Wednesday, May 29, 2013

NDSU Wrestling Recruiting Class Ranked No. 4 in Nation by Intermat

The North Dakota State wrestling program’s incoming 2013 recruiting class has been ranked No. 4 in the nation by Intermat, according to the rankings released by the wrestling news source on Wednesday, May 29.
Intermat becomes the second major wrestling media outlet to peg the Bison recruiting class as the fourth-best in the nation this year. Amateur Wrestling News awarded the same ranking for NDSU in November.
Michigan, Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh are the top three schools in the Intermat rankings. NDSU stands in front of national wrestling powerhouses Penn State (No. 7), Iowa (No. 8), Ohio State (No. 11), Oklahoma State (No. 15) and Minnesota (No. 18).
NDSU’s incoming class features national Top 100 recruits Mitch Bengtson (St. Cloud Apollo HS, Minn.), Preston Lehmann (West Fargo HS, N.D.) and Clayton Ream (Holt HS, Mo.).
Mitch Friedman (Oconto Falls, Wis.); Kyle Gliva (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.); Grant Nehring (Kimball, Minn.); Tommy Petersen (Lakeville, Minn.); Cole Sladek (St. Michael, Minn.); and Tommy Walton (Fargo, N.D.) also signed National Letters of Intent in November to continue their education and wrestle at NDSU.
The Bison are coming off a 2012-13 season in which they won the Western Wrestling Conference regular season title and registered the first All-American in the program’s Division I era in Trent Sprenkle. Sprenkle was named the WWC’s Wrestler of the Year following his fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championships, while NDSU head coach Roger Kish earned the league’s Coach of the Year honor.
2013 Intermat Recruiting Class Rankings

1. Michigan

2. Virginia Tech

3. Pittsburgh

4. North Dakota State

5. Illinois

6. Nebraska

7. Penn State

8. Iowa

9. Missouri

10. North Carolina State

11. Ohio State

12. Stanford

13. Rutgers

14. Clarion

15. Oklahoma State

16. Virginia

17. Arizona State

18. Minnesota

19. Princeton

20. Indiana

21. Harvard

22. Oklahoma

23. Rider

24. Purdue

25. Cal Poly

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Six NDSU Players Named to All-Summit League Baseball Teams

ROCHESTER, Mich. - Six North Dakota State baseball players were named to the All-Summit League teams voted on by the league's six head coaches and announced Wednesday, May 22, at the league championship banquet.

Second baseman Wes Satzinger, outfielders Tim Colwell and Kyle Kleinendorst, and utility player Jon Hechtner were voted to the all-league first team. Third baseman John Skrbec and starting pitcher John Straka were voted to the second team.

Colwell, Satzinger and Straka were named All-Summit League for the second straight year. It was Straka's third all-league award including a second team spot as a freshman in 2009.

Satzinger, a junior from Andover, Minn., hit .304 with nine doubles and a team-high five home runs and 30 RBIs. He ranks fourth overall in The Summit League with a .496 slugging percentage and is second in homers.

Colwell, a junior from Shoreview, Minn., hit .310 with a team-high 11 doubles while leading all league players in overall hits (62), runs scored (38) and is second in the league with four triples.

Kleinendorst, a junior from Grand Rapids, Minn., was a career .219 hitter his first two seasons before leading NDSU with a .333 batting average and 11 doubles. He is fourth in the league in hitting, on-base percentage (.415) and slugging (.464).

Hechtner, a freshman from Omaha, Neb., hit .283 with eight doubles and 21 RBIs and was second on the team with 31 runs scored. He made 28 starts in the infield, six in the outfield and eight as designated hitter.

Skrbec, a sophomore from Grand Rapids, Minn., is hitting .254 with seven doubles, 21 RBIs and is fourth in the league overall with a team-high 25 walks. He hit a pair of game-winning home runs against South Dakota State and Oakland in the final week of league play.

