Wednesday, April 30, 2014

UMC's Manusos Named to All-NSIC Gold Glove Team

CROOKSTON, Minn.- University of Minnesota Crookston softball player Ashley Manusos (Sr., OF, Spring Grove, Ill./Sports and Rec Management) was named to the Gold Glove team as the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) named their All-Conference teams for the 2014 season.

Manusos was honored as one of the best defensive players in the conference, a much deserved honor for the center field who was consistently made strong defensive play after strong defensive play in the outfield over the last two years. Manusos had a game-saving rob of a home run in a win over St. Cloud State University earlier this season. The senior held a .984 fielding percentage on the season with just one error.

Minnesota State University, Mankato catcher Lindsay Erickson was named the NSIC Player of the Year. The NSIC Pitcher of the Year and NSIC Freshman of the Year was Coley Ries of Minnesota State. The NSIC Newcomer of the Year was Winona State University Pitcher Hanna Lythberg, while the NSIC Coach of the Year was Minnesota State’s Lori Meyer. Winona State led all teams with four players on the All-NSIC First Team.

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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).

#     First Team         Pos.     Yr.     School     Hometown
16     Lindsay Spanton     U     Sr.     Augustana  ��      Apple Valley, Minn.
10     Jenelle Trautmann     P/U     Jr.     Augustana         Hastings, Minn.
7     Amber Gamboa     C     Fr.     University of Mary     Gilroy, Calif.
14     Julissa Perales     DP     Jr.     University of Mary     Olympia, Wash.
16     Sami Schnyder     3rd     So.     Minnesota Duluth     Waconia, Minn.
21     Sam Holien         SS     Sr.     Minnesota State     Forest Lake, Minn.
1     Coley Ries         RHP     Fr.     Minnesota State     Eagle Lake, Minn.
22     Lindsay Erickson     C     Sr.     Minnesota State     Big Lake, Minn.
4     Jen Dixon         LF     Sr.     Minot State     Brandon, MB
19     Erin Scott         LF     Jr.     Sioux Falls     Aurora, Colo.
16     Sara Scheffert     RHP     Jr.     Wayne State     Lincoln, Neb.
14     Kaiti Williams         LF     Jr.     Wayne State     Papillion, Neb.
6     Morgan Lintz         1B     Jr.     Winona State     Bettendorf, Iowa
20     Hanna Lythberg     RHP     So.     Winona State     Mount Prospect, Ill.
9     Jenny Nelson         2B     Sr.     Winona State     Carol Stream, Ill.
3     Ashley Walker     P/U     Jr.     Winona State     Shakopee, Minn.

#     Second Team         Pos.     Yr.     School     Hometown
32     Sarah Kennedy     SS     Fr.     Augustana     Bettendorf, Iowa
12     MacKenzie Alstott     CF     Jr.     Augustana     Fort Dodge, Iowa
14     Carley Pickett     LHP     So.     Augustana     Maplewood, Minn.
7     Bekah Roth         2B     Sr.     Concordia-St. Paul     Shoreview, Minn.
18     Teona Zepeda     OF     So.     Concordia-St. Paul     Woodbury, Minn.
9     Allison Brown         1B     Sr.     University of Mary     Escondido, Calif.
13     Kristin Ormsby     SS     Jr.     University of Mary     San Ramon, Calif.
17     Megan Mullen     LF     Sr.     Minnesota Duluth     Hermantown, Minn.
6     Anna Cole         LF     Sr.     Minnesota State     Blue Springs, Mo.
11     Brittany Lauterbach     RHP     Sr.     Minnesota State     Prior Lake, Minn.
13     Kelly Wood         3B     Sr.     Minnesota State     Eagan, Minn.
15     Melissa Bell         1B     Jr.     Minot State     Belgrade, Mont.
2     Kellen Dewey         2B     Sr.     Sioux Falls     Grand Rapids, Mich.
9     Amanda Walters     RHP     Sr.     Sioux Falls     Sioux Falls, S.D.
6     Bailey Bouman     P/U     Sr.     Sioux Falls     Pipestone, Minn.
10     Sam O’Brien         SS     So.     Wayne State     Lawrence, Kan.
15     Kelcie Bormann     P/U     Jr.     Wayne State     Preston, Iowa
5     Megan Hagemann     C     Jr.     Wayne State     Elkhorn, Neb.
11     Reed Karsten         RF     So.     Winona State     Marengo, Ill.
2     Lexi Perez         LF     Fr.     Winona State     South Elgin, Ill.

