Wednesday, January 28, 2015
BURNSVILLE, Minn.– The University of Minnesota Crookston softball program was picked to finish 15th in the 2015 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Preseason Softball Coaches’ Poll. The Golden Eagles are in their first season under Head Coach Don Stopa.
Winona State University was picked to finish first after sharing first-place with Minnesota State University, Mankato in the poll last season. Reining NSIC regular-season champions Minnesota State shared second place with Augustana College, who advanced to the NCAA Central Super Region Championship last season.
Augustana’s Jenelle Trautmann was named NSIC Softball Preseason Player of the Year. Trautman was a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-American Second Team. Minnesota State’s Coley Ries was named NSIC Preseason Pitcher of the Year. Ries was NSIC Pitcher of the Year as a freshman.
UMC’s Josee Plante (Sr., 3B, Manitou, Manitoba) and Bailey Braatz (So., RHP, Buffalo, Minn.) were selected as UMC’s Players to Watch. Plante hit .252 with nine runs scored and 10 runs batted in as a junior. Braatz appeared in 15 games last season in the circle with 46.2 innings pitched and 30 strikeouts.
The Golden Eagles will open up the Stopa era Feb. 25 as they take on Minot State University and Bemidji State University in West St. Paul, Minn., in a pair of dome games. UMC will take on Minnesota State University Moorhead and Minot State in two more dome games Feb. 26.
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The University of Minnesota, Crookston is an NCAA Division II Institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). The Golden Eagle Equestrian team is a member of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA).
NSIC Preseason Softball Coaches’ Poll
1. Winona State (5) 213
2 Augustana (6) 209
Minnesota State (5) 209
4 Wayne State 166
5 Minnesota Duluth 162
6 Sioux Falls 150
7 Minot State 137
8 U-Mary 126
9 Concordia-St. Paul 120
10 Upper Iowa 115
11 Southwest Minnesota State 75
12 St. Cloud State 73
13 Northern State 68
14 MSU Moorhead 50
15 Minnesota Crookston 24
16 Bemidji State 23
Monday, January 26, 2015
Klieman guided North Dakota State to its fourth straight FCS title, defeating Illinois State, 29-27, in the championship game. It was Klieman’s first year as head coach and he led the Bison to a 15-1 record.
The other college winners include:
FBS – Urban Meyer, Ohio State – Meyer guided the Buckeyes to a 14-1 record and the national championship, defeating Oregon in the title game, 42-20. Ohio State won their last three games – victories over Wisconsin, Alabama, and Oregon – with their third string quarterback, Cardale Jones.
Division II – John Wristen, Colorado State-Pueblo – Wristen started the program in 2007 and this past fall won the Division II Championship, defeating Minnesota State-Mankato, 13-0, in the championship game. CS-Pueblo finished with a 14-1 record.
Division III – Lance Leipold, Wisconsin-Whitewater – Under Leipold, UW-W won six Division III championships in his 8 years as head coach. UW-W defeated Mount Union, 43-34, in December’s title game. Leipold recently accepted the head coaching position at the University of Buffalo.
NAIA – Craig Howard, Southern Oregon – Under Howard, Southern Oregon completed a 13-2 record with a 55-31 win over Marion University in the NAIA Championship game. It was the Raiders first NAIA title.
JUCO – Brad Smiley, Trinity Valley Community College – TVCC averaged 58.5 points per game in completing an undefeated – 12-0 – season. In the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl, Trinity Valley defeated Coffeyville CC, 27-24.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – For the fourth time since the start of December, the University of North Dakota is the top-ranked men’s hockey team in the nation.
In the latest USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls released this afternoon, North Dakota vaulted into the top spot on the strength of a NCHC sweep of Colorado College last weekend. UND earned 34 of 50 first-place votes in the USCHO poll and 21 of 34 first-place nods in the USA Today rankings.
Second-ranked Boston University and third-ranked Minnesota State also received first-place votes in both polls. Harvard was ranked fourth while UND’s next opponent, Omaha, was ranked fifth in both.
UND (18-5-2, 9-4-1-0 NCHC) will travel to Omaha this weekend to face the first-place Mavericks (15-6-3, 9-4-1-1 NCHC), who own a 1-point edge on UND in the NCHC standings.
USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll
Rk. School (First place votes) Record Pts. PR
1. North Dakota (34) 18-5-2 982 2
2. Boston University (5) 15-4-4 933 3
3. Minnesota State (11) 19-5-1 931 1
4. Harvard 12-4-2 816 4
5. Omaha 15-6-3 741 8
6. Bowling Green 15-5-4 686 6
7. Minnesota Duluth 14-9-1 639 7
8. Michigan Tech 18-7-1 622 10
9. Miami 15-9-0 595 9
10. Massachusetts-Lowell 15-7-3 584 5
11. Denver 14-8-1 504 11
12. Providence 16-8-1 448 18
13. Michigan 15-7-0 440 16
14. Boston College 15-8-2 337 19
15. Vermont 15-8-2 310 12
16. Yale 11-6-2 234 13
17. Colgate 14-8-2 187 15
18. Quinnipiac 15-8-1 158 20
19. Merrimack 13-8-3 142 14
20. Robert Morris 17-5-4 98 NR
Others receiving votes: Minnesota 46, Penn State 25, St. Lawrence 17, Western Michigan 9, Northeastern 7, Canisius 5, Bemidji State 3, Dartmouth 1.
