Thursday, February 23, 2017

2016-17 NSIC Women's Basketball All-Conference

NSIC Player of the Year
#42 Drew Sannes (F, 6-3, Jr., Hawley, Minn. / Hawley HS)
Minnesota State University Moorhead

- Led MSUM to NSIC overall and NSIC North titles
- Eighth in NSIC in scoring at 15.5 ppg in 22 NSIC contests
- Tied for fifth in rebounding with 8.1 rpg
- Sixth in free throw percentage hitting at an 87.5 clip
- Third in blocks per game at 2.4
- Third in defensive rebounds at 7.0 boards per contest
- Recorded 10 double-doubles in NSIC games
- Named NSIC North Division Player of the Week three times during season

NSIC Defensive Player of the Year
#30 Logan O’Farrell (G, 5-11, Jr.,  Summit, S.D. / Summit HS)
Augustana University

- Second Straight NSIC Defensive Player of the Year honor
- Blocked 27 shots in conference play and 36 shots on the year
- Had 36 steals in conference play and 55 on the year
- Earned a season-high six steals against Minnesota State on Jan. 6
- Tied her season-high in blocked shots of three, four different times
- Averaged a team-best 11.9 points per game
- Scored a season-high 22-points against SMSU and Wayne State
- Scored her 1,000 career point against Winona State on Feb. 17
- Ranked seventh on the Augustana All-Time blocks list with 119 career blocked shots
- Tied for 10th on the Augustana All-Time steals list with 200 career steals
- NSIC South Division Player of the Week (2/13/17)

NSIC Freshman of the Year
#32 Gabbie Bohl (P, 6-2, Fr., Minot, N.D. /
Minot Bishop Ryan HS)
University of Mary

- Led all Northern Sun freshmen in league-games only scoring at 17.4 points per game and finished 5th overall
- Shot 52.9 percent in league games, the sixth best mark
- Reached double digits in all but two of the 22 NSIC games
- Posted 20 or more points eight times, including a career-high 29 against Minot State in her first NSIC contest
- Scored 20 or more points in six of her last nine league outings
- Earned NSIC Player of the Week honors Feb. 6 after scoring 26 points against USF and 23 against SMSU with eight rebounds in both games
- Produced three of four double doubles in NSIC games with the fourth against #4 Cal Baptist
- Led Marauders in scoring at 15.2 PPG while shooting 48.9 percent and averaging 5.9 rebounds/game
- Seventh in NCAA and first in NSIC with 184 free throw attempts

NSIC Coach of the Year
Karla Nelson
Minnesota State University Moorhead

- Guided MSUM to first NSIC overall title since 2004-05
- Led MSUM to 23-3 overall mark and 20-2 in NSIC record
- Posted 17th straight winning season as MSUM head coach
- Helped MSUM to be ranked in top 25 for eight straight weeks with a high of 11th
- Won 300th career game at St. Cloud State (2/17/17)

2016-17 NSIC Women’s Basketball All-Conference Teams
First Team 

# Name Pos.  Ht. Yr.  School  Hometown 
30 Logan O’Farrell G 5’11 Jr. Augustana Summit, S.D. 
12 Aimee Pelzer G 5’8 Sr. Bemidji State Upsala, Minn. 
42 Caitlyn Russell C 6’3 Sr. Concordia-St. Paul Onalaska, Wis,
11 Anna Schmitt G 5’7 So. Concordia-St. Paul Waconia, Minn.
42 Drew Sannes F 6’3 Jr. MSU Moorhead Hawley, Minn.
51 Miranda Ristau C 6’2 Jr. Northern State Warner, S.D.
50 Sam Knecht F/C 6’2 Sr. Sioux Falls Platte, S.D.
2 Betsy MacDonald G 5’5 Sr. St. Cloud State St. Paul, Minn.
13 Blair Klostermann G 5’10 So. Upper Iowa Dyersville, Iowa
52 Paige Ballinger C 6’1 Jr. Wayne State Pender, Neb.
Second Team 