#     Golf Glove Team     Pos.     Yr.     School     Hometown
3     Ashley Walker     P     Jr.     Winona State     Shakopee, Minn.
6     Morgan Lintz         1B     Jr.     Winona State     Bettendorf, Iowa
2     Kellen Dewey     `    2B     Sr.     Sioux Falls     Grand Rapids, Mich.
13     Kristin Ormsby     SS     Jr.     University of Mary     San Ramon, Calif.
1     Sami Schnyder     3B     So.     Minnesota Duluth     Waconia, Minn.
22     Lindsay Erickson     C     Sr.     Minnesota State     Big Lake, Minn.
4     Jen Dixon         LF     Sr.     Minot State     Brandon, MB
12     Ashley Manusos     CF     Sr.     UMC     Spring Grove, Ill.
11     Reed Karsten         RF     So.     Winona State     Marengo, Ill.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

UMC Baseball Adds Four Signees

CROOKSTON, Minn.- The University of Minnesota Crookston baseball team announced the addition of four players to National Letters of Intent. The Golden Eagles signed a pair of junior college product in Adam Sellner (P, 5-11 175, Sleepy Eye, Minn./Riverland C.C.) and Lucas Thoma (P, 5-11 200, Little Falls, Minn./Itasca C.C.), along with high school products Matt Nelson (UT, 6-3 215, Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville South H.S.) and Riley Thompson (OF/P, 6-1 200, Owatonna, Minn./Owatonna H.S.).

The signings of Sellner, Thoma, Nelson and Thompson bring the total to six players UMC has signed during the Signing Period including local products Brayden Larson (P/C, 6-0 195, Middle River, Minn./Greenbush/Middle River H.S.) and Cody Magsam (IF, 5-10 150, Crookston, Minn./Fisher H.S.).

“I’m very excited that we have signed these four individuals to be a part of the University of Minnesota Crookston and its baseball program,” said Head Coach Chris Vito. “All four are good students that will be welcome additions to our team and the University.”

Adam Sellner/P, 5-11 175, Sleepy Eye, Minn./Riverland C.C.

Prior to UMC: Currently competes at Riverland Community College in Austin, Minn...Appeared in 20 games for the Blue Devils as a freshman, recording a .235 batting average with four RBI’s...Was 4-of-4 on stolen base attempts...As a pitcher, started six games with 38 innings pitched with a record of 3-2 and 2.84 ERA with 41 strikeouts and four complete games...As a sophomore, Sellner has logged 17 innings pitched with two starts...He currently has a 3.18 ERA with 13 strikeouts...At the plate, Sellner is hitting .311 with 15 runs scored, 12 RBI’s, two doubles and two triples...Prior to Riverland C.C., Sellner attended Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s H.S...He played football, basketball and baseball during his prep career...Was an All-Tomahawk Conference pick from 2010-12...Sellner was named the All-Journal Baseball Player of the Year by the New Ulm Journal...Was an All-State selection in 2011 and 2012.

Personal: Son of Loran and Heidi Sellner...Born July 5, 1993...Plans to major in agricultural systems management with an emphasis in farm and ranch management.

“Adam is a solid pitcher with two years of college experinence under his belt in an excellent prgrm at Riverlnd Community College,” Vito said. “Prior to that he played at good high school program in Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s. We needed to add depth to our pitching staff with a lot of losses in our senior class. Adam will immediately help to fill that gap.”

Lucas Thoma/P/5-11 200/Little Falls, Minn./Itasca C.C.

Prior to UMC: Currently competes at Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids, Minn....Has logged 17.1 innings pitched with a 3-2 mark and a 4.15 ERA with 11 strikeouts on the sophomore season...As a freshman, notched 42 innings pitched with a 3-3 mark and a 3.64 ERA in 42 innings pitched...As a prep, competed at Little Falls H.S.

Personal: Son of Dennis and Ann Thoma...Born Oct. 7, 1993...Plans to major in natural resources.

“Like Adam, Lucas comes from an excellent community college program in Itasca C.C.,” Vito said. “ Also like Adam, Lucas will be an immediate contributor to our pitching staff.”

Riley Thompson/OF/P/6-1 200/Owatonna, Minn./Owatonna H.S.

Prior to UMC: Was a 2013 National Under Armour Team participant...Hit .386 for his American Legion team in 2013, leading the team in doubles and home runs...Was a Big 9 All-Conference Honorable Mention pick at Owatonna H.S. in 2013...Hit .300 and led the team with five doubles and 14 RBI’s during the 2013 season.

Personal: Son of Jason and Kari Thompson...Born Oct. 18, 1995...Plans to major in criminal justice.

“Is a solid student-athlete that will help us not only in the outfield but on the mound,” Vito said. “He has shown a strong bat and we are excited to see the contributions he will make over his four years here.”

Matt Nelson/UT/6-3 215/Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville South H.S.

Prior to UMC: Competes for the Lakeville South baseball team and the Elko Club baseball team for Senior Babe Ruth and St. Paul Saints development team..Also wrestled for Lakeville South for three years placing fifth in sections...Batted .400 with 39 RBI’s for Elko in Senior Babe Ruth and hit .579 with 12 RBI’s and five runs scored for St. Paul Saints development team.

