Wednesday, January 28, 2015

UMC Softball Picked to Finish 15th in NSIC Preseason Poll

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

NDSU's Klieman Named American Football Monthly/Rawlings Football FCS Coach of the Year

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Rawlings Football has named North Dakota State’s Chris Klieman as the Football Championship Subdivision Coach of the Year for 2014. In addition, the annual awards include college coaches of the year for the FBS, Division II, Division III, NAIA and Junior College.  The awards were given in association with American Football Monthly, the leading resource for coaches everywhere.
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.

North Dakota reclaims top spot in national men’s hockey polls

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 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. 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.

UND's Thompson nabs NCHC Defenseman of the Week accolades

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)

NDSU's Klieman Accepts Two-YearContract Extension

FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota State athletic director Matt Larsen today announced head football coach Chris Klieman has accepted a two-year contract extension that will keep him with the Bison until January 2021.
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.