Wednesday, May 22, 2013
ROCHESTER, Mich. - Six North Dakota State baseball players were named to the All-Summit League teams voted on by the league's six head coaches and announced Wednesday, May 22, at the league championship banquet.
Second baseman Wes Satzinger, outfielders Tim Colwell and Kyle Kleinendorst, and utility player Jon Hechtner were voted to the all-league first team. Third baseman John Skrbec and starting pitcher John Straka were voted to the second team.
Colwell, Satzinger and Straka were named All-Summit League for the second straight year. It was Straka's third all-league award including a second team spot as a freshman in 2009.
Satzinger, a junior from Andover, Minn., hit .304 with nine doubles and a team-high five home runs and 30 RBIs. He ranks fourth overall in The Summit League with a .496 slugging percentage and is second in homers.
Colwell, a junior from Shoreview, Minn., hit .310 with a team-high 11 doubles while leading all league players in overall hits (62), runs scored (38) and is second in the league with four triples.
Kleinendorst, a junior from Grand Rapids, Minn., was a career .219 hitter his first two seasons before leading NDSU with a .333 batting average and 11 doubles. He is fourth in the league in hitting, on-base percentage (.415) and slugging (.464).
Hechtner, a freshman from Omaha, Neb., hit .283 with eight doubles and 21 RBIs and was second on the team with 31 runs scored. He made 28 starts in the infield, six in the outfield and eight as designated hitter.
Skrbec, a sophomore from Grand Rapids, Minn., is hitting .254 with seven doubles, 21 RBIs and is fourth in the league overall with a team-high 25 walks. He hit a pair of game-winning home runs against South Dakota State and Oakland in the final week of league play.
Straka, a senior from Chaska, Minn., is one of three seven-game winners in the league with a 7-2 record, is second in the league with a 1.86 ERA and led the league in complete games (5), shutouts (2), innings (97.0) and strikeouts (84).
No. 3 seed North Dakota State (24-25, 11-13) plays No. 2 seed tournament host Oakland (20-33, 15-13) in the opening round of the Summit League championship at 3 p.m. EDT on Thursday, May 23, at the OU Baseball Field.
2013 All-Summit League Baseball Teams
1B - Cory Buckley, Omaha
2B - Wes Satzinger, North Dakota State
3B - Tyler Splichal, Omaha
SS - Jameson Henning, Western Illinois
OF - Tim Colwell, North Dakota State
OF - Ryan Keele, Omaha
OF - Kyle Kleinendorst, North Dakota State
C - Alex Mortensen, Omaha
DH - Daniel Telford, South Dakota State
UTL - Jon Hechtner, North Dakota State
SP - Stephen Bougher, South Dakota State
SP - Jason Hager, Oakland
SP - Layne Somsen, South Dakota State
RP - Russell Luxton Jr., Oakland
1B - Steve Kedroski, Western Illinois
2B - Clayton Taylor, Omaha
3B - John Skrbec, North Dakota State
SS - Clay Hathaway, Fort Wayne
OF - Neil DeCook, Western Illinois
OF - Robby Enslen, Oakland
OF - Tyler Shepherd, Fort Wayne
C - Caleb Fenimore, Fort Wayne
DH - Brett Bass, Omaha
UTL - Steve Lowden, Fort Wayne
SP - Adam Bray, South Dakota State
SP - Aaron Michel, Western Illinois
SP - John Straka, North Dakota State
RP - J.D. Moore, South Dakota State
Player of the Year: Ryan Keele, Omaha
Pitcher of the Year: Layne Somsen, South Dakota State
Newcomer of the Year: Ryan Keele, Omaha
Coach of the Year: Bob Herold, Omaha
The 2013 class of inductees are Jon Andresen (baseball), Jim Carter (football), Natalie Darwitz (women’s hockey), Rick Naumoff (men’ tennis), Charlie Sanders (football), Krissy Wendell Pohl (women’s hockey), Gary Wilson (Women’s Cross Country and Women’s Track & Field), Loyd La Mois (men’s track), Louis Lick (men’s golf) and Larry Ross (men’s hockey). La Mois, Lick and Ross will be inducted into the Pioneer Division, which honors those who were at
The official induction of the 2013 class will take place during a ceremony to be held in the DQ Club Room at TCF Bank Stadium on Thursday, Oct. 24. A social hour beginning at 6 p.m. will kick off the event, with the main program starting at 7 p.m. Tickets for the event will be available for purchase through the Gopher Athletics Ticket Office online at mygophersports.com or by calling 1-800-U-Gopher beginning August 15.
