Friday, May 27, 2011

UMC softball signs Courtney Bridge

(Crookston, Minn.)- University of Minnesota, Crookston Head Women’s Softball Coach Mitch Bakken announced today the signing of Courtney Bridge from Port Coquitlam, British Columbia to a National Letter of Intent to play for the Golden Eagles during the 2011-12 season.

Bridge is a 5-8, shortstop from Burnaby Mountain Secondary School. She plays club softball for the Richmond Islanders “A” 93 team. Bridge is a four-year club team captain and has earned 12 MVP tournament awards. In the classroom, she is an honor roll student and received the “Gold Cord” for academic excellence.

“Courtney is a very versatile player. She can swing from the right side and slap from the left side of the plate which is going to bring an added dimension to our lineup,” says Bakken. “Defensively she will be asked to take over the shortstop position that was vacated by one of our seniors. She is a tough competitor and I think she will do a great job as a freshman filling that role.”

Bridge plans to major in environmental sciences at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. She is the daughter of Robin and Chris Bridge.

For more information, visit the Golden Eagle Athletics website at

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

W-A-O standout Danny Mattson to play for Comets men's basketball team

Warren-Alvarado-Oslo High School basketball standout Danny Mattson will continue his basketball career at Mayville State University next season, head coach Justin Johnson announced today.

Mattson was a two-time All-Conference selection at W-A-O and was honored as an All-State performer following his senior season.

"Danny will have an incredible future at Mayville State University," Johnson said. "He has a lot of tools to work with and will get even better throughout his career here at MSU. We are extremely fortunate to have such a quality young man in our program."

Mattson averaged 22.4 points per game during his senior season and pulled down 5.1 rebounds per game while shooting 54 percent from the field and 39 percent from behind the three-point line.

"I am very excited for the opportunity to play at Mayville State University and I hope I can help keep their winning tradition going," Mattson said.

Along with his success on the court, Mattson was also named to the Academic All-State team in Minnesota.

Monday, May 23, 2011

UMC Softball signs two to National Letter of Intent

(Crookston, Minn.)- University of Minnesota, Crookston Head Women’s Softball Coach Mitch Bakken announced today the signing of Hilary Brown from Mosinee, Wis. and Sara Wiedmaier from Marengo, Ill. to a National Letter of Intent to play for the Golden Eagles during the 2011-12 season.

Brown is a 5-2, outfielder from North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC). She was a part-time starter in 2009 and a projected starter in the outfield in 2010 before being injured in the first game of the season. In high school she was recognized as a 2nd Team All-Conference selection her junior year and honorable mention following her senior season.

“Hilary is a quick slap-hitter that will bring some versatility to our lineup,” says coach Bakken. “She has been away from the game for a little bit of time due to injuries but we feel she will be able to come in and adjust to the DII game quickly and be a threat from the left side of the plate.”

Brown plans to major in early childhood education at UMC. She is the daughter of Sara and Kevin Brown.

Wiedmaier is a 5-8, first baseman from McHenry County College (MCC) in Crystal Lake, Ill. Her team at MCC took second place in the region in 2010 and 2011. She received the Two Sport Athlete Award at MCC in 2010 and 2011. In high school, her team took fourth place at state in 2008. She was named a tournament MVP in both the outfield and at catcher following the Wacounda Tournament. She is a three-year softball letterwinner, two-year basketball letterwinner and was the girls’ basketball team’s Player of the Year following the 2008 season.

“Sara is a very athletic individual,” says coach Bakken. “She has great technique both in the field and at the plate. I think she only scratched the surface of her softball ability at MCC and I look for her to come in and help be a leader of a young Golden Eagle Softball team next season.”

Wiedmaier plans to major in health sciences at UMC. She is the daughter of Tracey and John Wiedmaier.

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).

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Mayville State softball coach resigns

Mayville State University athletic director Mike Moore announced on Wednesday that Melissa Majerus has resigned as head softball coach.

