Sports Highlights

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

2007 NCC Golf Champs

The menís golf team received its fifth straight invitation to the NCAA Division II West/Northwest Golf Super Regional May 5-7 in Petaluma, Calif.

  • The men’s tennis team captured its seventh consecutive NCC championship, its 15th since 1986, under head coach Jerry Anderson’s leadership. The Huskies also earned their eighth consecutive NCAA Division II tournament bid in 2008.
  • Basketball senior co-captain David Dreas of Winona was selected to participate in the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II All-Star Game, one of 20 NCAA Division II basketball players in the game. He led the Huskies to a 17-11 overall record and was the team scoring leader, averaging 17.8 points per game. He finished his career with 1,802 points, second on the all-time scoring chart, and set the career record for three-point baskets with 250.
  • The wrestling team under the leadership of head coach Steve Costanzo placed 12th in the nation at the NCAA Division II championships. The Huskies also charted a 13-2 dual match record, their most wins in a season since 1972-73. The team was led by junior Brad Padgett, Buckley, Wash., fourth in the nation at 184-pounds.
  • Junior diver Nate Jimerson, Apple Valley, was featured in the April 14 edition of Sports Illustrated Faces in the Crowd. He won NCAA Division II diving national championships on the one-meter and three-meter boards in March. The two-time national champion is a six-time All-American, the first Husky male diver to earn a national title and the sixth to earn an individual national title.
  • Football junior Ryan Kees, Eagan, earned several post-season honors on and off the field. His academic honors included being named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District team, the NCC All-Academic Team and the NCC Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll. Playing honors included being named to the All-NCC First Team, the Daktronics All-Northwest Region Second Team and the Don Hansen Football Gazette All-Northwest Region Team.
  • The men’s hockey, women’s hockey, men’s basketball, men’s and women’s swimming and diving and wrestling teams enjoyed national rankings during the season.
  • The women’s hockey team posted its best start in history with a 15-5-4 record.
  • Thirty-two fall sports student-athletes were named to the NCC Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.
  • Sophomore forward Ryan Lasch, Lake Forest, Calif., led the WCHA in scoring this season. He was a Hobey Baker Award Top 10 Finalist and gained All-America and All-WCHA honors.
  • The Husky baseball team held a Community Service Day in November, when student-athletes visited nursing homes, assisted living complexes and day care centers in the St. Cloud area.
  • Reading to elementary school students is one of the most widely recognized Husky athletics outreach programs. The men’s and women’s basketball teams are regular visitors to St. Cloud area schools.
  • The nationally-ranked women’s hockey team played a “Skate for a Cure” series with Minnesota State University, Mankato, wearing pink breast cancer awareness jerseys made for the games. All proceeds were donated to the Breast Cancer Center of St. Cloud.

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