Personal: Son of Dan and Andrea Nelson...Born July 14, 1996...Plans to major in sports and rec management.

“Matt Nelson is another solid student-athlete who brings versatility to play some different positions for us,” Vito said. “This will make him a valuable contributor over his four years here.”

The six new signees join a UMC squad that is looking to replace eight seniors. The Golden Eagles currently have 12 players slated to return for the 2015 season led by returning starters Jesse Jennings (OF, Robbinsdale, Minn.), Ryan Haggstrom (C/1B/P, Apple Valley, Minn.), Patrick Higgins (OF, Eagan, Minn.), Colton Haight (C, Buffalo, Minn.), Marcus Campbell (OF/P, St. Croix Falls, Wis.), Travis Magdzas (OF, Duluth, Minn.) and Trevor Buttermore (P/3B, North St. Paul, Minn.) along with pitchers Cody Pamperin (Shakopee, Minn.) and Cayden Barta (Fargo, N.D.) who have played a key role out of the bullpen and Brandon Kresl (1B, Crookston, Minn.) who has been limited by an injury but has contributed as a designated hitter.

Also slated to return are two players who redshirted the 2014 season in Wyatt Huso (P, Eagan, Minn.) and Zach Frazier (C/1B/OF, Grand Rapids, Minn.).

The student-athletes listed today as having signed National Letters of Intent or Offers of Admission to play at University of Minnesota Crookston have been verified by the UMC Compliance Office once they sign the National Letter of Intent and financial aid agreement or once the student-athlete has accepted an Offer of Admission from UMC.

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Monday, April 28, 2014

UMC Athletics Awards Distinguished Honors for 2013-14 Season

CROOKSTON, Minn.- The University of Minnesota Crookston athletic department recognized their distinguished award recipients for the 2013-14 season during the University’s award banquet Thur., April 24. UMC men’s golfer Matt McClure (Jr., Grand Rapids, Minn./Natural Resources) was selected as the Male Outstanding Athlete of the Year, while women’s basketball player Katrina Moenkedick (So., Perham, Minn./Early Childhood Education) was the Female Outstanding Athlete of the Year.

In addition, UMC awarded baseball player Jesse Jennings (Jr., Robbinsdale, Minn./Criminal Justice) Male Student-Athlete of the Year and women’s golfer Katie Sheetz (So., Grand Rapids, Minn./Biology) Female Student-Athlete of the Year. Tomas Parker (Jr., F/C, Pequot Lakes, Minn./Management) earned the Justin Knebel Memorial Award.

The Athlete of the Year award honors someone who has both outstanding athletic and academic achievements and displays exemplary citizenship and is a role model for their respective program.

McClure had an outstanding season for the UMC men’s golf team, leading the squad with a 77.2 average. McClure charted four top-10 finishes on the 2013-14 season including finishing tied for seventh at the NSIC Men’s Golf Championship. His placing at the Championship culminated a three-week stretch of top-1o finishes, including finishing eighth at the Quarry Oaks Collegiate in Ashland, Neb., and finishing tied for eighth at the Upper Iowa Spring Invite in Columbus, Neb. McClure accomplished his strong Spring season after missing the first tournament due to a death in the family.

In the fall, McClure charted one top-10 finish, placing in a tie for ninth at the Erv Kaiser Invitational, which pitted him against several NCAA Division I golfers.

Moenkedick averaged 15.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game for the Golden Eagle women’s basketball team. The sophomore was the only underclassmen who earned placement on the All-NSIC first or second teams as she picked up All-NSIC Second Team accoloades. Moenkedick notched six double-doubles on the season and had seven games over 20 points. The sophomore tallied a career-high 30 points against Upper Iowa University Jan. 3. She added 11 boards to complete the double-double in that game.

The Student-Athlete of the Year Award honors someone with a 3.2 GPA or higher, who has letter the same sport for two years with outstanding athletic and academic achievements. This person also displays exemplary citizenship and is a role model for their respective program.

Jennings, the Male Student-Athlete of the Year, maintains a 3.91 cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) in Criminal Justice. He has had three-straight 4.0 semesters. Jennings a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success and is an SOS leader. He is also a former Regents Representative for the UMC Student Association (CSA). He serves as a mentor in the baseball program and is well respected by all of his teammates. He was named UMC Teambacker Student-Athlete of the Week once for his performance in the classroom. He is a starter for the team as an outfielder.

Sheetz, the Female Student-Athlete of the Year, had a 3.949 GPA in Biology. She is a member of Alpha Lamba Delta, the National Society of Leadership and Success, SAAC and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She volunteers at the food bank every week. On the course, Sheetz led the team in scoring average and won the Bemidji State Fall Invite and the Dual In The Desert.

