Tuesday, October 25, 2011

North Star Football Conference Honors Players of the Week

The North Star Football Conference has announced the East and West
Division Football Players of the Week.

East Division honorees include:
Nathan Holm (Pine River-Backus) and Kris Skersick (Bagley) as Co- Offensive Players of the Week, Torrey Swenson (Bagley) as Defensive Player of the Week and Trevor Willberg (Bagley) as the Special Teams Player of the Week.

For the West Division, Zach Riopelle (Warren- Alvarado-Oslo) was named the Offensive Player of the Week and Mitch Kochmann (Mahnomen) was selected as the Defensive Player of the Week.

Nathan Holm led Pine River-Backus to a 56-6 win over Lake of the Woods. Holm was 5 for 11 passing for 184 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also had 7 rushes for 32 yards and 3 rushing touchdowns.

Kris Skersick had 5 carries for 53 yards and 3 touchdowns for the Flyers in their 55-6 win over Blackduck.

Torrey Swenson led the Flyer defense as they held Blackduck to six points. Swenson was all over the field preventing passes and was in on 14 tackles.

Trevor Willberg had 3 returns for 107 yards and 1 touchdown in the Flyers game agains Blackduck.

Zach Riopelle had 198 yards on 19 carries and scored 4 touchdowns. His performance put him over 1000 yards on the season and he broke the all time Pony career rushing record previously set at 3910 yards. Zach currently had 4070 career yards. W-A-O defeated Fosston 34-0.

Mitch Kochmann returned 2 kicks for touchdowns in a win over Red Lake County. He ran the opening kick back for 83 yards and had another 80 yard return, both for touchdowns. Mahnomen defeated RLC 47-8.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

North Start Football Players of the Week

The North Star Football Conference has announced the Players of the Week Award winners for the 7th week of the season’s games.

For the East Division, Beau Howard (Pine River-Backus) was selected as the Offensive Player of the Week, Shane Fenske (Blackduck) earned the Defensive Player of the Week honors and Devin Strack (Pillager) was chosen as the Special Teams Player of the Week.

West Division honorees include Cody Piper (Frazee) and Tyler Hurst (Red Lake County) as Co-Offensive Players of the Week, Jake Galbrecht (Frazee) as the Defensive Player of the Week and Dan Janu (Frazee) earned Special Teams Player of the Week.

Beau (Jr., Wide Receiver) had 7 receptions for 89 yards during a loss to Pillager. Haward has 26 receptions for 428 yards on the season.

Shane (Jr., Defensive End) contributed 10 solo tackles and 7 assists against Red Lake County. RLC defeated Blackduck by a score of 34-8.

Devin returned the second half kickoff back for a touchdown. Strack also intercepted a pass on defense and helped lead Pillager to a 16-10 victory over Pine River-Backus.

Cody Piper and Tyler Hurst shared the Offensive Player of the Week honors for the West Division.

Piper rushed for 171 yards, 2 touchdowns and a 2 point conversion as the Hornets defeated Fosston 21-19.

Hurst had 21 rushes for 141 yards and 2 touchdowns against Blackduck. He also added a 51 yard interception return for a touchdown.

Jake was involved in 11 tackles as a defensive lineman this week against Fosston. Jake also added 2 receptions on offense.

Dan punted and kicked very solid for Frazee again this past week against Fosston. He added 5 solo tackles and caught 4 passes – including 1 for a touchdown – during the Hornets victory over the Greyhounds.

Other outstanding performances for the week include: Cooper Jedlicka (Blackduck), Nick Neeland (Bagley), and Kris Skersick (Bagley).

The final week of play for the North Star Football Conference has Bagley at Blackduck, Cass Lake-Bena at Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Laporte, Lake of the Woods at Pine River-Backus, Pillager at Lake Park-Audubon, Frazee at Fertile-Beltrami (Fargodome), Fosston at Warren-Alvarado-Oslo, and Mahnomen at Red Lake County.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

North Star Football Conference Players of the Week

The North Star Football Conference has announced the Players of the Week for the East and West Divisions.

For the East Division, Zach Karst (Walker-Hakcensack-Akeley) earned Offensive Player of the Week recognition, Aaron O’Connell (Lake of the Woods) garnerd the Defensive Player of the Week award and Kris Skersick (Bagley) was named Special Teams Player of the Week.

The East Division includes: Bagley, Blackduck, CassLake-Bena, Lake of the Woods, Pillager, Pine River-Backus and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Laporte.

Zach Karst led the Wolves with 19 carries for 164 yards and 1 touchdown in a defensive battle against Lake of the Woods. LOW won the game by a score of 14-7.

Aaron O’Connell anchored the defensive effort for Lake of the Woods. He had 6 solo tackles, 5 assisted tackles and 1 interception during their win over the Wolves.

Kris Skersick started the scoring for the Flyers when he ran the opening kickoff back for a touchdown against Fosston. The Flyers won their Homecoming game 26-12.

Other outstanding performances for the East Division teams included: Nick Ruhl (Pillager), Victor Dahl (Lake of the Woods), Nick Neeland (Bagley), Christopher Zimmer (Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Laporte), and Adam Obermiller (Pillager).

West Division Player of the Week honorees include: Jake Pavek (Mahnomen) as Offensive Player of the Week and Zach Riopelle (Warren-Alvarado-Oslo) earned Defensive Player of the Week.

