Thursday, November 20, 2014

NDSU's Miron, Fassbender and Rasmusson Honored

ELMHURST, Ill. – Three North Dakota State University volleyball players were honored by The Summit League on Thursday, Nov. 20, following the conclusion of the regular season. Sophomore middle blocker Emily Miron was named to the All-Summit League Team, junior outside hitter Jenni Fassbender earned honorable mention recognition, and freshman setter/right side Brianna Rasmusson claimed a spot on the league’s Freshmen Team.

Miron, who was also named to the Freshmen Team and earned honorable mention last season, ranked fourth in The Summit League this year with a hitting percentage of .303. She upped her hitting percentage to .322 in league play. Miron’s 67 total blocks in league matches were the second-most in the league, behind only Melissa Firtko of South Dakota who had 79.

Miron hit .375 or better in 13 matches this season, setting a new career-high with 19 kills against South Dakota State on Sept. 30 and again in a win over Fort Wayne on Nov. 14.

Fassbender was All-Summit League a year ago as a sophomore. She ranked fifth in the league this season with an average of 4.05 points per set and was sixth with 3.50 kills per set. Fassbender’s 34 service aces tied for the fourth-best total in the conference. She has five matches this season with 20 or more kills.

Rasmusson played in all 30 matches and started 28 times for the Bison, averaging 3.52 assists and 1.97 digs per set while also ranking third on the team in blocks.

The Fergus Falls, Minn., native had two close calls with triple-doubles in her first eight collegiate matches. She posted 21 assists, 15 kills and eight digs in a 3-2 win over Robert Morris on Aug. 30. Rasmusson finished one kill short vs. UMKC on Sept. 12 with 16 assists, 14 digs and nine kills.

NDSU opens Summit League Tournament play on Friday at 3:30 p.m. (CT) against Oral Roberts, with the winner advancing to take on top-seeded Denver in the semifinals on Saturday.

2014 All-Summit League Volleyball Teams

Nola Basey, Denver, So., OH
Sydney Dimke, South Dakota, Jr., OH
Melissa Firtko, South Dakota, Sr. MH
Kaitlyn Hickey, IUPUI, Jr. OH
Beth Howard, IUPUI, Sr., DS/L
Brittany Jessen, South Dakota, Fr., S
Bailey Karst, Denver, Sr., S
Kendall Kritenbrink, South Dakota, Sr., OH
Laura Milos, Oral Roberts, Fr., OH
Emily Miron, North Dakota State, So., MH
Sarah Schmid, Denver, Jr., MH
Emily Spencer, Fort Wayne, Sr., OH

Honorable MentionKate Acker, Denver, Sr., DS
Jenni Fassbender, North Dakota State, Jr., OH
Somer Johnson, Fort Wayne, So., OH
Ann Miller, Western Illinois, Sr., OH
Sara Pope, Oral Roberts, Sr., OH
Kelly Wachtel, IUPUI, Jr., RS

Freshmen Team
Lucija Bojanjac, Oral Roberts, S
Gabrielle Fisher, IUPUI, OH
Mackenzie Horkey, Omaha, OH
Brittany Jessen, South Dakota, S
Laura Milos, Oral Roberts, OH
Sydney O'Shaughnessy, Omaha, S
Brianna Rasmusson, North Dakota State, S