# Name Pos.  Ht.  Yr. School  Hometown
32 Gabbie Bohl P 6’0 Fr. University of Mary Minot, N.D. 
14 Allison Hughes G 5’7 So. Minnesota Crookston Janesville, Minn.
23 Sammy Kozlowski PG 5’9 So. Minnesota Duluth New Berlin, Wis.
42 Taylor Meyer F 5’11 Sr. Minnesota Duluth Farmington, Minn.
2 Cassidy Thorson G 5’11 Jr. MSU Moorhead West Fargo, N.D.
40 Jill Conrad F 5’11 Jr.  Northern State Lino Lakes, Minn.
34 Chelsea Nooker G 5’9 Sr. St. Cloud State Green Bay, Wis.
35 Maggie Schulte F 6’0 Jr. Wayne State Wynot, Neb.
11 Jenny Tuttle PG 5’7 Sr. Winona State Muckwonago, Wis.
14 Tara Roelofs G 5’9 Sr. Winona State Vernon Center, Minn.
All-Defensive Team 

# Name Pos.  Ht.  Yr. School  Hometown
30 Logan O’Farrell G 5’11 Jr. Augustana Summit, S.D.
23 Hannah Larson P 6’0 Sr. University of Mary Bismarck, N.D.
23 Sammy Kozlowski PG 5’9 So. Minnesota Duluth New Berlin, Wis. 
50 Sam Knecht F/C 6’2 Sr. Sioux Falls Platte, S.D.
34 Chelsea Nooker G 5’9 Sr.  St. Cloud State Green Bay, Wis.
All-Freshmen Team 

# Name Pos.  Ht.  Yr. School  Hometown
32 Gabbie Bohl P 6’2 Fr. University of Mary Minot, N.D.
24 Lauren Rotunda G 5’10 Fr. University of Mary Fargo, N.D.
13 Taylor Klug G 5’9 Fr. Minnesota State Cogate, Wis.
33 Morgan Ham G/F 6’1 Fr. MSU Moorhead Shadehill, S.D.
5 Caleigh Rodning F 5’11 Fr. SMSU Shakoppe, Minn.

Monday, February 20, 2017

MN State Girls’ Hockey State Tournament Preview

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. --- The 22nd annual Minnesota State High School League girls’ hockey state tournament is scheduled for Feb. 22-25 at the Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul with the consolation rounds being played at Ridder Arena on the University of Minnesota campus. Here is a look at the tournament:

The schedule:
Class A Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Xcel Energy Center
Mankato East/Loyola (17-9-1) vs. No. 2 seed St. Paul United (19-6-2), 11 a.m.
Hibbing/Chisholm (17-10-1) vs. No. 3 Warroad (17-8-2), 1 p.m.
Alexandria (14-12-1) vs. No. 1 The Blake School (24-2-1), 6 p.m.
No. 5 Northfield (19-6-3) vs. No. 4 Mound Westonka/Watertown-Mayer/SW Christian (21-6-0)

Thursday, Feb. 23 at Ridder Arena Consolation semifinals, 10 a.m., noon

Friday, Feb. 24 at Xcel Energy Center Championship semifinals, 11 a.m., 1 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 25 At Ridder Arena Consolation final, 10 a.m. At Xcel Energy Center
Third place, 9 a.m. Championship, 4 p.m.

Class AA Thursday, Feb. 23 at Xcel Energy Center
Roseau (19-8-1) vs. No. 2 seed Blaine (22-3-2), 11 a.m.
Eastview (16-10-2) vs. No. 3 Hill-Murray (23-4-1), 1 p.m.
Farmington (16-11-2) vs. No. 1 Edina (25-1-1), 6 p.m.
No. 5 Forest Lake (20-6-2) vs. No. 4 Eden Prairie (19-6-2), 8 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 24 At Ridder Arena Consolation semifinals, 10 a.m., noon
At Xcel Energy Center Championship semifinals, 6 p.m., 8 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 25 At Ridder Arena Consolation final, noon
At Xcel Energy Center Third place, 11 a.m. Championship, 7 p.m.