Parker, the Justin Knebel Memorial Award recipient, is a junior on the men’s basketball team. The recipient of the award is somebody that exlempifies the things Justin did, being the ultimate team player who works hard on the court and in the classroom and excels both athletically and academically. Parker is a management major at UMC.

In addition, four student-athletes who earned the NSIC Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction Award were recognized. These athletes achieved a GPA of 3.75 of higher and are exhausting their eligibility or are on track to graduate. Football players Andrew Steinfeldt (Green Bay, Wis./Health Science) and Joshua Perea (Pico Rivera, Calif./Health Science) and volleyball players Chelsea Wiesner (Rochester, Minn./Health Science) and Alyssa Schneider (Racine, Wis./Early Childhood Education) all earned the honor.

Finally, UMC honored their All-Academic team, which included 67 individuals, an all-time high. To earn UMC All-Academic, an athlete had to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher and be at least a sophome in academic standing. The full listing of the UMC All-Academic Team is listed below.

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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).

MN Gophers Add Three to Complete 2014 Signing Class

University of Minnesota head men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino is pleased to announce the signing of three student-athletes, Gaston Diedhiou, Bakary Konate and Zach Lofton, to National Letters of Intent.  Diedhiou and Konate will join the Golden Gophers on the court for the upcoming 2014-15 season, while Lofton will redshirt this season due to NCAA transfer rules.

Diedhiou, a native of Senegal, is a 6’9” forward who most recently played at the Canarias Basketball Academy in Spain under head coach Rob Orellana.  Diedhiou is an athletic, physical big man who has the potential to impact both the offensive and defensive ends of the court. Extremely versatile both on and off the court, he can play multiple positions and even more impressively, he is fluent in three languages (French, Spanish, English).

“We are excited about signing Gaston,” said Pitino, who recently completed his first year at the helm of Gopher basketball. “He brings a necessary addition to our frontcourt. His size and potential will be a great asset to our team.”

A 6’11” center, Konate will join the Gophers following a standout career at the Sunrise Christian Academy in Wichita, Kan. Under the tutelage of head coach Kyle Lindsted and assistant coach Luke Barnwell, Konate is praised by the Minnesota coaches for his strong work ethic and athleticism. The Mali native can shoot from distance, but is also lauded for his rebounding and shot blocking ability.

"Bakary has tremendous potential – the sky is the limit for him,” Pitino said. “He's a great athlete and shot blocker which is vital in our system.  His best days of basketball are certainly ahead of him."

A St. Paul native, Lofton returns home to the Twin Cities following a standout season at Illinois State University, where the 6’4” guard was second on the Redbirds averaging 11.3 points per game. Lofton also contributed 3.0 rebounds per game, 46 assists and 31 steals during his time at ISU. He spent his freshman season at San Jacinto College in Texas, averaging 16.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. In high school, Lofton helped guide Columbia Heights to the Minnesota Class 3A state championship game.

"Zach is a very talented player and has been a proven scorer in a very competitive basketball conference,” added Pitino. “He has great size and athleticism.  He grew up loving the U and will wear the Minnesota jersey with pride."
The trio adds to the Gophers’ 2014 signing class, which includes guards Nate Mason (Decatur, Ga./Arlington Country Day) and Carlos Morris (Apalachicola, Fla./Chipola College) along with forward Josh Martin (Bothell, Wash./Bothell).

“With this signing class, we feel like we have added a great deal of athleticism,” added Pitino. “That is extremely important with our style of play and as we continue to build this program.”

Along with the newcomers, Minnesota will return four starters and eight letterwinners from the 2013-14 squad which won a school-record 25 games en route to the National Invitation Tournament title.

NDSU Adds Eric Henderson as Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach

FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota State University head men’s basketball coach David Richman has announced that Eric Henderson will join the NDSU staff as an assistant coach. Henderson gained several years of coaching experience at Wayne State (Neb.) and Iowa State University before taking over boys’ basketball head coaching duties at Burlington Catholic Central HS in Wisconsin.

“My family and I are extremely excited to join the North Dakota State men’s basketball program and the entire Bison family,” Henderson said. “I look forward to working with Coach Richman and the rest of the staff to build on the strong tradition and relationships that are already established within the basketball program, athletic department, and community.”

Henderson most recently served five seasons as the head boys’ basketball coach at Burlington Catholic Central in Burlington, Wis., leading the school to a 21-5 record for the 2013-14 season. He also handled school principal and athletic director duties during his stay in Burlington.

Henderson spent three seasons on Greg McDermott’s staff at Iowa State from 2006-09 – one year as a graduate manager and two years as ISU’s academic learning specialist, assisting in monitoring the academic progress of Iowa State basketball student-athletes. 