Player of the Year
Emily Spencer, Fort Wayne

Defensive Player of the Year
Beth Howard, IUPUI

Setter of the Year
Bailey Karst, Denver

Freshman of the Year
Laura Milos, Oral Roberts

Coach of the YearSteve Payne, IUPUI

Prep Bowl XXXIII Preview

            Grand Meadow and Eden Prairie are the only champions that have survived the first two rounds of tournament play. Four teams that made it to their respective championship games still boast unblemished records.
            The top-ranked Superlarks of Grand Meadow are making their third consecutive and seventh overall appearance and seek their second consecutive and overall title in Class 9-Man. The two-time Class AAAAAA defending champions Eden Prairie Eagles are making their 10th consecutive and 18th overall appearance. They were the top-ranked team in this year’s final AP poll and also won titles in 1996, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2007, and 2011.
                The 2014 Prep Bowl will be conducted over two days, Friday, Nov. 21, and Saturday, Nov. 22, at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota Minneapolis campus. It will be the first time that the Prep Bowl will be conducted outdoors. Prep Bowl was created in 1982 and the games were played in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome from the time it opened through the fall of 2013. KSTC-TV, Channel 45 will broadcast all seven games live, as well as feed numerous cable systems around the state. The games will also be streamed live for Web viewing at The webcasts will cost $4.97 for one day of live events, and for on-delay viewing at $4.97 each.
            (Note: All game times listed with an * are approximate start times. Games will not start before that time, but could start after that time. There will be about 30 minutes between the conclusion of one game and the start of the next game.)

Friday, Nov. 21

Class 9-Man: Grand Meadow (13-0) vs. Edgerton/Ellsworth (12-1) @ 10 a.m.
[Grand Meadow and Edgerton/Ellsworth’s statistics are current through semifinals]
            The Superlarks of Grand Meadow are making their third consecutive and seventh overall appearance. They earned their first championship last year and also have two runner-up finishes to their credit. Edgerton/Ellsworth is making its third appearance under this name. The Flying Dutchmens’ last appearance was in 2011 when they won their only championship. Edgerton also made three solo appearances between 2004 and 2006. Grand Meadow was ranked No. 1 in the final Associated Press (AP) poll and Edgerton/Ellsworth was ranked No. 6.
            Grand Meadow prefers to keep the ball on the ground. The Superlarks rushed for 3,860 yards and completed 68-of-128 passing attempts for 1,440 yards this year. Senior Landon Jacobson rushed for 1,472 yards and scored 26 touchdowns. Jacobson also paced the defense with 129 tackles, two fumble recoveries, and two interceptions. Junior quarterback Michael Stejskal added 500 rushing yards and seven touchdowns and also ran the passing game with 1,085 yards and 19 additional touchdowns on 50 completions. Grand Meadow has averaged 48.1 points per game while holding opponents to 6.3 points per game.
            The co-op of Edgerton/Ellsworth also likes to keep the ball on the ground. The Flying Dutchmen rushed for 3,951 yards on 532 attempts this year. They also completed 129-of-231 passing attempts for an additional 1,744 yards. Senior Tyler Kurrasch led the ground game with 1,337 yards on 182 rushing attempts. Kurrasch also led the Flying Dutchmen with 102 tackles. Sophomore Bailey Fey and senior Jake Post shared the duties at quarterback for Edgerton/Ellsworth. Fey completed 56-of-98 pass attempts for 904 yards and 11 touchdowns and Post completed 61-of-115 pass attempts for 826 yards and 11 touchdowns. As a team, the Flying Dutchmen averaged 43.8 points per game and their opponents averaged 14.6 against them.
Class AA: BOLD, Olivia (12-1) vs. Holdingford (10-3) @ 1 p.m.*
[BOLD and Holdingford’s statistics are current through semifinals]
            The BOLD Warriors are making their 10th appearance under this name, but first since 2012. BOLD is in the hunt for its third title, having won previously in 1990 and 1991. Bird Island made one additional appearance in 1974 and Olivia made one in 1980. The combined program of Bird Island-Lake Lillian made five additional appearances between 1976 and 1983 resulting in championships in 1979 and 1980. The Warriors were ranked No. 7 in this year’s final AP poll. The unranked Huskers of Holdingford return to make their third consecutive and 12th overall appearance. They lost in the quarterfinals in 2013. If the Huskers win it would be their second championship, having won their first in 1981.
            BOLD averaged 35.6 points per game this year while holding their opponents to an average of 9.8. The Warriors run a stellar ground game and gained 3,302 yards on 548 attempts. When they went to the air, they completed 64-of-101 attempts for an additional 1,236 yards. Senior Ben Steffel rushed for 1,423 yards and 17 touchdowns and junior Brad Wolff added another 578 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns. Senior quarterback Lane Stadther completed 63-of-100 passing attempts for 1,231 yards and 14 touchdowns. Junior Austin Tersteeg led BOLD with 100 tackles.
            The Holdingford Huskers gained more than three times as many yards on the ground (2,941) as they did in the air (936). Matt Messman, a senior, rushed for 1,799 yards and 20 touchdowns on 306 attempts. Senior Nathan Brinker added seven rushing touchdowns and also led the Huskers with 131 tackles. Brinker also averaged 38.1 yards per kickoff return. Senior quarterback Austin Gerads completed 53-of-115 pass attempts and tallied 15 touchdowns and 936 yards. As a team, the Huskers averaged 29.4 points per game this year and their opponents scored an average of 14.0 against them.