Straka, a senior from Chaska, Minn., is one of three seven-game winners in the league with a 7-2 record, is second in the league with a 1.86 ERA and led the league in complete games (5), shutouts (2), innings (97.0) and strikeouts (84).

No. 3 seed North Dakota State (24-25, 11-13) plays No. 2 seed tournament host Oakland (20-33, 15-13) in the opening round of the Summit League championship at 3 p.m. EDT on Thursday, May 23, at the OU Baseball Field.

2013 All-Summit League Baseball Teams
First Team
1B - Cory Buckley, Omaha
2B - Wes Satzinger, North Dakota State
3B - Tyler Splichal, Omaha
SS - Jameson Henning, Western Illinois
OF - Tim Colwell, North Dakota State
OF - Ryan Keele, Omaha
OF - Kyle Kleinendorst, North Dakota State
C - Alex Mortensen, Omaha
DH - Daniel Telford, South Dakota State
UTL - Jon Hechtner, North Dakota State
SP - Stephen Bougher, South Dakota State
SP - Jason Hager, Oakland
SP - Layne Somsen, South Dakota State
RP - Russell Luxton Jr., Oakland

Second Team
1B - Steve Kedroski, Western Illinois
2B - Clayton Taylor, Omaha
3B - John Skrbec, North Dakota State
SS - Clay Hathaway, Fort Wayne
OF - Neil DeCook, Western Illinois
OF - Robby Enslen, Oakland
OF - Tyler Shepherd, Fort Wayne
C - Caleb Fenimore, Fort Wayne
DH - Brett Bass, Omaha
UTL - Steve Lowden, Fort Wayne
SP - Adam Bray, South Dakota State
SP - Aaron Michel, Western Illinois
SP - John Straka, North Dakota State
RP - J.D. Moore, South Dakota State

Player of the Year: Ryan Keele, Omaha
Pitcher of the Year: Layne Somsen, South Dakota State
Newcomer of the Year: Ryan Keele, Omaha
Coach of the Year: Bob Herold, Omaha

Gophers To Induct 10 Into "M" Club Hall of Fame

The University of Minnesota "M" Club and the Minnesota Athletic Department will honor 10 former and current Gophers by inducting them into the University of Minnesota "M" Club Hall of Fame.

The 2013 class of inductees are Jon Andresen (baseball), Jim Carter (football), Natalie Darwitz (women’s hockey), Rick Naumoff (men’ tennis), Charlie Sanders (football), Krissy Wendell Pohl (women’s hockey), Gary Wilson (Women’s Cross Country and Women’s Track & Field), Loyd La Mois (men’s track), Louis Lick (men’s golf) and Larry Ross (men’s hockey). La Mois, Lick and Ross will be inducted into the Pioneer Division, which honors those who were at Minnesota prior to 1950.

The official induction of the 2013 class will take place during a ceremony to be held in the DQ Club Room at TCF Bank Stadium on Thursday, Oct. 24. A social hour beginning at 6 p.m. will kick off the event, with the main program starting at 7 p.m. Tickets for the event will be available for purchase through the Gopher Athletics Ticket Office online at or by calling 1-800-U-Gopher beginning August 15.

The University of Minnesota "M" Club is a nonprofit organization representing all letterwinners from University of Minnesota athletics teams. The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to honor achievements and to preserve the tradition of those athletes, coaches and athletic staff members who have contributed in an outstanding and positive way to the University of Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics Department.

The criteria for induction to the University of Minnesota "M" Club Hall of Fame include four different categories: significant accomplishments by a former student-athlete; significant achievements by a former coach or administrator; significant contributions of time, talent or resources to the athletics department by someone other than an athlete, coach or administrator, and significant professional achievement by a former Minnesota student-athlete.

Former student-athletes inducted for significant accomplishments become eligible for selection five years after the expiration of their eligibility, while former coaches and staff members must have served the department for five years to be eligible.

Jon Andresen (Baseball 1962-1963)

Few Golden Gopher baseball players had a career like Jon Andresen. The second baseman, who was drafted by the Minnesota Twins, was named First Team All-American and First Team All-Big Ten in 1963 when he batted .370.

