Thursday, March 27, 2014

UMC Football Releases 2014 Schedule

CROOKSTON, Minn. - University of Minnesota Crookston Head Football Coach Mike Fritze and the UMC athletic department officially released the 2014 Golden Eagle football schedule Thursday afternoon. The Golden Eagle schedule is highlighted by five home games including games against traditional Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference powers Winona State University, St. Cloud State University and University of Minnesota Duluth. UMC will also host Augustana College (S.D.) and University of Mary at Ed Widseth Field.

“We are very excited about our 2014 schedule,” Fritze said. “We are going to have the opportunity to compete against some of the nation’s best right here in Crookston at Ed Widseth Field. We think are fans are going to be in store for some great games on our home field. We play in one of the best conference in the nation and we are ready for another great year of NSIC football.”

The Golden Eagles will open up the 2014 season at home Sept. 6 at 1 p.m. against Augustana. The Vikings went 4-7 during their first season under Jerry Olszewski, who took over five seasons at St. Olaf College. UMC fell to Augustana in 2012, but did not play the Vikings in 2013.

UMC will then trek to Southwest Minnesota State University Sept. 13 for a 1 p.m. game in Marshall, Minn. The Golden Eagles defeated SMSU 33-28 to snap a losing streak in the NSIC in 2012 but the two teams did not meet in 2013. The Mustangs went 7-4 during the 2013 season.

The Golden Eagles will return home to face Winona State University Sept. 20 at 1 p.m. at Ed Widseth Field. Winona State went 6-5 last season. The Warriors defeated UMC in 2012 but the two schools did not meet last season.

UMC will wrap up the NSIC South part of their schedule Sept. 27 as they head to St. Paul, Minn. to face Concordia University-St. Paul at 1 p.m.. Concordia went 5-6 during the 2013 season. UMC played a hard-fought game against the Golden Bears in 2012 but fell 34-24. The two schools did not play in 2013.

The Golden Eagles will open up the NSIC North part of their slate Oct. 4 as they host St. Cloud State University at 1 p.m. at Ed Widseth Field. St. Cloud State defeated Minnesota Crookston in St. Cloud, Minn. last season. The Huskies went 12-2 last season, advancing to the NCAA Division II playoffs where they lost to Northwest Missouri State University.

Minnesota Crookston will again hit the road for a short 90 mile trek down Highway 2 to face Bemidji State University at Chet Anderson Stadium at 1 p.m. in Bemidji, Minn. in the “Hub Cap Game”. The Golden Eagles ended a
a losing streak against BSU that stretched back to 1998. The Golden Eagles won the game 16-14 in the mud for Homecoming last season. Bemidji State struggled overall on the year as they looked to replace a lot of starters from the season prior. BSU was 3-8 during the 2013 campaign.

UMC will return to Ed Widseth Field Oct. 18 for Homecoming against University of Mary at 1 p.m. The Golden Eagles and U-Mary battled last season with the Marauders winning 31-15 with U-Mary winning in Myron Schulz’ last game after a long tenure as head coach in Bismarck, N.D. This will be the first season as head coach for Josh Kotelnicki, who served as Defensive Coordinator for University of North Dakota last season. U-Mary went 6-5 during the 2013 season. The Golden Eagles did well against U-Mary in their last home game against the Marauders, which was played at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, N.D. UMC won on a last second two-point conversion 37-36.

The Golden Eagles will hit the road again Oct. 25 to face Minot State University at 1 p.m. in Minot, N.D. Minot State went 2-9 last season. They are under new leadership in 2014 as Todd Hoffner, the former Minnesota State University, Mankato coach takes over the ship for the Beavers. Minot State defeated UMC 20-19 in the final minutes at Ed Widseth Field in 2013 in what proved to be a heartbreaker for the Golden Eagles.

UMC will return home to face NSIC power University of Minnesota Duluth Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. at Ed Widseth Field. Then No. 6 Minnesota Duluth defeated UMC last season. The Bulldogs are in their second season under Head Coach Curt Wiese. The game against their sister school UMD, will be Senior Day for the Golden Eagles who currently have 13 seniors on the roster heading into next season.