Class AAAA: Becker (11-1) vs. DeLaSalle, Minneapolis (11-1) at 4 p.m.*
[Becker and DeLaSalle’s statistics are current through semifinals]
            The No. 5-ranked Becker Bulldogs are making their 14th appearance. They made their last appearance in 2012 and won their only title in 2005. The Islanders of DeLaSalle, who were ranked No. 7 in the final poll, are making their third consecutive and 10th overall appearance. They lost in the 2013 semifinals. If the Islanders win it would be their second title. They won their first in 1999.
            Becker plays a well-rounded game. The Bulldogs gained 2,666 yards on 452 rushing attempts and another 2,521 yards on 165 completed passes. Senior quarterback Michel Veldman completed 161 passes and netted 2,292 yards and 33 touchdowns. Senior CJ Schwintek added 1,292 yards and nine touchdowns on 225 rushing attempts. Schwintek also averages 20.1 yards on kickoff returns. Junior Beau Pauly paced Becker’s defense with 62 tackles, three fumble recoveries, and two interceptions. The Bulldogs averaged 41.1 points per game this season and their opponents averaged 10.7. 
             DeLaSalle also boasts a nice balance between its rushing and passing games. The Islanders compiled 2,546 yards on the ground and 3,338 through the air. Senior quarterback Billy Hart completed 183-of-264 passing attempts for 2,770 yards and 42 touchdowns. He added 13 more touchdowns and 887 yards on 106 rushing attempts. Senior James King, Jr. notched 984 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on 129 attempts. Junior Marcos Luna had 108 tackles, one fumble recovery, and one interception for DeLaSalle and senior Joe Moeller added 95 tackles and five interceptions. As a team, the Islanders average 49.9 points per game. Their opponents score an average of 18.0 against them.

Class AAAAAA: Eden Prairie (12-0) vs. Totino-Grace (11-1) @ 7 p.m.*
[Eden Prairie and Totino-Grace’s statistics are current through the semifinals]
                Totino-Grace, which lost in the semifinals last year, was ranked No. 8 in this year’s final poll. The Eagles are making their sixth consecutive and 24th overall appearance. The Eagles won previous championships in 1977, 1978, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2012. The three-time defending champion Eagles from Eden Prairie are making their 10th consecutive and 18th overall appearance. They took top honors in Class AAAAA in 2011 and in Class AAAAAA in 2012 and 2013. They were the top-ranked team in this year’s final AP poll and also won titles in 1996, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2006 and 2007.
            This year’s Eden Prairie squad has a stellar ground game. Senior Will Rains notched 1,374 rushing yards and 30 touchdowns on 217 attempts. Senior quarterback Grantham Gillard connected on 63 percent of his pass attempts for 585 yards and seven touchdowns. He tossed 14 of those passes to Rains, who tallied five additional touchdowns and 265 yards. The Eagles averaged 35.6 points per game this year and their opponents scored an average of 12.8 points against them.
            The Eagles of Totino-Grace prefer to keep the ball on the ground. They accumulated 3,174 rushing yards this year and 721 passing yards. Senior Kez Flomo led the rushing game for the Eagles, gaining 1,698 yards on 256 attempts and scoring 20 touchdowns. Senior quarterback Lance Benick added eight rushing touchdowns and 419 yards on 84 carries. Benick also completed 57 percent of his pass attempts for 710 yards and eight additional touchdowns. Senior Preston McKasy paced Totino’s defense with 108 tackles. The Eagles averaged 29.6 points per game and their opponents averaged 18.7 points per game.