“Eric’s passion for the game and enthusiasm for life are infectious and will translate extremely well into our Bison basketball program,” said Richman. “We look forward to welcoming Eric, his wife Alicia, and their boys Kooper and Kort to the Fargo-Moorhead community and the NDSU family.”

Henderson played four seasons for McDermott at Wayne State, helping the Wildcats to back-to-back NCAA Division II tournament appearances. As a senior in 1999-00, Henderson averaged 11.3 points and 11.1 rebounds as WSU tied for the regular season conference championship, won the league tournament and advanced to the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen.

After graduating from Wayne State in 2000 with a degree in elementary education, Henderson coached at WSU until 2004.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Two More Records Fall at Drake Relays for NDSU Women

DES MOINES, Iowa – The North Dakota State University women’s track & field team continued its record-breaking ways, setting two more NDSU all-time bests during the afternoon session of the 105th Drake Relays on Friday, Apr. 25, at Drake Stadium.

Morgan Milbrath, Ashley Heinze, Antoinette Goodman and Ashley Tingelstad combined to run 3:34.64 in the prelims of the 4x400m relay, trimming two tenths of a second off the previous NDSU record of 3:34.84 set at the Mt. SAC Relays one week ago. The Bison advanced to tomorrow’s final in the event with the third-fastest time in the field.

NDSU now stands at 12th in the nation this season in the 4x400m relay. Saturday’s final will feature five teams ranked in the top 13 in the country and seven teams in the national top 25 in the event.

Bison sophomore Sierra Rosenau tacked another six inches onto her school record in the javelin, placing fifth overall at 158-0 (48.16m). It was the third time this season that Rosenau improved upon the NDSU all-time best mark she set last year as a freshman. The Carrington, N.D., native is ranked 36th in the NCAA this year.

Paige Stratioti clocked the second-fastest 800m of her career in 2:06.04, good for sixth place overall at Drake, and was held out of the 4x400m relay prelims. Stratioti will likely join the relay team for tomorrow’s final.

Heinze ran the second-fastest 400m hurdles time of her career, finishing in 1:00.22 for 12th place overall. Senior Deborah John placed 13th in the 100m hurdles in 13.77 seconds.

Bison redshirt freshman Katelyn Weimerskirch took 10th place in the discus with a mark of 149-2 (45.48m).

Competition at the Drake Relays will continue Friday evening and throughout the day on Saturday.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

UND Athletics unveils Hall of Fame Class of 2014

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – University of North Dakota Director of Athletics Brian Faison and UND Letterwinners Association President Brad Beehler announced today the UND Letterwinners Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2014.

Jim Nelson (golf, 1963-66), Katie Stephens (diving, 1988-92) and Roger Thomas (head football coach from 1986-98, athletics director from 1999-2005) will be inducted as individuals, while the 1965 football team will be inducted in the team category.

Additionally, former wrestling standouts and current Bismarck High School wrestling co-coaches Scott Knowlen and Jeff Schumacher will be honored as co-recipients of the Tom Clifford Award, while longtime scoreboard operator Wayne Westlund will receive the Honorary Letterwinner Award.

The 40th annual Athletics Hall of Fame event will take place with a brunch and induction ceremony on Oct. 4 prior to UND's Big Sky Conference football game against Montana. The Class of 2014 will also be recognized during halftime of the football game.

“Once again we have an exceptional class of inductees into the Hall of Fame this year. The accomplishments of Jim Nelson in golf, Katie Stephens in diving and Roger Thomas as football coach and athletic director speak for themselves and warrant induction into the Hall of Fame,” said Beehler. “Scott Knowlen and Jeff Schumacher truly deserve the Tom Clifford Award for their outstanding accomplishments as wrestling coaches. Honorary Letterwinner Wayne Westlund volunteered countless hours as a scoreboard operator and is very deserving of the award. Being the first UND football team to reach a bowl game is an accomplishment by the 1965 football team worthy of recognition. These honorees should all be congratulated on their accomplishments and their election into the Hall of Fame.”

This year's three inductees bring the total number of individuals in UND's Letterwinners Athletics Hall of Fame to 240, while the 1965 football team is the 35th team to be recognized.

The 2014 UND Hall of Fame Class:
Jim Nelson (Golf, 1963-66): Lettered in varsity golf in 1963-64, 1964-65 and 1965-66 … Helped lead UND to North Central Conference championships in each of those three seasons, extending the program’s string of consecutive conference titles to four … Won back-to-back individual NCC championships as a junior and senior ... Won a one-hole playoff to capture his first NCC medalist honor in 1965 … Originally from Grand Forks, N.D., currently resides in Houston, Texas.
Katie Stephens (Diving, 1988-92): Seven-time All-American … National runner-up on the 3-meter board at the 1992 NCAA Division II Championship … Helped lead UND to top-4 national finishes in each of her four years … Four-time NCC Female Diver of the Year … Won eight individual NCC event titles … Still holds the school record in the 3-meter dive … Two-time CSCA Academic All-American.