The Golden Eagles will hit the road for the final two games of the season, beginning with Northern State University at 1 p.m. Nov. 8 in Aberdeen, S.D.  Northern State won last season 28-0 over the Golden Eagles. The Wolves went 4-7 during the 2013 season.

UMC will wrap up the 2014 schedule with the “Red River Valley Showdown” Presented by State Farm Insurance Nov. 15 at 1 p.m. in Moorhead, Minn. The Golden Eagles ended a skid against their rival last season by bringing home the ‘State Farm Traveling Trophy” with a 20-14 win over the Dragons. MSU Moorhead went  4-7 in 2013.

The Golden Eagles are entering their second season under Head Coach Mike Fritze in 2014. Fritze came to UMC after 18 years as head coach at Apple Valley High School. The UMC boss has infused a sense of optimism and excitement in the program in his short time leading the ship for the Golden Eagles. UMC is coming off of back-to-back two win conference seasons after failing to win a game in the league for four years, showing signs of a program on the rise.  

Minnesota Crookston will return seven starters on offense led by all five starters on the offensive line from last season. The Golden Eagle offense will be led in the 2014 by Fritze, who takes over the duties this season after a vast amount of experience coaching the offense during his days at Apple Valley High School. He will be assisted by Pass Game Coordinator Mike Clark and Run Game Coordinator Robby Case. UMC’s forces will be led by senior linemen Matt Borowicz, Sam Smith and Jeff Pryor, along with senior wide receiver Marcus Cheatham.

On defense, UMC heads into their second season under Defensive Coordinator Mark Dufner, who has been with the team for 12 seasons. The Golden Eagles showed improvement in 2013 and will return six starters from that squad. Leading the way will be local product Brody Davidson and NSIC Second Team pick Andrew “Rock” Hall at linebacker. They will join with defensive linemen Greg Lofquist, A.J. Wallace and Drew Selvestra and cornerback Lethzee Calderon to provide the core of the UMC defense.

UMC has 52 players currently in camp, an improvement from last season’s Spring number. In addition, the Golden Eagles have brought in a talented recruiting class which includes 43 players. The Golden Eagles are currently slated to have 95 players in Fall camp, which would be one of their biggest rosters in program history. The base of UMC’s recruiting class has been led by 23 players from the state of Minnesota and North Dakota, a major emphasis for Fritze and his assistant coaches.

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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).

2014 Football Schedule
Sept. 6 - Augustana - Crookston, Minn. - 1 p.m.
Sept. 13 - at Southwest Minnesota State - Marshall, Minn. - 1 p.m.
Sept. 20 - Winona State - Crookston, Minn. - 1 p.m.
Sept. 27 - at Concordia-St. Paul - St. Paul, Minn. - 1 p.m.
Oct. 4 - St. Cloud State - Crookston, Minn. - 1 p.m.
Oct. 11 - at Bemidji State - Bemidji, Minn. - 1 p.m. (Hub Cap Game)
Oct. 18 - U-Mary - Crookston, Minn. - 1 p.m. (Homecoming)
Oct. 25 - at Minot State - Minot, N.D. - 1 p.m.
Nov. 1 - Minnesota Duluth - Crookston, Minn. - 1 p.m. (Senior Day)
Nov. 8 - at Northern State - Aberdeen, S.D. - 1 p.m.
Nov. 15 - at MSU Moorhead - Moorhead, Minn. - 1 p.m. (Red River Valley Showdown)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

NDSU's Phillips Named Finalist for Award

BOSTON – The fifteen finalists for the 2014 Hugh Durham Award presented to the top Division I mid-major men’s basketball coach were announced Wednesday by North Dakota State’s Saul Phillips is among the finalists.

The list of finalists includes Mike Brennan (American), Rick Byrd (Belmont), Tim Clues (Iona), Steve Hawkins (Western Michigan), Bob Hoffman (Mercer), Ron Hunter (Georgia State), Tony Jasick (IPFW), Tod Kowalczyk (Toledo), Gregg Marshall (Wichita State), LeVelle Moton (North Carolina Central), Jeff Neubauer (Eastern Kentucky), Saul Phillips (North Dakota State), Monte Ross (Delaware), Brad Underwood (Stephen F. Austin) and Will Wade (Chattanooga).