Saturday, Nov. 22

Class A: Dawson-Boyd (12-1) vs. Minneota (12-0) @ 10 a.m.

[Dawson-Boyd and Minneota’s statistics are current through the semifinals]
            The Blackjacks of Dawson-Boyd return for their fourth consecutive and overall appearance. They won one previous title in 2011. Dawson-Boyd was ranked No. 8 in this year’s final poll. The Vikings of Minneota are making their second consecutive and 12th overall appearance. In 2013 the Vikings earned runner-up honors in Class AA as a co-op with Lincoln HI. Minneota also made 10 solo appearances between 1985 and 2010. The Vikings won previous titles in 1986, 1987, 1988, and 2009. Minneota was ranked No. 2 in this year’s final AP poll.
            The Dawson-Boyd Blackjacks averaged 37.0 points per game this season and held their opponents to an average of 10.4 points. Senior Dalton Palmer and junior Jess Hansen lead the offensive charge. Palmer is the main ball carrier and has gained 1,830 yards and scored 20 touchdowns. Hansen, the quarterback, completed 63 percent of his pass attempts and connected with receivers for 2,215 yards and 26 touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball, junior Christian Thoen has accounted for 87 tackles, one fumble recovery, and two interceptions.
            The Minneota Vikings like to keep the ball on the ground and they accumulated 3,600 rushing yards this year. Junior Garrett Hennen carried the ball 183 times and tallied 1,518 yards and 28 touchdowns. Garrett Hennen also led the defense with 77 tackles. Cole Hennen, a senior, gained 709 yards on 76 rushing attempts and added 12 touchdowns. Cole also had 72 tackles, one fumble recovery, and three interceptions. Ninth-grader Alex Pohlen is the quarterback for Minneota. He completed 98-of-164 pass attempts this season and racked up 1,556 yards and 21 touchdowns. The Vikings averaged 53.6 points per game this season and their opponents averaged 6.1 against them.

Class AAA: Rochester Lourdes (12-0) vs. New London-Spicer (11-1) @ 1 p.m.*
[Rochester Lourdes’ and New London-Spicer’s statistics are current through the semifinals]
                Top-ranked Rochester Lourdes returns for its third consecutive and 11th overall appearance. The Eagles lost in the semifinals last year and won previous titles in 1979 and 2010. The Wildcats of New London-Spicer are making their third consecutive and fifth overall appearance. They won one previous championship in 2009 and claimed runner-up honors last year. New London-Spicer was ranked No. 3 in this year’s final AP poll.
            The Eagles of Rochester Lourdes run the ball four times more often than they take to the air. They tallied 3,588 rushing yards and 855 passing yards this season. Senior Zach Hillman leads the offensive charge for Rochester Lourdes. He rushed 141 times and gained 1,076 yards while scoring 16 touchdowns. Zach Hillman also averages 23.0 yards per kickoff return. Noah Hillman, the Eagles’ sophomore quarterback, completed 33-of-76 pass attempts for 830 yards and 14 touchdowns. Sophomore Carter Greguson anchored Lourdes’ defense. He notched 88 tackles, one fumble recovery, and one interception. The Eagles averaged 39.5 points this season and their opponents averaged 12.8 points against them.
            New London-Spicer rushed for 2,497 yards this season while netting 1,669 yards passing. Senior Trey Austvold led the ground game for the Wildcats. He scored 10 touchdowns on 132 rushing attempts and gained 805 yards. Senior Shane Zylstra added 12 rushing touchdowns for the Wildcats on 96 carries. Senior quarterback Ethan Bohlsen completed 55 percent of his pass attempts and threw for 10 touchdowns. Zylstra caught 40 of Bohlsen’s passes and turned them into 604 yards and four touchdowns. Senior Noah Welsh led the Wildcats’ defense with 110 tackles. New London-Spicer averaged 28.8 points per game while allowing opponents 16.8 points per game.