Roger Thomas (Football Coach, 1986-98; Athletics Director, 1999-2005): Amassed a 90-43-2 (.674) record as head football coach and guided UND to five NCAA DII postseason appearances (1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998) … Won three straight NCC championships from 1993 to 1995 … Four-time regional coach of the year and three-time NCC Coach of the Year … Oversaw the opening of the Ralph Engelstad Arena, Betty Engelstad Sioux Center and Alerus Center, as well as NCAA titles in men’s hockey (1999-2000) and football (2001) during his tenure as athletics director … Later served as NCC Commissioner from 2005-08 … Currently serves as athletics director at the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D.

1965 Football Team: Went 9-1 overall and became the first team in program history to compete in a bowl game … Defeated Northern Illinois 37-20 in the Mineral Water Bowl … Outscored opponents 248-85 on the season, an average score of 28-9 … Offensive tackle Dave “Butch” Lince was named first-team All-America by the Associated Press and quarterback Corey Colehour was named honorable mention … Six players went on to sign professional contracts or have professional tryouts … Eight players were named to UND’s All-Century Team in 1994 … Five players, plus head coach Marv “Whitey” Helling are UND Hall of Fame individual inductees.

Thomas J. Clifford Award
Scott Knowlen (Wrestling, 1983-84) & Jeff Schumacher (Wrestling, 1983-84): Teammates on UND’s wrestling team in 1983 and 1984 … Both were named NCAA DII All-Americans in each of their two seasons at UND … Schumacher later served as assistant coach and then head coach at UND … Both currently serve as co-head wrestling coaches at Bismarck High School … Knowlen took over in 1990 and was joined by Schumacher in 1994 … Have guided Bismarck High to 11 state wrestling titles and six runner-up finishes since 1994 … Knowlen had led the program to a pair of state titles prior to Schumacher’s arrival … Have coached 50 individual state champions … Knowlen was named National Wrestling Coach of the Year in 2004.

Honorary Letterwinner Award
Wayne Westlund: Served as UND’s football scoreboard operator from 1982 to 2011 … Served an additional four years as scoreboard operator for men’s and women’s basketball … Has held men’s hockey season tickets for more than 40 years and football season tickets for more than 30 years … Served on board of directors for Fighting Sioux Club (now Champions Club) … Retired after 31 years as legal counsel at the Grand Forks Air Force Base … Earned a bachelor’s degree in public affairs from UND in 1961 … A 1964 graduate of UND’s School of Law.

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony, proudly sponsored by the UND Letterwinners Association, will be held at the Alerus Center on Oct. 4. For ticket information, please call UND Athletics at (701) 777-2713.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

UND's Simpson Signs with Oilers

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The Edmonton Oilers announced on Tuesday night that University of North Dakota senior defenseman Dillon Simpson has signed a 3-year entry level contract with the National Hockey League club.

A native of Edmonton, Simpson was drafted by the Oilers in the fourth round (92nd overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. In 156 career games at North Dakota, he registered 16 goals and 59 assists for 75 points and owned a plus-24 rating.

As a senior in 2013-14, Simpson captained UND to a berth in the NCAA Frozen Four and was named to the College Hockey News' All-CHN First Team and the All-NCHC First Team. He was also a finalist for the NCHC's Player of the Year, Defenseman of the Year and Offensive Defenseman of the Year Awards. In 42 games, Simpson led the nation with 109 blocked shots and tied for fifth among NCHC defensemen with 23 points (7 goals, 16 assists).

Earlier today, Simpson was named a finalist for UND's Glenn "Red" Jarrett Male Athlete of the Year Award.

Simpson was named a NCHC Scholar-Athlete as a senior after earning Scholar-Athlete honors in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) as a sophomore and junior. A managerial finance and corporate accounting major, Simpson was also a three-time academic all-conference selection.

Simpson's father, Craig, played for the Oilers from 1987-88 to 1992-93 during a 10-year NHL playing career that also included stops with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres. He currently serves as the lead analyst for CBC's Hockey Night in Canada.

Minnesota Lynx Sign Tricia Liston and Aysa Bussie

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Lynx today announced the signing of draft picks Tricia Liston (12th overall) and Aysa Bussie (15th overall). 

Liston, 22, averaged a team-high 17.2 points, including 5.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game as a senior with Duke last season. Liston led the Blue Devils in multiple categories including scoring (17.2), minutes (31.4), three-pointers (87) and free-throw percentage (.852). The River Forest, Illinois, native drained a school-record 87 three-pointers during the 2013-14 season and concluded her career as a Blue Devil with a school record in three-point field goals (252), which ranks tied for seventh on the ACC all-time charts. The 6-1 guard also set the ACC single-season free throw record her junior season, shooting 93.1% from the charity stripe.