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll
Rk. School (1st place) Record Pts. PR
1. North Dakota (21) 18-5-2 497 2
2. Boston University (7) 15-4-4 479 3
3. Minnesota State (6) 19-5-1 461 1
4. Harvard 12-4-2 379 4
5. Omaha 15-6-3 313 8
6. Bowling Green 15-5-4 310 6
7. Minnesota Duluth 14-9-1 305 7
8. Miami 15-9-0 265 9
9. Michigan Tech 18-7-1 240 10
10. Massachusetts-Lowell 15-7-3 204 5
11. Providence 16-8-1 153 NR
12. Denver 14-8-1 152 11
13. Michigan 15-7-0 105 NR
14. Vermont 15-8-2 71 12
15. Boston College 15-8-2 57 NR
Others receiving votes: Colgate 34, Yale 24, Quinnipiac 19, Robert Morris 8, Merrimack 2, Minnesota 2.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – University of North Dakota sophomore Keaton Thompson has been named National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Defenseman of the Week for his role in UND’s conference sweep of Colorado College.
Thompson is the fifth different UND defenseman to win weekly conference honors this season. Paul LaDue (Oct. 20), Troy Stecher (Oct. 27) and Jordan Schmaltz (Dec. 8) were also named Defenseman of the Week while freshman Tucker Poolman was named NCHC Rookie of the Week on Dec. 8. It is the second career conference award for Thompson, who was named NCHC Rookie of the Week on Dec. 2, 2013.
Thompson set up Bryn Chyzyk’s game-winning goal in the third period while matching his career-best with a plus-3 rating in UND’s 5-3 win over the Tigers. The Devils Lake, N.D., native, who was on the ice for three UND go-ahead goals, also chipped in with a pair of blocked shots as UND moved into sole possession of second place in the NCHC.
A third-round draft pick of the Anaheim Ducks in 2013, Thompson has six assists in 20 games this season and owns a plus-6 rating.
Miami senior forward Cody Murphy (Offensive), St. Cloud State sophomore goalie Charlie Lindgren (Goaltender) and SCSU freshman forward Patrick Russell (Rookie) were also recognized by the NCHC.
Top-ranked UND will travel to Omaha this week to face the fifth-ranked Mavericks, who hold a one-point edge on UND atop the NCHC standings.
UND’s NCHC Players of the Week
Oct. 20: Mark MacMillan, Sr., D (Offensive)
Paul LaDue, So., D (Defenseman)
Oct. 27: Troy Stecher, So., D (Defenseman)
Nov. 17: Drake Caggiula, Jr., F (Offensive)
Dec. 1: Zane McIntyre, Jr., G (Goaltender)
Dec. 8 Jordan Schmaltz, Jr., D (Defenseman)
Zane McIntyre, Jr., G (Goaltender)
Tucker Poolman, Fr., D (Rookie)
Jan. 12: Zane McIntyre, Jr., G (Goaltender)
Jan. 26 Keaton Thompson, So., D (Defenseman)
Klieman's recently completed first season ended with a 15-1 record, a fourth straight Missouri Valley Football Conference championship and an unprecedented fourth straight NCAA Division I FCS national championship.
"Chris understands the culture of Bison football and what it takes to continue the program's high level of success," Larsen said. "The excitement around the football program has never been greater and I look forward to having Chris and his family in Fargo for the long term."
Klieman, 47, came to NDSU in 2011 as the defensive backs coach and was the defensive coordinator in 2012 and 2013 before taking over as the Bison head coach in January 2014. He was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award, presented annually to the FCS National Coach of the Year.
"Chris is a man of high integrity and character, and his leadership of the young men in this program goes beyond the football field," Larsen said. "He is developing successful students who will go on to great things after football. I am impressed with his passion, energy, and the level of respect he's earned from his players, staff and the local community."
NDSU didn't skip a beat in Klieman's first year despite losing 23 seniors and welcoming seven new assistant coaches. The Bison scored 34 unanswered points to beat Big 12 member Iowa State in the season opener as part of an FCS-record 33-game winning streak that extended into November.
North Dakota State went 9-1 against Top 25 competition and earned the No. 2 national seed for the FCS playoffs. NDSU had nine players named All-America, including Buck Buchanan Award-winning defensive end Kyle Emanuel, and four Capital One Academic All-America® selections.
"Thank you to our president, Dean Bresciani, and our athletic director, Matt Larsen, for this opportunity," Klieman said. "I'm excited to continue to build on the great tradition of Bison football. My family enjoys being in Fargo and I am extremely thankful for how this community and Bison Nation have embraced my family and me."
NDSU led the nation in scoring defense each of Klieman's three years on the defensive staff. He was named the 2012 Football Scoop FCS Coordinator of the Year and coached two-time Buck Buchanan Award finalist Marcus Williams.
A native of Waterloo, Iowa, he was a three-time All-Gateway Conference defensive back at Northern Iowa and a four-year letterman from 1986-90. He graduated from UNI in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in health education and earned a master's degree in physical education from UNI in 1992.
Klieman was an assistant coach at UNI from 1991-93 and 2006-10 along with other assistant coaching stints at Western Illinois (1994-96), Kansas (1997), Missouri State (1999) and Loras College (2002-04). He was the head coach at Loras in 2005.
He and his wife, Rhonda, are the parents of two sons, Devin and Colby, and one daughter, Haley.