Thursday, July 21, 2016

MN Lynx Announce Xcel Energy Center as Home for 2017 Season

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Lynx today announced that the Xcel Energy Center will be the team’s venue for home games during the 2017 season. The team will relocate due to the previously announced major renovation and complete shutdown of Target Center taking place during the summer and early fall of 2017.
“Our fans will enjoy the experience and amenities that Xcel Energy Center has to offer, while eagerly anticipating the conclusion of our newly renovated home in Minneapolis in time for the 2018 Lynx season,” said Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx President Chris Wright. “We look forward to bringing the three-time champion Lynx to the Xcel Energy Center and the opportunity to showcase these amazing athletes who are incredible role models both on and off the court. We also anticipate continuing to build our relationship with the City of St. Paul and becoming more integrated with this first-class community.”
“I’m thrilled to be welcoming Minnesota’s three-time WNBA champions to the City of Saint Paul for their 2017 season,” said Mayor Chris Coleman. “The Lynx are a powerhouse of a team, and an amazing group of athletes to watch – and we hope fans from across the state enjoy doing so from the capital city.”
The Xcel Energy Center is home to the NHL’s Minnesota Wild and host to more than 150 sporting and entertainment events each year.
“We are proud to welcome these world-class athletes to our building for the 2017 season,” said Xcel Energy Center Vice President and General Manager Jack Larson. “The Minnesota Lynx are a great addition to the wide variety of events Xcel Energy Center has become known for hosting and represent our commitment to the community and fans from around the state.”
In partnership with Visit Saint Paul, the official convention and visitors bureau for the capital city, the Lynx Tickets for Kids program will be able to welcome local schools and community youth organizations to attend games for free throughout the season.
“We are excited to bring the Lynx to Saint Paul and to provide free access to thousands of young people in our community,” said Pat Harris, chairman of Visit Saint Paul. “It’s a win-win for all.”
The Lynx chose to make the announcement at this time to inform season ticket members of the change ahead of their upcoming renewals. For more information on becoming a season ticket member, visit www.lynxbasketball.com/membership .  

Monday, July 11, 2016

Lynx Maya Moore Named Western Conference Player of the Week

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The WNBA today named Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore the Western Conference Player of the Week for games played July 4 through July 10. The Player of the Week award is Moore’s third of the season and the 17th of her career.
Minnesota went 2-1 on the week, improving to 16-4 overall for its second-best record ever at the 20-game mark. Over the three games played in the week, Moore averaged 28.3 points, 3.3 assists and 6.3 rebounds.
The sixth-year pro from the University of Connecticut tallied a team-high 33 points on July 5 against the Chicago Sky, with 13 of those 33 coming in the fourth quarter and helping the Lynx erase a 10-point deficit for their third double-digit comeback win of the season. Moore totaled 40 points on July 7 against Connecticut, adding eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks to join Diana Taurasi as the only players in WNBA history to score 40+ points on three occasions. She notched 31 of those points in the second half along with seven more in overtime to mark the second-most prolific scoring half in WNBA history. Moore tallied 12 points and a game-high seven assists against Dallas on July 9, the ninth time this season she’s led the Lynx in assists. She currently ranks fourth in the league in scoring (20.0 ppg), seventh in assists (4.3 apg), fifth in steals (1.55 spg), eighth in free throw accuracy (90.2%) and 11th in three-point accuracy (38.6%).
Atlanta’s Angel McCoughtry was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week.
The Lynx play next on Tuesday, July 12 against the San Antonio Stars at AT&T Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. CT and can be heard on BOB 106.1 FM.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Timberwolves Sign Kris Dunn


Minneapolis/St. Paul – The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has signed guard Kris Dunn, the fifth overall selection in the 2016 NBA Draft. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not released. 
Dunn, a 6-4 guard out of Providence, averaged 12.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 2.2 steals in 95 games over three-plus seasons. He is the only Providence player to tally career totals of 1,000 points, 400 rebounds, 500 assists and 200 steals with the Friars. As a junior this past season, Dunn averaged 16.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 2.5 steals, and was named Big East Player of the Year, Big East Defensive Player of the Year and a Second Team All-American. He led the Big East in steals, ranking fifth in the nation, and finished second in the Big East in assists and fourth in scoring. Dunn was also named 2014-15 Big East Player of the Year and Big East Defensive Player of the Year as a redshirt sophomore after averaging 15.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 2.7 steals. He joined Georgetown’s Patrick Ewing as the only players to win Big East Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year twice.
Dunn will make his Timberwolves debut at the Samsung NBA Summer League 2016, which takes place in Las Vegas from July 8-18. Minnesota’s first game is against the Denver Nuggets on July 8 at the Thomas & Mack Center at 7:30 p.m. CT and will be televised on ESPN.