Majerus had served as the head softball coach over the past three seasons at Mayville State, compiling a record of 40-94 from 2009 through 2011. This season the Comets finished with an overall record of 11-29 while finishing fifth in the Dakota Athletic Conference with a 7-13 conference record.

"We thank Coach Majerus for her service here at Mayville State and we wish her the best," Moore said.

A search for a replacement will begin immediately.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Whitney Brown Signs with Golden Eagle Women’s Basketball

(Crookston, Minn.)- University of Minnesota, Crookston head women’s basketball coach Mike Roysland announced today the signing of Whitney Brown to a National Letter of Intent to play for the Golden Eagles during the 2011-12 season.

Brown is a 5-6, point guard who played at Hickman Mills High School and Johnson County Community College (JCCC). She was a 2009 Scholar Athlete and a member of the Missouri Girls All-Star team.

“Whitney is the type of player who can make an immediate impact on the game due to her speed and pure athletic ability,” comments coach Roysland. “She possesses the ability to attack the rim at any given time to either score herself or set someone up to score. She also uses her quickness on the defensive side of the ball to get some steals and easy baskets.”

Brown plans to major in accounting at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. She is the daughter of Tina and Richard Brown.

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).

3rd Annual Sioux Caravan

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The University of North Dakota is pleased to announce that UND student-athletes will once again take to the road next week to meet Fighting Sioux fans, traveling across the region as part of the third annual Sioux Caravan. The event is hosted by Midcontinent Communications.

The 2011 Sioux Caravan will make stops in Bismarck (Tuesday, May 17), Moorhead (Wednesday, May 18), Grafton (Thursday, May 19), and Crookston (Monday, May 23).

UND head football coach Chris Mussman will also be a part of the Caravan at each location. UND head men’s hockey coach Dave Hakstol will appear in Bismarck and Moorhead, while men’s hockey assistant coach Dane Jackson will be a part of the Grafton stop.

A meet-and-greet event will be held each night at 6:30 p.m., where fans will have the opportunity to enjoy a free hot dog with their favorite Fighting Sioux, get their autographs and have their picture taken. Autograph cards will be provided. Numerous great door prizes will also be given away, including game tickets, autographed team posters, t-shirts and more.

Admission to each event is FREE and no ticket is needed, although seating will be limited. The doors open at 6 p.m. each night.

May 17: Bismarck, N.D. (Kelly Inn, 1800 N. 12th St.)
May 18: Moorhead, Minn. (Hjemkomst Center, 202 First Ave. N.)
May 19: Grafton, N.D. (Grafton Armory Auditorium, 309 Hill Ave.)
May 23: Crookston, Minn. (Crookston Sports Center, 801 Fischer Ave.)

May 17: Brandon Brekke (basketball), Ashley Furia (hockey), Madison Kolls (hockey), Danny Kristo (hockey), Jake Miller (football), Nicole
Smart (basketball), Catlin Solum (football), Allyssa Wall (basketball)
May 18: Brandon Brekke (basketball), Brent Davidson (hockey), Ashley Furia (hockey), Madison Kolls (hockey), Jake Miller (football), Ronni
Munkeby (volleyball), Nicole Smart (basketball), Catlin Solum (football), Devin Trefz (volleyball), Allyssa Wall (basketball)
May 19: Brandon Brekke (basketball), Jake Miller (football), Ronni Munkeby (volleyball), Brock Nelson (hockey), Stephanie Ney (hockey),
Jordan Slavin (hockey), Nicole Smart (basketball), Catlin Solum (football), Devin Trefz (volleyball), Allyssa Wall (basketball)
May 23: Ben Blood (hockey), Brandon Brekke (basketball), Chay Genoway (hockey), Jake Miller (football), Ronni Munkeby (volleyball),
Jordan Slavin (hockey), Nicole Smart (basketball), Catlin Solum (football), Devin Trefz (volleyball), Allyssa Wall (basketball), Alyssa

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Golf Tourney in Red Lake Falls

The 29th Annual Lions Golf Community Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, May 2lst, held at the Oak Knolls Golf club in Red Lake Falls. The tournament will be held Rain or Shine!9:00 am Shotgun Start; 8:00 am Registration/Sign-Up

The tournament is an 18 Hole - 2 Person Scramble. Cost of $80 per 2-Person team. Fee includes 18 holes of golf and entry in Cash Contests. There will be cash prizes for the top finishing teams in net & gross. Lunch will also be available at the course. There is a 27 team limit. First Come, First Serve. Sign up Now!