The criteria for induction to the University of Minnesota "M" Club Hall of Fame include four different categories: significant accomplishments by a former student-athlete; significant achievements by a former coach or administrator; significant contributions of time, talent or resources to the athletics department by someone other than an athlete, coach or administrator, and significant professional achievement by a former Minnesota student-athlete.
Former student-athletes inducted for significant accomplishments become eligible for selection five years after the expiration of their eligibility, while former coaches and staff members must have served the department for five years to be eligible.
Jon Andresen (Baseball 1962-1963)
Few Golden Gopher baseball players had a career like Jon Andresen. The second baseman, who was drafted by the Minnesota Twins, was named First Team All-American and First Team All-Big Ten in 1963 when he batted .370.
Andresen was also the team captain and led the Gophers during his All-American season with 34 RBIs in only 108 at bats. In addition to scoring 31 runs in 1963, he also paced the team in home runs (8), doubles (7), triples (3) and total bases (77).
Jim Carter (Football 1967-69)
Jim Carter was a dual-sport athlete at
Carter was a standout fullback for Warmath from 1967-69 and was a member of the 1967 Big Ten championship team. He led
Carter skated in 25 games as a defenseman for Sonmor during the 1967-68 season. He scored three goals, had two assists and racked up 54 penalty minutes.
Natalie Darwitz (Women’s Hockey 2002-05)
Natalie Darwitz was a scoring machine during her career at
A three-time All-American and three-time Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Finalist, Darwitz’s accomplishments on the ice continues to stand the test of time at
Darwitz was a critical ingredient in winning
Alongside wearing the Maroon & Gold for three seasons, the
Rick Naumoff (Men's Tennis 1990-1993)
Rick Naumoff was part of the
During his junior and senior seasons, Naumoff helped his squad claim two consecutive Big Ten Championship titles with back-to-back unblemished 10-0 conference seasons. He also picked up a singles championship at the No. 1 position in 1993. For his efforts on the court, Naumoff earned All-Big Ten accolades in 1992 and 1993 and was named 1993 Big Ten Player of the Year. He also became
Charlie Sanders (Football 1965-67)
Charlie Sanders was an All-Big Ten tight end for
Sanders was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1968 and enjoyed a 10-year career which culminated with seven Pro Bowls and a 2007 induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Sanders, who was also named to the NFL 1970s All-Decade Team, played in 128 games with
Krissy Wendell-Pohl (Women’s Hockey 2002-05)
Arguably the most decorated NCAA women’s hockey player ever, Krissy Wendell-Pohl was an offensive threat from 2002-05 and served as a
During her collegiate career, the three-time All-American, two-time WCHA Player of the Year and 2005 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Winner put herself near the top of most of Minnesota’s scoring lists, including being second in career points (237) and career goals (106). She also ranks third all-time nationally in points in a season (104) and tied for first in shorthanded goals for a season (seven).
Wendell-Pohl was a critical ingredient in winning
The Brooklyn Park, Minn. native also began playing with the U.S. Women’s National Team in 1998 and continued to suit up with the Red, White & Blue for a decade. Wendell, who was named
Gary Wilson (Women’s Cross Country and Women’s Track & Field 1985-2013)
Gary Wilson is retiring this spring following 28 years as head women’s cross country coach. The 2007 and 2008 Midwest Region and Big Ten Coach of the Year led
He also served as head track and field coach for 21 seasons before taking on an assistant role starting in 2007.
CROOKSTON, Minn. – University of Minnesota, Crookston men’s basketball player Almir Krdzalic (Sr., G, Sioux Falls, S.D.), who exhausted his eligibility at the conclusion of the 2012-13 season, has been awarded the Division II Degree-Completion Award by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
“I feel blessed to be chosen for this award,” said Krdzalic. “This award means the world to me. It tells me that hard work and dedication does pay off in the long run and it’s a blessing to achieve such an award.”
The NCAA established the Division II Degree-Completion Award Program in 2001 to provide deserving student-athletes with financial assistance for them to complete their first baccalaureate degree. Candidates for the award must be students who have exhausted their athletics eligibility and have received athletics financial aid. Those chosen for the award exhibit high performance in the classroom. Other factors considered are financial circumstances, athletic achievement and involvement in campus and community activities.
To date, over $3 million has been given to approximately 830 deserving student-athletes. Of those student-athletes who have received the award since its inception, 94 percent have earned their undergraduate degree using the Degree-Completion Award program.
Krdzalic was a three-year member of the Golden Eagle men’s basketball team who transferred from Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, N.C. Originally from Tesanj, Bosnia, Krdzalic and his family moved to Sioux Falls, S.D. when he was young. The former
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The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) has announced its annual Division I All-Academic Top 30 Teams for the 2012-13 wrestling season, and the
wrestling program has posted
the 11th-best team grade point average in the country for the second
consecutive year. North Dakota
The Bison registered a 3.129 team cumulative GPA using a system that includes 12 student-athletes from each program, 10 of which come from the wrestlers that were entries in the NCAA tournament conference qualifier. This is the third straight year that NDSU has appeared on the NWCA All-Academic Top 30 list.
