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:
– Winona State quarterback Jack Nelson set Warriors freshman records for passing yards (347) and touchdowns (5) in WSU’s 45-41 victory over Wayne State on Saturday. His final TD pass was a 65-yard game-winner to running back Chichi Ojika with less than a minute remaining. Nelson was named the NSIC Offensive Player of the Week.
-Minnesota State-Mankato defensive tackle Bryan Keys was named the defensive player of the week after doing a little of everything in a 52-27 win at Southwest Minnesota State. The junior recorded seven tackles, including 2.5 for loss and 1.5 sacks. He also snagged his first career interception and returned it 17 yards. The top-ranked Mavericks tallied six interceptions, their most since 1997.
– Sioux Falls senior Carrington Hanna threw for four touchdowns and a career-high 407 yards in a 47-7 romp over Concordia-St. Paul. Hanna – who was converted to wide receiver midway through his sophomore season – hadn’t played quarterback since Oct. 15, 2011. The Cougars were without their top two quarterbacks, forcing Hanna back under center.
– Minnesota Crookston running back Talo Pascal ran for a career-high 132 yards on 33 carries to lead the Golden Eagles to a 20-14 win over Minnesota State-Moorhead. Crookston had lost four consecutive times to the Dragons.
– Minot High School product Alex Bachmann-Williams was named the NSIC Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week. The University of Mary senior had four goals and an assist as the Marauders beat Wayne State 4-0 and tied Augustana 2-2.
Mary junior Shelby Butron had 16 saves on the weekend en route to goalie of the week honors.
– Northern State scored a four-game upset of No. 2 Minnesota Duluth in volleyball. Sophomore outside hitter Kelsey Chambers was named the NSIC Offensive Player of the Week after recording 35 kills (5 per set) and hitting .405 over the weekend, which also included a sweep of St. Cloud State.
Wolves sophomore Drew Smith averaged 12.6 assists per set, garnering setter of the week honors.
– Daily News Staff