Class AAAAA: Simley (10-3) vs. Mankato West (11-1) @ 4 p.m.*
[Simley’s statistics are current through quarterfinals and Mankato West’s are current through semifinals]
                The Simley Spartans, who were not ranked in the final AP poll, return for their second appearance. They made their last appearance in 2002 and are still looking for their first title. The No. 3-ranked Mankato West Scarlets return to tournament action after a one-year absence to make their ninth appearance. If the Scarlets win it would be their fourth title; they won previously in 1999, 2002, and 2008.
            Simley prefers to keep the ball on the ground and compiled 3,672 rushing yards this year. Junior quarterback Michael Busch and senior Michael Avwunuma gained 1,197 and 1,095 yards on the ground, respectively. Avwunuma carried the ball 185 times and ran for 16 touchdowns and Busch carried the ball 193 times and tallied 14 touchdowns. Busch also completed 53 percent of his pass attempts for 767 yards and 10 additional touchdowns. Senior John Reibert anchored Simley’s defense with 95 tackles and two fumble recoveries. The Spartans averaged 28.8 points per game and their opponents averaged 20.7 against them.
            The Scarlets of Mankato West play a well-rounded game. They tallied 2,389 rushing yards and 3,029 passing yards this season. Senior quarterback Ryan Schlichte completed 175-of-278 passing attempts while accumulating 2,949 yards and scoring 43 touchdowns. Senior Connor Watts caught 60 of those passes for 1,122 yards and 14 touchdowns. Schlichte also likes to run the ball and garnered an additional 644 yards and 17 touchdowns on the ground. Evan Jakes, another senior, held down the Scarlets’ defense with 128 tackles. Mankato West scored an average of 49.3 points per game and their opponents scored an average of 14.9.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Trio of UMC Players Honored by NSIC

CROOKSTON, Minn.–  The University of Minnesota Crookston football team had three players to the All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) teams released Tuesday morning by the conference office. UMC was led by Greg Lofquist (Sr., LB, South St. Paul, Minn./Criminal Justice), who was named to the NSIC North Division All-Conference First Team, becoming the first player since Richard Haley in 2011 and 2012 to receive First Team honors from UMC.

Lofquist was joined on the All-NSIC team by Andrew “Rock” Hall (Sr., LB, Detroit, Mich./Criminal Justice) and Drew Selvestra (Jr., DL, Eagan, Minn./Criminal Justice), who were named NSIC North Division All-Conference Honorable Mention. This is Hall’s second time being honored as he earned All-NSIC, as he was All-NSIC Second Team a season ago. Selvestra is a first-time honoree.

Lofquist led the Golden Eagles with 160 tackles, which was the most tackles a player has ever had in a single-season at UMC, surpassing the previous mark set by Neil Austin in 2001. Lofquist’s 98 tackles were also a single-season record, as were his 62 solo tackles. Lofquist led the NSIC in tackles on the season and was third in the nation in total tackles. The senior was moved to linebacker from defensive end prior to the start of his senior campaign due to injury and far exceeded expectations with his performance. Lofquist had nine-straight games with 10 or more tackles and ended his season with 20 tackles against Minnesota State University Moorhead, which ranks third all-time in a single game. Lofquist had 13.5 tackles for loss, four sacks and one interception on the season.

Hall was injured earlier on in the season but ended his senior campaign strong. Hall was third on the team with 78 tackles and had two tackles for loss. Hall had 13 tackles against Minot State University and 11 against No. 2 University of Minnesota Duluth.

Selvestra was the NSIC leader for defensive lineman with 88 tackles on the season, which was second on the team. Selvestra had 8.5 tackles for loss and led the team with 4.5 sacks on the season. Selvestra had 10 tackls against Southwest Minnesota State University, 11 tackles against Winona State, 12 against Bemidji State University, 11 against University of Mary and 12 against Minnesota Duluth.

