Friday, September 23, 2016

Kevin Garnett Announces Retirement

Minneapolis/St. Paul – Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett today announced that he will retire after a 21-year NBA career, 13-plus of those with the Timberwolves. Garnett led the Wolves to the playoffs for eight consecutive seasons, culminated by an appearance in the Western Conference Finals in 2004. After being traded to Boston on July 31, 2007, Garnett led the Celtics to the NBA title the following season.

“It has been a real joy to watch KG come into the league as a young man and watch him develop his skills to become one of the very best in the NBA,” said Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor. “I have treasured the opportunity to see him grow as a leader. I wish him continued success in the next chapter of his life. His Minnesota fans will always cherish the memories he has provided.”

Selected by the Timberwolves with the fifth overall pick in the 1995 NBA Draft, Garnett was the first player selected directly out of high school since 1975. He was named the NBA Most Valuable Player following the 2003-04 season. Over his career, Garnett recorded nine All-NBA Team selections,12 All-Defensive Team selections and was tabbed to play in 15 NBA All-Star Games. For his career, Garnett averaged 17.8 points, 10.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.3 steals per game.

Garnett retires as the Wolves’ all-time leader in numerous categories, including games played (970), minutes (36,189), points (19,201), rebounds (10,718), blocked shots (1,590), assists (4,216), steals (1,315), double-doubles (607) and triple-doubles (16).

The 6-11 forward’s name is also prominent in the NBA all-time record book. Garnett finishes his career ranked fifth in games played (1,462), third in minutes (50,418), 17th in points (26,071), 11th in field goals made (10,505), ninth in total rebounds (14,662), first in defensive rebounds (11,453), 16th in steals (1,859) and 17th in blocks (2,037).

Garnett appeared in 143 playoff games, averaging 18.2 ppg, 10.7 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.3 bpg and 1.2 spg. In addition to winning the NBA title in 2008, Garnett and the Celtics advanced to the NBA Finals in 2010, with Boston losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

UND Hockey picked to win third consecutive Penrose Cup

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The University of North Dakota has been selected to capture a third straight Penrose Cup as National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) regular-season champion, according to the league’s annual preseason media poll released on Wednesday afternoon.

North Dakota won a second straight league title last season (19-4-1) en route to the program’s eighth NCAA Division I men’s hockey championship. The Fighting Hawks return 18 letterwinners under second-year head coach Brad Berry, including a pair of NCHC Preseason All-Conference Team selections in junior goaltender Cam Johnson and sophomore forward Brock Boeser.

UND garnered 25 of a possible 30 first-place votes, totaling 235 points. Denver, which fell to UND in last year’s Frozen Four semifinal, was second in the vote and grabbed three first-place nods. Minnesota Duluth garnered the remaining two first-place votes and was chosen third.

UND will open the 2016-17 season on Saturday, Oct. 1, with an exhibition game against the University of Manitoba and will raise its national championship banner in a pre-game ceremony.

UMC Alumni Baseball Game


CROOKSTON, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Crookston baseball team will hold an alumni game under the lights at Jim Karn Field Sat., Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. All former UMC baseball players are invited to participate in the game as the Golden Eagle alumni will take on the current UMC baseball team.

The Golden Eagles currently have 22 alumni registered to compete in the alumni game, a record for the school. Any alumnus who hasn’t already can RSVP with Jesse Jennings to be a part of the alumni game. E-mail Jesse at jenni228@crk.umn.edu or Head Coach Steve Gust at 218-281-8445 or e-mail at sjgust@umn.edu.

The game will occur after the UMC football game at 1 p.m. against Southwest Minnesota State University at Ed Widseth Field and after the UMC volleyball game at 4 p.m. versus Minnesota State University, Mankato.

The Golden Eagle baseball program is in their third season under Head Coach Steve Gust. They have ushered in a major transformation during Gust’s time at UMC going from 1-47 the year prior to 39 wins in the last two seasons. The Golden Eagles culminated last season’s 25 win season by earning a berth in the NSIC Tournament for the first time since 2001. Minnesota Crookston will look to continue to improve as they enter their third season under Coach Gust. UMC has their largest roster under Gust with 49 players currently on the roster.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

UND's Boeser, Johnson garner NCHC preseason accolades



GRAND FORKS, N.D. – University of North Dakota sophomore forward Brock Boeser and junior goaltender Cam Johnson were among the six players named today to the 2016-17 NCHC Preseason All-Conference Team by a vote of conference media.

Boeser, the reigning conference scoring champion, was the only unanimous selection to the team, while Johnson received 27 of a possible 30 votes. Denver sophomore forward Dylan Gambrell and senior defenseman Will Butcher, Omaha senior forward Austin Ortega, and Miami junior defenseman Louie Belpedio rounded out the team.

Boeser was named the NCHC Rookie of the Year last season after racking up a conference-leading 60 points in 42 games. That included 20 goals and 35 points in 24 NCHC games, both of which also led the conference. The Burnsville, Minn., native was named to the AHCA All-America West First Team, joining Ed Belfour (1986-87) and Kevin Maxwell (1978-79) as the only UND freshmen to earn All-America honors.

