Monday, October 30, 2017

Boys’ and Girls’ State Cross Country Meet Preview

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. – The 2017 State Cross Country Meet will be conducted on Saturday, November 4, at St. Olaf College in Northfield. Here is a look at the meet:

The schedule: Class AA girls – 10 a.m.; Class AA boys – 11 a.m.; Class A girls – 1 p.m.; Class A boys – 2 p.m. All races are 5,000 meters and an awards ceremony will be conducted approximately 30 minutes after each girls’ race.
Tickets: Free admission
Team and individual results: Posted on the League’s website at
Social media: Follow the meet on the League’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @MSHSL and @MSHSLJohn.

Class A – The Mora Mustangs return in search of their fourth consecutive and overall team title. In addition to Mora, five other teams from the 2016 field also return: Perham, runner-up; West Central Area of Barrett, fifth; La qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd, sixth; Mankato Loyola/Cleveland, 12th; and Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin, 13th.
Class AA – The defending champions from Wayzata return in search of more gold. If they win, it would be their ninth title. Ten other teams from 2016 also return: Edina, runner-up; Mounds View, fourth; Stillwater Area, sixth; Cloquet, eighth; Sartell-St. Stephen, ninth; Red Wing, 11th; Rosemount, 12th; Forest Lake, 13th; Buffalo, 14th; and White Bear Lake Area, 16th.   

Class A – Ten teams, including the defending champions from Fairmont, return to this year’s team competition. The other returning teams are: Perham, runner-up; Annandale, third; Luverne, fourth; La qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd, seventh; Eden Valley-Watkins/Kimball, eighth; Minnehaha Academy, which includes students from Hope Academy of Minneapolis and Gentry Academy of Vadnais Heights, ninth; Belle Plaine, 13th; West Central Area of Barrett, 15th; and Proctor, 16th. If Fairmont wins, it would be the third title for the Cardinals.
Class AA – The Edina Hornets are looking for their third consecutive championship. If they win, it would also be their third title overall. Seven additional teams return from the 2016 field: Willmar, runner-up; Marshall, fourth; Forest Lake, sixth; St. Michael-Albertville, eighth; Lakeville South, ninth; White Bear Lake Area, 12th; and Andover, 15th.

Class A – Defending champion, senior Declan Dahlberg of Mounds Park Academy of St. Paul, leads a field of three returning Top 10 finishers. The others are: senior Matt Steiger of La Crescent, runner-up; and senior Ethan Olson of Moose Lake/Willow River/Barnum, fifth.
Class AA – Khalid Hussein, a senior from Wayzata, is the highest returning qualifier. Hussein earned runner-up honors in 2016. Senior Joseph Minor of Minneapolis Washburn is the only other returning Top 10 finisher; he placed eighth last year.

Class A – Ninth-grader Tierney Wolfgram of Math & Science Academy of Woodbury returns to defend her 2016 title. She will be joined by four additional Top 10 finishers from last year: ninth-grader Marissa Whitehead of Martin County West/Martin Luther, runner-up; junior Kayla Christopherson of Austin Pacelli, sixth; ninth-grader Kira Sweeney of Staples Motley, seventh; and ninth-grader Morgan Gehl of Murray County Central, eighth.
Class AA – Defending champion, ninth-grader Anna Fenske of Farmington, leads a field of six returning Top 10 finishers. Fenkse will face top competition from her teammate, junior Lauren Peterson, who earned runner-up honors last year. The other returning runners are: Minnetonka senior Sophie Whicher, fifth; Minneapolis Washburn junior Emily Covert, eighth; Edina senior Emily Kompelien, ninth; and Edina sophomore Morgan Richter, 10th. 

Class A – The Mora Mustangs claimed their third consecutive team title with 93 points. Perham placed second with 99 points and La Crescent was third with 123 points. Declan Dahlberg of Mounds Park Academy of St. Paul claimed top individual honors with a time of 15:56.9. The victory was an improvement for Dahlberg, who placed 19th in 2015. Matt Steiger of La Crescent and Carl Kozlowski of Lake City, placed second and third, respectively.
Class AA – Patrick Roos of Edina, who placed fifth in 2015, won the individual competition with a time of 15:36.4. Khalid Hussein of Wayzata placed second and Innocent Murwanash of St. Paul Como Park was third. Wayzata earned its eighth team championship with 38 points. The Trojans won previously in 1992, 1993, 2000, 2007, 2008, 2013, and 2014. Edina finished in second place with 91 points and Maple Grove placed third with 128.