Andresen was also the team captain and led the Gophers during his All-American season with 34 RBIs in only 108 at bats. In addition to scoring 31 runs in 1963, he also paced the team in home runs (8), doubles (7), triples (3) and total bases (77).

Jim Carter (Football 1967-69)

Jim Carter was a dual-sport athlete at Minnesota, as he played for two legendary coaches. He was a member of the football team for three seasons under Murray Warmath and played one season of hockey under Glen Sonmor.

Carter was a standout fullback for Warmath from 1967-69 and was a member of the 1967 Big Ten championship team. He led Minnesota with 519 rushing yards during his season as a Gopher and also scored three touchdowns. Carter would captain the Gophers in 1969 before being drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the third round in 1970. He would play nine seasons and 106 games with the Packers and earned a trip to the Pro Bowl in 1973.

Carter skated in 25 games as a defenseman for Sonmor during the 1967-68 season. He scored three goals, had two assists and racked up 54 penalty minutes.

Natalie Darwitz (Women’s Hockey 2002-05)

Natalie Darwitz was a scoring machine during her career at Minnesota and continues to rank as the Golden Gophers’ all-time leading scorer.

A three-time All-American and three-time Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Finalist, Darwitz’s accomplishments on the ice continues to stand the test of time at Minnesota and in the NCAA. Her career marks in points (246) and assists (144) are top in Gopher history and rank top five in the NCAA. She has national records for single season totals in points (114) and assists (72), which she garnered in 2005.

Darwitz was a critical ingredient in winning Minnesota’s back-to-back national titles in 2004 and 2005. She was an NCAA All-Tournament Team member both years and named the Most Outstanding Player in 2005.

Alongside wearing the Maroon & Gold for three seasons, the Eagan, Minn. native wore the Red, White & Blue for 13 years (1998-2010). Darwitz, who was the U.S. team captain in 2010, has accumulated a total of 21 medals with Team USA, including three Women’s World Championship goal medals, two Olympic silver medals, and one Olympic bronze.

Rick Naumoff (Men's Tennis 1990-1993)

Rick Naumoff was part of the Minnesota men’s tennis team from 1990 to 1993 and finished his career as one of the most decorated athletes in program history. With Naumoff leading the way, the Golden Gophers marked an 86-26 record over a span of four years.

During his junior and senior seasons, Naumoff helped his squad claim two consecutive Big Ten Championship titles with back-to-back unblemished 10-0 conference seasons. He also picked up a singles championship at the No. 1 position in 1993. For his efforts on the court, Naumoff earned All-Big Ten accolades in 1992 and 1993 and was named 1993 Big Ten Player of the Year. He also became Minnesota’s fifth All-American during his senior campaign.

Charlie Sanders (Football 1965-67)

Charlie Sanders was an All-Big Ten tight end for Minnesota when the Gophers won the 1967 Big Ten championship. During the season, which saw the Gophers go 8-2, Sanders caught 21 passes for 276 yards and two touchdowns.

Sanders was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1968 and enjoyed a 10-year career which culminated with seven Pro Bowls and a 2007 induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Sanders, who was also named to the NFL 1970s All-Decade Team, played in 128 games with Detroit and caught 336 balls for 4,817 yards and 31 touchdowns.

Krissy Wendell-Pohl (Women’s Hockey 2002-05)

Arguably the most decorated NCAA women’s hockey player ever, Krissy Wendell-Pohl was an offensive threat from 2002-05 and served as a Minnesota team captain during the 2004-05 season.

During her collegiate career, the three-time All-American, two-time WCHA Player of the Year and 2005 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Winner put herself near the top of most of Minnesota’s scoring lists, including being second in career points (237) and career goals (106). She also ranks third all-time nationally in points in a season (104) and tied for first in shorthanded goals for a season (seven).

Wendell-Pohl was a critical ingredient in winning Minnesota’s back-to-back national titles in 2004 and 2005. She was an NCAA All-Tournament Team member both years and tagged the Most Outstanding Player in 2004.