University of Sioux Falls quarterback Luke Papilion was named NSIC Offensive Player of the Year. Minnesota State University, Mankato defensive end Josh Gordon earned NSIC Defensive Player of the Year. The NSIC Offensive Newcomer of the Year was Minnesota State quarterback Nick Pieruccini. Dion Roche was the NSIC Defensive Newcomer of the Year, while Northern State University’s Tom Dosch was NSIC Coach of the Year.
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More UMC sports signings

UMC Volleyball Adds Middle Hitter Sikkink to Signing Class

CROOKSTON, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Crookston volleyball team announced the signing of Kaitlin Sikkink (MH, 5-11, St. Charles, Minn./St. Charles H.S.) to a National Letter of Intent to begin playing for the Golden Eagles during the 2015 season.

“Kaitlin is a very athletically talented athlete that always competes with a lot of energy and passion for the game,” said UMC Head Coach Lee Anderson. “She will bring a level of enthusiasm on a daily that will be infectious!” “I forsee great things for Kaitlin and I am so excited that she decided to make her home at UMC and become a member of the Golden Eagle Volleyball family!”

Sikkink is the fifth signee for the Golden Eagles for the 2015 signing class. She joins Alex Oakes (S, 5-9, Cloquet, Minn./Cloquet H.S.), Devan Miliner (DS/Lib., 5-2, Rosemount, Minn./Apple Valley H.S.), Callie Schapekahm (MH, 6-0, Eagan, Minn./Eagan H.S.) and Sabrina Leuer (MH, 5-10, Hamel, Minn./Wayzata H.S.) as signees for the Golden Eagles. UMC returns 11 players from last year’s roster but is looking to replace three big players for them during the 2014 season in All-NSIC First Team pick and all-time kills leader Brittany Looker, one of the program’s all-time leading blockers in Morgan VanGerpen and starting libero Mary Mikutowski.

Kaitlin Sikkink (MH, 5-11, St. Charles, Minn./St. Charles H.S.)

She played for SMV (Southern Minnesota Volleyball), which has helped produce UMC greats such as Brittany Looker and Chelsea Wiesner. Sikkink helped lead her club to first place in the 2013 Med City Cup and second place in the 2013 Frostbite Tournament. Sikkink was All-State Honorable Mention in 2014 and was an All-Three Rivers Conference pick in 2013 and 2014. She has been very involved in her school, serving as National Honor Society treasurer and secretary, a member of student council, including serving as president in 2014. She has also been honored for her academic excellence throughout her academic career.

Sikkink is the daughter of Mike and Amy Sikkink. She plans to major in biology. Sikkink was born Nov. 5, 1996.

UMC Baseball Signs Four During Early Signing Period

CROOKSTON, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Crookston baseball team announced the signing of four student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the early signing period. David Olson (C, 6-1 195, Stillwater, Minn./Vermillion C.C.), Eric Newman (RHP, 6-3 188, Buffalo, Minn./Buffalo H.S.), Clarke Peterson (C, 5-6 175, East Grand Forks, Minn./East Grand Forks H.S.) and Zach Seipel (C, 6-2 185, Eagan, Minn./Eagan H.S.) have all signed with UMC in Head Coach Steve Gust’s first full recruiting class leading the program.

“I am extremely excited to sign these four student-athletes,” Gust said. “They all have talent, but more importantly, they exhibited the character traits we are looking for as we build this program. They have great passion for the game and school, and all of them are ready to give their best effort to what we are trying to accomplish here.”

The quartet of players are just a start for Gust’s first recruiting class as he looks to build upon the numbers and talent on the UMC roster. The Golden Eagles are currently slated to have 30 players on the roster for 2015 season and will lose four players to graduation.

Zach Seipel (C, 6-2 185, Eagan, Minn./Eagan H.S.)

Seipel hit .383 with 16 runs scored, four doubles, 19 runs batted in and a .400 slugging percentage for the Eagan Patriots, junior American Legion team, in 2013. In 2013, Seipel helped lead Eagan to the American Legion state tournament in 2014. Seipel hit .319 during the legion season in 2014.

Seipel is the son of Kim and Larry Seipel. He plans to major in health management. Seipel was born Oct. 17, 1996.