“We’ve made it clear that academics are a priority at
come first and foremost in our program,” said NDSU head wrestling coach Roger
Kish. “Our guys have shown once again that they take their academics very
seriously, and they’ve been able to perform at a very high level.” North
NDSU is one of only seven schools to appear in the top 15 of the NWCA All-Academic list in both 2012 and 2013. Only
and Lehigh finished ahead of the Bison at the 2013 NCAA Championships and on
the GPA charts. Virginia
Senior 125-pound All-American Trent Sprenkle and sophomore heavyweight Evan Knutson were named to the 82-man NWCA Individual All-Academic Team. Sprenkle received the individual honor for the third time in his career, while Knutson was recognized for the first time after making his first NCAA Championships appearance in 2013.
Knutson’s 3.755 cumulative GPA ranked him fifth among all NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships qualifiers in 2013.
NWCA All-Academic Team Top 30
3.418 Harvard University
3.321 University of Nebraska
3.252 Stanford University
3.241 Indiana University
3.239 University of Virginia
3.23 Brown University
3.23 Lehigh University
, 3.155 Old Dominion
3.154 Duke University
, 3.15 Penn State
, 3.129 North Dakota State
12. The Citadel, 3.127
, 3.116 South Dakota State
, 3.109 George Mason
3.099 Ohio University
, 3.09 Utah Valley
, 3.087 Michigan State
3.086 Princeton University
3.077 Davidson College
20. Northwestern, 3.073
, 3.071 Oklahoma State
3.069 University of Minnesota
, 3.037 Boise State
3.034 University of Wyoming
, 3.03 State
3.022 American University
3.021 Columbia University
29. Gardner-Webb, 3.011
3.01 Purdue University
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Minneapolis/St. Paul – With All-Star forward Kevin Love representing the team in New York, the Minnesota Timberwolves were awarded the ninth overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft at tonight's NBA Draft Lottery. The 2013 NBA Draft will be held on June 27, 2013 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, and broadcast by ESPN at 6:00 p.m. CT.
Originally slated to draft in the ninth position, the Wolves entered tonight's NBA Draft Lottery with an 81.31 percent chance of remaining ninth, making it statistically the most likely result. The Wolves came into tonight with a 6.11 percent chance at landing a top-three pick, and a 12.58 percent chance of moving back. Minnesota will select ninth for the first time in franchise history.
NBA All-Stars who were chosen ninth in their respective NBA Drafts include Joakim Noah (2007 - Chicago), Andre Iquodala (2004 - Philadelphia), Amaré Stoudemire (2002 - Phoenix), Shawn Marion (1999 - Phoenix), Dirk Nowitzki (1998 -Milwaukee) and Tracy McGrady (1997 - Toronto).
Along with the ninth overall pick, the Wolves also hold the first round pick of Memphis (26th). In addition, the Wolves have two second-round picks, the 51st (Brooklyn's selection via New Orleans) and 59th (Oklahoma City's selection) overall draft choices.
Season Ticket Memberships are on sale starting at just $172 ($4 per seat per game). To order, or for more information, go to Timberwolves.com or call (612) 673-1234.
Monday, May 20, 2013
Celebrate the end of the school year with a potential angler-to-be by fishing for free with a child 15 or younger, June 7-9, during Take-A-Kid Fishing weekend, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (
“This is a great opportunity to discover fishing,” said Mike Kurre, the
Getting started is easy. A boat isn’t needed and there’s even loaner poles and tackle in some areas.
Start by going to www.mndnr.gov/takeakidfishing to learn some terms, basic techniques and shore-fishing locations.
Even when it’s not Take-A-Kid Fishing weekend,
“Fishing is one of the easiest and most-accessible outdoor activities in
program announced today that Malik Smith has signed a tender to play for the
Gophers. Smith will be eligible immediately pending an NCAA waiver based on a
possible Minnesota APR induced post-season ban at , his previous school. Florida International University
Smith joins previously signed guards Deandre Mathieu and Daquan McNeil as part of head coach Richard Pitino’s inaugural recruiting class at
“I was a pleasure to coach Malik last season at FIU and I am excited that he has decided to join the Golden Gopher program,” said head coach Richard Pitino. “His knowledge of our program on and off the court will be invaluable as we start to integrate our system here at
Smith comes to the
after playing his
junior season for Coach Pitino at FIU. He started 31 of 32 games for the Golden
Panthers and was named Third Team All-Sun Belt Conference after averaging 14.1
points and 2.7 rebounds per game. His 451 points scored last season are the
eighth-most in the history of Florida International basketball. University of Minnesota
Smith set an FIU record for three-point field goals made in a single season with 96 treys and ranked number one in the conference and 16th nationally with an average of 3.0 three-pointers made per game. He set the Sun Belt Conference Tournament record with 15 total three-pointers made, including an 8-for-10 game in the opening round against Arkansas-Little Rock.