The Brooklyn Park, Minn. native also began playing with the U.S. Women’s National Team in 1998 and continued to suit up with the Red, White & Blue for a decade. Wendell, who was named U.S. team captain in 2006, accumulated a total of 17 medals, including an Olympic silver (2002) and bronze (2006).

Gary Wilson (Women’s Cross Country and Women’s Track & Field 1985-2013)

Gary Wilson is retiring this spring following 28 years as head women’s cross country coach. The 2007 and 2008 Midwest Region and Big Ten Coach of the Year led Minnesota cross country to its first two conference titles (2007 and 2008) and three consecutive Midwest Region crowns (2007-09).

Wilson guided the Gophers to 15 consecutive NCAA Championships appearances. Minnesota is one of only five schools to earn NCAA berths in all of the past eight seasons. Wilson coached six different runners to nine All-America certificates.

He also served as head track and field coach for 21 seasons before taking on an assistant role starting in 2007. Wilson has been part of four Big Ten titles on the track (2006-09). He was named Coach of the Year for the Big Ten, Midwest Region and Midwest District in 2006 when Minnesota won the outdoor conference title and Heather Dorniden became the Gophers’ first-ever national champion.

Wilson is an inductee of the Drake Relays and UW-La Crosse Halls of Fame, as well as a recipient of the U of M President’s Award for Service. In retirement, he will remain involved in the Roy Griak Invitational, a meet he helped establish.

UMC's Krdzalic Earns NCAA Division II Degree-Completion Award

CROOKSTON, Minn. – University of Minnesota, Crookston men’s basketball player Almir Krdzalic (Sr., G, Sioux Falls, S.D.), who exhausted his eligibility at the conclusion of the 2012-13 season, has been awarded the Division II Degree-Completion Award by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

“I feel blessed to be chosen for this award,” said Krdzalic. “This award means the world to me. It tells me that hard work and dedication does pay off in the long run and it’s a blessing to achieve such an award.”

The NCAA established the Division II Degree-Completion Award Program in 2001 to provide deserving student-athletes with financial assistance for them to complete their first baccalaureate degree. Candidates for the award must be students who have exhausted their athletics eligibility and have received athletics financial aid. Those chosen for the award exhibit high performance in the classroom. Other factors considered are financial circumstances, athletic achievement and involvement in campus and community activities.

To date, over $3 million has been given to approximately 830 deserving student-athletes. Of those student-athletes who have received the award since its inception, 94 percent have earned their undergraduate degree using the Degree-Completion Award program.

Krdzalic was a three-year member of the Golden Eagle men’s basketball team who transferred from Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, N.C. Originally from Tesanj, Bosnia, Krdzalic and his family moved to Sioux Falls, S.D. when he was young. The former UMC point guard amassed 551 points and 277 assists in three seasons. Krdzalic is also an outstanding student in the classroom as he currently holds a 3.67 GPA in biology and was named UMC’s Outstanding Male Student-Athlete of the Year in addition to being an NSIC Winter All-Academic recipient. Krdzalic will finish up his undergraduate degree at UMC next year before pursuing graduate school to become a physician’s assistant.

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NDSU Wrestling Owns Nation’s 11th-Best GPA

The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) has announced its annual Division I All-Academic Top 30 Teams for the 2012-13 wrestling season, and the North Dakota State wrestling program has posted the 11th-best team grade point average in the country for the second consecutive year.

The Bison registered a 3.129 team cumulative GPA using a system that includes 12 student-athletes from each program, 10 of which come from the wrestlers that were entries in the NCAA tournament conference qualifier. This is the third straight year that NDSU has appeared on the NWCA All-Academic Top 30 list.

“We’ve made it clear that academics are a priority at North Dakota State. They come first and foremost in our program,” said NDSU head wrestling coach Roger Kish. “Our guys have shown once again that they take their academics very seriously, and they’ve been able to perform at a very high level.”