UMC Men's Golf Signs Four for 2016-17

CROOKSTON, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s golf team announced the signing of four student-athletes who will begin competing for the Golden Eagles during the 2016-17 season. UMC has signed Eric Gullicks (Finley, N.D./Lake Region State College), Spencer Harvey (Cambridge, Minn./Cambridge-Isanti H.S.), Jordan Leiting (Fertile, Minn./Fertile-Beltrami H.S.) and Casey Swanson (East Grand Forks, Minn./Bemidji State University).

I am very pleased with the incoming class of student-athletes we are bringing in,” said Head Coach Jason Tangquist. “We needed to bring in some new guys who could gel with our returners, who have some maturity, and who are willing to work hard and I think we have done that.  We were young last year as a team and I believe the guys as a whole will be able to focus and be much improved moving into the Fall 2016 season.  I know everyone is excited to get off to a great start and our focus will be to compete each week.

The Golden Eagles will have 11 golfers on the roster for the 2016-17 season. UMC returns seven members of the 2015-16 team, which was a young roster, only graduating one senior in Seth Heppner (Crookston, Minn.). UMC returns Reed Bohm (Sr., St. Hilaire, Minn.), Ricky Phillips (Sr., Grand Forks, N.D.), T’mone Kleindl (Jr., Graceville, Minn.), Brandon Brown (So., Stanchfield, Minn.), Ethan Johnson (So., Roseau, Minn.), Nick Kennedy (So., Lake Bronson, Minn.) and Ben Koisti (So., Lake Norden, S.D.).

Minnesota Crookston’s leading returner for the season is Kleindl, who averaged an 83.0 on the season with a low round of 73 on the season. In addition to Kleindl, Phillips averaged an 83.7 with a low round of 77, while Koisti averaged an 84.7 with a low round also of 77.

Eric Gullicks/Finley, N.D./Lake Region State College
Gullicks placed in third at regionals while competing at Lake Region State College. He qualified for the NJCAA National Tournament. Gullicks will have two years to compete at Minnesota Crookston. He competed on the high school level for Finley-Sharon Public School.

He is the son of Brent and Cindy Gullicks. Gullicks was born Jan. 22, 1995. He plans to major in agronomy. Gullicks was a 4.0 student and was on the President’s List four semesters at Lake Region State College.

Spencer Harvey/Cambridge, Minn./Cambridge-Isanti H.S.
He placed in a tie for second on the Minnesota Junior Tour at Forest Hills Golf Club June 15, 2015. Harvey finished in 10th in June of 2015 at the Timber Creek Golf Course and Falcon Ridge Golf Course. As a junior, shot an 80 with five birdies at The Refuge.

Jordan Leiting/Fertile, Minn./Fertile-Beltrami H.S.
Leiting was a six-year letter winner at Fertile-Beltrami H.S. He was named 2016 Pine to Prairie All-Conference. Leiting competed in the sections golf meet five of his six seasons. He earned fifth place in the 2016 sub-sections. Leiting also competed in football where he was a 2016 Football All-Section pick and in basketball, where he was named All-Conference.

Leiting is the son of Joe and Angie Leiting. He plans to major in natural resources. Leiting was born June 13, 1998. He was an honor student in high school.

Casey Swanson/East Grand Forks, Minn./Bemidji State University
Swanson was a High School Sub-Section Champion at East Grand Forks H.S. He was a Minnesota Golf Association State Qualifier and a junior tour champion and point leader in 2014. Swanson attended Bemidji State University last season but did not compete in a golf tournament.

He is the son of Janna and Brian Swanson. Swanson plans to major in business management. He was born March 4, 1997.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Olson Promoted to Associate Head Coach for NDSU Men’s Basketball


FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota State’s Jayden Olson has been promoted to associate head coach of the Bison men’s basketball team, head coach David Richman announced Wednesday.