Phillips won his second Summit League Coach of the Year award this season, directing the Bison to a school record-tying 26 wins and an 80-75 overtime win over fifth-seeded Oklahoma in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. NDSU swept The Summit League’s regular season and tournament titles for the second time in six years.

The Hugh Durham Award is given annually to the nation’s top mid-major coach. The award is named in honor of Hugh Durham who retired at the end of the 2004-05 season. Durham is one of just twelve coaches to have led two different programs to the NCAA Final Four (Florida State in 1972 and Georgia in 1983). He is the only coach among that group to have led both schools to their lone Final Four appearance.

The winner of the 2014 Hugh Durham Award will be announced at the Awards Banquet on April 4 in Dallas, site of the 2014 Final Four.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Lynx Re-Sign Janel McCarville to Multi-Year Contract

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Lynx today announced the team has re-signed center Janel McCarville to a multi-year contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"We are happy to have Janel back in a Lynx uniform for the upcoming title defense," said Executive Vice President Roger Griffith. "She was an integral part of our success last year and remains an ideal fit in our system. Janel is one of the best passing posts in the league and her offensive versatility makes her a valuable player on our team. We're happy to have her back in Minnesota and look forward to seeing her suit up in a Lynx uniform for years to come."
McCarville started all 32 games she played in last season, averaging 6.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and a career-best 2.9 assists per game (2nd among WNBA centers) for the Lynx. She came up big for the Lynx in the playoffs, averaging 9.3 points on 13-for-21 (61.9%) shooting, 4.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists as Minnesota swept the Atlanta Dream in the WNBA Finals for its second championship in three seasons.

"I'm excited to be back with the Lynx," said McCarville. "Last year was obviously a great season for us, both on and off the court. I had so much fun playing alongside all of the amazing talent on our roster, and I can't wait to do it all over again this summer as we defend our title."

"I'm thrilled Janel has decided to remain a Lynx," said head coach Cheryl Reeve. "Her personality and her on-court talent are a perfect match for our team. To have players that teammates love to play with and players that coaches love to coach has been the trademark of our successful teams and Janel embodies this."
A seven--year veteran originally selected by the Charlotte Sting with the #1 overall pick in the 2005 WNBA Draft, McCarville holds career averages of 8.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

2013-14 Pine to Prairie Boys Basketball All-Conference


Blake Fetting                                     Ada-Borup                              12

JD Kappes                                         Ada-Borup                              12

Lance Ruebke                                    Ada-Borup                              12       

Charlie Duckstad                               Fertile-Beltrami                     12

Mitchell Mosher                                Fertile-Beltrami                     12

Alex Schmalenberg                           Fertile-Beltrami                     12

Aaron Arneson                                  Fosston                                   11

Darin Viken                                       Fosston                                   11

Dalton Kohler                                    Lake Park – Audubon            12

Kyle Lisburg                                      NCE-UH                                 11

Hunter Nickel                                    Park Christian                        12

Matt Moberg                                      Park Christian                        12

Zach Stene                                         NCE-UH                                 12

Zac Tradewell                                    Win-E-Mac                             11

Jake Walker                                       Win-E-Mac                             12

Honorable Mention

Louis Larson                                      Bagley                                   10
Jordan Loiland                                   Bagley                                   11
Levi Dahl                                          Climax-Fisher                        12
Brady Steffes                                     Fertile-Beltrami                     10
Joey Woods                                        Fertile-Beltrami                     11
Jon Olson                                           Fosston                                   12
Jordan Stockert                                  Lake Park – Audubon            12
Luke Warnsholz                                 Mahnomen                             11
Hart Hauge                                        Norman County West            11
Zach Kvalvog                                    Park Christian                        10
Jared Olsgaard                                   Park Christian                        12
Darius Woods-Steichen                     Waubun                                  10
Most Valuable Players

Mitchell Mosher – Fertile-Beltrami

Coach of the Year

Neil Steffes – Fertile-Beltrami

Monday, March 17, 2014

MN State Girls' Basketball Tournament Preview

            Two teams return to defend their 2013 titles: Minneota in Class A and New Richland-H-E-G in Class AA.
            Coaches of all four teams voted and seeded the top five teams of each class: Minneota in Class A; New Richland-H-E-G in Class AA; Park Center of Brooklyn Park in Class AAA; and Eastview of Apple Valley in Class AAAA.
            Park Center of Brooklyn Park (Class AAA) is the only team making its first appearance.