“Zach has a bright future at UMC,” Gust said. “He has all the intangibles we are looking for both on and off the field. We are excited to have him as a member of our baseball team.”

Clarke Peterson (C, 5-6 175, East Grand Forks, Minn./East Grand Forks H.S.)

Peterson hit .375 with 10 runs scored, 10 RBI, four doubles and one triple. He had a .374 batting average for East Grand Forks H.S. Peterson also plays football for East Grand Forks H.S.

Peterson is the son of Michael and Karen Peterson. He plans to major in sports and rec management. Peterson was born March 4, 1997.

“Clarke is one of the top catchers in the region,” Gust said. “We are very fortunate to sign him early because he is a kid that projects very well at this level. We are very excited to see him develop during his time here at UMC.”

Eric Newman (RHP, 6-3 188, Buffalo, Minn./Buffalo H.S.)

Newman was a letterwinner in baseball and strength and conditioning. Newman played American Legion for Buffalo. He joins current UMC player Colton Haight as players from Buffalo H.S. to play for the Golden Eagles. Student-athletes Alexa Thielman (women’s basketball) and Bailey Braatz (softball) are also Buffalo-products.

Newman is the son of John and Angela Newman. He is undecided on his major. Newman was born Aug. 21, 1996.

“Eric has a bright future at UMC,” Gust said. “He has all the physical tools to be a good pitcher. He needs to develop but he has tremendous up side and we are excited to be able to have him in a UMC uniform.”

David Olson (C, 6-1 195, Stillwater, Minn./Vermillion C.C.)

Olson was an All-Minnesota Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC) selection at Vermillion C.C. At Vermillion, Olson hit five doubles, three triples and one home run as a freshman for the Ironmen. Olson drove in 13 runs, had four walks and hit .385 on the season. He scored 11 runs as a freshman. While at Stillwater Area H.S., he lettered in baseball and wrestling. Olson earned the Impact Award and Coaches Award on the wrestling mat. He earned the Joey Gaulo Memorial Scholarship.

Olson is the son of Kristine Olson of Stillwate, Minn. and Corky Olson of Wyoming, Minn. He plans to major in sports and rec management. He was born Sept. 19, 1994.

“David is going to come in here and help from day one,” Gust said. “His passion, desire and talent will allow him to do great things for us. We are very excited to sign someone of David’s caliber early.”

CROOKSTON, Minn. –The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s basketball program announced the signing of Chase Knickerbocker (F, 6-6 175, Annandale, Minn./Annandale H.S.) to a National Letter of Intent to begin playing for the Golden Eagles during the 2015-16 season.

“Chase can flat out shoot the ball,” said UMC Head Coach Dan Weisse. “He has good size and can play multiple positions for us. He also just understands how to play the game. Chase is a great fit in our system. He is a great addition to our basketball program and community. He will have a big impact on our program for four years and I’m excited to coach him.”

Knickerbocker joins a talented Minnesota-based signing class that features all four players who are ranked in the top 100 in the state of Minnesota per Northstar Hoops Report. UMC has also signed Kobe Critchley (G, 6-0 160, 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 H.S.) to National Letters of Intent.

The quartet of players will provide UMC a strong foundation as Coach Weisse starts to build UMC into a contender in the NSIC. The class has already been labeled as one of the strongest in-state classes so far for this recruiting cycle by Northstar Hoops Report.

Chase Knickerbocker (F, 6-6 175, Annandale, Minn./Annandale H.S.)

Knickerbocker is the 54th ranked player in the state of Minnesota according to North Star Hoops Report, joining Critchley (30), Lorenz (31) and Gamble (88) as Top 100 players in the state of Minnesota to sign with UMC. Knickerbocker averaged 17.2 points and shot 50.5 percent from beyond the arc for Annandale H.S. last season. He averaged 4.4 rebounds per game. Knickerbocker played AAU for the Minnesota Fury.