Bussie, a 6-4 center, was named to the Associated Press All-American Honorable Mention team, the All-Big 12 Defensive Team and the All-Big 12 First Team in 2013-14 after leading the West Virginia Mountaineers to a 30-5 record and a Big 12 Conference regular season championship. Bussie averaged 12.9 points and 7.8 rebounds per game in her senior campaign and ranks 11th all-time on the West Virginia charts with 1,497 career points.

The first chance fans have to see the defending WNBA Champion’s new-look roster is the team’s preseason contest at Target Center on Monday, May 5 at 7 p.m. when it faces the Australian National team. Tickets for the game are available by calling the Lynx at 612-673-8400.

The 2013 WNBA Champion Lynx will tip off the 2014 season on the road at Washington on Friday, May 16 at 7 p.m. The 2014 home opener will be on Sunday, May 18 vs. Connecticut at 4 p.m., which will feature a historic ring ceremony and championship banner raising for the 2013 WNBA Champions. Full-season and half-season memberships are available by visiting or by calling 612-673-8400.

Monday, April 21, 2014

MN Lynx Sign Foggie

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – Minnesota Lynx today announced the signing of second-round draft pick Christina Foggie (24th overall).  

Foggie, 22, averaged 19.0 points and 3.6 rebounds per game as a senior with Vanderbilt last season, claiming the SEC scoring crown. She was named BCA All-American Honorable Mention and selected to the All-SEC First Team. The 5-9 guard finished her career at Vanderbilt as the all-time leader in three-pointers made (276) and ranked seventh on the school's all-time scoring list (1,743 points). She reached double figures in 85 games in her career, including scoring 20 or more points in 32 games.

The first chance fans have to see the defending WNBA Champion’s new-look roster is the team’s preseason contest at Target Center on Monday, May 5 at 7 p.m. Tickets for the game are available by calling the Lynx at 612-673-8400.
The 2013 WNBA Champion Lynx will tip off the 2014 season on the road at Washington on Friday, May 16 at 7 p.m. The 2014 home opener will be on Sunday, May 18 vs. Connecticut at 4 p.m., which will feature a historic ring ceremony and championship banner raising for the 2013 WNBA Champions. Full-season and half-season memberships are available by visiting or by calling 612-673-8400.

Timberwolves Rick Adelman Announces Coaching Retirement

Minneapolis/St. Paul – Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman today announced his retirement from coaching in the NBA after 23 seasons as a head coach. Adelman will remain with the Wolves in a consultant role.
"I think it's time for me to step aside," said Adelman. "When I came here, we really tried to see if we could turn some things around and we made some strides. Not as much as we would have liked, but I think it's time for me to step aside and let someone else come in with this group. We're not that far away. I really enjoyed my time here. I thank Glen so much. He's the best owner I've ever been around. Not only as an owner, but as a person and everything. It's been an enjoyable experience, but I’m ready and my wife’s ready to move on to another phase. We’re looking forward to that."

Adelman ranks eighth all-time in NBA coaching wins with a 1042-749 (.582 winning percentage) career record in 23 seasons as a head coach. Adelman took over a Wolves team prior to the 2011-12 campaign that had won 15 and 17 games the previous two seasons, and won 26, 31 and 40 games under his leadership. With a win over Detroit on April 6, 2013, Adelman became the eighth NBA head coach to record 1,000 wins in a career. By reaching the milestone in his 1,703rd NBA game, Adelman became the fifth-fastest NBA head coach to win 1,000 NBA games.

"On behalf of the Minnesota Timberwolves, I would like to thank Rick for all he has done for our organization," said Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor. "Under Rick's leadership, our team has improved each of the past three seasons. It has been a pleasure getting to know Rick and his wife Mary Kay, and I wish them the best in retirement."

"Coach Adelman is truly one of the greatest coaches in our game’s history, and he has helped restore credibility and respectability to the Timberwolves franchise through what he stands for both on and off the court,” said Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations Flip Saunders. “He has impacted the NBA with his offensive vision and influenced the philosophies of many coaches in the league. I wish Rick and Mary Kay the very best in their future, and look forward to his continued contributions to the Timberwolves organization.”

Adelman, 67, served as head coach of five NBA teams: Portland (1988-94), Golden State (1995-97), Sacramento (1998-2006), Houston (2007-11) and Minnesota (2011-2014). Some of his coaching highlights include: two NBA Finals appearances (1990 and 1992 with Portland), four Western Conference Finals (1989-90, 1990-91 and 1991-92 with Portland and 2001-02 with Sacramento) and four division titles (1990-91 and 1991-92 with Portland; 2001-02 and 2002-03 with Sacramento).