            The 2014 State Girls’ Basketball Tournament starts Tuesday, March 18, with six quarterfinal games being played at Target Center. The remaining quarterfinals continue on Wednesday, March 19, and Thursday, March 20, at Mariucci Arena on the University of Minnesota Minneapolis campus. Semifinals start at Williams Arena on the University of Minnesota Minneapolis campus on Thursday, March 20, and conclude on Friday, March 21. The championship games of all four classes will be played at Williams Arena on Saturday March 22. Third-place games will be played on Saturday at Concordia University in St. Paul.
                This year and the next four years the boys’ basketball tournament will precede the girls’ basketball tournament because Target Center is hosting the National Collegiate Hockey Conference Frozen Faceoff tournament.
            This is the 18th year of the four-class format and the 11th year with all games being played in Minneapolis. This is the eighth year that the Class AAA and Class AAAA tournaments were seeded by the participating coaches, but the first year that Class A and Class AA were seeded.
            The seeding process had all 32 coaches of the section champions log onto a special page of the League Web site. Each coach then ranked the other teams in their class one through seven. The highest and lowest rankings for each team were discarded, leaving five rankings for each team. From those rankings, the top five teams were seeded. In conference calls with all eight head coaches of each class, League Associate Director Lisa Lissimore announced the top five seeds. Pat Barrett, representing the girls’ basketball coaches association, then blindly drew the three remaining teams to establish the opponent for each seeded team. Numbers four and five automatically play each other.
            Detailed statistics provided by qualified teams are available on the League’s Web site — — as a Media Guide link under Tournaments, then Winter, then Girls’ Basketball.

            Class A Preview

            (Section 5) Browerville (23-5) vs. (No. 1 Seed-Section 1) Minneota (30-1): The Tigers of Browerville face the defending champion Vikings of Minneota. Browerville is making its second tournament appearance and first since 2006. The Tigers finished the season unranked in the final Minnesota Basketball News (MBN) poll and did not provide individual or team statistics. Minneota is making its fourth consecutive and fifth overall appearance, having claimed the title in 2013. Senior Taylor Reiss, all-time leading scorer for the Vikings, averages 24.0 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. Junior Emily Stienessen adds 13.7 points per game. Minneota finished the year ranked No. 2 by MBN.
            (No. 5 Seed-Section 6) Ada-Borup (28-1) vs. (No. 4 Seed-Section 1) Goodhue (25-5): Last year’s runner-up Ada-Borup is making its third consecutive and seventh overall appearance. The Cougars won previous titles in 2008 and 2009 and are the No. 5-seeded team this year. Ranked No. 4 in the final MBN poll, Ada-Borup outscored its opponents by an average of 34.2 points per game this season. Senior Monica Vega leads the team with 11.4 points per game and junior Haley Poehler is the top rebounder, averaging 6.8 per game. No. 1-ranked Goodhue returns to tournament play for the first time since 2011, making its fifth overall appearance. Senior Mikayla Miller surpassed 2,000 career points this season to become the Wildcats’ all-time scoring leader. She averages 24.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 5.0 steals per game. Junior Shelby Hinsch averages 10.4 points per game.
            (Section 2) Mankato Loyola (27-2) vs. (No. 2 Seed-Section 4) Maranatha Christian Academy, Brooklyn Park (23-5): Both teams lost in the quarterfinal round in 2013. Ranked No. 7 in the final MBN poll, Mankato Loyola is making its second consecutive and third overall appearance. Ninth-grader Lindsey Theuninck is the top scorer for the Crusaders, averaging 13.4 points per game. Junior Megan Schroeder adds 10.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Senior Aunikah Bastian leads the team in assists (5.6 per game) and steals (4.5). The Maranatha Christian Academy Mustangs are making their fifth consecutive and overall tournament appearance, claiming titles in 2011 and 2012. The team closed the season ranked No. 5 in the final MBN poll. The Mustangs average 84.2 points per game, with four players who average double-digits in scoring. Junior Lexi Lee leads the Mustangs with 17.4 points per game, while her sister, senior Madison Lee, adds 16.0 points per game. Sophomore Alaina Jarnot averages 12.2 points and 5.4 assists per game and senior Mikayla Payne contributes 10.5 points and 7.48 rebounds per game.
            (Section 8) Win-E-Mac, Erskine (28-2) vs. (No. 3 Seed-Section 7) Mountain Iron-Buhl (28-2): Win-E-Mac looks to improve on last year’s fourth-place finish. This is the second consecutive and third overall appearance for the Patriots, who finished the season ranked No. 9 in the final MBN poll. Win-E-Mac did not provide team or individual statistics. For No. 3-ranked Mountain Iron-Buhl, it is the fourth consecutive and fifth overall tournament appearance under this name. Mountain Iron previously competed in the tournament in 1978 and Buhl made an appearance in 1977. The Rangers lost in the quarterfinal round in 2013. Ninth-graders Chelsea Mason and Mya Buffetta are the team’s top two scorers, averaging 15.9 and 13.1 points per game, respectively. Senior Allie Knuti, who leads the Rangers in rebounding with 7.8 boards and adds 9.8 points per game, will play basketball at Bemidji State University next season.