Olson is entering his third season at NDSU after joining Richman’s staff in April 2014.

“Coach Olson has made a tremendous impact on our program and our culture in two short years as a Bison,” Richman said. “His passion and daily approach continue to elevate our Bison Family, keeping our student-athletes paramount in everything we strive for.”

In the 2014-15 season, Olson helped guide the Bison to the Summit League regular season and tournament championships and their third NCAA Tournament berth in seven years. NDSU reached the 20-win mark once again in 2015-16, marking four straight years with 20 or more victories for only the second time in school history.

Olson came to North Dakota State from Nebraska after working with former NDSU head coach Tim Miles with the Huskers as well as at Colorado State. He served as the top assistant at Augustana College in Sioux Falls for three seasons from 2007-10

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Timberwolves to Host Draft Party

Minneapolis/St. Paul – The Timberwolves will host a draft party for fans to celebrate and watch the NBA draft coverage on Thursday, June 23. The event is being sponsored by DraftKings and Bud Light.
 
In addition to watching the live draft coverage on the arena scoreboard, the evening will include a scheduled appearance from Scott Layden, General Manager of the Minnesota Timberwolves, and a Q&A session with Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen. There will also be special appearances and photo opportunities with Crunch, Timberwolves Dancers and Action Pack, and a garage sale of team items benefiting the Timberwolves Community Fund.
 
Season ticket members will have access to a free throw shooting contest to support the Timberwolves Community Fund, with each successful free throw earning an entry to win an autographed Karl-Anthony Towns jersey. Members will also enjoy an EA Sports gaming station with all the latest EA Sports’ games, a photo booth and a silent auction benefiting the Timberwolves Fastbreak Foundation.
 
Members will have access to the arena floor with food and beverage provided. The general public will be in the lower bowl where concessions will be available. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. in the box office lobby and draft coverage will begin at 6 p.m., with the first pick taking place around 6:30 p.m. Tickets are free and fans can RSVP at timberwolves.com/draftparty.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

NDSU MBB to Play at Preseason Top-10 Xavier

FARGO, N.D. – The North Dakota State men’s basketball team will play a non-conference game at Xavier University on Nov. 30 this season, it was announced Thursday.

The Musketeers are expected to be ranked among the nation’s top 10 teams in the preseason polls. Xavier finished 28-6 overall last season with a No. 9 final ranking in the Associated Press poll.

The 2016-17 season will be the fifth consecutive year that the Bison will take on a preseason top 10 team. NDSU played at Indiana in 2012, at Ohio State in 2013, at Texas in 2014 and at Iowa State in 2015.

The Bison have recorded four consecutive 20-win seasons and four straight appearances in the championship game of the Summit League Tournament. With 93 victories over the past four seasons, NDSU will carry the most successful stretch in program history into the new Sanford Health Athletic Complex and Scheels Center on campus.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

MSHSL boys’ and girls’ golf tournaments Info

The boys’ and girls’ golf programs of the Minnesota State High School League’s member schools gather for their state tournaments on Tuesday, June 14 and Wednesday, June 15. The Class 3A tournament is held at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids and the Class 2A tournament is played at the Ridges of Sand Creek in Jordan. The Class A tournament is at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker. Here is a look at the tournament:

The schedule

·     Girls begin play at 7:30 a.m. at each site on Day 1

·     Boys begin play at noon at each site on Day 1

·     Pairings and tee-times for Day 2 to be determined following first-round play.


What to watch

·         Detroit Lakes senior Kate Smith is expected to attract large galleries throughout the two-day event. She is attempting to become Minnesota’s first-ever five-time individual champion. She tees off on No. 1 at Ridges of Sand Creek at 8:15 a.m., on Tuesday. Minnehaha Academy’s Katie Detlefsen won four individual Class 2A crowns from 2004-07.

·     Heritage Christian Academy junior Kiera Smith is the defending Class A champion.

·     New Prague senior Taylor Ledwein is the defending champion in Class 3A.

·     Did you know? A New Prague golfer has won the girls’ Class 3A championship the past three seasons?

 -    Red Wing, the Class 2A girls’ champion in 2015, is in the Class 3A field this season where Edina is the defending champion.