West Division schools include: Fertile-Beltrami, Fosston, Frazee, Lake Park-Audubon, Mahnomen, Red Lake County, and Warren-Alvarado- Oslo.

Jake Pavek rushed the ball 12 times for 172 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also was 2 of 4 passing for 69 yards as Mahnomen defeated Lake Park-Audubon 52-7.

Zach Riopelle had 10 solo tackles, which included 3 tackles for a loss of yardage. He also added 2 assisted tackles and a blocked punt against Frazee. The Ponies had an excited last second win over the Hornets by a score of 27-23.

Additional outstanding efforts for the West Division were turned in by Cody Piper (Frazee) and Rick Brandt (Frazee).

Monday, October 10, 2011

Richard Haley Breaks UMC 1,000 Yard Rushing Record

(Crookston, Minn.)- The University of Minnesota, Crookston Athletic Department announced today that junior, running back, Richard Haley (RB, 6-0, 205, Jr., Detroit, Mich.) broke the Golden Eagle 1,000 yard rushing record against Upper Iowa University on Saturday, October 8, 2011.

Haley, a transfer from Grand Rapids Community College, has played in just six games as a Golden Eagle. In that time, he has rushed 178 times and amassed 1,026 yards breaking the old record held by teammate Keith McBride (RB, 5-11, 195, Jr., Lodi, Wis.) who accomplished the 1,000 yard feat in 12 games for Minnesota, Crookston. Haley now has his sights set on the all-time season rushing record of 1,549 yards held by R.J. Rollins recorded in 2004. Rollins also holds the all-time UMC career rushing record of 3,073 yards (2002-2005).

“As coaches we are always very proud to see our athletes accomplish goals. Richard is a tremendous talent and we are very excited for him,” says Head Coach Chuck Moller. “We would also like to congratulate the offensive line and skill athletes who block for him to make this accomplishment possible.”

Haley currently leads the NSIC in rushing and is 409 yards ahead of his next closest competition. He is averaging 5.8 yards/rush and 171 yards/game, almost 70 yards/game above the next closest rusher. Last week he was ranked second in all of NCAA Division II just 3.4 yards behind the nation’s top rusher.

The Golden Eagle Sports Information Department is currently researching to see how many times, if at all, this mark has been reached this quickly in the NSIC.

For more information, visit the Golden Eagle Athletics website at www.goldeneaglesports.com.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

North Star FB conference POTW

Six Players from the North Star Football Conference have been recognized as Players of the Week.

From the East Division, Kris Skersick (Sr., Bagley) and Trey Volk (So., Blackduck) shared Offensive Player of the Week honors, Devrin House (Pillager) earned Defensive Player of the Week and Matt Doss (Pillager) was awarded Special Teams Player of the Week.

West Division winners were Sam Macy (Sr., Fertile-Beltrami) for Offensive Player of the Week and Matt Pepper (Lake Park-Audubon) for Defensive Player of the Week.

Kris Skersick scored 2 rushing touchdowns – one for 38 yards and the other for 35 yards – while leading the Flyers to a 54-0 win over Lake of the Woods. Skersick had 112 yards rushing in 6 attempts for the game.

Trey Volk had over 200 total yards offense in the Drakes 25-14 loss to Cass Lake-Bena. Volk had 102 yards on the ground and added 96 yard receiving for the night.

Devrin House had a big night for Pillager. He intercepted a pass for a touchdown, recorded 4 tackles, and added a fumble recovery on defense. House also caught a pass for a touchdown in the 46-7 victory over Walker-Hackensak-Akeley/Laporte.

Matt Doss had an excellent all around game on Friday. He kicked, punted, and was 2 for 2 on extra points during Pillager’s victory over WHA/Laporte. Matt also completed 9 of 10 pass attempts for 118 yards, 3 touchdowns and 2 conversions all in the first half of the game.

Sam Macy rushed for 122 yards on 19 carries and 1 touchdown in the victory over Warren-Alvarado-Oslo. Macy also added 3 receptions for 51 yards against a very tough WAO defense.

Matt Pepper had 4 solo tackles and 15 assists in Lake Park-Audubon’s victory over Red Lake County. Pepper also forced a fumble and added a quarterback sack. Matt is consistently at the top of the defensive stats.

Other outstanding performances for the week were turned in by: Mike Petit (Pillager), Chance Halvorson (Bagley), Brad Kusper (Blackduck), Cody Piper (Frazee) and Dan Janu (Frazee).

Fertile-Beltrami and Mahnomen currently lead the West Division of the North Star Conference with perfect 5-0 marks while Pillager and Bagley pace the East Division each with a 4-1 record.

Monday, October 3, 2011

NDSU “Bison Buddies” Basketball Camp Set for Oct. 22

FARGO, N.D. - North Dakota State University is hosting the annual "Bison Buddies" basketball camp Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to noon for boys and girls grades K-6.

Campers will learn skills and drills from current Bison players, receive a Bison Buddies t-shirt, take home a Bison Buddies gym bag and basketball, enjoy a pizza and autograph party, and meet Thundar.

All campers who participate in Bison Buddies will be invited to perform at halftime of a men's and women's basketball game.

Visit GoBison.com for the registration form (www.gobison.com/pdf8/788887.pdf). For more information, call Keith Dickhudt at (701) 369-1196.