"Rick Adelman established himself as one of our game’s great coaches, manning the NBA sidelines for the better part of a quarter century,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “One of only eight coaches in our history to amass 1,000 victories, Rick’s versatility and rapport with his players ultimately led to that legacy of success. On behalf of the NBA, I would like to thank Rick for his extraordinary service to the league."

Adelman's teams reached the NBA playoffs in 16 of his 23 seasons as a head coach, and he holds an all-time playoff record of 79-78 (.503 winning percentage). He is one of only five head coaches in NBA history to win 60+ games in a season with two different teams (Portland and Sacramento). Adelman has been runner-up for the NBA Coach of the Year award four times.

Adelman’s trademark offenses have finished among the top five in the NBA in scoring on 14 occasions over his head coaching career. He has had four additional teams rank in the top 10 in points per game.

Adelman began his coaching career at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon, where his teams amassed a 141-39 record over six seasons (1977-83). Chemeketa won or shared in three Oregon community college championships and one regional title.

As a player, Adelman spent seven seasons in the NBA with the San Diego Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Jazz and Kansas City-Omaha Kings. Selected by the Rockets in the seventh round (79th overall) of the 1968 NBA Draft, the 6-2 guard averaged 6.7 points, 3.1 assists and 2.7 rebounds in two seasons as a reserve in San Diego. Adelman was taken by Portland in the 1970 NBA Expansion Draft and was made the first team captain in Trail Blazers history. Traded by the Trail Blazers to the Bulls prior to the 1973-74 campaign, Adelman was again dealt to the Jazz early in the 1974-75 season. Looking for veteran leadership in their run to the 1975 NBA Playoffs, the Kings made a late-season acquisition to obtain Adelman. He retired in 1975 with career averages of 7.7 points, 3.5 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 462 regular season games.

Adelman began his playing career at St. Pius X High School in Downey, California, before attending Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he was named MVP of the West Coast Athletic Conference as a senior in 1967-68.

A native of Lynwood, California, Adelman and his wife, Mary Kay, who have been married for more than 40 years, enjoy playing golf and tennis, as well as spending time with their six children: Kathy and her husband, John, R.J., Laura and her husband, Chris, David and his wife Jenny, Caitlin and her husband Jeff, and Patrick; and eight grandchildren: Mary Kay, Anna, Mackenzie, Emilie, Madison, Zachary, Tyler and L.J.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Wolves Own Four Selections in 2014 NBA Draft

Minneapolis/St. Paul – The Minnesota Timberwolves own four selections in the 2014 NBA Draft, to be held on June 26, 2014. By way of their 40-42 regular season record, the Wolves are currently slotted into the No. 13 selection, with a 0.6% chance of attaining the first overall pick. The final order of this year's Draft will be determined at the NBA Draft Lottery, which will be held Tuesday, May 20.

The Wolves will also have three second-round picks, the 40th (New Orleans' selection - acquired 9/9/2009 via the Antonio Daniels/Bobby Brown and Darius Songalia trade), 44th (own) and 53rd (Golden State's selection - acquired 6/27/2013 via the Malcolm Lee and Andre Roberson trade) overall draft choices.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

UND NCHC 2014-15 conference schedule

GRAND FORKS, N.D.The National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC), which completed its first year of existence in 2013-14, announced today its 96-game conference schedule for the 2014-15 season. All eight member teams will play a 24-game conference schedule leading up to the annual NCHC Frozen Faceoff at Target Center in Minneapolis.

North Dakota will open the NCHC slate Oct. 17-18 at Colorado College, one of six conference road trips UND will make in 2014-15. The defending NCAA Midwest Region champion will also travel to St. Cloud State (Nov. 21-22), Denver (Dec. 12-13), Nebraska Omaha (Jan. 30-31), Western Michigan (Feb. 20-21) and Miami (March 6-7).

UND’s conference schedule features six home series, including Miami (Nov. 14-15), Nebraska Omaha (Nov. 28-29), Minnesota Duluth (Jan. 9-10), Colorado College (Jan. 23-24), Denver (Feb. 13-14) and St. Cloud State (Feb. 27-28).

UND will announce its entire 2014-15 schedule, including non-conference and exhibition games, at a later date.

UND’s 2014-15 NCHC Schedule
Oct. 17-18         at Colorado College
Nov. 14-15       Miami
Nov. 21-22         at St. Cloud State
Nov. 28-29       Nebraska Omaha
Dec. 12-13         at Denver
Jan. 9-10          Minnesota Duluth
Jan. 23-24        Colorado College
Jan. 30-31         at Nebraska Omaha
Feb. 13-14       Denver
Feb. 20-21         at Western Michigan
Feb. 27-28       St. Cloud State
March 6-7          at Miami
March 13-15       NCHC Quarterfinals (Best-of-3)
March 20-21       NCHC Frozen Faceoff (Minneapolis)

Home games in bold