NDSU is one of only seven schools to appear in the top 15 of the NWCA All-Academic list in both 2012 and 2013. Only Penn State, Nebraska, Virginia and Lehigh finished ahead of the Bison at the 2013 NCAA Championships and on the GPA charts.

Senior 125-pound All-American Trent Sprenkle and sophomore heavyweight Evan Knutson were named to the 82-man NWCA Individual All-Academic Team. Sprenkle received the individual honor for the third time in his career, while Knutson was recognized for the first time after making his first NCAA Championships appearance in 2013.

Knutson’s 3.755 cumulative GPA ranked him fifth among all NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships qualifiers in 2013.

NWCA All-Academic Team Top 30

1. Harvard University, 3.418

2. University of Nebraska, 3.321

3. Stanford University, 3.252

4. Indiana University, 3.241

5. University of Virginia, 3.239

6. Brown University, 3.23

6. Lehigh University, 3.23

8. Old Dominion University, 3.155

9. Duke University, 3.154

10. Penn State University, 3.15

11. North Dakota State University, 3.129

12. The Citadel, 3.127

13. South Dakota State University, 3.116

14. George Mason University, 3.109

15. Ohio University, 3.099

16. Utah Valley University, 3.09

17. Michigan State University, 3.087

18. Princeton University, 3.086

19. Davidson College, 3.077

20. Northwestern, 3.073

21. Oklahoma State University, 3.071

22. CSU Bakersfield, 3.07

23. University of Minnesota, 3.069

24. Boise State University, 3.037

25. University of Wyoming, 3.034

26. Appalachian State University, 3.03

27. American University, 3.022

28. Columbia University, 3.021

29. Gardner-Webb, 3.011

30. Purdue University, 3.01

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Timberwolves Secure No. 9 Pick In 2013 NBA Draft

Minneapolis/St. Paul – With All-Star forward Kevin Love representing the team in New York, the Minnesota Timberwolves were awarded the ninth overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft at tonight's NBA Draft Lottery. The 2013 NBA Draft will be held on June 27, 2013 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, and broadcast by ESPN at 6:00 p.m. CT.
Originally slated to draft in the ninth position, the Wolves entered tonight's NBA Draft Lottery with an 81.31 percent chance of remaining ninth, making it statistically the most likely result. The Wolves came into tonight with a 6.11 percent chance at landing a top-three pick, and a 12.58 percent chance of moving back. Minnesota will select ninth for the first time in franchise history.
NBA All-Stars who were chosen ninth in their respective NBA Drafts include Joakim Noah (2007 - Chicago), Andre Iquodala (2004 - Philadelphia), Amaré Stoudemire (2002 - Phoenix), Shawn Marion (1999 - Phoenix), Dirk Nowitzki (1998 -Milwaukee) and Tracy McGrady (1997 - Toronto).
Along with the ninth overall pick, the Wolves also hold the first round pick of Memphis (26th). In addition, the Wolves have two second-round picks, the 51st (Brooklyn's selection via New Orleans) and 59th (Oklahoma City's selection) overall draft choices.
Season Ticket Memberships are on sale starting at just $172 ($4 per seat per game). To order, or for more information, go to or call (612) 673-1234.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Take a kid fishing and fish free June 7-9

Celebrate the end of the school year with a potential angler-to-be by fishing for free with a child 15 or younger, June 7-9, during Take-A-Kid Fishing weekend, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said.

“This is a great opportunity to discover fishing,” said Mike Kurre, the DNR’s mentoring program coordinator. “Minnesotans 16 or older who take a child 15 or younger fishing don’t need a license that weekend. Opportunities for beginning anglers abound throughout Minnesota.”

Getting started is easy. A boat isn’t needed and there’s even loaner poles and tackle in some areas.

Start by going to to learn some terms, basic techniques and shore-fishing locations. DNR fisheries offices throughout Minnesota also offer some good, old-fashioned angling advice about fishing spots that will keep young anglers happy and safe.