TV: Championship semifinals and championship games in both classes will be televised live by 45TV.
Webcast: Daily charges for the live webcast on $9.95 per day; two-day pass $16.97; three-day pass $19.87; four-day pass $23.97.
Tickets: Championship session --- $17 adults, $11 students; Consolation session --- $12 adults, $8 students.
Official puck: Bauer
Detailed season statistics: Provided by qualifying teams are available on the League website --- --- as a Media Guide link under Tournaments, then Winter, then Girls’ Hockey.
Gates open: The Xcel Energy Center and Ridder Arena will open its gates to fans one hour prior to the first scheduled game of the day.
Game results and box scores: Posted on the League’s website at
Social media: Follow the tournament on the League’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @MSHSL and @MSHSLJohn.

Class A
Mankato East/Loyola vs. St. Paul United --- A Mankato program is making its first state tournament appearance since Mankato East/West in 1999. The Cougars have recorded five shutouts this season. St. Paul United returns after a runner-up finish to The Blake School last season. Senior Joie Phelps leads United with 24 goals and 32 assists.
Hibbing/Chisholm vs. Warroad --- Hibbing/Chisholm, an Iron Range power, is making its 12th state tournament appearance. The Bluejackets are paced by senior forward Mallorie Iozzo who has 31 goals and 31 assists. Warroad is a state tournament regular of late, making the trip for the eighth time since 2006. Junior forward Madison Oelkers has 33 goals and 44 assists for the Warriors.
Alexandria vs. The Blake School --- Alexandria features a balanced lineup that is led by junior forward Kristin Trosvig (17 goals, 17 assists) and sophomore forward McKenna Ellingson (22 goals, 10 assists). The Blake School has won a record six Class A championships. Senior forward Lucy Burton leads the Bears with 23 goals and 21 assists. Sophomore forward and linemate Izzy Daniel has chipped in 16 goals and 25 assists. The Bears surrender an average of just more than one goal per game.
Northfield vs. Mound Westonka/Watertown-Mayer/SW Christian --- Northfield has not lost in 2017. The Raiders are on a 14-0-2 streak since its last loss on Dec. 27. Mound Westonka/Watertown-Mayer/SW Christian is on a similar hot streak, going 17-2-0 in its past 19 games. It is the second state tournament appearance for the program. Mound Westonka made a trip in 2013.
Class AA
Roseau vs. Blaine --- It took Roseau four overtimes to earn a berth in the state tournament for the fifth time and first since 2014. The Rams needed that extra time to get past Brainerd in the Section 8AA final. Senior Lindsey Santl leads the Rams with 23 goals and 17 assists. Blaine returns after a year hiatus. The Bengals’ Emily Brown, a senior defender, won a gold medal with last season’s U18 national team. The blueliner has 41 points. Three teammates have more than 50 points each.
Eastview vs. Hill-Murray --- Eastview is making its third consecutive state tournament appearance. Senior forward Natalie Snodgrass also played on the gold-medal winning U18 national team. She leads the Lightning with 23 goals and 11 assists. Hill-Murray, making its fifth consecutive appearance, made its way to three championship games in a row from 2013-15, winning the final two times. Junior forward Abigail Boreen fuels the Pioneers with 31 goals and 30 assists.
Farmington vs. Edina --- Farmington’s last state tournament appearance was 2008. Junior forward Ellie Moser has 18 goals and seven assists for the Tigers, who are 8-2-0 in their past 10 games. Edina is making its seventh state tournament appearance and first under rookie head coach Sami Reber, a former Hornets’ star. Junior forward Lolita Fidler leads a potent scoring attack with 20 goals and 28 assists. Edina’s only loss this season was a 2-1 setback to Blake on Jan. 27.
Forest Lake vs. Eden Prairie --- This is a rematch of last season’s Class AA quarterfinal that Eden Prairie won 4-2. Forest Lake is coming off its first-ever Suburban East Conference championship. Senior forward Madi Nolan leads the Rangers with 17 goals and 34 assists. Junior forward Kayla Kasel is next with 32 goals and 16 assists. Eden Prairie is the reigning Class AA champion after winning for the third time in program history in 2016. The Eagles have two losses this season to Edina during the Lake Conference schedule.