Johnson joined his teammate Boeser on the AHCA All-America Team, earning second-team accolades after going 24-4-2 with a 1.66 goals against average and school-record .935 save percentage in his first season as a starter. The Troy, Mich., native led the nation in winning percentage (.833) and amassed a school-record shutout streak of 298 minutes, 25 seconds, that was the second-longest in NCAA Division I men’s hockey history.

Boeser, Johnson and the Fighting Hawks, the defending NCAA champions, open the 2016-17 season on Saturday, Oct. 1, with an exhibition game against the University of Manitoba. UND will raise its eighth national championship banner in a pre-game ceremony.

Lynx Moore Named Western Conference Player of the Month

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The WNBA today named Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore its Western Conference Player of the Month presented by Samsung for the month of September after leading the Lynx to a league-best 28-6 final record and first overall seed for the 2016 WNBA Playoffs. This is the second Western Conference Player of the Month presented by Samsung award for Moore this season and the eighth of her career, having also been named twice in 2013, three times in 2014 and once in 2015. The award marks the 11th time a Lynx player has been named Player of the Month, with Lindsay Whalen (August 2011), Seimone Augustus (July 2011) and Rebekkah Brunson (June 2011) also having previously received the award. Moore has been named Western Conference Player of the Week three times this season (May 14 - 22, May 30 - June 5, July 4 - July 10), which marks 18 in her career, tying for fourth (Lauren Jackson) on the WNBA's all-time weekly award list behind Tamika Catchings (22), Tina Charles (21) and Diana Taurasi (19).
Moore averaged 21.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists in seven games in September, shooting 46.5% from the floor, 82.4% from the line and 57.7% from long range. She notched 20+ points in five of seven September matches, leading the Lynx in both scoring and assists four times. The month started off with a 27-point, six-rebound performance against the Washington Mystics on Sept. 2, which would be one of Moore’s two 27-point games this month (Sept. 13).
Highlights from Moore’s month include:
  • Sept. 2 vs. Washington: Tallied a game-high 27 points, six rebounds and two steals in the 75-69 win over the Mystics.
  • Sept. 13 at Chicago: Notched 22 of her game-high 27 points in the second half, adding a game-best five assists, marking the 15th time she’s led the Lynx in that category this season.
  • Sept. 17 vs. Atlanta: Posted 21 points and a game-high eight assists in the final regular season game, earning a victory over the Atlanta Dream.
New York Liberty forward Tina Charles was named Eastern Conference Player of the Month presented by Samsung for the month of September. Charles averaged 23.5 points and league-leading 11.0 rebounds per game in September.
The Lynx play next on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at Xcel Energy Center in Game 1 of the Semifinals. The game can be seen on ESPN2 and heard on BOB 106.1 FM.

Monday, September 19, 2016

NDSU's Lechler MVFC Offensive Lineman of the Week



ST. LOUIS - North Dakota State right tackle Landon Lechler was named Missouri Valley Football Conference Offensive Lineman of the Week by the league office Monday, Sept. 19.

Lechler had a 100% assignment grade and led the Bison offensive line with 88% finish and 85% technique grades in NDSU's 23-21 win over the 11th-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes. He had five knockdowns and did not allow a sack or quarterback hurry in 70 snaps.

NDSU rushed for 239 yards and averaged 4.9 yards per carry while outgaining the Hawkeyes 363-231 in total yardage.  The Bison pulled within 21-20 with a 15-play, 80-yard drive that ate 8:39 off the clock before getting a three-and-out on defense to set up the game-winning drive.

North Dakota State (3-0) is idle this week before opening the MVFC schedule against two-time defending league co-champion Illinois State (2-1) in the annual homecoming game at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1.  The Redbirds are coming off a home loss to Eastern Illinois and open conference play this week at Indiana State.

2016-17 ND Officials Association Hall of Fame Inductees



VALLEY CITY, N.D. –The North Dakota Officials Association (NDOA) announces the 47th induction class to the 2016-17 Hall of Fame as determined at its recent Board of Directors meeting.  The inductees will be recognized and receive awards at various North Dakota High School Activities Association (NDHSAA) events during the 2016-17 school year.

Jeff Risk – Minot
Jeff Risk has officiated high school basketball for forty-two years, and high school football for forty years in North Dakota.  During that time, Jeff officiated in 38 State A and B Boys and Girls Basketball Tournaments and in 5 State Football Championship games. Besides high school and college basketball and football, Risk was a minor league baseball umpire, working up to as high as AA.  Along with the thousands of high school games Jeff has worked, he also has served many roles promoting officiating and instructing officials, including but not limited to:  Serving on the NDOA Board, MonDak Conference Commissioner, Dak and North Star Conference Assignor, NDHSAA Workshop Supervisor, Basketball and Football Clinician.  Jeff is the Athletic Director at Nedrose High School, he and his wife Tammy reside in Minot.