Class A - Fairmont earned its second team crown, finishing with 84 points. The Cardinals won their first title in 1988. Perham was second with 86 points and Annandale placed third with 127 points. Tierney Wolfgram of Math & Science Academy of Woodbury, who placed 10th in 2015, won the individual title. Her winning time was 18:23.6. Marissa Whitehead of Martin County West/Martin Luther claimed runner-up honors and Brynnan Covington of Perham placed third. 
Class AA – Anna Fenske of Farmington earned her first individual title with a time of 17:41.5. The win was an improvement for Fenske, who finished ninth in 2015. Lauren Peterson of Farmington placed second and senior Anastasia Korzeno of Chanhassen was third. In the team competition, the Edina Hornets earned their second consecutive and overall championship with 45 points. Willmar was second with 58 points and Minnetonka was third with 105.

(via mshsl)

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

UMC Women's BB Picked 13th in NSIC Poll

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Crookston women’s basketball team was tabbed 13th in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Preseason Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Poll released on the morning of Wed., Oct. 25.

The Golden Eagles earned 51 points in the preseason poll, seven points behind Southwest Minnesota State University in 12th and eight points ahead of Bemidji State University in 14th. Minnesota Crookston was selected seventh in the NSIC North.

The Minnesota Crookston women's basketball team will look to build on their tradition of success recently as they have made three-consecutive NSIC/Sanford Health quarterfinals at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D.

The Golden Eagles return a veteran squad that returns four starters from last season. Minnesota Crookston will look to their upperclassmen to lead the way in the form of returning starters Micaela Noga and Caitlin Michaelis at guard, and Emily Gruber and Isieoma Odor in the post. Odor leads all returnees after averaging 13.3 points per game, while Michela Noga notched 10.1 points per game and shot 34.8 percent from beyond the arc. Gruber and Michaelis were also impact players averaging 8.2 points and 5.1 points respectively. Noga was selected as the NSIC Player to Watch for Minnesota Crookston.

Off the bench, the Golden Eagles return sometimes starter Stephanie McWilliams at guard, while Paige Weakley, Lindsey Weber and Amber Schoenicke all saw time last year and will compete for playing time during the 2017-18 season. In addition, Minnesota Crookston added newcomers Kasey Harper, Ashley Freund, Abby Guidinger and Maria Delgado to the fray. All four players are competing to see time on the floor this season.

Minnesota Crookston enters their 12
th season under Mike Roysland, who moved past 100 wins in his college coaching career last season. Roysland led the Golden Eagles to a program-record 18 wins during the 2015-16 season. Minnesota Crookston hosted home playoff games during that season and the 2014-15 campaign.

Minnesota State University Moorhead was picked to win the league with 10 first-place votes and 213 points. The Dragons were NSIC North champions last season and made it to the first round of the NCAA Central Regional. The Dragons were slotted ahead of Northern State University, who earned four first-place votes and 209 overall points. Augustana University was picked third with two first-place votes and 200 overall points. MSU Moorhead was selected as NSIC North favorite, two points ahead of Northern State. Augustana was picked as the NSIC South favorite, three points ahead of Wayne State.

Drew Sannes of MSU Moorhead was selected as the NSIC North Preseason Player of the Year after being named 2016-17 NSIC Player of the Year. Wayne State College’s Paige Ballinger was named NSIC South Preseason Player of the Year after earning All-NSIC First Team honors last season.

Minnesota Crookston opens exhibition play Nov. 2 against Concordia College Moorhead at Lysaker Gymnasium. They will open the regular-season Nov. 17 versus Michigan Tech University at 6 p.m. at Lysaker Gymnasium.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Gophers/Green Bay Hurricane Relief Exhibition

The Minnesota men’s basketball team announced Tuesday that the Gophers will host the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay on Sunday, November 5 at noon in an exhibition game. The game will be contested in Maturi Pavilion, with 100 percent of the proceeds to benefit the American Red Cross hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

“In my four years here we have played in Puerto Rico twice and have had an unbelievable experience both times,” said head coach Richard Pitino. “Hopefully our fans’ generosity and caring spirit will show on November 5. I am really looking forward to this day - we need to pack the Pav.”

