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:
The top two Division II volleyball teams in the nation squared off Friday, with No. 2 Concordia-St. Paul edging top-ranked Minnesota Duluth in five sets. The Golden Bears (13-1 overall, 5-0 NSIC) won the match 23-25, 25-16, 22-25, 25-20, 15-8.
Sophomore middle blocker Heather Schiller posted a career-high 16 kills in the match and was named the NSIC Offensive Player of the Week. C-SP senior Amanda Konetchy was named the setter of the week after tallying 61 assists in the match.
Duluth (13-1, 4-1) and C-SP switched places in the rankings this week.
Minot High School product Zach Pulkinen booted a game-winning 37-yard field goal to lift the Bemidji State football team to a 41-40 homecoming win over Southwest Minnesota State. Pulkinen also averaged more than 40 yards on six punts en route to NSIC Special Teams Player of the Week honors.
Winona State senior tailback Chichi Ojika was named the offensive player of the week after shredding the Minot State defense for 242 yards – the third-most in WSU history – and two touchdowns. The 5-foot-8, 185-pounder had scoring runs of 82 and 43 yards in the Warriors’ 49-14 victory.
St. Cloud State defensive back Jack Moro was named the NSIC Defensive Player of the Week after a three-interception performance in a 31-6 win over Augustana. The senior is tied for the SCSU record with 19 career picks.
Two quarterbacks had record-setting games Saturday when Upper Iowa beat the University of Mary 36-7.
University of Mary senior Craig Bagnell set the school record for career completions on Saturday, moving his total to 608.
Upper Iowa junior Cole Jaeschke became the Peacocks’ all-time leader in passing yard (6,664) and touchdowns (50) as he 317 yards and three touchdowns.
Southwest Minnesota State junior running back Tyler Tonderum continued his torrid start to the season in a 41-40 loss at Bemidji State. The workhorse running back carried the ball 34 times for 224 yards and two touchdowns.
Tonderum is the second-leading rusher in Division II. He’s gained 785 yards through four games, three yards behind Bloomsburg’s Franklyn Quiteh.
Upper Iowa sophomore Kaitlyn Emanuel was named the NSIC Goalie of the Week after posting shutout victories over Mary and Minot State. She posted 10 saves in the wins.
Minnesota State-Mankato sophomore forward Korey Kronforst was named the offensive player of the week after scoring four goals in a pair of victories. The Cary, Ill., native is tied for the league lead in points (15) and tied for second in goals (6).
The Augustana men’s and women’s cross country teams swept the Division II race at the Roy Griak Invite on Saturday morning.
Augustana senior Runa Falch set a course record in the women’s 6K (3.73-mile) race, finishing in 21 minutes, 34.3 seconds. The Vikings’ Paul Yak and Adam Braun finished second and third, respectively, in the men’s race.