Friday, March 27, 2015

NDSU's Alexander Earns NABC All-District Distinction



KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Basketball Coaches announced the NABC Division I All-District teams for the 2014-15 season on Friday, recognizing the nation’s best men’s collegiate basketball student-athletes. North Dakota State senior guard Lawrence Alexander was named to the District 12 first team.

Alexander joins Taylor Braun (2014) and Ben Woodside (2009) as the only Bison to earn NABC All-District first-team selections in NDSU’s Division I era. Marshall Bjorklund (2014) and Brett Winkelman (2009) were second-team All-District picks.

Alexander was named The Summit League’s Player of the Year and Tournament MVP this season. He averaged 18.9 points and 4.5 rebounds in 38.5 minutes per game for the year, leading the league in scoring and minutes. Alexander set a new NDSU single-season record with 104 three-pointers made this season, and his three-point percentage of 44.1 percent ranks eighth-best in the nation.

The Peoria, Ill., native set new NDSU career records for minutes played (4,631), games started (131) and wins (90). His 624 points this season were the third-most ever by a Bison.

The All-District teams are selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC.

The Bison finished 23-10 this season, winning their second consecutive Summit League Tournament title after sharing the league’s regular season crown. NDSU is one of only nine mid-major programs in the country to post at least 23 victories in each of the last three seasons.

District 12
First Team
Keifer Sykes                           Green Bay
Alec Peters                             Valparaiso
Lawrence Alexander          North Dakota State
Kahlil Felder                           Oakland
Cody Larson                           South Dakota State

Second Team
Trey Lewis                               Cleveland State
Juwan Howard Jr.                Detroit
Obi Emegano                         Oral Roberts
Anton Grady                          Cleveland State
Corey Petros                          Oakland

District 12 Coach of the Year: Bryce Drew, Valparaiso

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Lace 'Em Up Basketball Camp



The 22nd annual Lace ‘em Up basketball camp will be held in Red Lake Falls at the high school gym from June 1-5.  Boys and girls in grades 6-11 this past school year will attend camp from 8:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m..  Boys and girls in grades K-6 will attend from noon until 3:30. Numerous fundamentals, contests, games, skill sessions, and more will be taught each day.  There will be an awards presentation for the morning session on Friday June 5 at 10:45 a.m. and awards for the afternoon session will be at 2:30 on Friday June 5.  Everyone is welcome to come attend these awards ceremonies.
The cost of the camp is $60 with a maximum family cost of $100 if you have 2 or more children from the same family.  If you register before May 20, you will also receive a camp t-shirt.  Registrations received after May 25 will be $70 and maximum family cost will be $120.  Pre-registration is recommended, but you may still sign up the day of the camp for $70.  6th graders can sign up for either session, or both for one price.
Many area coaches will be teaching at the camp including former Minnesota Gopher player and National Coach of the Year,  Shannon Bolden Nelson who is now the head coach of last year’s National Champions Northland Community College.  Coach Nelson was a 3 time defensive player of the year for the Gophers.
For more information or to receive a registration form, contact Steve Philion at 518 Champagne Ave.  Red Lake Falls, MN 56750
218-253-2499

Monday, March 23, 2015

UND Slides to No. 3 in latest hockey rankings


GRAND FORKS, N.D. – For the first time in six weeks, the University of North Dakota has been knocked out of the top spot in the national men’s hockey polls.

UND, coming off a pair of losses at the NCHC Frozen Faceoff, dropped to No. 3 in both the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls that were released on Monday. Minnesota State took over the top spot while Boston University was ranked No. 2.

UND, 27-9-3 overall, secured the No. 1 seed for next weekend’s NCAA West Regional in Fargo, N.D., and fill face 11th-ranked Quinnipiac (23-11-4). The other West Region semifinal features No. 5 Michigan Tech against No. 13 St. Cloud State.


USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll

Rk.      School (First place votes)       Record           Pts.         PR
1.         Minnesota State (44)                      29-7-3            991            2
2.         Boston University (6)                     25-7-5            934            3
3.         North Dakota                              27-9-3           901            1
4.         Miami                                             25-13-1            854            6
5.         Michigan Tech                                  29-9-2            763            4
6.         Denver                                           23-13-2            760            5
7.         Minnesota Duluth                          20-15-3            660            8
8.         Minnesota                                      23-12-3            574          13
9.         Omaha                                            18-12-6            548          10
10.       Harvard                                          21-12-3            534          17
11.       Quinnipiac                                      23-11-4            507            7
12.       Boston College                             21-13-3            475          11
13.       St. Cloud State                              19-18-1            342          18
14.       Massachusetts-Lowell                  21-12-6            333          12
15.       Providence                                     22-13-2            319          14
16.       Bowling Green                               23-11-5            289            9
17.       Yale                                                  18-9-5            255          19
18.       Colgate                                          22-12-4            199          15
19.       Vermont                                         22-15-4              93          16
20.       Michigan                                        22-15-0              75         NR

Others receiving votes: RIT 54, St. Lawrence 20, Robert Morris 17, Canisius 1, Dartmouth 1, Michigan State 1.
 