Tickets for the Green Bay exhibition are $10, with all seats general admission inside Maturi Pavilion.

NCAA rules currently allow for two exhibition games and/or closed scrimmages per year, but Division I schools are being allowed a third contest this fall to raise money for people and areas affected by the recent hurricanes in the southern United States and the Caribbean. Accordingly, this game is not included in season ticket holder packages or student season tickets.

Gopher Score members and University of Minnesota student season ticket holders will be able to access a special pre-sale on Thursday, October 26 at 9:00 a.m. General public tickets, based on availability, will go on sale on Tuesday, October 31 at 9:00 a.m.

The game will also be streamed over the internet – details about the web stream will be announced shortly.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Jennifer Lopez Officially Named NDSU Head Volleyball Coach

FARGO, N.D. – Jennifer Lopez was named North Dakota State University’s 12th head volleyball coach in the program’s 54-year history on Monday, Oct. 23. NDSU director of athletics Matt Larsen made the announcement.
Lopez has been interim head coach since May 17, 2017 and has directed NDSU to a 15-6 record overall including 6-3 in the Summit League. She was an assistant coach the previous two seasons at North Dakota State.

"During her time as the interim coach over the last five months, Jennifer has demonstrated the ability to lead the volleyball program in every aspect: team preparation, culture, teaching, recruiting, game management, and all other operational aspects of the volleyball program," Larsen said.

"In addition to this, Jennifer exhibits great character, is a role model to her student-athletes, is an incredible competitor, has set high expectations for the program, and most importantly, has created an environment where the young women in the program can grow, learn, make mistakes and enjoy their volleyball experience," Larsen continued.

“I had a strong feeling we had our coach when we named her interim, but the last five months have proven she is incredibly capable to lead our program well into the future.”

Lopez, a native of Glyndon, Minn., was the Summit League Setter of the Year, Player of the Year and Tournament MVP in 2011 as a senior for the Bison. She was a three-time All-Summit League selection, leading NDSU to four straight regular season league titles and three NCAA Tournament appearances from 2008-11.

She returned to NDSU in April 2015 after spending the 2014 season as assistant coach at West Fargo Sheyenne High School and the 2013 season as head coach at Oak Grove Lutheran High School in Fargo. She has also been highly involved in area instructional camps and club volleyball.
"I want to thank Matt Larsen, Todd Phelps, and President Bresciani for allowing me the opportunity to continue to lead this group of very talented young women here at North Dakota State University," Lopez said.

"I am extremely honored and humbled to be able to be a part of a program that means so much to me, and I look forward to continuing a level of excellence that is Bison Volleyball.," Lopez said.

Lopez ranks among the NDSU all-time top 10 in total assists, assists per set and digs per set. She graduated from NDSU in 2014 with a degree in mathematics education and a minor in coaching.

Lopez was a two-sport standout at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton High School. She was Minnesota’s Miss Volleyball and Gatorade Player of the Year in 2007 and a three-time all-state selection.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Timberwolves Announce 2017-18 Opening Night Roster

Minneapolis/St. Paul – The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team’s 2017-18 Opening Night roster. The Wolves finalized their roster on Saturday, October 14 by waiving Amile Jefferson, Melo Trimble and Shawne Williams.
The Wolves open their 29th season of basketball on Wednesday, October 18 at the San Antonio Spurs at 8:30 pm CT. Opening night will be broadcast on ESPN, Fox Sports North and the radio home of the Wolves, 830 WCCO. The team’s home opener is Friday, October 20 vs. the Utah Jazz.
Minnesota’s full 2017-18 Opening Night roster is below:
45Cole AldrichC6-1125010/31/88Kansas/USA7
8Nemanja BjelicaF6-1022505/09/88Fenerbahce Ulker/Serbia2
30Aaron BrooksG6-016101/14/85Oregon/USA9
3Anthony Brown*F6-721010/10/92Stanford/USA2
23Jimmy ButlerG/F6-723109/14/89Marquette/USA6
11Jamal CrawfordG6-519503/20/80Michigan/USA17
5Gorgui DiengC6-1124001/18/90Louisville/Sénégal4
13Marcus Georges-HuntG6-521503/28/94Georgia Tech/USA1
67Taj GibsonF6-923606/24/85USC/USA8
1Tyus JonesG6-219505/10/96Duke/USA2
15Shabazz MuhammadF6-622311/13/92UCLA/USA4
24Justin PattonC7-023006/14/97Creighton/USAR
0Jeff TeagueG6-218606/10/88Wake Forest/USA8
32Karl-Anthony TownsF/C7-024411/15/95Kentucky/USA2
22Andrew WigginsF6-819902/23/95Kansas/Canada3