Cash Contests include: $50 for Longest Drive, Closest to pin, and Longest Putt for each round! Additional Prizes given out too. Optional Skins Game with 100% CASH Payback! Players must be 18 years of age and out of high school. To register e-mail or call Oak Knolls Golf Club at(218)253-4423

Cody Aasness to play men’s basketball at Mayville State University

The Mayville State University men's basketball program is pleased to announce that Cody Aasness has signed a letter of intent to continue his basketball career at Mayville State University next season.

Aasness, a 6-0 guard from Dalton, Minnesota, played two seasons at MSCTC-Fergus Falls following an outstanding high school career at Hillcrest Lutheran Academy in Fergus Falls, Minnesota.

In his two seasons at MSCTC-Fergus Falls, Aasness helped lead the team to two state tournament berths and two 20-win seasons. As a freshman Aasness led the team with 3.2 assists per game as the Spartans finished with a 20-10 overall record. During his sophomore season Aasness was a team captain while the Spartans finished with a 20-8 record.

"I am really looking forward to having Cody in our program," Mayville State men's basketball coach Justin Johnson said. "He has a presence on the floor that we really need on our team and brings a tenacity to the game that the people of Mayville will enjoy a great deal."

During his high school career, Aasness was an All-Conference, All-Section, and All-State selection for Hillcrest Lutheran Academy. As a senior, Aasness averaged 21.7 points per game while leading his team t o the section championship.

"I am very excited to sign with Mayville State," Aasness said. "I look forward to playing for Coach Johnson and helping the Comets get back to their strong winning tradition."

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Eric Larson Memorial Golf Tournament

The Ada-Borup Class of 99 is hosting the Eric Larson Memorial Golf Tournament on Saturday, June 25th at the Heart of the Valley Golf Course in Ada. Entry fee for the tournament is $50 per player, due the day of the tournament. The entry fee covers green fees, t-shirt, food & prizes. Carts are extra. The event is open to the public. Registration is needed by June 13th. To register, contact Ryan Kappes at 701-219-9778 or email Funds collected will be donated to the Cougar Contributor Program. The Eric Larson Memorial Golf Tournament, Saturday, June 25th at the Heart of the Valley Golf Course in Ada.

Monday, May 2, 2011

13 new inductees to MSHSL Hall of Fame

With thousands of successful students, hundreds of years of service and countless career achievements among them, 13 outstanding Minnesotans will receive the Minnesota State High School League’s highest honor and be inducted into its Hall of Fame on Sunday, May 15, 1 p.m., at the Edinburgh USA Golf and Event Center in Brooklyn Park.

“It is an honor to recognize the 2011 Hall of Fame inductees,” said Les Zellmann, president of the Minnesota State High School League Board of Directors. “They are extraordinary individuals who have earned scores of state and national awards for coaching, officiating, judging, and administering high school activity programs.”

The 2011 inductees are:

Geri Dirth, Coach -- Apple Valley High School Girls’ Track and Field, Girls’ Cross Country Running, and Girls’ Basketball

Donald Fosburgh, Coach/Judge -- St. Peter High School Speech and Debate

Nancy Grimes, Assistant Principal for Arts and Sciences -- Apple Valley High School

Zigurd “Ziggy” Kauls, Coach -- Mounds View High School Boys’ Basketball

Michael Kingery, Multi-Sport Athlete/Pro Baseball Player -- Atwater High School

James Kovaleski, Athletic Official -- Waconia Public Schools

Norman Kragseth, Multi-Sport Athlete/NFL Official -- Duluth Central High School

Milan Mader, Coach -- Lakeville North High School Girls’ Gymnastics, Girls’ Volleyball, and Track & Field

