November 27, 2022

John Sutherland (Grand Rapids) was named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division Player of the Week on Monday.

The junior forward recorded 23, 21 and 26 points during the Beavers’ three games at Concordia-St. Paul (non-conference) and both Oak Hills Christian and Minnesota Morris.

Sutherland, the 2020 News Tribune All-Area Player of the Year, is averaging 18.5 points and 8.5 rebounds for the Beavers in Tuesday’s 5-1 NSIC opener win over Minnesota Crookston.

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  • Mason Ackley (Superior) averaged 12.3 points over four games in his junior season at Mankato’s Bethany Lutheran. He recorded a double-double of 17 points and 10 boards in the season opener on Nov. 11 at the Milwaukee School of Engineering and then repeated nearly the same feat on Nov. 18 with 14 points and nine rebounds against Fontbonne.

Teammate Xavier Patterson (Superior) averaged six points and four boards in a reserve role for the Vikings in a 4-0 road win over Central College on Tuesday. Both Spartan alumni are in their junior season.

  • Monte Mayberry already saw active time as a freshman at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee.

The Northwestern alum scored eight points and five boards in an exhibition loss at Division I Milwaukee on Nov. 12 and has played at least 10 minutes in four of his team’s five games so far.

  • Tre Holmes (Heaving) scored 15 points in 14 minutes against Rock Valley, where he went 4-for-6 from 3-pointers in four games at Iowa Lake Community College this season.
  • Ethan Youso (Virginia) attended St. At the MIAC win in Olaf, St. St. John’s scored his first two runs of his junior season. He has appeared in 16 collegiate games over the past two seasons.
NCAA WBB: Utah Utes v Oklahoma Sooners

Gianna Kneepkens drives to both goals during a home game against Oklahoma at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Nov. 16. Kneepkens is averaging 14.8 points per game for her sophomore year for the #19 Utes.

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Gianna Kneepkens (Duluth Marshall) warmed up after a slow start, scoring 24 and 21 points for Utah in wins over Oklahoma and Alabama on Nov. 16 and 21. -no. Rank 16 coming soon. Kneepkens started every game for the Utes, who are 6-0 and currently ranked 19th in the country. She is averaging 14.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists.

  • Heaven Hamling (Grand Rapids) continues to be North Dakota State’s key starter. Over three games, the senior is averaging 16 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists.

  • Natalie Mikrot (Moose Lake/Willow River) started her first two collegiate games and is averaging 7.3 points per game for the Golden Eagles and getting regular playing time as a true freshman at Crookston, Minnesota.

  • Lexiss Trygg (Virginia) scored 10 points in 7 minutes on Bethany Lutheran against Carleton on November 9th.

  • Ava Butler (Mountain Iron-Buhl) totaled 9 points and 7 rebounds in 4 games for NAIA Mayville (North Dakota) State.

  • Allie Negen (Mountain Iron-Buhl) averaged 6.3 points and 2.9 rebounds in seven games for North Dakota’s Valley City State.

  • Paris FierkeLepp (South Ridge) held St. Olaf scored the first collegiate basket goal for Minnesota Morris in a loss.

  • Maddie Young (Cloquet) was born on November 19 at St.

Junior linebacker Spencer Wehr (Cloquet) contributed significantly to the Bemidji State football team’s defense, recording 37 solo tackles and 25 assists in 12 games against the Beavers scheduled for Saturday’s NCAA playoff second round game. 2nd Angelo (Texas) State.

Wehr had an interception at Minnesota State Moorhead on October 15 and broke up 4 passes.

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Bemidji State sophomore and superior native Jarrett Gronsky, 25, scores a touchdown in the second quarter against the Minnesota Duluth at Bemidji on Saturday, Oct. 22.

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Jarrett Gronski (Superior) ran for 455 yards on 103 carries in his sophomore season. His season-high came close to home with two touchdowns on 90 yards and 11 carries on Oct. 22 against Minnesota Duluth.

Gronski has a total of 6 touchdowns this season.

  • Offensive lineman Dylan Lauer (Cloquet) has been named Southwest Minnesota’s team captain for the 2022 season. Lauer played in all 11 games for SMSU, going 4-7.
  • Nathan Wangensteen (Chisholm) was the starting kicker for the Augsburg football team. He made 34 of 38 PATs, including 6-of-6, in back-to-back matches at Macalester and Hamline and completed 22 of his final 23 attempts on the season.

Wangensteen on September 24 at St. He made 7 of 9 field goal attempts, including against Scholastica, and had a 42-yard long season (at Martin Luther on Sept. 17).

  • Greg Ohman jumped right into linebacker for Minnesota Morris, recording 18 solo tackles and 17 assists in his freshman season. The Northwestern offering has 2 sacks and 2 pass breaks.
  • Connery Wiecks (Duluth East) is a St. Olaf played in 3 games as a freshman and recorded his first collegiate catch for 10 yards on September 3 at Central (Iowa).
  • Eli Werner (Moose Lake/Willow River) returned five kickoffs for 80 yards for Northwestern (St. Paul) in early season games against Augsburg and Wisconsin-River Falls. He recorded four returns for 60 yards on September 3 against Augsburg. He has appeared in six games for the Eagles this season.
  • Dawson Kriske (Northwestern) handled kickoffs in his freshman season for Wisconsin-River Falls, hitting 20 of 73 touchback attempts and averaging 59.2 yards per attempt.
  • Gervase Thompson (Northwestern) earned an honorable mention on Wisconsin-Stout’s all-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football team.

As a junior linebacker, Thompson ranked second on the Blue Devils with 58 tackles and recorded 6 tackles for loss, 3 sacks and 1 forced fumble.
Carter Fonger (Superior) had 259 yards on 22 carries for the Blue Devils. He recorded 150 yards on 6 attempts and scored 5 touchdowns, including 3 in the 1/4 of the Wisconsin-Eau Claire vs. Monster game. He scored from 4, 55, and 67 yards out in the 73–29 win.

Payton Rodberg (Proctor) was a true freshman for the Division II Griffins, starting 18 of 26 games and making an immediate impact at Pennsylvania’s Seton Hill University.

Rodberg finished third on the team with 182 kills and second with 2.07 kills per set. It was her fifth consecutive game with her double-digit kills, including 14 and a . 353 hitting percentage on September 3 against West Liberty.

  • Kirstin Cotter (Duluth East) hit hard during his senior season on the Bethel volleyball team as he led the team with 368 kills for an average of 3.79 kills per set.

Cotter also had hands in 209 digs (2.15 per set) and 59 blocks (6 solo).

  • Destiny Hering (Superior) had 171 kills, including a .341 hit percentage, in 19 games at Vermilion Community College. Her best match of the season was 17 kill attempts in a 3-0 sweep of Hibbing CC on October 19th.

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