The DNR’s Fishing in the Neighborhood (FiN) program provides urban shore-fishing opportunities across the metro with family-friendly settings, piers, loaner equipment at some locations and a real chance to catch quality fish. Learn more online at

Four of Minnesota’s nine state parks that are offering this summer’s weekly I Can Fish! program have sessions scheduled during Take-A-Kid Fishing weekend. Sessions at each park explore the basics of fishing, fish identification and angling tips and tricks. For more information, go to

Even when it’s not Take-A-Kid Fishing weekend, Minnesota residents may fish in a state park without a fishing license if the body of water doesn’t require a trout stamp. Anglers must fish from shore or wade in water within the state park or from a boat or a float on a designated lake within a Minnesota state park. More information on fishing in state parks is available at

“Fishing is one of the easiest and most-accessible outdoor activities in Minnesota,” Kurre said. “Take a kid fishing and, come the end of the trip, you’re both likely to be hooked.”

Malik Smith Signs Tender to Play at Minnesota

The Minnesota men’s basketball program announced today that Malik Smith has signed a tender to play for the Gophers. Smith will be eligible immediately pending an NCAA waiver based on a possible APR induced post-season ban at Florida International University, his previous school.

Smith joins previously signed guards Deandre Mathieu and Daquan McNeil as part of head coach Richard Pitino’s inaugural recruiting class at Minnesota.

“I was a pleasure to coach Malik last season at FIU and I am excited that he has decided to join the Golden Gopher program,” said head coach Richard Pitino. “His knowledge of our program on and off the court will be invaluable as we start to integrate our system here at Minnesota.”

Smith comes to the University of Minnesota after playing his junior season for Coach Pitino at FIU. He started 31 of 32 games for the Golden Panthers and was named Third Team All-Sun Belt Conference after averaging 14.1 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. His 451 points scored last season are the eighth-most in the history of Florida International basketball.

Smith set an FIU record for three-point field goals made in a single season with 96 treys and ranked number one in the conference and 16th nationally with an average of 3.0 three-pointers made per game. He set the Sun Belt Conference Tournament record with 15 total three-pointers made, including an 8-for-10 game in the opening round against Arkansas-Little Rock.

Prior to his junior season at FIU, Smith played his sophomore season at Jacksonville College and his freshman season at South Plains College. He averaged 15.0 points, 4.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game at Jacksonville, earning all-region and all-conference honors. Smith played 27 games as a freshman and averaged 5.0 points per game.

Smith, a native of Boston, Mass., led the State of Massachusetts in scoring as a senior while at Madison Park High School in Boston with an average of 26.6 points per game. He went on to play one season at Notre Dame Prep, where he averaged 16.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game.

Friday, May 17, 2013

North Dakota announces 2013-14 incoming freshman class

GRAND FORKS, N.D.University of North head men’s hockey coach Dave Hakstol announced today that eight incoming freshmen will join the program for the 2013-14 season.

North Dakota’s incoming class includes: defensemen Gage Ausmus of East Grand Forks; Paul LaDue of Grand Forks; Keaton Thompson of Devil’s Lake, ND; and Troy Stecher (STETCH-ur) of Richmond, B.C.; forwards Luke Johnson of Grand Forks; Wade Murphy of Victoria, B.C; and Adam Tambellini of Edmonton, Alberta; and; goaltender Matt Hrynkiw (huh-RINK-you) of Saskatoon, Sask.

UND places four on CoSIDA Academic All-District At-Large Teams

GRAND FORKS, N.D.University of North Dakota student-athletes Jocelyne Lamoureux, Monique Lamoureux, Veronica Medon and Nick Mattson have been named to the 2012-13 Capital One Academic All-District At-Large Team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Jocelyne Lamoureux and Medon both earned their second straight selections, while Monique Lamoureux and Mattson are each first-time honorees.

North Dakota’s four total selections were topped by only two other Division I institutions in the entire nation: the U.S. Naval Academy and Alabama. Penn State and West Virginia were the only other DI schools with four selections.