Robert Nangle, Athletic Administrator -- Pipestone Area High School

Thomas Saterdalen, Coach -- Bloomington Jefferson High School Boys’ Hockey and Boys’ Tennis

Charles Scanlon, Coach -- Apple Valley High School Boys’ Soccer and Girls’ Hockey

Dean Verdoes, Coach/Athletic Director -- Henry Sibley High School Boys’ Soccer, Basketball and Golf

R. Eugene “Lefty” Wright, Coach/Athletic Official -- St. Louis Park High School Track & Field and Cross Country

The League’s Hall of Fame, which is sponsored by Wells Fargo, was started in 1991.

The inductees were chosen through a multi-level selection process that included League member schools and a committee of athletics, fine arts, and educational leaders. This year’s induction brings the Hall of Fame membership to 186.

In addition to honoring the 2011 inductees, the League will present Awards of Merit to: Gary Parker, gymnastics official from Fridley; Bill Lester, executive director of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Commission; KSTC-TV, Channel 45, the League’s broadcast partner; and Wells Fargo, the premier sponsor of the League.

MSUM year-end awards

MOORHEAD, Minn. – The Minnesota State University Moorhead Dragon Athletics Department announced the year-end awards on Sunday evening at the end of the year banquet. Junior Angie Jetvig and sophomore Derek Bredy were named the 2011 Athletes of the Year.

There were 49 senior athletes recognized for their dedication and service to the Dragon Athletics Department by receiving their graduation sashes that are worn during commencement that will be held on MSUM's campus on May 13.

The Department also recognized nine All-Americans, 53 All-Conference selections and 93 All-Academic All-Conference honorees.
Jetvig was honored as the 2011 Female Student-Athlete of the Year after leading the Dragon women's basketball team to a seventh place finish in the NSIC, leading both the league and team in scoring. She averaged 19.3 points per game, ranking her 15th in the nation among NCAA DII women's basketball players. Jetvig collected 15 games where she scored over 20 points and scored a career-high 28 against the University of Mary on Feb. 5. Not only a great scorer, Jetvig was third in rebounding in the league (8.2 rpg), fifth in blocked shots (1.3 bpg) and also ranked fourth in free-throw percentage, hitting 109 of 126 attempts from the charity stripe.

Among her high scoring efforts in her junior season, she also hit a milestone reached by only 18 other women's basketball players in the history of the program, by joining the 1,000 point club, only the fourth junior to overcome the plateau. Jetvig ended the 2010-11 season with 1,092 points. To cap her monumental season, Jetvig was honored on three All-American teams including The State Farm Coaches' All-American honorable mention team, Women's Division II Bulletin honorable mention All-American and to the NCAA DII Daktronics All-American All-Central Region first team. She was a two-time NSIC Player of the Week as well as a NSIC first team All-Conference selection.

Bredy was announced as the 2011 Male Athlete of the Year as he shows no hesitancy to compete. In his sophomore season, he has done what most hope to accomplish once in their four years of competition. Bredy led the Dragon indoor men's track and field team to their first team title in over 15 years, as well as claiming the most titles by an individual at MSUM since Head Coach Barnier has taken the helm.

Bredy claimed individual conference titles in three events this spring, with the longest distance in the long jump as well as the fastest times in both the 60 and 200-meter dash. His speedy mark of 6.83 second took the top time in the shorter race and ran the 200-meter in 21.90 seconds. He also competed on the men's 4x400 relay team, leading that squad to the NCAA Championships, where he competed in four events. This athlete earned two All-American honors at the NCAA Championships earlier this spring and currently ranks 10th in the nation in the 100-meter in the outdoor events.

The Athletes of the Year were honored will represent the Dragon Athletics Department throughout the next year and will cap their awards by co-leading the 2012 Dragon Fire Walk for Athletics that will be held next April.