NSIC roundup

Each week, The Minot Daily News features a roundup of notable performances, news and results from teams in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Here’s what happened last week:

– Kevin Schlagel, the winningest men’s basketball coach in St. Cloud State history, has announced that he’ll retire at the end of the 2013-14 season.

Schlagel – who spent 40 years as a player, assistant and head coach with the Huskies – took the head job in 1997-98 and has compiled a 321-149 record.

“I don’t want to mislead any recruits as we move forward in this process,” Schlagel said in a press release issued by the school Monday. “By announcing my retirement now, it gives my staff, and (assistant coach) Matt Reimer in particular, the opportunity to pursue a head coaching position at St. Cloud State or another program.”

Schlagel’s teams at SCSU have averaged 20 wins per season. The Huskies have made eight NCAA tournament appearances in his tenure, advancing to the national semifinals in 2010.

– Southwest Minnesota State University junior running back Tyler Tonderum rushed for a school record with 343 yards in a 27-20 comeback win over Minnesota State University-Moorhead. The 5-foot-10, 191-pounder carried the ball 42 times and scored three touchdowns en route to NSIC Offensive Player of the Week honors. The Mustangs host Minot State University on Friday.

University of Mary athletes received a couple of honors from the league as well. Junior outside linebacker Troy Guptil was named the NSIC Defensive Player of the Week after forcing two fumbles – recovering one – and recording three tackles for loss including a sack in the Marauders’ 34-27 win at Wayne State College. Fellow junior Elby Pope received the special teams honor after returning a punt 35 yards for the game-winning touchdown.

Bemidji State University senior Zach Pulkinen, a Minot native, booted a career-long 70-yard punt in a 17-14 loss to Concordia-St. Paul.

– St. Cloud State University senior quarterback Phillip Klaphake became the Huskies’ all-time leader in all-purpose yards, eclipsing the record of 9,997 yards held by Keith Heckendorf. Klaphake, a three-time all-NSIC performer, has racked up 10,250 career all-purpose yards.

– University of Mary distance runner Jennifer Agnew crushed the field Friday at the Randy Smith Invitational cross country meet in Glyndon, Minn. The All-American finished the 5K course in 17 minutes, 12 seconds – 50 seconds ahead of the next runner Three other Marauders placed in the top nine as Mary won the women’s team title.

MSU-Moorhead, the meet host, won the men’s event. Dragons junior Jason Dowell won the first race of his career, finishing the 8K in 25:09.

– Minnesota Duluth senior striker Dani Potter netted a hat trick in the Bulldogs’ 4-1 victory at St. Cloud State on Sunday, garnering NSIC Offensive Player of the Week honors.

Upper Iowa sophomore Kaitlyn Emanuel was named the goalie of the week after logging 18 saves in two victories. She posted her first shutout of the season in a 1-0 win over No. 17 Winona State University, then shut down No. 23 Central Oklahoma in the second half of a 2-1 Upper Iowa victory.

– The fourth-ranked Concordia-St. Paul volleyball team (8-1) went 4-0 this weekend at the Colorado Premier Challenge and knocked off three ranked teams, including No. 1 Tampa.

Golden Bears senior Kayla Koenecke was named the tournament’s most outstanding player after tallying 50 kills, 49 digs and 24 assists while hitting .512. C-SP senior setter Amanda Konetchy returned to the lineup after missing time with an injury and posted 150 assists in the four matches. Konetchy also contributed 23 digs and nine blocks en route to NSIC Setter of the Week honors.

Augustana College senior middle blocker Holly Hafemeyer had a career-high 11 blocks in the Vikings’ win over Northwest Missouri State. She was named the NSIC Defensive Player of the Week.

– Daily News Staff