            Class A Quarterfinal Schedule — Thursday, March 20
            11:00 a.m. — Browerville vs. Minneota at Mariucci Arena
            1:00 p.m. — Ada-Borup vs. Goodhue at Mariucci Arena
            3:00 p.m. — Mankato Loyola vs. Maranatha Christian Academy at Mariucci Arena
            5:00 p.m. — Win-E-Mac vs. Mountain Iron-Buhl at Mariucci Arena

            Class AA Preview

            (Section 8) Pequot Lakes (23-6) vs. (No. 1 Seed-Section 2) New Richland-H-E-G (28-0): Unranked Pequot Lakes is making its first tournament appearance since 2012 and sixth overall. Senior Vanessa Lane averages nearly a double-double for the Patriots with 18.8 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. Seniors Kayla Miller and Katie White add 14.4 and 11.9 points per game, respectively. The defending champions from New Richland-H-E-G are making a third consecutive and fourth overall appearance. The Panthers are undefeated and closed the season ranked No. 1 in the final MBN poll, scoring on average 79.4 points per game and defeating opponents by 40 points. Senior Carlie Wagner scored more than 1,000 points on 56.7 percent field-goal shooting during the season. She is the school’s all-time leading scorer with more than 3,800 points in her career. Wagner averages 36.5 points, 5.3 assists, and 4.4 steals per game. Senior Jade Schultz is the top rebounder for the Panthers, grabbing 7.8 boards per game to go along with 12.0 points. Schultz and Wagner will be teammates next season at the University of Minnesota.
            (No. 5 Seed-Section 4) Minnehaha Academy, Minneapolis (20-6) vs. (No. 4 Seed-Section 5) Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted (27-2): Champions in 2010, Minnehaha Academy is making its eighth overall appearance and first since 2012. The Redhawks enter tournament play unranked in the final MBN poll. Sophomore Sarah Kaminski leads Minnehaha Academy in scoring (17.4 points per game), rebounds (9.96), assists (5.5), and steals (3.4). Junior Gracia Gilreath adds 8.7 points and 4.3 assists per game. The Lakers of Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted finished the season ranked No. 6 by MBN. This is the third overall appearance for the Laker and their first since 2009. The school participated in the tournament as Howard Lake-Waverly in 1980 and 1982. Three players give the Lakers a balanced scoring attack: senior Abby Miller averages 16.1 points per game; senior Mackenzie Uter contributes 13.7 points and 7.2 assists per game; and senior Gabby Gruenhagen adds 13.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. Next year, Uter will play basketball at St. Cloud State University and Miller will play at the College of Saint Benedict.
            (Section 3) Redwood Valley, Redwood Falls (19-9) vs. (No. 2 Seed-Section 1) Kenyon-Wanamingo (29-1): Redwood Valley is making its first appearance under this name. The school made four additional appearances as Redwood Falls between 1976 and 1979, winning a title in 1976. The Cardinals closed the season unranked in the final MBN poll. Junior Lauren Hanson is the top scorer and rebounder for Redwood Valley, averaging 10.7 points and 6.6 boards per game. Senior Kayla Pohlen scores 7.8 points and junior Makenzie Mace adds 7.4 points per game. No. 2-ranked Kenyon-Wanamingo returns to tournament play for the first time since 2001. This is the Knights’ third appearance. Kenyon appeared once in 1988. Kenyon-Wanamingo did not provide team or individual statistics.
            (Section 7) Esko (25-5) vs. (No. 3 Seed-Section 6) New London-Spicer (24-5): Back in the tournament for the first time since 2007, the Eskomos of Esko are making their 10th appearance. Esko was not ranked in the final MBN poll. A pair of ninth-graders leads the Eskomos in scoring: Ava Gonsorowski at 9.8 points per game and Judy Wagemaker with 9.5. Junior Ashley Bergerson contributes 8.6 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. New London-Spicer is making its 15th overall appearance and first since 2009. The Wildcats won titles in 1997 and 2002, and enter the tournament ranked No. 5 in the final MBN poll. Senior Taylor Thunstedt, who has committed to play for North Dakota State University, is New London-Spicer’s all-time leader in points (2,740+), steals (475+) and 3-point shots (425+). New London-Spicer did not provide individual statistics.