Additionally, UND was one of only five DI institutions with three selections on a single women’s academic all-district at-large team, joining the U.S. Naval Academy, Alabama, North Carolina and Penn State.

The team recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for athletic and academic performance in the following sports: Women's Bowling, Women's Crew, Men's and Women's Fencing, Women's Field Hockey, Men's and Women's Golf, Men's and Women's Gymnastics, Men's and Women's Ice Hockey, Men's and Women's Lacrosse, Men's and Women's Rifle, Men's and Women's Skiing, Men's and Women's Swimming, Men's and Women's Tennis, Men's Volleyball, Men's and Women's Water Polo, Men's Wrestling.

Jocelyne Lamoureux, an Academic All-American last season as a junior, was a first-team All-American and a top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award in 2012-13 after ranking third in the national scoring race with 81 points (35g, 46a) in 39 games. She was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Most Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row and graduated as the WCHA’s all-time leading scorer with 285 points in 149 career games. The Grand Forks, N.D., native is currently pursuing her master’s degree in kinesiology and owns a 4.0 grade point average.

Monique Lamoureux, a senior from Grand Forks, N.D., earned first-team All-America honors after leading the nation’s defensemen and ranking eighth among all players with 65 points (26g, 39a) in 39 games. She received UND’s Grace Rhonemus Female Athlete of the Year Award (all sports) and graduated as the second-leading scorer in the history of the WCHA with 265 points in 149 career games. A graduate student with a 4.0 GPA, Lamoureux is currently pursuing her master’s degree in kinesiology.

Both Lamoureuxs also helped lead the United States to a gold medal at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championship.

Medon, a senior from Huntsville, Ontario, broke three of her own school records (200 back, 100 back, 200 IM) at the 2012-13 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Championship, recording NCAA “B”-cut standards in both backstroke events. A team captain who was voted the team’s most valuable swimmer, Medon also helped UND place third in the 200 free relay at the WAC Championship. Medon, a 2013 Academic All-WAC selection, is majoring in psychology with a criminal justice minor and boasts a 4.0 GPA.

Mattson, a sophomore defenseman from Chanhassen, Minn., collected 15 points (3g, 12a) in 38 games to go with a career-high +9 plus/minus rating. He received the WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award and was named to the All-WCHA Academic Team, while helping lead UND to the program’s 11th consecutive NCAA postseason appearance, the longest active streak in NCAA Division I men’s hockey. Mattson is a pre-entrepreneurship major with a 4.0 GPA.

All four student-athletes advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-Americans will be selected later this month.

Thursday, May 16, 2013



12 Noon Tee Off

at the Heart Of The Valley Golf Course in Ada.

2 Person, 18-Hole Scramble

Entry fee is $80/team, includes golf, free meal, beverages, and door prizes.

MGA or your club handicap verification

3 flights determined by lowest handicap of two-some

NO PLAYOFFS – Ties broken by card – hole by hole

A Hole-In-One wins $2,000 towards a lease of purchase value on selected new automobile from the Ada Auto Dealers – Lee Brothers Sales and Kelly's Chrysler


Prizes for longest putt, closest to hole, longest drive

Hole-by-hole prizes

Cart rental available with advance reservation at H.O.V Golf course

NO REFUNDS IF EVENT IS RAINED OUT.  Incomplete scores decided by drawing

 To register, call 800-569-4171


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

12 UMC Student-Athletes Earn NSIC Spring All-Academic Honors

BURNSVILLE, Minn. The University of Minnesota Crookston had 12 student-athletes named to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Spring All-Academic teams as announced by the conference office Wednesday.