Class AA --- Senior forward Lauren Oberle scored on a one-time blast at 5:36 of overtime to give Eden Prairie a 3-2 victory over Maple Grove in the championship game. It was Eden Prairie’s third state championship and first since 2008. Maple Grove got third period goals from Katie Denecke and Maia Martinez to force the extra session. Eden Prairie finished the season 22-7-2; Maple Grove 22-6-2. Hill-Murray recorded a 5-3 victory over Edina in the third-place game.
Class A --- Top-seeded Blake rolled to an 8-0 victory over St. Paul United in the championship game. Lucy Burton had a hat trick for the Bears (26-2-2), which won a state-best sixth state title. Teammate Carly Bullock scored three goals, giving her a state tournament record 22 for her career. St. Paul United finished 23-6-1. In the third-place game, Warroad defeated Proctor/Hermantown 3-1.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Slight movement in hockey polls for UND

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The University of North Dakota emerged from its week off largely unaffected in the most recently national men’s hockey polls, which were released on Monday, moving up a single spot in one set of rankings and down a spot in the other.

North Dakota climbed from No. 14 to No. 13 in the poll while sliding one spot to No. 12 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine rankings. National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) rival Minnesota Duluth, which was also idle last weekend, held on to the top spot in both polls, with Denver, Harvard and Boston University rounding out the top five in both.

UND’s upcoming opponent, Western Michigan, was ranked No. 8 by USCHO and No. 9 by USA Today. The Broncos will play host to the Fighting Hawks on Friday and Saturday at Lawson Ice Arena in Kalamazoo. Division I Men’s Poll

Rk.      School (1st-place votes)         Record           Pts.         PR
1.         Minnesota Duluth (44)                    18-5-5            993            1
2.         Denver (6)                                        20-6-4            955            2
3.         Harvard                                            17-5-2            885            4
4.         Boston University                           19-8-2            850            3
5.         Minnesota                                        18-8-2            773            5
6.         Massachusetts-Lowell                    19-9-3            698            9
7.         Union                                               20-8-2            665            6
8.         Western Michigan                           16-8-4            615            8
9.         Penn State                                        18-6-2            614          10
10.       Providence                                       18-8-4            566          11
11.       Boston College                             18-11-2            496            7
12.       Cornell                                             16-6-3            472          12
13.      North Dakota                           15-11-3           395         14
14.       Ohio State                                        14-8-6            369          12
15.       Notre Dame                                     17-9-4            310          16
16.       Vermont                                         17-10-3            252          15
17.       St. Lawrence                                    15-9-6            127          18
18.       St. Cloud State                              15-14-1            125         NR
19.       Air Force                                          19-8-5            111          20
20.       Wisconsin                                      15-10-1              88          17               
Others receiving votes: Omaha 51, Quinnipiac 40, Bemidji State 36, Michigan Tech 7, Clarkson 4, Canisius 3.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll

Rk.      School (1st-place votes)         Record           Pts.         PR
1.         Minnesota Duluth (30)                    18-5-5            506            1
2.         Denver (4)                                        20-6-4            478            2
3.         Harvard                                            17-5-2            420            5
4.         Boston University                           19-8-2            418            3
5.         Minnesota                                        18-8-2            371            4
6.         Massachusetts-Lowell                    19-9-3            279          10
7.         Union                                               20-8-2            275            6
8.         Penn State                                        18-6-2            262            9
9.         Western Michigan                           16-8-4            259            8
10.       Providence                                       18-8-4            210          12
11.       Boston College                             18-11-2            186            7
12.      North Dakota                           15-11-3           128         11
13.       Cornell                                             16-6-3            116          15
14.       Ohio State                                        14-8-6              87          13
15.       St. Cloud State                            15-14-11              34         NR

Others receiving votes: Vermont 23, Notre Dame 19, St. Lawrence 6, Air Force.