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll

Rk.      School (1st place votes)           Record           Pts.         PR
1.         Minnesota State (30)                      29-7-3            506            2
2.         Boston University (4)                     25-7-5            466            4
3.         North Dakota                              27-9-3           443            1
4.         Miami                                             25-13-1            409            5
5.         Michigan Tech                                  29-9-2            355            4
6.         Denver                                           23-13-2            343            6
7.         Minnesota Duluth                          20-15-3            276            8
8.         Harvard                                          21-12-3            227          15
9.         Omaha                                            18-12-6            221          10
10.       Minnesota                                      23-12-3            202          13
11.       Quinnipiac                                      23-11-4            177            7
12.       Boston College                             21-13-3            148          11
13.       St. Cloud State                              19-18-1              82         NR
14.       Providence                                     22-13-2              70          14
15.       Massachusetts-Lowell                  21-12-6              56          12

Others receiving votes: Yale 47, Bowling Green 44, Colgate 6, St. Lawrence 2.

UND earns No. 1 seed, 13th straight NCAA tourney berth

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The University of North Dakota, which will host the NCAA Division I Men’s Hockey West Regional next weekend in Fargo, has earned a No. 1 seed and will host Quinnipiac in one of two regional semifinals on Friday. UND’s game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Central and can be seen live on ESPNU.

Michigan Tech will meet St. Cloud State in the other West Region semifinal at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN3. The regional championship game takes place on Saturday, March 29, at 8 p.m.

North Dakota will be making the 30th NCAA Tournament appearance in program history and its 13th in a row, tying Minnesota (1985-97) for the second longest streak in NCAA Division I men’s hockey history. Only Michigan, which went to 22 consecutive tournaments from 1991 to 2012, had a longer streak in the history of the sport. UND has won seven national championships in men’s hockey, a total topped only by Michigan’s nine.

UND earned the No. 1 seed (No. 2 overall) after going 27-9-3 in a season that included the Penrose Cup as National Collegiate Hockey Conference regular-season champion. Quinnipiac, a member of the ECAC, is 23-11-4 this season. The only two previous meetings between the two teams came in Oct. 2006, when UND swept a 2-game non-conference series in Grand Forks.

At this time, available tickets to the West Regional are sold out. Should tickets currently being held for various groups per NCAA bid specifications become available, those tickets will go on sale to the general public in person only at the SCHEELS Arena Box office on Thursday, March 26 at 9 a.m. UND Athletics will make an official announcement the afternoon of Wednesday, March 25 on UNDsports.com and official social media outlets if tickets become available.

The North Dakota Champions Club is hosting an official UND pregame party at Fargo Billiards and Gastro Pub. The pregame party starts three hours prior to any game in which UND is participating.
Parking at SCHEELS Arena is limited and fans are encouraged consider alternate parking options. A shuttle service will run between Fargo Billiards and Gastro Pub, Anderson Softball Complex on 45th Street South, Bulldog Tap and SCHEELS Arena. Shuttles will run two hours before the first game of each day and will continue until one hour after the final game ends.

2014-15 Pine to Prairie Girls Basketball All-conference Team



All-Conference

Miki Lee                                 Ada-Borup                                         12

Lexi Merkens                         Ada-Borup                                         12

Morgan Miller                       Ada-Borup                                         11

Lexi Nelson                            Ada-Borup                                         11

Haley Poehler                       Ada-Borup                                         12

Sierrah Kaiser                       Bagley                                                 12

Adrianna Vasek                    Climax-Fisher                                    11

Joely Christianson                 Fertile-Beltrami                                 12

Shelby Duckstad                   Fertile-Beltrami                                 11

Faith Gramer                        Fertile-Beltrami                                 12

Emily Curfman                     Fosston                                               10

Abby Swanson                      Fosston                                               11

Haley Henrickson                  NCE-UH                                            12

Sydney Larson                      Park Christian                                   12

Megan Swedberg                  Waubun                                            11

Alayna Espeseth                    Win-E-Mac                                        10

Kelsey Knutson                     Win-E-Mac                                        11

Madison McKeever               Win-E-Mac                                        11

                         

Honorable Mention

Elizabeth Birkemeyer           Ada-Borup                                         10

Hayley George                       Bagley                                                 11

Sydney Magsam                    Climax-Fisher                                    10

McKenzie Sirjord                  Fertile-Beltrami                                 11

Tess Hubbard                        Fosston                                               10

Tara Viken                            Fosston                                               12

Megan Hilfer                         Lake Park – Audubon                      12

Lydia Klemetson                   NCE-UH                                            11

Tatum Lundin                       NCE-UH                                            12

Morgan Nepstad                   Park Christian                                   11

Natalie Lerud                         Waubun                                             12

Caitlin McArthur                  Waubun                                             11

                                                           

Most Valuable Player Madison McKeever – Win-E-Mac

Coach of the Year Dave Smart  -  Ada-Borup