While the focus of SportsCow.com is, has been and always will be, high school sports, we wanted to recognize a number of college athletes with ties to the area who have been having good seasons.
Tyler Lehrke (Sr., F, Park Rapids, Minn.) and fellow defenseman Chris Peluso (Sr., Wadena, Minn.) each recorded an assist as the Bemidji State Univiersity Men's Hockey team defeated the United State Air Force Academy 7-3 on Saturday, October 10. Lehrke also had an assist the night before. He scored his first goal on the season and added another assist on October 24 at Northern Michigan and scored again against Robert Morris on November 7. Peluso assisted on Lehrke's goal against the Wildcats and tallied another helper November 6 against Robert Morris.
For the second time this season, University of North Dakota senior Brittany Brenny was honored as the Great West Conference Female Runner of the Week on October 21. She received conference accolade after leading the Fighting Sioux at a meet in Fayetteville, Ark. Brenny, a native of Staples, finished 30th out of 267 runners at the Chile Pepper Festival to help UND to a 17th-place finish. Her time of 21:47.78 in the 6K race stands as the third fastest time in the GWC this year at that distance.
Laura Tvrdik completed 14 of her attacks for kills on Friday, October 23 as she led Minnesota State University Moorhead to a 3-1 win over the Winona State Warriors. Heidi Lensing had 11 kills in the match. Tvrdik then led MSUM with 17 kills over the St. Cloud State Huskies in a three-set victory on Friday, November 6. Tvrdik's 17 kills were a season high in a three set match. Lensing also aided the team with 13 kills that contest. Tvrdik is now in her third season of playing for the Dragons, after graduating from Minnewaska Area High School. Lensing is a freshman from Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa.
Tvrdik was also just named to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference All-Conference Volleyball Team. April Hansen, a 6-0 sophomore from B-B-E was an honorable selection following her second season at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
After a 12-0 divisional finish, four Ridgewater Lady Warriors were named to the MCAC Southern Division volleyball first team. Sophomores Stephanie Tillman and Darcie Listul along with freshman Macy McKay and Emily Roelike were named to the team. Coach Sussenguth was named the MCAC Southern Division Coach of the Year for the first time in his four year tenure. Roelike is a freshman from Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa. Ridgewater College is a two-year school in Willmar.
Yet another former B-B-E and current Ridgewater athlete, Jackson Illies, received Minnesota College Athletic Conference All-Division Honorable Mention. Illies, a 6-2, 215 pound quarterback, recently completed his first football season with the Warriors.
The Spartans' football team at Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Fergus Falls had a number of local players receive postseason recognition. Tanner Gramm (6-0, 200 lb., LB) of Hancock was named to the MCAC All-Division First Team. Aaron Link ( 6-1, 185 lb., WR) of Fergus Falls and Jeremy Umlauf (6-3, 215 lb., TE) of Underwood were chosen for the MCAC All-Division Second Team, while Trent Graves (5-10, 175 lb., QB) of Long Prairie, Porfirio Diaz (5-7, 160 lb., K) of Pelican Rapids and Daniel Anderson (6-6, 240 lb., OT) of Underwood received MCAC All-Division Honorable Mention.
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