MC Women’s Basketball Adds Wisconsin Point Guard Michaelis to Signing Class

CROOKSTON, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Crookston basketball program announced the signing of Caitlin Michaelis (G, 5-8, Marshfield, Wis./Marshfield H.S.) to a National Letter of Intent to begin playing for the Golden Eagles during the 2015-16 season. Michaelis joins Lindsey Weber (F, 5-11, Delafield, Wis./Kettle Moraine H.S.) as signees with the Golden Eagles.

“Caitlin is a player that will bring a lot of talent to our back court,” said UMC Head Coach Mike Roysland. “She has the ability to stretch the court with her shooting ability and does a great job as a point guard of seeing the floor and getting the ball to everyone. She also does a nice job of accelerating off the bounce. We are excited to have Caitlin join the UMC women’s basketball team.”

Caitlin Michaelis (G, 5-8, Marshfield, Wis./Marshfield H.S.)

Michaelis is entering her fourth year as a varsity member of the Marshfield H.S. basketball team. She earned Honorable Mention All-Wisconsin Valley Conference in ninth grade. In 10th grade, she was a First Team All-Wisconsin Valley Conference and set the record for three-pointers in a game with nine. As a junior, she was a First Team All-WVC pick and earned the Leadership Award and set the school record for three-pointers in a career. Michaelis finished fifth in the league in scoring with 11.7 points per game. She averaged 2.8 assists per game and made 22 three-pointers.

Michaelis is the daughter of Heidi and Craig Michaelis. She was born Jan. 30, 1997. Michaelis is undecided on her major. Both of her parents were college athletes at Miami University (Ohio). 

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.

Monday, November 17, 2014

2014 North Tri-County All-Conference Players

Victor Garza - Barbosa                     Ada-Borup                              11
Zach Holweger                                  Ada-Borup                              12
Michael Kolness                                Ada-Borup                              11
Lucas Lindell                                     Ada-Borup                              11
Dexter Pelzman                                Ada-Borup                              11
Isaac Kraft                                         NCE-UH                                  12
Kyle Lisburg                                      NCE-UH                                  12
Hunter Thompson                             NCE-UH                                  12
DeForrest Nelson                             NCE-UH                                  12
Dalton Jorgenson                             Norman County West           12
Ryan Olson                                        Norman County West           12
David Skari                                       Norman County West           12
Wyatt Stordahl                                  Norman County West           12
Seth Heinen                                       Park Christian                      11       
Liam Huseby                                      Park Christian                      12
Zach Kvalvog                                     Park Christian                      12
Casey Backstrom                              Rothsay                                  12
Sam Rothschadl                                Waubun                                  10
Jordan Spaeth                                   Waubun                                  12
Nick Syverson                                   Waubun                                  12
Cole Thompson                                 Waubun                                  12
Ryan Weber                                       Waubun                                  12
Darius Woods-Steichen                    Waubun                                  11
Travis Kaster                                    Win-E-Mac                              12
Jake Knuton                                      Win-E-Mac                              12
Zach Plante                                       Win-E-Mac                              12
Matt Thompson                                 Win-E-Mac                              12
Zac Tradewell                                   Win-E-Mac                              12                                           
                                                            Honorable Mention
Thomas Madsen                                Ada-Borup                              12
Evan Purrington                               Ada-Borup                              12
Theo Solseng                                     Ada-Borup                              12
Cordell Coss                                      Cass Lake – Bena                  10
Ralph White                                      Cass Lake – Bena                  10
Matt Lee                                             NCE-UH                                  12       
Tony Larson                                       Norman County West           12
Jordan Kerr                                       Park Christian                      11       
Noah Moberg                                     Park Christian                      12
Justin Bellefeuille                            Waubun                                  11
Trevor Borgrud                                 Waubun                                  11       
Peyton Syverson                               Waubun                                  10
Chase Svalen                                     Win-E-Mac                              12
Most Valuable Lineman                   Dalton Jorgenson                     NCW
Most Valuable Back                          David Skari                                NCW
Most Valuable Defensive Player     Darius Woods-Steichen              Waubun
Co-Conference MVP’s                       Jordan Spaeth & Ryan Weber  Waubun    
Coach of the Year                              Paul Clark                                   Waubun