            Class AA Quarterfinals Schedule — Wednesday, March 19
            2:00 p.m. — Pequot Lakes vs. New Richland-H-E-G at Mariucci Arena
            4:00 p.m. — Minnehaha Academy vs. Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted at Mariucci Arena
            6:00 p.m. — Redwood Valley vs. Kenyon-Wanamingo at Mariucci Arena
            8:00 p.m. — Esko vs. New London-Spicer at Mariucci Arena

            Class AAA Preview
            (Section 4) Simley, Inver Grove Heights (22-7) vs. (No. 1 Seed-Section 3) Park Center, Brooklyn Park (23-5): Simley is making its third appearance but first since 2003. Sophomore Abby Kain leads the team in scoring, averaging 17.0 points per game. She also leads the Spartans with 10.6 rebounds per game Senior Kylie Brown, who will play for Creighton University next year, adds 12.0 points, 9.6 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. The Spartans were unranked in the final MBN poll. No. 6-ranked Park Center is making its first tournament appearance. Senior Cayla McMorris leads the Pirates offense with 21.9 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. She will play at the University of Wisconsin next year. Ninth-grader Mikayla Hayes adds 9.5 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.
            (No. 5 Seed-Section 5) Monticello (22-6) vs. (No. 4 Seed-Section 6) Minneapolis Washburn (24-6): Monticello, which is making its third consecutive and overall appearance, was No. 9 in the final MBN poll. The Magic placed fourth in 2013. Senior Grace Sawatzke leads Monticello with 16.4 points per game, as well as dishing out a team-high 4.4 assists per game. Senior Alyssa Lentner grabs 6.3 rebounds per game for the Magic. Sawatzke will play at the University of North Dakota next year and Lentner will play at Mayville State University in North Dakota. Senior Gabby Laimer, who averages 10.3 points and 5.0 rebounds per game for Monticello, will play at Northern State University. The Millers of Minneapolis Washburn, the No. 4 seed this year, are making their second consecutive and sixth overall appearance. They placed fourth in Class AA last year and were ranked No. 5 in this year’s final MBN poll. This season Washburn defeated its opponents by an average of 19.5 points per game. Head coach Tylor Coley’s senior daughter, Chase, leads the teams with 24.3 points, 18.4 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 5.7 steals, and 9.4 blocks per game. Coley also holds a number of school records, including all-time blocks and single-season rebounds.
            (Section 1) Kasson-Mantorville (25-5) vs. (No. 2 Seed-Section 8) Fergus Falls (28-1): Unranked Kasson-Mantorville returns for its fourth tournament appearance but first since 1997. Junior Cori Kennedy shoots 43.4 percent from three-point range and leads the KoMets with 16.8 points per game. Kristin Scott, a ninth-grader, adds 13.7 points per game and corrals a team-high 8.4 rebounds plus 3.2 blocks per game. The Otters of Fergus Falls, ranked No. 1 in the final MBN poll, are making their third consecutive and fourth overall tournament appearance. They lost in the quarterfinals in 2013. A trio of seniors averages double-figure scoring: Bailey Strand (21.4 points per game), Anna Monke (14.0), and Brianna Rasmusson (11.1). Monke leads Fergus Falls with 7.5 rebounds per game and Rasmusson adds 9.3 assists per game. Strand will play basketball at the University of North Dakota next year and Monke will play at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Rasmusson will play volleyball at North Dakota State University. As a team, the Otters shoot 48.1 percent from the field and defeat their opponents by 28.9 points per game. Fergus Falls also has a 45-0 home winning streak over the past three years.
            (Section 7) Chisago Lakes Area, Lindstrom (22-6) vs. (No. 3 Seed-Section 2) Marshall (28-1): Chisago Lakes Area is making its third consecutive and overall appearance in the state tournament. The Wildcats, who lost in the quarterfinals in 2013, were ranked No. 8 in the final MBN poll. Senior Bryanna Fernstrom averages a double-double with 26.0 points and 13.2 rebounds per game. Fernstrom will play at Iowa State University next year. Senior Sam Forslund, who averages 7.4 points per game, will play at Dakota Wesleyan next year. Junior Sarah Greene adds 13.0 points per game for Chisago Lakes Area. The Tigers of Marshall, who are the No. 3 seed this year, are making their sixth appearance this year. They made their last in 2006. The Tigers, who were No. 2 in the final MBN poll, are in the hunt for their third title. They won previously in 2001 and 2002. Junior Sarah Buysse leads Marshall with 14.1 points per game. Senior Kenzie Beekman adds 13.5 points per game and also leads the Tigers with 5.7 rebounds per game. Beekman and senior Hannah Bennett will play volleyball at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall next year. Bennett averages 11.1 points and 4.9 assists per game for Marshall.

            The Class AAA Quarterfinal Schedule — Tuesday, March 18

            6:00 p.m. — Simley vs. Park Center at Target Center
            8:00 p.m. — Monticello vs. Minneapolis Washburn at Target Center

            The Class AAA Quarterfinal Schedule — Wednesday, March 19

            10:00 a.m. — Kasson-Mantorville vs. Fergus Falls at Mariucci Arena
            Noon — Chisago Lakes Area vs. Marshall at Mariucci Arena