·     A school from the Lake Conference has won the past three Class 3A boys’ team titles. Eden Prairie won in 2013, followed by Edina in 2014 and Wayzata last season. Wayzata didn’t qualify for a title defense this spring. Minnetonka and Edina are playing in the team competition this season.

·     Lakeville South senior Trey Sheehan is the highest-placing returning player from last season’s Class 3A tournament. He finished in a tie for fifth.

·     Reece Sanders, a junior at The Blake School, returns to defend his Class 2A championship. In 2015, he recorded a four-stroke victory over Providence Academy’s Paul Stankey, who will tee off in the last group on Day 1.

·     United South Central (Wells) senior Ryan Pederson, and Mounds Park Academy sophomore Brock Bliese could duel again for the Class A championship. They shared the Class A crown last season, both shooting a 146. Bliese had the title all to himself in 2014.

·     Mounds Park Academy, the defending Class A boys’ champion, has four scoring players back from last season.

2016 Pine to Prairie Baseball All-Conference Team



Drew Larsen, Fertile-Beltrami, 9
Dalton Agnes, Fosston,11
Hunter Kroening, Fosston, 10
Jesse Sather, Fosston, 11                               
Mitchell Hall, Lake Park – Audubon, 11
Michael Vohnoutka, Lake Park – Audubon, 11
Justin Bellefeuille, Mahnomen-Waubun, 12
Kody Lefebvre, Mahnomen-Waubun , 12
Brian Schoenborn, Mahnomen-Waubun, 11
Zepher Resnick, NCE-UH, 12
Jonah Sather, NCE-UH, 12   
Lucas Lindell, Norman County, 12
Michael Kolness, Norman County, 12
Dustin Olson, Norman County, 12
Austin Robb, Norman County, 12
Alec Kiecker, Win-E-Mac, 11
                                   
Honorable Mention

Wyatt Larson, Bagley, 12
Ty Rolfson, Bagley, 11
Benjamin Thoma, Bagley, 11
Isaac Habedank, NCE-UH, 10
Dustin Beliles, Norman County, 11
Brady Steffes, Fertile-Beltrami, 12
Brock Hemmesch, Fosston, 11
Brett Sundquist, Fosston, 10
Lane Ulmer, Lake Park- Audubon, 12
Jayden Heisler , Mahnomen-Waubun, 9
Peyton Syverson, Mahnomen-Waubun, 11
Hunter Chaput , Win-E-Mac, 11
                                                             
Most Valuable Player Kody Lefebvre, Mahnomen-Waubun
 Coach of the Year Craig Peterson, Norman County

2016 Pine to Prairie Girls Softball All-Conference Team



Tanya Bring, East Polk, 11
Anne Weik, East Polk, 12
Shelby Duckstad, Fertile-Beltrami, 12
Shelby Dunbar, Fertile-Beltrami,   9
Kailee Lefebvre, LP-A, 9
Sydney Bly, Mahnomen-Waubun, 8
Caitlin McArthur, Mahnomen-Waubun, 12
Makena Spaeth, Mahnomen-Waubun , 9
Elizabeth Birkemeyer , Norman County, 11
Gracie Johnson, Norman County, 12
Lexi Nelson, Norman County ,12
Jessica Gall, NCE-UH, 12
Laurel Hoseth , NCE-UH, 12
Alayna Klemetson, NCE-UH, 12
Lydia Klemetson, NCE-UH, 12
Megan Berberich, RLCC, 11
                                                                                   
Honorable Mention
Dana Dufault, Fertile-Beltrami, 11
Danielle Dufault, Fertile-Beltrami, 11
Paige Hovelson, LP-A, 12
Sierra Omvig, LP-A, 12
Carli Raaen, LP-A,12              
Brooke Miller, NCE-UH, 11
Regan Opsahl, NCE-UH, 11
Kaitlyn Haugen, Mahnomen-Waubun, 12
Vanessa Spry, Mahnomen-Waubun, 11
Veronica Spry , Mahnomen-Waubun, 11
Zoe Johnson, Norman County, 10
Maddie Smart, Norman County, 9
Taylor Bushelle, RLCC, 11
Brandi Jensen, RLCC, 12
                       
Most Valuable Player Jessica Gall, NCE-UH
Coach of the Year  Steve Radniecki, NCE-UH