Wednesday, April 27, 2011

UMC recognizes outstanding student-athletes

(Crookston, Minn.)- The University of Minnesota, Crookston Athletic Department held its annual athletic awards program on Monday, April 25 in Kiehle Auditorium on the Minnesota, Crookston campus. The event honored the 2010-2011 senior class, recognized the Outstanding Male and Female Athlete of the Year, Male and Female Student-Athlete of the Year and individual team award recipients.

The annual Student Athletic Awards Program was held Monday evening, April 25. Student-Athlete of the Year honors were presented to football player Cody Brekken (DB, 5-11, Sr, Crookston, Minn.), and soccer/softball player Katie Bowar (1B/D, 5-4, Sr, Moorhead, Minn.) men’s basketball player Eric Dearden (G, 6-2, Sr, Riverton, Utah) and women’s basketball player Jamie Zelinsky (G, 5-11, Sr, Brooklyn Park, Minn.) were named Athletes of the Year.

Other distinguished awards presented:

Justin Knebel Memorial Award (Men’s Basketball): Almir Krdzalic (G, 5-11, So, Sioux Falls, S.D.)

For more information, visit the Golden Eagle Athletics website at

The University of Minnesota, Crookston is an NCAA Division II Institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). The Golden Eagle Equestrian team is a member of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA).

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

UND's Frattin named National Player of the Month

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – North Dakota senior forward Matt Frattin is the Hockey Commissioners’ Association (HCA) National Division I Player of the Month for March/April.

The 6-foot, 206-pound forward helped the Fighting Sioux to an 8-1-0 record in April, and Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) regular season and tournament championships by recording nine goals and nine assists. He tallied one power-play goal, one shorthanded goal and three game-winning goals.

Frattin finished March and April with a +11 rating while averaging 2.00 points per game in nine contests.

The Edmonton, Alberta, native had a pair of four-point games, one three-point game and five multiple-point contests in March and April. Frattin scored both game-winning goals for North Dakota in the WCHA Final Five and was named the tournament’s most valuable player.

Frattin opened the month with a goal and three assists, including the game-winning goal, at Michigan Tech, and added another goal and two more assists the following night. Frattin opened the WCHA playoffs against MTU with a hat trick and an assist, with the hat trick coming off a power-play, short-handed and even-strength goal.

At the WCHA Final Five, Frattin scored the game-winning goal in the semifinal matchup against Colorado College, and the game-winning goal in double overtime of the WCHA Final Five championship game against Denver. He recorded a goal and two assists at the NCAA Midwest Regional in wins over Rensselaer and Denver, advancing the Fighting Sioux to the Frozen Four for the 19th time in school history.

Frattin led the NCAA with 36 goals and ranked second with 60 points this season and was named the College Hockey News’ Player of the Year, a Hobey Hat Trick finalist, and an American Hockey Coaches Association (WCHA) All-America first team selection.

Colorado College forward Jaden Schwartz is the HCA Rookie of the Month.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Climax-Fisher basketball awards

Climax/Fisher Boys and Girls Basketball Banquet was held on March 17 at the Climax Community Center.

The following are the Girls Award winners:
Hannah Wagner-Rookie of the Year
Kyli Bowling-ACE Knight
Amanda Donarski-Most Improved
Liz Vigness-Defensive Player
Kelsey Melsa-Offensive Player and MVP

The Boys Award winners:
Jedd Sylvester-Co-Most Improved
Isaac Dahl-MVP
Elijah Swenson-Co-Most Improved
Alex Wentzel-Assist Award, Most Rebounds, and All Conference Honorable Mention
Jaden Altepeter-Best Field Goal % and Hustling Knight

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Derek Schlieve named head football coach at Mayville State University

Mayville State University announced on Thursday that Derek Schlieve will take over as head coach of the Comets football program effective immediately.

Schlieve was the defensive coordinator at Mayville State University over the past three seasons and served as the interim head coach this spring following the resignation of former coach Nathan Chin.

“I am very excited to be the head football coach at Mayville State University,” Schlieve said. “I think that most people view being the head coach at their alma mater to be the best job possible and I absolutely agree. I would like to thank the coaches that were here before me that helped to make this possible. I would also like to thank the alums that showed their support for me, I will work hard to show them how much this means to me and to build a program that we can all be happy with.”

Prior to being named the defensive coordinator at Mayville State, Schlieve was the offensive coordinator at Beulah Public Schools (ND). He started his coaching career as an assistant coach at Wahpeton Public Schools (ND). After one year at Wahpeton he was named defensive coordinator at Pillager Public Schools (MN). Following a one-year stint as defensive coordinator at Pillager, he was named the head coach and remained there for three seasons. In September of 2005 Schlieve was named the State of Minnesota football coach of the week. After being a head high school coach for three seasons he returned to Mayville State to coach the defensive line in the spring of 2007.

Schlieve earned his undergraduate degree in education at Mayville State University with a major in elementary education and a minor in coaching, graduating magna cum laude, in 2002. He earned his graduate degree in sports management from St. Cloud State University, also graduating magna cum laude, in 2007.

A four-year letter winner in college, Schlieve was twice named Academic All Conference (DAC-10) and once named Academic All American (NAIA). He also played in the National All Star Bowl at the linebacker position in Minneapolis, Minnesota after his senior season.

Coach Schlieve resides in Mayville with his wife Cora and his sons Camdyn & Xavier.

Vatthauer and Skwira Sign Instituitional Letters of Intent with Golden Eagle Softball

(Crookston, Minn.)- University of Minnesota, Crookston Head Women’s Softball Coach Mitch Bakken announced today the signing of Brooke Vatthauer (Crookston, Minn.) and Stephanie Skwira (Holdingford, Minn.) to a UMC Institutional Letter of Intent to play for the Golden Eagles during the 2011-12 season.