            Class AAAA Preview
            (Section 4) St. Paul Central (24-5) vs. (No. 1 Seed-Section 3) Eastview, Apple Valley (28-1): The unranked Minutemen of St. Paul Central are making their second consecutive and 11th overall appearance. They lost in the quarterfinals in 2013, but won previous championships in 1976, 1979, 2007 and 2008. Junior Chelcie Kizart leads the Minutemen with12.5 points and 4.2 steals per game. Senior Rayna Sherow adds 12.4 points and a team-high 8.7 rebounds per game. As a team, St. Paul Central outscores its opponents by 20.8 points per game. Eastview returns for its third consecutive and seventh overall appearance. The Lightning were ranked No. 1 in the final MBN poll. They are looking to improve on last year’s third-place showing. Junior Madison Guebert averages 22.0 points per game, and junior Hana Metoxen averages 5.3 rebounds per game. Senior Kari Opatz adds an average of 14.6 points per game. Opatz will attend Concordia University on a golf scholarship next year.
            (No. 5 Seed-Section 7) Anoka (22-7) vs. (No. 4 Seed-Section 6) Eden Prairie (18-9): The Anoka Tornadoes, seeded No. 5 this year, are making their second consecutive and third overall appearance. They lost in the quarterfinals of the 2013 tournament and were ranked No. 8 in this year’s final MBN poll. Seniors Claire Lundberg and Kyrah Fredenburg lead the Tornadoes with 16.0 and 13.8 points per game, respectively. Fredenburg also grabs a team-high 7.5 rebounds per game. The No. 10-ranked Eagles of Eden Prairie return after a two-year absence. This is their third appearance. Junior Martha Kuderer leads the Eagles with 15.0 points per game and junior Emma Boehm adds 10.6 points per game.  Rachael Platt, another junior, paces Eden Prairie with 7.6 rebounds per game.
            (Section 1) Lakeville North (20-9) vs. (No. 2 Seed-Section 5) Centennial, Circle Pines (23-5): The unranked Lakeville North Panthers are making their fifth tournament appearance and first since 2012. They are looking for their second championship, having won previously in 2010. Junior MacKenzie Denk leads the Panthers in both points (10.1 per game) and rebounds (6.8 per game). Ninth-grader Temi Carda averages 9.8 points per game for Lakeville North. The Cougars of Centennial return to tournament action after a four-year absence. They were ranked No. 9 in the final MBN poll. This is their fifth appearance. Senior Jill Conrad leads Centennial with 15.0 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. Senior Daizjah Morris adds 14.7 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. Morris is also the school’s all-time leader in steals and she averages 3.9 per game.