Russ Schmeichel – Jamestown
Russ Schmeichel’s officiating career started in 1965 and for almost the next 50 years he worked approximately 5,000 North Dakota high school basketball games.  Over his career, he officiated many State A and B Boys and Girls Basketball Tournaments and many more Region Tournaments.  Russ was also a football official for seventeen years and is now a certified track official in Minnesota and has worked many State Track and State Cross Country Meets.  Russ will be the starter for this year’s North Dakota State Cross Country Meet.  Russ was the head of the Jamestown Officials Association for many years and led many workshops and clinics.  He and his wife Carol have three childred, Don (44), Jen (42), Dave (36), and five grandchildren.  They are retired and live in Andover, MN.

Randy Wolden – West Fargo
Randy Wolden served as a basketball official for 32 years and football official for 12 years in North Dakota.  Besides the over 30 regional tournaments, Randy officiated in 5 State A or B Basketball Tournaments and one Football Championship over his career. Randy was a very accomplished college basketball official, working in the Dak 10, NSIC, NCC, MIAC and Summit League for 27 years.  Randy served on the NDOA Board, and was the President of the Red River Valley Officials Association.  Randy and his wife Vickie have three children, Mitchell (Jennifer), Benjamin (Kaitlyn), and Kory, and two grandchildren, Emily and Logan.  They reside in West Fargo.

The NDOA has inducted 135 officials into its Hall of Fame since the inaugural class in 1965.  Plaques commemorating all Hall of Fame members are housed in the North Dakota Athletic Hall of Fame, located inside the Jamestown Civic Center.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Lynx Announce Dates for Potential Home Games During 2016 WNBA Playoffs

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Lynx today announced the dates for all potential home games during the 2016 WNBA Playoffs.
 
The team will play Game 1 and Game 2 of the semifinals round at the Xcel Energy Center on September 28 and 30. Should the series go to Game 5 it would be played at Target Center on October 6. The away games in that best-of-five series will be played on October 2 and 4.
 
Should the Lynx advance to the Finals, home games would be played at Target Center, with Game 1 and Game 2 taking place on October 9 and 11, and a potential Game 5 taking place on October 20. Away games in the best-of-five series would take place on October 14 and 16.
Two-game playoff packs are on sale and include tickets to each of these first two home games at Xcel Energy Center. Ticket packs can be purchased on lynxbasketball.com/tickets.

WNBA Semifinals Schedule

Game               Date                 Time                 Location
Game 1            Sept. 28            7:00 p.m.          Xcel Energy Center       
Game 2            Sept. 30            7:00 p.m.          Xcel Energy Center
Game 3            Oct. 2               TBD                 TBD (depending on opponent)
Game 4*           Oct. 4               TBD                 TBD (depending on opponent)
Game 5*           Oct. 6               TBD                 Target Center
* If necessary
 
WNBA Finals Schedule
Game 1            Oct. 9               TBD                 Target Center
Game 2            Oct. 11              TBD                 Target Center
Game 3            Oct. 14              TBD                 TBD (depending on opponent)
Game 4 *          Oct. 16             TBD                  TBD (depending on opponent)
Game 5 *          Oct. 20             TBD                  Target Center
* If necessary

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Lynx Announce Contract Extensions with Augustus and Whalen




MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Lynx today announced the team has signed guards Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen to multi-year contract extensions. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not released.

“We are extremely excited to have extended the contracts of two of our franchise leaders and two of the best players in the WNBA,” said Lynx Executive Vice President Roger Griffith. “During her eleven-year career, Seimone has been an integral part of the success of our franchise and has become undoubtedly one of the elite guards in the WNBA. Meanwhile, Lindsay has established herself as one of the top point guards in the league and we are glad to have her continue playing in her home state of Minnesota. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to watch these outstanding individuals night in and out and we are thrilled that they’ve decided to continue their careers with the Lynx as we drive toward the playoffs.”

Playing in her 11th WNBA season (all with the Lynx), Augustus is averaging 11.3 points on 45.9% shooting this season. She is already one of the most decorated players in franchise history, holding team records in games played (292), scoring (5,121), field goals (2,073) and minutes (8,981). A six-time WNBA All-Star and three-time Olympic gold medalist, Augustus was instrumental in helping Minnesota win its third WNBA title in 2015, starting all 10 postseason games and averaging 12.8 points in 34.4 minutes per game.

In her 13th WNBA season and seventh in a Lynx uniform, Whalen is averaging 10.1 points, 3.9 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game so far this season. Already the franchise leader in assists with 2,153 (ranking third on the WNBA all-time leaderboard), she scored her 5,000th career point July 7 at Connecticut, becoming the first player in WNBA history with 5000+ points, 2000+ assists and 1500+ rebounds. Whalen is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, five time WNBA All-Star and three-time All-WNBA First Team selection.

Led by Augustus and Whalen, Minnesota has been one of the most dominant teams in the WNBA dating back to the start of the 2011 season. The Lynx have won a total of 153 games since 2011, the most prolific six-year stretch in WNBA history, including reaching the WNBA Finals four times in that span. This season Minnesota is a WNBA-best 26-6, including clinching homecourt advantage throughout the 2016 WNBA Playoffs.