Denver (Feb. 12-13) and Omaha (Feb. 26-27).

UND’s conference schedule also features six home series, including Miami (Nov. 13-14), Denver (Dec. 4-5), Omaha (Jan. 15-16), Colorado College (Jan. 22-23), Minnesota Duluth (Feb. 19-20) and Western Michigan (March 4-5).

UND will announce its entire 2015-16 schedule, including non-conference and exhibition games, at a later date.

UND’s 2015-16 NCHC Schedule:
Oct. 30-31        at Colorado College
Nov. 13-14       Miami
Nov. 20-21       at St. Cloud State
Dec. 4-5           Denver
Dec. 11-12       at Minnesota Duluth
Jan. 15-16        Omaha
Jan. 22-23        Colorado College
Jan. 29-30        at Western Michigan
Feb. 12-13       at Denver
Feb. 19-20       Minnesota Duluth
Feb. 26-27       at Omaha
March 4-5         Western Michigan
March 11-13     NCHC Quarterfinals (Best-of-3)
March 18-19     NCHC Frozen Faceoff (Target Center, Minneapolis)