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:
-Upper Iowa junior running back Chris Smith rushed for 258 yards in a 30-28 win against Sioux Falls on Saturday to notch NSIC Offensive Player of the Week honors. It was the fourth time Smith has rushed for more than 200 yards this season.
The 5-foot-8, 190-pounder now holds the Peacock single-season rushing record with 1,517 yards and is at 3,032 yards for his career, 166 shy of the all-time Upper Iowa record.
– Southwest Minnesota State safety Jared Twedt finished with two tackles for loss, a forced fumble and the game-clinching interception in the Mustangs’ 51-44 overtime win over Winona State. It was SMSU’s first win over WSU since 2008 and just the third since 1993. Twedt was named the NSIC Defensive Player of the Week.
– Concordia-St. Paul senior defensive end Zach Moore set the school’s career sack record with 1.5 sacks in a loss to Augustana, moving his total to 31. The 6-6, 285-pound All-American had 2.5 tackles for loss and forced a fumble.
– Williston High product John Oyloe became University of Mary’s all-time leader in tackles for loss when he picked up his 39th in a 28-14 win over Northern State. The 6-5, 260-pound defensive end had the Marauders’ lone sack of the day.
– St. Cloud State senior quarterback Phillip Klaphake broke the school’s career passing yards record with a 156-yard performance against Bemidji State. Klaphake, who rushed for 147 yards on nine carries in the game, has 9,788 career passing yards entering Saturday’s game against Minot State.
– Winona State running back Chichi Ojika had a career-high 89-yard kickoff return en route to 350 all-purpose yards in the Warriors’ loss to SMSU. The 5-8, 185-pound senior had 116 return yards, 190 rushing yards and 44 receiving yards.
– Wayne State freshman Alyssa Frauendorfer notched 31 kills and just two attack errors in 54 attempts this weekend, good for a .537 hitting percentage. The No. 18 Wildcats beat Minnesota Crookston 3-1 and swept Bemidji State, and Frauendorfer was named the NSIC Offensive Player of the Week.
– The Winona State women’s soccer team beat No. 4 Minnesota State-Mankato 1-0 on Sunday, breaking the Mavericks’ 34 conference-match unbeaten streak – the longest in NSIC history. Mankato (15-2-1 overall, 13-1-1 NSIC) is the No. 1 seed in the NSIC tourney and hosts No. 8 Minot State on Wednesday.
WSU senior Alexandra Vial garnered NSIC Goalie of the Week honors for leading the Warriors to 1-0 shutout wins over Mankato and Concordia-St. Paul.
– The NCAA Central Region cross country meet is Saturday in Sioux Falls, S.D., and a couple NSIC squads will be favored to take home titles. The Augustana men, led by three-time NSIC champion Paul Yak, are ranked No. 1 in the region and sixth nationally.
Minnesota Duluth’s women’s team is ranked No. 1 in the Central Region and eighth in the country. The Augustana women are No. 2 in the region.
University of Mary senior All-American Jennifer Agnew won the NSIC meet and will be a contender on Saturday.
– Daily News Staff