* Two-way contract

HEAD COACH:Tom Thibodeau (Salem State)
ASSISTANT COACHES:Rick Brunson (Temple)

Andy Greer (SUNY-Brockport)

Ed Pinckney (Villanova)

Ryan Saunders (Minnesota)
HEAD ATHLETIC TRAINER:Gregg Farnam (St. Cloud State)

Monday, October 9, 2017

UND ranked eighth in most recent national polls

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – North Dakota will return to Ralph Engelstad Arena for its regular-season home opener ranked No. 8 in the latest national polls, which were released on Monday afternoon.

UND was ranked eighth in both the and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls this week after picking up a win and a tie over the weekend at non-conference for Alaska Anchorage. The Fighting Hawks and Seawolves skated to a 1-1 overtime tie on Friday, followed by UND’s 3-2 overtime win on Saturday.

It marked a slight drop for UND, which had previously been ranked No. 7 in both polls.

Denver, which opens its season this weekend, remained atop both polls and was the unanimous No. 1 in the USA Today rankings.

UND will host unranked St. Lawrence on Friday and Saturday. The puck drops at 7:37 p.m. Central on Friday and 7:07 p.m. on Saturday. Poll:
Rk.      School (1st-place votes)            Record           Pts.         PR
1.         Denver (45)                                         0-0-0            995            1
2.         Boston University (5)                           2-0-0            947            2
3.         Harvard                                               0-0-0            849            4
4.         Notre Dame                                         2-0-0            743            8
5.         Minnesota Duluth                                1-1-0            726            6
6.         St. Cloud State                                    1-0-0            723            9
7.         Minnesota                                            1-1-0            708            3
8.         North Dakota                                  1-0-1           678            7
9.         Providence                                           2-0-0            670          11
10.       Wisconsin                                            2-1-0            424          12
11.       Penn State                                           1-1-0            410          10
12.       UMass Lowell                                       0-2-0            365            5
13.       Boston College                                    0-0-1            346          13
14.       Northeastern                                       2-0-0            291          20
15.       Clarkson                                              2-0-0            267         NR
            Michigan Tech                                     2-1-0            267         NR
17.       Quinnipiac                                           0-1-1            257          14
18.       Cornell                                                 0-0-0            226          15
19.       Air Force                                              1-0-1            161          17
20.       New Hampshire                                   2-0-0            134         NR
Others receiving votes: Ohio State 132, Minnesota State 61, Western Michigan 36, Colgate 24, Michigan 16, Union 14, Bemidji State 12, Vermont 6, Omaha 5, Army 4, Miami 2, Brown 1.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll:

Rk.      School (1st-place votes)            Record           Pts.         PR
1.         Denver (34)                                         0-0-0            510            1
2.         Boston University                                2-0-0            467            2
3.         Harvard                                               0-0-0            373            4
4.         St. Cloud State                                    1-0-0            353            6
5.         Providence                                           2-0-0            338            5
6.         Notre Dame                                         2-0-0            316            8
7.         Minnesota                                            1-1-0            312            3
8.         North Dakota                                  1-0-1           246            7
9.         Minnesota Duluth                                1-1-0            233          12
10.       Wisconsin                                            2-1-0            172          10
11.       Penn State                                           1-1-0            126          11
12.       UMass Lowell                                       0-2-0              99            9
13.       Michigan Tech                                     2-1-0              98         NR
14.       Northeastern                                       2-0-0              93          13
15.       Clarkson                                              2-0-0              77         NR
Others receiving votes: Boston College 71, Quinnipiac 64, Cornell 46, Ohio State 39, New Hampshire 28, Air Force 16, Army 1, Colgate 1, Miami 1.