The UMC baseball team had two student-athletes honored as Jesse Jennings (So., IF/OF, Robbinsdale, Minn.) and Jordan Prill (Sr., 1B/OF/P, Melrose, Minn.) received the honor. Four softball players received recognition as Shelby Hollinger (So., IF/OF, Neudorf, Saskatchewan), Stacey Marcum (Sr., P, Merrill, Wis.), Josee Plante (So., 3B/C, Manitou, Manitoba) and Brooke Vatthauer (So., P/1B, Crookston, Minn.) were honored. UMC men’s golfers Jesse Roscoe (So., Big Stone City, S.D.) and Zach Cymbaluk (So., Crookston, Minn.) also received recognition as did Golden Eagle women’s golfers Kelly Gustafson (Jr., Hermantown, Minn.), Kari Bodine (Sr., Babbitt, Minn.) and Mary Mikutowski (So., Stillwater, Minn.) and women’s tennis netter Casey Paris (Jr., Fairmont, Minn.).

To be eligible for this honor, the student-athlete must be a member of the varsity traveling team and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or higher. Furthermore, the athlete must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at her/his institution (true freshmen, red-shirt freshmen and ineligible athletic transfers are not eligible) and must have completed at least one full academic year at that institution.

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Joe Coleman Granted Release from Gopher Hoops Program

University of Minnesota men’s basketball head coach Richard Pitino and the Golden Gopher basketball program today announced that guard Joe Coleman has asked for, and will be granted release from his scholarship.

“Joe Coleman has made the decision to leave the Golden Gopher basketball program. We wish him the very best in the future,” said Pitino. “We appreciate the contributions he has given the program the last two years.”

Coleman played in 72 career games in Maroon and Gold, including all 34 games last season. He contributed career-highs in multiple categories as a sophomore, including points (8.7 ppg), rebounds (3.6 rpg), assists (1.5 apg), steals (1.1 spg) and minutes played (26.3 mpg). He will leave the program with career averages of 7.2 points and 3.3 rebounds.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

NDSU Women's Track & Field ranked 11th in Midwest Region

Following its sixth consecutive Summit League outdoor championship and 12th straight league title overall, the North Dakota State women’s track & field team has been ranked 11th in the Midwest region by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

The Bison women have seven performances that rank among the top eight in the Midwest region for the 2013 outdoor season.

NDSU is the highest ranked team from The Summit League in the weekly regional ranking system. The USTFCCCA uses performances on the national descending order lists to calculate where teams stack up against the competition regionally.

The Midwest Region includes all Division I schools in the states of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, South Dakota and North Dakota.

Junior hurdler Deborah John owns the third-fastest 100m hurdles time in the Midwest at 13.53 seconds, and Ashley Tingelstad (400m) and Leslie Brost (pole vault) are both sixth in the region.

Junior Emily Lesser is seventh in the Midwest in the hammer throw, and Antoinette Goodman ranks eighth in the 200m dash.

Both NDSU relays are among the best in the region, with the 4x100m team of John, Brittany Page, Tingelstad and Goodman ranked sixth, and the 4x400m team of Tingelstad, Paige Stratioti, Page and Melissa Kitching standing at seventh on the Midwest performance list.

Qualifiers to the 2013 NCAA West Preliminary Rounds held in Austin, Texas, on May 23-25 will be announced on Thursday. The Bison are expected to send at least 10 women to the meet.

Midwest Region Rankings

1. Kansas

2. Illinois

3. Iowa State

4. Nebraska

5. Kansas State

6. Oklahoma

7. Wichita State

8. Minnesota

9. Missouri

10. Illinois State

11. North Dakota State

12. Southern Illinois

13. Missouri State

14. Iowa

15. Loyola Chicago

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Norman County Fair 5K Run/Walk

Norman County Fair

 5K Run/Walk

7:00 PM ~ Thursday ~ June 20, 2013

Ada-Borup HS Track ~ $15 

*Pre-Registration closes Friday, June 7th.
(T-Shirts are guaranteed for all pre-registered individuals.)
 *Packet pick-up and race day registration will be available on Thursday, June 20th from 6:00-6:50 p.m. at the Ada-Borup HS Track.
*Medal to top male and female finisher in 5K.
Submit Registration and Payment to:          (Please make checks payable to

NC 5K, Nikki Gullingsrud                                   Norman County Fair)       

608 3rd Ave E

Ada, MN  56510        




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