Vatthauer is a 5-5, utility player from Crookston High School. She was named the team’s Most Valuable Defensive Player following the 2010 season and was named a 2011 team captain. Vatthauer plans to major in health sciences at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. She is the daughter of Janell and Bill Vatthauer.

Skwira is a 5-6, catcher from Holdingford High School in the Central Minnesota Conference (CMC). She was the 2008 team Rookie of the Year, 2009 Best Offensive Player, and 2010 Best Offensive Player and Most Valuable Player. Following the 2009 season, she was named a CMC All-Conference player. Following the 2010 season she was named a CMC All-Conference selection, an All-Section player, and was named to the All-Area team and to the All-State Honorable Mention team. Skwira is undeclared on a major at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. She is the daughter of Marian and Dan Skwira.

“Brooke and Steph both bring great attitudes to the Golden Eagle Softball program,” says Head Coach Mitch Bakken. “They are both eager to learn, work hard and do whatever is needed to help them and the team compete and be successful at the Division II level and in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). I look forward to working with both of these players as they start their Golden Eagle Softball careers next year.”

For more information, visit the Golden Eagle Athletics website at

All signees are contingent upon admission to the University of Minnesota, Crookston and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

BSU student-athlete appreciation banquet

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University Department of Athletics will host its annual Student-Athlete Appreciation Banquet Thursday,
April 28 from 5-7 p.m. at the Sanford Center main ballroom. Parents, fans and the general public are invited to attend to celebrate the 2010-
11 athletic season.

Tickets to the event can be purchased for $20 per adult or $15 for children 12 and under at the BSU Athletic Office or by calling 218-755-
2941 by April 19th.

The banquet serves as a year-end awards ceremony, as well as a time to recognize the accomplishments of the athletic teams and to honor
and thank the Bemidji State seniors for their contributions to their respective programs, the department and the university as a whole.

Studentathletes and coaches from BSU athletic teams, staff members, athletic administrators and university administrators will be in attendance at the affair.

Among the honors being presented at the annual event are the Male and Female Student-Athletes of the Year and the Male and Female Newcomers of the Year. In addition, five student-athletes will be honored with the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference/Myles Brand Academic with Distinction Award. The award, named in honor of the late NCAA President Dr. Myles Brand, is bestowed to senior NSIC student-athletes who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or higher, are exhausting their eligibility and are on track to graduate.

This event is sponsored in part by Federated Insurance.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Fifth Annual NDSU Volleyball Coaches Clinic April 29-30

FARGO, N.D. - North Dakota State University has scheduled its fifth annual volleyball coaches clinic for Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30, at the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse. The clinic is open to coaches of all levels.

Cost is $100 for the first coach and $80 for each additional coach from the same institution/program. All coaches in attendance will receive a complimentary DVD containing drills demonstrated at the clinic.

Five speakers scheduled to be in attendance include:

* Kari Thompson, head coach at NDSU
* Shari Robertson, assistant coach at NDSU
* Jason Miller, associate director of athletic performance at NDSU
* Tammy Blake-Kath, head coach at Minnesota State University Moorhead
* Scott Blackmon, Milwaukee Sting Club Volleyball and USA Volleyball High Performance coach

For the second year, there are two options available to receive undergraduate or graduate credits from North Dakota State University.

Cost for graduate students, in addition to the clinic registration fee, is $65 for one credit or $130 for two credits. E-mail for this option.

MSU-M adds 14 Football newcomers

MOORHEAD, Minn. - Head Coach Steve Laqua and the Minnesota State Univeristy Moorhead football program announced Monday that they will add 14 to the 2011 roster.

The 2011 freshman class will include Justin Bidwell (Maple Lake, Minn.), Frank Contreras (St. Thomas, N.D.), Tom Gruchow (Menahga, Minn.), Ryan Miles (Bloomington, Minn.), Kevin Nelson (Bemidji, Minn.), Aaron Olson (Ada, Minn.), Brady Schwartz (West Fargo, N.D.), Ryan Toelle (Sisseton, S.D.), Drew Viken (Fosston, Minn.), Stefan Webber (Fargo, N.D.) and Wade Youngblom (Sisseton, S.D.).

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Minnesota Lynx Regular Season Single-Game Tickets Go On Sale Monday, April 11

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Lynx today announced that regular season single-game tickets will go on sale this Monday, April 11 at 10:00 a.m. (CST). The on-sale date coincides with the date of the 2011 WNBA Draft, in which the Lynx own the Nos. 1 and 4 picks. The Lynx, featuring two-time WNBA All-Star Seimone Augustus and 2010 All-Star and gold medalist Lindsay Whalen, will tip off the team's 17-game regular-season home schedule on Sunday, June 5 at 2:30 pm versus Candace Parker and the Los Angeles Sparks. Lower-level tickets to the Home Opener, and all 17 home games, can be purchased for as little as $10. Additional single-game ticket prices are as follows: $30,$45, $60, $110 and $175.

In addition to single-game tickets, groups of 10 or more can purchase $10 tickets for $8 and $30 tickets for $15. Lower-level season tickets are available for just $150. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Target Center Box Office, on the internet at and at all Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets can also be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 1-877-WNBA-TIX (962-2849).

Minnesota's 2011 17-game home schedule is highlighted by two visits from 2010 WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson and the defending WNBA Champion Seattle Storm (Saturday, July 16 and Friday, July 29); three trips to Target Center by
the Los Angeles Sparks (Sunday, June 5, Tuesday, July 26 and Saturday, August 20); and a home date with Janel McCarville and the New York Liberty (Friday, September 2).