Prior to his junior season at FIU, Smith played his sophomore season at
and his freshman season
at Jacksonville College . He averaged 15.0
points, 4.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game at South Plains College , earning all-region and
all-conference honors. Smith played 27 games as a freshman and averaged 5.0
points per game. Jacksonville
Smith, a native of
, led the State of Boston, Mass. in scoring as a senior
while at Massachusetts in Madison Park High School with an average of 26.6
points per game. He went on to play one season at Notre Dame Prep, where he
averaged 16.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game. Boston
Friday, May 17, 2013
North Dakota’s incoming class includes: defensemen Gage Ausmus of East Grand Forks; Paul LaDue of Grand Forks; Keaton Thompson of Devil’s Lake, ND; and Troy Stecher (STETCH-ur) of Richmond, B.C.; forwards Luke Johnson of Grand Forks; Wade Murphy of Victoria, B.C; and Adam Tambellini of Edmonton, Alberta; and; goaltender Matt Hrynkiw (huh-RINK-you) of Saskatoon, Sask.
Additionally, UND was one of only five DI institutions with three selections on a single women’s academic all-district at-large team, joining the U.S. Naval Academy, Alabama, North Carolina and Penn State.
The team recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for athletic and academic performance in the following sports: Women's Bowling, Women's Crew, Men's and Women's Fencing, Women's Field Hockey, Men's and Women's Golf, Men's and Women's Gymnastics, Men's and Women's Ice Hockey, Men's and Women's Lacrosse, Men's and Women's Rifle, Men's and Women's Skiing, Men's and Women's Swimming, Men's and Women's Tennis, Men's Volleyball, Men's and Women's Water Polo, Men's Wrestling.
Jocelyne Lamoureux, an Academic All-American last season as a junior, was a first-team All-American and a top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award in 2012-13 after ranking third in the national scoring race with 81 points (35g, 46a) in 39 games. She was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Most Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row and graduated as the WCHA’s all-time leading scorer with 285 points in 149 career games. The
, native is currently pursuing her master’s degree in
kinesiology and owns a 4.0 grade point average. Grand
Monique Lamoureux, a senior from
, earned first-team All-America honors after leading
the nation’s defensemen and ranking eighth among all players with 65 points (26g,
39a) in 39 games. She received UND’s Grace Rhonemus Female Athlete of the Year
Award (all sports) and graduated as the second-leading scorer in the history of
the WCHA with 265 points in 149 career games. A graduate student with a 4.0
GPA, Lamoureux is currently pursuing her master’s degree in kinesiology. Grand Forks, N.D.
Both Lamoureuxs also helped lead the
to a gold medal at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World
Medon, a senior from Huntsville, Ontario, broke three of her own school records (200 back, 100 back, 200 IM) at the 2012-13 Western Athletic Conference (
WAC) Championship, recording NCAA “B”-cut standards in both backstroke
events. A team captain who was voted the team’s most valuable swimmer, Medon
also helped UND place third in the 200 free relay at the WAC Championship. Medon, a 2013 Academic All- WAC selection, is majoring in psychology with a criminal justice minor and
boasts a 4.0 GPA.
Mattson, a sophomore defenseman from Chanhassen, Minn., collected 15 points (3g, 12a) in 38 games to go with a career-high +9 plus/minus rating. He received the WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award and was named to the All-WCHA Academic Team, while helping lead UND to the program’s 11th consecutive NCAA postseason appearance, the longest active streak in NCAA Division I men’s hockey. Mattson is a pre-entrepreneurship major with a 4.0 GPA.
All four student-athletes advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-Americans will be selected later this month.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
at the Heart Of The Valley
2 Person, 18-Hole Scramble
Entry fee is $80/team
includes golf , free
meal, beverages, and door prizes.
3 flights determined by lowest handicap of two-some
NO PLAYOFFS – Ties broken by card
– hole by hole
wins $2,000 towards a lease of purchase value on selected new automobile from the Ada Auto
Dealers – Lee Brothers Sales and
Prizes for longest putt, closest to hole, longest drive
Cart rental available with advance reservation at H.O.V
NO REFUNDS IF EVENT IS RAINED OUT. Incomplete scores decided by drawing
To register, call 800-569-4171
(LIMIT AT 80 GOLFERS)