            (Section 8) St. Michael-Albertville (23-4) vs. (No. 3 Seed-Section 2) Bloomington Kennedy (23-6): The Knights of St. Michael-Albertville are making their third consecutive and seventh overall appearance. They were ranked No. 7 in the final MBN poll and are in the hunt for their third championship. They won previously in 2001 and 2009. Last year the Knights lost in the quarterfinals. Senior Erin Autio, who will attend the University of South Alabama on a track scholarship next year, leads the team with 11.9 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. Ninth-grader Rae Johnson adds an average of 11.1 points per game for St. Michael-Albertville. The Bloomington Kennedy Eagles are making their second consecutive and fourth overall appearance. They are looking for their second title, having won previously in 2005. The Eagles enter the tournament ranked No. 6 in the final MBN poll. Bloomington Kennedy did not provide team or individual statistics.

            The Class AAAA Quarterfinal Schedule — Tuesday, March 18
            10:00 a.m. — St. Paul Central vs. Eastview at Target Center
            Noon — Anoka vs. Eden Prairie at Target Center
            2:00 p.m. — Lakeville North vs. Centennial at Target Center
            4:00 p.m. — St. Michael-Albertville vs. Bloomington Kennedy at Target Center

            Television and Webcast Coverage
            All semifinal and championship games will be televised live by KSTC-TV, Channel 45, and also streamed live at for a fee of $4.97 per day. Live statistics of all games will also be displayed on the League website (

            Ticket Information
            Tickets will be available at Target Center, Mariucci Arena, and Williams Arena. Quarterfinal tickets cost $14.00 for adults and $9.00 for students. Daily quarterfinal wristbands, which are good at each venue, are $19.00 for adults and $12.00 for students. Semifinal and championship tickets will be available at Williams Arena and cost $14.00 for adults and $9.00 for students per session. Third-place tickets will be available at Concordia University and cost $10.00 for adults and $7.00 for students.
                A visit to any participating Wells Fargo metro location can yield you a $2 discount coupon for students 13 and younger.

UMC to Begin Search for New Head Men's Basketball Coach

CROOKSTON, Minn. (March 17, 2013) – The University of Minnesota Crookston announced today that Head Men’s Basketball Coach Jeff Oseth’s contract will not be renewed.

“We sincerely appreciate the commitment, effort, and loyalty Coach Oseth has brought to the Golden Eagle men’s basketball program as well as to the entire campus during his tenure. That said, we believe it’s time to take the program in a new direction,” said Stephanie Helgeson, director of athletics. Helgeson indicated that the search for a new head men’s basketball coach will begin immediately.

Helgeson added, “Jeff certainly helped us during the transition to membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. We wish him only the very best.”

Oseth has served as the head men’s basketball coach for the Crookston campus since 2002, when he was selected—first as interim head coach and then as head coach. He served several seasons prior to that as an assistant coach and was a member of the U of M Crookston men’s basketball team from 1990-1992.